Afro Hair Transplants
Currently, hair loss in the African-Caribbean community is a widespread issue for both men and women. Especially for women it is a very emotional subject, which we are very well aware of and thus we are even more accommodating and sensitive.
We very often perform transplants for Afro hair; in fact, we are the only hair transplant clinic specializing in Afro hair and having had so many male and female clients with Afro hair.
Because of this expertise, we were chosen from Channel 4 to perform an Afro hair transplant procedure during their second Bodyshockers series with Katie Piper for a lady called Natalie Rose, who was suffering from Traction Alopecia (which is the most common hair loss condition for African-Caribbean females).
Traction Alopecia is a hair loss condition caused by chemical relaxers, extensions, or even tight braiding.You can read all aboutNatalie’s story hereand you can read all aboutTraction Alopecia here.
Several men with Afro hair prefer to shave their head if they have extensive baldness, but that look does not always suit everyone’s face.The majority of females with Afro hair usually wear wigs to cover their baldness, which can be very annoying during warm weather or when doing sports or other activities which can increase the body temperature and cause sweating.
Besides aesthetics (improving their appearance and look younger), that’s another reason that more and more Afro-Caribbean people (especially females) are considering having a hair transplant.
Hair transplant for individuals of African-Caribbean origin is more complicated than the ones for Asian or Caucasian ethnicities because of the curly shaped hair and root.
Therefore, it is very important that a hair transplant clinic has enough experience and understanding to accommodate for that specific factor (and a few others that we will mention later on).
With the modern hair styles and the hair being worn extremely short, the FUE individual extraction method is becoming more appealing than before for Afro-Caribbean men, but in most cases this is not the most appropriate method to use.
Afro hair curls under the skin also, not the visible portion only. Therefore, the hair follicles usually take up more space.
That is the reason why the FUE individual extraction method is not really suitable for Afro hair, especially for big areas. If we use the standard small instruments (as we normally do for FUE) in order to extract the hair (so we won’t leave any visible scars), the follicles will be damaged and they won’t be suitable for planting (if we implant them to another area, they won’t grow back).
If we use bigger instruments, we will be able to extract the follicles without damaging them but then there is a greater risk of ending up with lot of lumpy scars at the back of the head, since people with dark skin (like people originated from Africa, Caribbean and south India) are prone to keloid scarring (scars grow lumpy and larger than the wound they are healing).
This curly nature of the hair means that the individual extraction is difficult and usually impossible to perform on Afro hair, even though mixed race patients regularly have straighter, less tight curls that allows FUE to be carried out.
Moreover, if the balding/thinning area to cover is very small, then an FUE individual extraction could work, but we will need to see someone for a consultation in order to see what result we can achieve.You can book a consultation here.
Although costly, we could also perform a test and see if an FUE individual extraction could actually work, without damaging the follicles and scarring the scalp.You can contact us here to request for an FUE test on black hair.
Curly black hair must be obtained with high precision and that’s why the extraction method that we are normally using for Afro hair is the FUT (strip) method.You can read all about the FUT hair transplant method here. After extracting and preparing the hair, we can then implant them individually and place them in such a manner that they match the existing hair angles.
Afro Hair Transplant Procedure Challenges/Differences
Cultural sensitivity and adequate knowledge of the physiology and anatomy of the black hair follicle is a crucial requirement for a successful black hair transplant. An Afro hair transplant procedure usually poses the following distinct set of challenges for a hair transplant clinic:
1. The hairline shape is different and appears to be straighter with a more closed off frontotemporal outline than in other ethnicities.
2. As already mentioned above, due to the curly nature of the follicle, it can be very challenging to individually extract the hair follicles without destroying them.
3. Also during the follicle preparation phase the clinic needs to have not only a skilled surgeon but also skilled, qualified and experienced assistants, who will utilize the right tools and technology to separate and clean the follicles and make them suitable for implantation.
4. Finally, during implantation, the surgeon needs to use his technical and artistic skills in order to mark the areas where the hairs will be implanted, taking into consideration how close each hair will be with each other (since the hair will grow curly) but also use the right instruments in order not to make very big incisions and therefore minimize the risk of scarring.
For all those distinct characteristics, an Afro hair transplant needs more time, more staff, more skills and more effort.
Afro Hair Transplant Procedure Benefits
African-Caribbean hair transplantation can be very rewarding for both men and women since the black hair curliness will provide an impression of a very good hair density.
And this can be very beneficial following an Afro hair transplant, since the result will be much better than from an equivalent hair transplant procedure with straight hair.
In retrospect, besides its various difficulties and challenges, hair restoration for Afro-Caribbean hair can be equally (if not, even more) successful as for other ethnicities, if it is performed with the right tools and expertise at the right clinic.
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