Can Afro Hair Be Transplanted?

Can Afro Hair Be Transplanted?

The short answer is yes, afro hair can be transplanted, but there is a small number of hair surgeons with experience in afro hair transplant. An afro hair transplant is especially difficult because the hair curls under the skin, making it more difficult to harvest and transplant.

Our hair is one of our best assets and plays a large role in how we are perceived by others. This may also play a large role in finding your partner attractive.

Our hair frames our face and can even show our personality. You can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their hairstyle. Some people like to show their spontaneity and creativity with their big lushes hair braided in the most beautiful pattern, while others prefer to look corporate and take a more formal look.

Whatever hair related problem you are struggling with, we will go out of our way to provide you with the best possible solution for your situation and budget.

The Hair Line Design

Before any surgery is done, the doctor will design your hairline. This can be seen as an art form in some ways, as the doctor will work out what hairline fits your face and would look most natural.

Here are some factors used by the doctor to determine the best hairline for your face:

  • Bone Structure – Your bone structure contributes to the shape of your face
  • Gender – Men’s hairline is very different from the hairline of women
  • The shape of the faceThe shape of your face plays a very big part.

Here are some examples of face shapes:

(see if you can determine what shape you are)

Hair Transplant techniques for afro hair

The transplant techniques used for afro hair is exactly the same as other hair types. The techniques most used are FUE and FUT. The difference, in a nutshell, is that in FUE, the doctor uses a punch to take out hair follicles one by one, and in FUT, a strip of hair is cut out from the back of your head, separated and then transplanted. These grafts are placed differently and is very sensitive to work with.

In some cases, a thicker punch may be used in FUE to make sure the curls do not get damaged.

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Afro Hair Transplant Recovery.

Recovery time will be different depending on what technique is used and how many grafts are needed.

Because FUE is such a minor surgery, recovery time is very short and depending on the number of graphs that were transplanted most people report little to almost no discomfort. It is advisable to take a day or 2 of work as it is a surgical procedure after all. Redness normally goes away after about 7 days

For FUT discomfort can be a bit more and your scalp will be very tender. Your doctor normally describes pain medication for several days. Most people are about to return to work 2-5 days after the operation.

In the recovery stage, it is important to gently wash your hair with the ant-bacterial shampoo that your doctor will prescribe. This will keep infection from occurring. Your doctor may also choose to prescribe antibiotics or anti-inflammatory drugs.

 

Finding the right Doctor

Finding the right doctor is crucial not just for someone with afro hair, but people suffering from hair loss in general.

It is important to realize that any medical doctor is able to perform hair surgery according to law. The problem is that you may find a doctor doing surgery that does not have the appropriate training or experience, and that can leave you with terrible results.

On the other hand, there are people posing as doctors, performing hair loss surgery legally with horrific consequences and potential health risks.

You may also find a doctor that specialize in straight hair with not much experience in transplanting afro or curly hair.

Here are some things to look out for:

  • Make sure the doctor is actually a medical doctor.
  • Determine their experience level by looking at the number of surgeries performed by them.
  • The most important part is to make sure that the doctor has experience with afro or curly hair.

 

Remember that we are here to help you, and we have already vetted hundreds of doctors all over the world to be able to provide you with the best doctor for your specific needs at no additional charge.

Complete a Free Hair Loss Assessment to start your journey to great hair today.

 

Cost of an afro Hair Transplant

Whether you need a Celebrity Hair Loss Surgeon or going for a budget option still with great results, we are here to help you.

The cost of hair surgery depends on a variety of factors, so firstly you need to find out what type of solution fits your specific needs.

 

Here are some examples of problems that may occur and possible solutions:

  • Hair loss due to dry scalp and constant scratching – Doctor can provide a cream to treat it
  • Hair loss because of a bacterial infection or another type of skin disorder – Doctor needs to send a sample to the lab to get tested and refer you to a dermatologist for treatment.
  • Minor Hair loss due to hereditary condition – Doctor may prescribe Minoxidil to treat pattern baldness
  • General Hair Loss – A hair transplant maybe your best option here and your hair loss doctor will decide what type of hair transplant option is the best for you by examining the donor area at the back of your head.

 

These are just some examples, and all of these solutions will have different cost implications.

 

The cost of a hair transplant surgery can vary depending on:

  • The country or city you are in.
  • The experience of the surgeon.
  • Whether the surgeon chooses to only work with celebrity and high-end Patients.

 

Remember that we at The Hair Link are here to help you get the right doctor in your area that fits your budget.

Start your journey by completing a Free Hair Loss Assessment Form, the assessment will be done by an experienced hair restoration doctor in your area that will give you the right advice to achieve perfect looking hair.

