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Wes Moore speaks at the Robin Hood Veterans Summit at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Craig Barritt/Getty Images hide caption

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Zia Simpson, a student and sales assistant in Cape Town, says even her father tells her to tame her Afro. "That generation fought against apartheid, but they still carry around the mentality that green eyes look better on a person, that straight hair looks better on a person." Alan Greenblatt for NPR hide caption

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Maybe someday Jerry won't be laughing at George's follicularly challenged scalp. But despite scientific advances there's still no cure for baldness. NBC/NBC via Getty Images hide caption

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Some treatments to straighten hair rely on formaldehyde, which can irritate the skin and lungs. It's also carcinogenic. Felipe Dana/AP hide caption

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