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Afro Hair Transplant

Why is it a unique process?

SHIFT has always taken pride in providing high-quality, personalised services which ensure the best results for patients. The SHIFT team has extensive experience in hair transplantation and are skilled at working with a wide variety of hair types.

One of the team’s most important areas of specialisation is in working with African hair, which is something which sets SHIFT apart from other hair transplant clinics in Turkey. African hair can require extra care and attention, but in expert hands the results can be very rewarding.

An African American wearing Ray-Ban staring at something.

Hair transplant in for Africans happens to be different in many ways.

How does African hair differ from European or Asian hair?

African hair is different from European or Asian hair in that the roots also tend to be curly, which can make graft extraction difficult. African hair also tends to be less dense in terms of the number of strands than European or Asian hair, with people of African heritage normally having less individual hairs on their head than European or Asian people. However, the curly texture of African hair means that it gives an impression of thickness and fullness.

It is interesting to note that there are differences between categories of African hair, as well as between African, European and Asian hair in general. People of East African heritage are likely to have looser curls than those of West African/Caribbean heritage, and the roots of their hair are likely to be straighter. People of mixed heritage also tend to have looser hair.

How do these differences impact on hair transplantation? 

Perhaps the biggest challenge when transplanting African hair is in graft extraction. Because the roots are curvy, they are much more difficult to extract safely, and it can be necessary to use tools with a wider diameter in order to extract the grafts without causing damage. In patients with extremely tight curls, it can sometimes be the case that any type of extraction would risk damaging either the grafts or the skin in the surrounding area. In this case, the team would advise patients that it would be best not to continue the operation. It is normally possible to establish whether the patient would be suitable based on the photos sent during the initial consultation by WhatsApp or email. Under no circumstances would the team continue a procedure that they felt was not helpful for the patient.

A sad African American in a blue shirt.

In African American men, angle placement of hair is not that important unlike that of Asian or Caucasian patients.

In patients with looser curls, it can be easier to transplant hair, but special care must still be taken. In particular, it is normally best to use the FUE or FUT Techniques when working with African hair, because the curved nature of African hair roots means that they can easily be damaged during the DHI (which involves placing the grafts into a pen for implantation).

Finally, it is important to note that as well as the difference in hair texture, people of African heritage normally have different hairlines to those of European descent, with African hairlines normally being straighter. It is important to take this into consideration in order to create a natural-looking result which is well-suited to the heritage and personal characteristics of each patient.

Afro Hair Transplant at SHIFT

SHIFT has extensive experience in working with Afro hair, offering it the care and devotion that will yield the beautiful results that it deserves. SHIFT is always mindful of the needs of every patient, and this personalised approach produces stunning results when working with patients with Afro hair.

 

References:

Chiswick Hair Clinic 2017, A Guide to Afro Hair Transplants, accessed 18 May 2019,

FUE Hair Transplant Clinics n.d., Afro Hair Transplants, accessed 18 May 2019,

Modena Hair Institute n.d., African Americans: How Ethnicity Plays a Role in Hair Transplants, accessed 18 May 2019,

Yates, W. D. 2014, Hair Restoration in African Americans, ISHRS, accessed 18 May 2019,