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Common causes for afro Hair Loss

Hair loss is very common in the African-Caribbean community, and it can be a sensitive subject for people who are prematurely losing their hair.

Based on research, hair loss can occur as a result of genetics, illness, lifestyle factors such as stress, and a condition such as traction alopecia.

  • Traction Alopecia – A common cause of hair loss and can occur because of the heavy use of chemical relaxers, tight braiding, and hair extensions over time. Once the scalp and follicles are damaged, hair may not grow back. Small patches of hair loss can get more visible and more evident as the condition becomes worse.
  • Telogen effluvium – People with Afro hair might encounter temporary hair loss due to stress, shock, or a traumatic event.
  • Scalp Conditions and disorders – From dry scalp and dandruff to eczema and dermatitis. They don’t directly cause hair loss, but the itchiness they cause can lead to scratching, that can damage your hair follicles and scalp, leading to partial hair loss.

 

Common Hair Loss Issues

There are many factors that can contribute to the occurrence of hair loss. Men are much more likely to experience hair loss. Hair loss can appear in many different ways, depending on what’s causing it.

Hair loss can appear suddenly or get more prevalent over a long period of time.  From a research study, when men start to age, 50% are completely or almost completely bald, while for females, hair loss starts when they’re on the postmenopausal stage.  People typically lose 50 to 100 hairs a day. This can’t be noticed because new hair is growing at the same time. Hair loss occurs when new hair doesn’t replace the hair that has fallen out.

The most common cause of hair is hereditary male or female pattern baldness. In some cases, hair loss may occur with a simple halt in the cycle of hair growth.  There are also medical conditions that can cause hair loss like thyroid disease, alopecia areata, and scalp infections or ringworm.

 

Some tips for Healthy Afro hair:

It is often thought that afro hair is very hard to maintain and hard to look after. Guys are most often the first to head over to the barbershop as soon as that hair goes over an inch. Having a routine is the best way of keeping your hair looking sharp every day.

Great looking afro hair is not achieved by purchasing the best hair product on the market, in fact, in many cases, the key to maintaining stronger and healthier hair is eliminating most of the unnecessary hair care products and going for something more natural.

Here are some great ways to ensure your hair gets the right kind of attention:

1.  Do not wash your hair too often 

Your hair’s shine relies on its natural oils or sebum. We all want to look and feel clean but washing your hair too often can actually strip your hair of its natural oils and can cause dryness and itching that leads to excessive scratching and this will cause damage to hair follicles that can defiantly cause hair loss in the long run.

So, make sure to only wash your hair once a week and if you are already noticing some hair loss, make sure to use a shampoo free from sulphate. Sulphate-based shampoos do a very good job of cleaning your hair, but it can also do an equally good job at removing your natural oil and damage your already fragile hair in the process. So, try to stay away from shampoos with harsh chemicals and invest in something natural.

2.  Use a silicone-free Conditioner

Use any good quality silicone-free hair conditioner you can find. It will not only make your hair softer and more manageable, but It will also reduce unnecessary friction between the strands that keep it from breaking or damaging when brushing or combing. This is an important step as it protects against damage to the hair and scalp.

Why silicon-free you might ask, well while silicon provides an extra sheen, its shine is not long-lasting and leads to product buildup that results in hair damage, something you need to avoid, especially if you are already having some hair loss problems.

3. Use a good hair moisturizer

If you only take one piece of advice from this article, this would be the most important. Moisturize your hair! This is not only essential for glossy, strong and healthy hair, bit this will also help your hair grow faster.

Afro hair is prone to breakage, so moisturize your hair after washing and conditioning, to keep your hair supple and strong.

4. Protect your hair.

 Your hair dislikes pretty much anything your skin do, so keep that in mind the next time you stand in the rain or go to town on your hair with a scorching hot blow-dryer.

Here are some things that may damage your hair:

  • Rain – Displaces moisture and makes your hair frizzy and also removes oil.
  • Heat – Dries out your hair and scalp that increases the chance of breakage.
  • Bleaching – Bleaching hair is a big no-no for already damaged hair.

If the weather is ridiculously hot, rainy, snowy or the air is super dry, try to protect your hair with a headscarf or bandana, and rather use a microfiber towel to remove most of the moisture, and blow-dry with cold air.

7. Eat Healthily

Keep away from processed foods and anything in a box. Rather eat healthy unprocessed foods, like foods full of healthy oils and fats, such as salmon, olives, nuts, vegetables, avocados, provide the vitamins and nutrients your hair needs to stay healthy and strong and you will never look back.

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