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Afro Hair Transplant

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.

Characteristics and specificities of Afro hair

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 :

  • Type 4a : this type of Afro hair has very tight curls which generally have an S shape. The head of hair therefore has a very dense look and allows for better hydration of hair fibres. This type of Afro hair is less dry than the second type described below.
  • Type 4b : this type of Afro hair doesn’t actually have curls, the strands make Z shapes. This structure makes the head of hair look lighter, less dense and the overall appearance is more voluminous. Type 4b Afro hair has the particular characteristic of curling onto itself, effectively « entangling » itself. This type of hair therefore appears to be shorted that other types.
  • Type 4c : this type of Afro hair doesn’t have an S or a Z shape pattern, there are no actual curls. The hair texture resembles that of cotton strands and the head of hair is therefore drier, making it more delicate and brittle.

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.

Is Afro hair alopecia common ?

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.

  • Extensions and braids : this practice, very common on Afro hair, consists in adding hair strands and entire locks using various methods but mainly by weaving. This allows for a quick enhancement by adding extra length and/or volume to the hairstyle. Even though the result generally looks great, braids and extensions put a lot of stress on the hair and have a very strong and persistent traction effect of the hair, effectively pulling it away from the scalp. This tends to affect negatively the hair bulb : the follicle retreats and falls faster than it would naturally. A few years down the line, this vulnerable follicle won’t able to renew itself any longer.
  • Un-frizzing : as opposed to European types of hair, frizzy hair is often affected by lesser hydration and a lack of sebum. This means the hair is more vulnerable and more fragile, so stresses of all kinds will affect it more. Unfrizzing techniques, which use hot plates to flatten curls, break hair strands and cause increased hair loss over time. Also, this technique prevent natural hair growth to occur as frequently as it otherwise would.

Afro hair loss treatment through hair transplant

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

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