Unlike other types of hair, treating and restoring Afro and Caribbean hair loss isn’t an easy feat. There are very few Afro and Caribbean hair specialists who can offer the level of expert treatment that’s required for Caribbean hair transplant, and other forms of hair restoration for this type of hair. Visit our London Hair Transplant Clinic (LHTC) to consult with our seasoned cosmetologists with years of experience in treating and restoring Afro and Caribbean hair loss.
The reason why Afro and Caribbean hair is different is that the roots are naturally curly. As a result, the donor hair follicle can sometimes be damaged during extraction, or the hair could turn out to be too curly to have successful transplantation. Moreover, Afro and Caribbean hair often have a much lower density compared to Caucasian, Asian and Indian hair. Therefore, for the best results, the extraction process for transplant procedures requires an extremely skilled hand of a Caribbean and Afro hair specialist.
Even though Afro and Caribbean hair transplant procedures require an extra set of special skills, the procedure is performed using the same hair transplant methods such as the FUE and FUT, depending on what the patient needs. At our LHTC facility, before starting the extraction process, a Caribbean and Afro hair specialist will help you understand how the operation differs in characteristics from the usual process carried out on straight-haired patients.
Afro hair curls beneath the skin, and not just the visible portion alone. Therefore, straightening the hair with hair a relaxer doesn’t straighten the subcutaneous part of the hair. This subcutaneous curling, therefore, means that hair grafts for Afro and Caribbean hair transplants will require more extraction space. As such, there will be a need for larger incisions but they won’t be dense.
The curl underneath the hair strands also means that Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is difficult and often impossible to conduct on Afro and Caribbean hair. Thus, the FUT or strip method can be used should extraction of hair via FUE proves too difficult. On the contrary, mixed-race individuals usually have straighter hair, and less tight curls easily allowing for FUE to be carried out. So, if you are of mixed-race descent, there’s a chance that the procedure will be easier for you.
At LHTC your assigned Afro and Caribbean hair specialist will work exclusively with either the FUE or FUT extraction process. In the extraction process, individual hair strands are carefully extracted from donor areas, normally towards the back of the head, before they get transplanted to thinly covered areas. Our hair transplant surgeons have a track record of near-perfect success rates thanks to the years of conducting the procedure.
In the majority of Afro and Caribbean hair transplant procedures, there aren’t any side effects that patients need to worry about. But sometimes, a small percentage of patients with this type of hair can could experience a problem with healing known as Keloid formation after FUE. It’s a condition where large thick scars end up forming even after smaller skin trauma.
Again, this is not always a problem for FUE but it could happen for patients who have undergone Afro and Caribbean hair transplant operations. For the best results, our Caribbean and Afro hair specialist surgeons recommend scheduling a small FUE test session so to determine whether FUE will work on your hair or not.
The restoration of your long naturally curly Afro or Caribbean hair will rekindle your self-confidence. You’ll no longer have to worry about hiding your thinning or lost hair with hats, caps, scarves, wigs, weaves, toupees, or any other hair covering paraphernalia. As long as you go to the right Caribbean and Afro hair specialist, you can once again go back to walking with your head held high, rocking your vibrant, youthful-looking hair.
Call any of our Afro and Caribbean hair specialist surgeons for a free consultation today, or book a meeting!