Flocking is feasible for many people, regardless of race. Nonetheless, African Americans may need a special awareness of their unique hair growth dynamics to achieve the most important results.
Many African Americans experiencing hair loss do not believe that they are good candidates for hair transplant treatment because of the unique nature of their hair. This is a long-standing misunderstanding. In fact, the curly nature of black follicles offers benefits to African-American flocking clients. “Curl” gives the illusion of higher density. Therefore, fewer hair grafts are needed to get clear results. The challenge arises in the harvest of curly hair, which can cause cutting and results in lower yields if not performed by a skilled clinician.
Understand some important dynamics of African-American hair transplantation.
Causes of African-American Hair Loss
Like other communities, African-American hair loss occurs for multiple reasons. Let’s take a look at some of them.
Androgenetic alopecia is the leading cause of hair loss in all ethnic groups. And that’s one of the most common problems doctors see with African-American patients as well. DHT, a hormone that reduces hair follicles with age, often causes androgenetic alopecia.
Each of us sheds hair every day — people of all ages shed 100 to 125 hairs every day. This hair normally regenerates and is not noticed when it becomes weak.
However, for those who are susceptible to DHT, hair follicles slowly diminish with age and the returning hair becomes thinner. The follicle eventually dies and does not re-grow.
Alopecia areata is a condition in which the immune system attacks the hair follicles. The body misidentifies these follicles as invading infections and seeks to eliminate them. This can cause temporary and permanent hair loss. Alopecia is more prevalent among African Americans.
Traction alopecia, which cannot be cured without hair transplantation, can also affect black men. This can be caused by regularly tightening the hair and returning it to a tight hairstyle.
Because textured hair is fragile, long-term hairstyles such as braiding, twisting, and weaving are popular in the black community. Unfortunately, these styles can cause damage and hair loss by overburdening the roots of the hair.
Anemia can also cause hair loss, according to some studies. Anemia occurs when the body does not produce enough red blood cells to transport oxygen around the body. It can cause fatigue and discomfort.
Sickle cell disease can cause anemia and significantly afflict people with African heritage.1 in 365 blacks  There is sickle cell anemia in the United States.
What makes black men’s hair recovery unique?
There are some unique issues associated with African-American hair loss. These are just a few examples:
Black hair is naturally curly, but the tightness and structure of the curls vary from person to person. People may have different curl patterns on their hair at the same time. Hair near the nape can be thick and hair on the crown can be thin.
The angle at which the hair follicles are reinserted into the scalp during a hair follicle transplant determines how much subsequent hair growth shrinks. Each hair follicle should be properly placed to ensure that fresh hair growth is perfectly aligned with the adjacent area.
Textured hair is more delicate than other hair types and the roots are vulnerable to damage. This is because the hair shaft is considerably thicker than other types of hair and the curls extend to the root. Large curved roots make hair follicle extraction and transplantation more difficult and increase the risk of injury.
How to plant hair for African American hair
Advanced hair growth surgery, such as hair follicle unit extraction, can be a very successful treatment for African-American people experiencing hair loss, combined with the expertise of professional hair transplant surgeons. The unique characteristics of follicles require skills and specific skills for donor extraction in both FUT and FUE surgery. As a result, using these procedures results in good growth and, of course, results that look as natural as possible.
Some of the most common hair transplant treatments for blacks are:
Hair follicle unit transplantation (FUT)
Hair follicle unit transplantation (FUT)  Is a surgical treatment that involves extracting strips of the scalp containing healthy hair follicles from a densely covered area of hair and transplanting them into the bald area.
Some hair transplanters find this treatment ideal for African-American hair because of the additional complications of collecting hair follicles. They believe that this method makes it easy to extract healthy hair follicles without causing the keloid scars that African Americans are susceptible to.
However, this treatment leaves a noticeable linear scar. This may be more difficult for black men to hide, as they generally keep very short hair.
In hair follicle unit extraction or FUE, instead of cutting a strip of scalp from the donor’s location, the hair follicle is plucked straight from the scalp. Unlike the FUT stripping procedure, which causes prominent linear scarring, FUE  There are no obvious scars, it is almost non-invasive, and the recovery period is shortened.
MAXIM Hair Restoration uses only cutting-edge technology available in the African-American community.
It is easy to cut (cut) the donor’s hair follicles during the harvesting process. If you try to collect 2,000 grafts, using suboptimal techniques and / or with inexperienced hands, the procedure can only yield 1,000 to 1,500. This is why many African Americans have traditionally hesitated to get a hair transplant.
Scalp micropigment (SMP)
Scalp micropigment Also known as SMP, is a non-surgical procedure that involves placing a microscopic clinical tattoo on a bald scalp to reproduce the appearance of shaved hair follicles. This technique is safe for men of all ethnicities, not just women. It can be used alone or in combination with surgical treatment to improve results.
Short haircuts are so common in African-American groups that micropigment techniques are especially popular.
You can get good results with black hair transplants by using any of the above steps. MAXIM doctors or clinicians may recommend a combination of procedures, also known as hybrid hair restoration. If you’re African-American and wondering about hair recovery, take the important step of scheduling a private consultation with MAXIM’s experienced staff. I will be happy to help you.
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4. Gallagher, Grace. (May 28, 2019). Everything you need to know about scalp micropigments. https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/scalp-micropigmentation