An afro hair transplant is often one of the most complex forms of FUE hair transplant procedure. It can give you a natural result and provides hair growth in areas where you may have previously begun balding. Starting your afro hair transplant journey can often feel like a daunting task, and you may feel unsure about the process.
It can be difficult to know if you have done enough research on the subject, and as a result, it can be difficult to know if you are making the correct decision in getting the procedure. Now you need to look no further as we tell you everything you need to know about afro hair transplants; from hair type to hair care, we cover all bases.
Afro hair types
Afro hair is big, bold, and beautiful. In order for you to understand how to treat your hair, you need to first identify what afro hair type you have. Do you have curly, wavy, or straight afro hair?
Typically, your hair type will fall under a category ranging from A to C. The letter indicates what type of curl you have on your head. As the alphabet progresses, the more tightly wound the curls are to your head. Let’s break each one down to find out more about each afro hair type.
Afro curly hair
Afro curly hair falls under a few different subcategories. You’ve got your large, bouncy curls which have bigger volume. Afro curly hair can be prone to frizz, which can result in dryness, so it is advised that you deep condition your hair often.
Wavy afro hair
If you have wavy Afro hair, then think of your hair as having a pattern. You can have large waves down to more beach waves which are tighter and typically easier to style. This hair type can have similar quantities to straight hair and can be less voluminous than afro curly hair types.
Straight afro hair
Straight afro hair has no-curl or wave pattern. This hair type is often more resilient as it is hard to curl. However, it is typically easier to handle than other hair types as you are less likely to experience issues such as dryness and brittle ends.
Afro hair vs straight hair
You may be surprised to know that your hair type differs due to the angle that your hair follicles grow. For instance, each individual strand of afro hair grows in a tiny shape at an angle. This is what gives this hair type its denser look in comparison to straight hair. It has been suggested that straight hair tends to be on the shinier side as the natural oils of the hair can travel from the root to the tip as the hair follicles are straight. In comparison to straight hair, afro hair has various types of hair textures, from wavy to coiled.
Afro hair loss
If you take the right precautions to look after your afro hair, then typically, you won’t need to worry about hair loss until later in life. However, regardless of your age, hair loss is a concern for many, and the cause of hair loss can differ amongst people.
Afro hair loss can be caused by mistreatment of your hair, alopecia, and it can even be caused by a number of issues related to stress. Telogen Effluvium is a common issue related to stress. This is where you experience a temporary form of hair loss as a result of stress or a traumatic event.
Although it can be difficult, there are plenty of ways that you can help manage stress, like trying out relaxation techniques and working on a healthier diet/exercise routine. Stress is something that we all experience in our lifetime, and it can be difficult to avoid, but by taking a few steps in the right direction, not only can you help reduce your stress levels, but you can also help improve your chances of avoiding hair loss.
Afro hair treatment
Afro hair loss can be treated in a few different ways. You can turn to non-surgical hair loss treatments by combining both Minoxidil and Finasteride, which is a well-known treatment course that can help encourage hair growth. Multiple studies have shown this to be a successful method. However, if that doesn’t work for you, then there is always the option to have surgical afro hair transplant treatments like an FUE hair transplant which we will delve into further detail soon.
Afro hair transplant
Typically, an afro hair transplant is more complex than other hair transplant procedures. This is due to the fact that afro hair is curled to the root. This can make it difficult to extract curly hair follicles without destroying them individually. Afro hair follicles are often not visible; this is because they tend to curve underneath the skin. Because of this, it is crucial that you have an experienced surgeon on hand to assess your needs and then perform the procedure. It is important to note that this should not make you feel disheartened as it is still possible to have a successful afro hair transplant, and many people around the world have. It is certainly a more complex process, but this doesn’t make it impossible.
FUE afro hair transplant
If you have conducted any research into afro hair transplants, then you may be familiar with the term FUE, otherwise known as a Follicular Unit Excision. These types of hair transplants are a viable option for afro hair. This treatment requires extraction of hair from donor areas at the back and sides of the head, which are then transferred to the area of the scalp where it is needed. This is a precise but typically minimally invasive procedure.
Compared to Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT), an FUE procedure can leave minimal hair transplant scarring due to the technique applied, removing individual hair follicles rather than a strip. Individuals with darker skin tend to be more prone to keloid formation, so an FUE procedure is a route to go if possible. This is why it is important to choose a professional hair transplant clinic that you can trust.
Afro hair care
Many people are often concerned about the aftercare period of an afro hair transplant. There is no need to worry as an afro hair transplant is usually easy to recover from and should only take up to two weeks. You will need to wait for at least five days until you can wash your hair, and then you must do so as gently as possible. It is advised that you do not use a comb during the recovery period after an afro hair transplant procedure. For more advice on this, please visit our hair transplant aftercare page for more information.
The importance of experience
It should be noted from the outset that an FUE hair transplant involving afro hair is one of the most complex. Afro hair is very different from Asian or Caucasian hair in its nature. This means it is vital that a hair transplant clinic offers you experience in performing the FUE treatment with this particular hair type.
Despite the differences in Afro hair, the FUE transplant procedure uses exactly the same technique and just requires some special measures to be taken. For example, the hair grafts for an afro hair transplant require more space, and need incisions that are slightly larger, yet further apart. Why? As mentioned above, it’s due to the fact that afro hair curls under the skin as well as over it.
How The Treatment Rooms can help you
Getting an afro hair transplant can be an unnerving process, but the team at The Treatment Rooms London can help you through every step of the process, giving you reassurance and expert advice from the beginning of the process through to the completion of aftercare.
Our aim is to give you the best quality results for your hair transplant, with a recovery plan provided and surgeons on call to ensure you get the result that you want. If you would like to make a booking for an afro hair transplant with the team, then you can do this by visiting our contact page, where you can take the first steps of your afro hair transplant journey.
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