How Black African American Hair Restoration is Unique

Since Black African American hair has a distinctive root and due to the curly nature of the hair, a hair transplant is more difficult to do than a hair transplant on Caucasian or Asian hair. Despite these challenges, Dr. Yates’ extensive experience has made him a sought after doctor because of the exceptional skills he brings as a hair transplant surgeon. Even though there are similarities between black curly hair and other hair for hair restoration, the black curly hair has unique features that make it more challenging. The following outlines the differences between the types of hair.

  • African American’s hair line can have both a low hair line and a medium high hair line, while Caucasian men have a high hair line and Asian men typically have a low hair line.
  • The Black curly hair and the roots are easily damaged if conventional techniques and tools are utilized. Dr. Yates has developed a special method that places the hair grafts in using a “screw in” pattern that ensures that the transplant will be healthy and will not damage the bulbs.
  • The thick curly nature of the Black hair offers more coverage than straight thing hair. This allows for less hair to be transplanted while still providing sufficient coverage.
  • Since many Black men tend to shave their hairline in a very straight line, the Black’s zigzag line is much smaller than Caucasian or Asian’s zigzag lines.
  • When hair is straight or wavy, the angle placement is very important. However, with the Black curly hair, the angle placement is not as important. Dr. Yates will follow the hair’s natural angle and vary the degree at different locations to ensure natural growth, which will allow the patient to comb their hair in any manner they want.
  • Is it less efficient to remove curly black hair than it is for straight hair due to the increased change of damage to the hair bulbs. This is the case with the FUE technique more so than with the Strip harvesting method.
  • Since the skin tone is medium to dark, the redness post op is usually not noticeable. If any redness did occur, it would subside faster than skin that is pale white “Histamine positive” skin.