Hair loss does not discriminate between different ethnicities, although whites in general experience more hair loss, black men and women suffer from it, albeit to a lesser extent. Since African American hair has a specific curly type of hair root, the transplantation operations require more attention and proficiency. However there won’t be any difference between restoration of African-American hair follicles and the other hair types in terms of success of the procedures, with the intervention of a specialized medical team.
The thick and curly nature of the afro hair can be considered a beneficial factor for the transplantation process; the texture of afro hair promotes the coverage as opposed to straighter hair types, allowing to the doctor operate with a limited amount of hair follicles.
Struggling with receding hairline or thinning of the hair and having patch spots on the scalp, is usually a sufficient criterion expected to meet for a afro hair transplant. However, during the consultation, your doctor will examine your condition in order to determine whether you have adequate amount of donor hair as well as your general health and possible medical conditions, to proceed with the operation.
Hair loss in black women is usually the result of tight braids or chemical straightening agents and is called traction alopecia. Before the transplant, the hair is analyzed and the actual causes that led to hair loss are investigated. The doctor will find the most suitable transplant solution for the case.
The procedure of afro hair transplantation does not differ from the other techniques; the basic principle is still the same: hair follicles are extracted from the donor site with the help of a punch, and they are implanted to the targeted area where the hair loss is evident. For most natural looking results, strategically positioning the curly hair follicles with accurate angle and direction is the key issue.
Prior the transplant session, the doctor together with the patient will decided on which hair transplantation method will be more suitable. Both FUE and DHI technique can be applied in afro hair transplant.