Afro hair transplant
What's the difference?
People of African descent have a wide range of haircuts and hairstyles to choose from, thanks to the nature of their hair.
Afro hair doesn’t grow straight like Asian or Caucasian hair; instead, it grows curly. Unfortunately, this fact makes Afro hair transplants more complicated than hair transplants for straight hair.
This is why it’s important to have a skilled surgeon carry out the procedure. At Cosmedica Clinic, you’re in good hands.
What is the difference
between Afro hair and straight hair?
Curly hair is the natural hair of Africans, Afro-Americans, Afro Caribbeans, or anyone of African descent. In the box, you can see the major features that differentiate Afro hair from the straight hair that Asians, Europeans, and other ethnicities have.
The curly roots of Afro hair present a major challenge during hair transplantation. Surgeons have to be careful when extracting and implanting hair follicles so they don’t damage the surrounding hair roots. Usually, they have to perform a test to see just how many grafts they can get out without upsetting the other hair roots.
However, the kinky and curly nature of African hair makes it hold hairstyles that other hair types can’t: waves, afro cuts, hair extensions, curls, intricate braids, twists, etc.
Afro hair is usually thick and dense. A typical healthy black person has about a hundred thousand hair strands.
Unlike bone-straight Asian hair, afro hair grows into very tight curls. Sometimes, these curls refuse to straighten even after combing or brushing.
The tightness of afro curls makes them seem hard, but in fact, these hair strands are actually fragile and break easily. This is usually noticed in traction hair loss or when combing.
Caucasian hair grows at about 1.2 cm a month, Asian hair grows at 1.3 cm a month, while afro hair grows at 0.9 cm per month.
Unlike other hair types, afro hair follicles twist and curl even below the skin. In other words, Africans have curly hair roots.
Do hair transplants work for Afro hair?
Yes. Whether you’re Afro-American or Afro-Caribbean, you can undergo a hair transplant procedure to regrow your lost hair. However, it isn’t as simple as it is for Asian and European hair. This is because of the dense and curly nature of African hair.
If you’re of African descent, you must confirm that the hair transplant surgeon you choose has experience with afro hair transplants. Several complications can arise if a surgeon who’s inexperienced with afro hair treats your hair.
However, if you’re getting your hair transplantation in Turkey, you don’t need to worry. Turkey has several hair transplant clinics and hair transplant specialists that offer professional afro hair transplant surgeries. Our clinic is one of them.
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Afro hair transplant for men
Black men, like most men, will probably suffer from androgenic alopecia at some point, losing their frontal and vertex hair. Though this cause is purely genetic, hair loss can sometimes also be caused by ageing, stress, or illness.
Some medications can also be the culprit for hair loss, especially if you experience a sudden and intense amount of hair shedding.
Cosmedica Clinic has hair transplant surgeons who can provide a successful hair transplant for black men at affordable prices.
Afro hair transplant for women
Apart from androgenic alopecia, African women also suffer from traction alopecia. This alopecia mostly results from tight braids, cornrows, and twists, making women lose their hair around the hairline.
Afro hair transplantation procedures for women can be very delicate and may require the hair to be shaved for easier implanting. Turkey has some experts who can handle this procedure and restore all lost hair.
It is important to note that since afro hair grows slowly, you may have to wait a little longer for your hair to regrow. You will see the transplanted hair sprouting after about 10 to 12 months. This is how long it takes for all the hair grafts to grow fully.
Which technique is best suited for afro hair?
The best hair transplant techniques for Afro hair are the FUE and the DHI methods.
Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a hair transplant method that involves removing individual hair follicles from the donor area with a special tool and implanting them in the target areas. It is a time-consuming process but is preferred because it yields better results than the outdated FUT method. There are four FUE methods in general:
Handheld motorized FUE
The method used will depend on the results of your hair loss diagnosis and your surgeon’s expertise.
The Direct Hair Implantation (DHI) method is an advanced method where each hair follicle is extracted and implanted using a Choi pen. The pen protects the delicate hair grafts from damage during transplantation.
The only downside of this method is that surgery takes longer. Depending on the number of grafts needed, your surgery might span two days.
Why should you come to Cosmedica Clinic for your Afro hair transplant?
Afro hair transplant surgeries can be complicated, which is why you must seek out an experienced professional. An inexperienced surgeon may damage neighbouring hair roots during follicle removal because afro hair roots twist and curl, sometimes touching each other.
Also, when carrying out a hair transplant for afro hair, the angle of implantation is very important to preserve the curly nature of the hair. Otherwise, it won’t retain its natural kinky, curly appearance after healing.
At Cosmedica Clinic, you needn’t worry about any of these. All hair transplant operations are carried out by Dr. Levent Acar, a skilled professional with years of experience. Dr. Levent Acar uses the DHI Sapphire and FUE Sapphire methods for his patients.
The DHI Micro Sapphire method is a highly technical method that involves using a very sharp and fine scalpel made of precious Sapphire gemstone to make the incisions. This method allows for smaller incisions and less scarring, speeding up the healing process. Dr. Acar uses this method successfully to preserve the naturally curly nature of afro hair.
So, if you’re seeking a professional hair clinic to get an afro hair transplant in Turkey, then Cosmedica is just right for you.