Frizzy Afro hair, found in certain African populations, has a natural texture and structure that is very different from that of straight, curly or wavy hair. Indeed, contrary to the latter, Afro hair grows in the shape of a spring and gives the head of hair a more dense and voluminous appearance. It is to be noted that Afro hair also curls underneath the skin, at its root, at the follicle level.
This hair structure has a purpose : it is meant to better protect the scalp from the sun, creating a natural barrier again its rays. Below we will detail the specific characteristics of Afro hair and will discuss the prevalence of balding symptoms in African populations as well as the best solutions to treat such symptoms with hair transplant methods.
Afro hair is particularly thick and dense. Contrary to other types of hair, it has a flat structure as opposed to a tubular structure and it grows close to the scalp, flattening around its root, so as to efficiently protect the scalp from the sun rays. There are various types of Afro hair :
Contrary to popular belief, the thin and fragile types of hair found in Europe and Asia aren’t the only types that are prone to alopecia. Indeed, Afro hair can also present balding symptoms that can result from various factors.
Afro hair alopecia can be observed along the hairline or at the vertex, on top of the head. Several factors can explain this balding process.
Hair transplant is the most effective way to treat balding in patients with frizzy Afro hair. The procedure involves the graft of individual hair follicles from the back of the patient’s head, close to the neck. These hairs along with their entire follicles are then implanted with a micro transplant technique in the balding areas of the scalp, usually the top of the head, the hairline of the temple areas. Using this Afro hair micro transplant method, it is possible to regain volume and density. The results are particularly