Hair restoration: a viable option for African women dealing with hairline loss

If you’re an African woman dealing with hair loss or thinning, you’re not alone. This affects almost half of all black women at some point in their life, which stems from the hair braids pulling, wig glue or tight cornrows. You’ve tried various products and treatments, but nothing seems to work. 

Often something of a taboo subject, sadly many women do not seek help when they experience hair loss and thinning. But hair is an important symbol of beauty, identity and culture for many women in general – and hair loss and thinning can cause distress, affecting self-esteem and confidence. 

The good news is that there is a solution that can help. 

According to Dr Kashmal Kalan, globally renowned hair restoration expert and medical director of the Alvi Armani hair transplant clinic, hair transplantation is a viable and highly effective option for African women to reverse the damage caused by common hair practices such as using relaxers, hot irons and weaves.

“Traction alopecia is a common type of alopecia among African patients – more common than many people may think. It’s caused by tight hairstyles like braids, cornrows and twists as well as chemical treatments like relaxers which can lead to burns and hair loss,” he explains.

A revolutionary treatment such as Alvi Armani’s follicular unit extraction (FUE) technique, which has been practised and perfected over 20 years, offers an effective answer for women suffering from hair loss and thinning. This method can restore your natural hairline and density, and has a very short healing period. 

Why should African women consider hair transplants?

When it comes to restoring your hair to its former glory, not all treatments are equally effective or successful. Finding the right clinic with the right methods for your unique needs is crucial. 

Dr Kalan notes that clinics with experience in hair transplants on African patients are careful to avoid keloid scarring, which is more common among African hair types. He therefore encourages prospective patients to first conduct thorough research to make an informed decision.

“What makes hair transplants different and sometimes challenging for African hair types is the unique curl of the follicle. It has an unpredictable root base, which can make it difficult to obtain the roots of the follicles – which is what is required for hair restoration surgery. The skin is also a lot thicker, and the skin surface can distort during extraction.

“So, when considering your options, you need to speak to a qualified consultant regarding your specific needs to find the solution best suited to you. It’s important to first determine what is causing your hair loss or thinning and then decide on the best option to treat it.”

The FUE technique, for example, is minimally invasive, almost undetectable, and matches the natural texture and curl of a person’s hair.

A picture of a women with extreme hairloss.

“We have performed many successful transplants for African men and women with different types of hair loss. The results are natural and aesthetically pleasing, and our patients are very satisfied with the outcome.”

How does FUE work?

This transplantation method involves extracting individual hair follicles from the scalp and implanting them in affected areas. The FUE method is preferred to follicular unit transplantation, which includes the removal of an entire piece of skin – which can lead to scarring and looks less natural.

“There is no one-size-fits-all solution: every patient is unique and, thus, we take a different approach with each. We consider skin texture, donor quality, hair type and follicular profile before recommending the best way forward,” explains Dr Kalan.

Through personalised consultancy and customised treatment plans, Alvi Armani offers the best possible outcomes for patients to ensure they regain their confidence and natural beauty through hair restoration. By using pioneering techniques and tools, its FUE surgeons can better predict where the roots are, which makes the extraction process cleaner and much easier.

Alvi Armani is globally accredited with over 20 international bodies and is well-equipped to guide patients with African hair types to explore the right options for hair restoration. Its specialist surgeons are proud to offer unparalleled solutions for a variety of hair types from straight to wavy or kinky, combined with individualised care.

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