Most people who are interested in a hair transplant can get one, given that the client is at least an acceptable candidate. However, the hair transplant procedure itself as well as the outcome will look different depending on a variety of factors. When the client has curly hair is one of those times when the procedure of hair transplantation can be a little trickier, because while transplanting straight hair is fairly straightforward, curly hair can present a slightly bigger challenge. In other words, while curly hair has certain advantages it can also present difficulties.
While curly hair can definitely be more difficult for the hair transplant doctor to extract and insert, it also has its benefits. Curly hair can, due its characteristics, provide more scalp coverage than straight hair. When the hairs are curly, there is a possibility that fewer hairs can be transplanted and still achieve the same coverage. This means that curly hairs can lead to good visual results because it can cover more of the scalp area than straight hairs. Curly hair also tends to rise from the scalp which can lead to more volume. Straight hairs are finer and tend to lie flat against the scalp and therefore do not provide as much fullness as curly hair.
While curly hair has several advantages, some hair transplant doctors also do believe that they present difficulties, and that single follicular units should not be used. That is because curly hair is curly from top to bottom, including the root, and therefore becomes more prone to damage, which can lead to poor growth of the transplanted hairs. Since extra care is needed, curly hair can also take longer to transplant.
The experience of the doctor who will be performing the procedure is crucial. A doctor who has little to no experience in transplanting curly hair will face a greater challenge. However, a hair transplant doctor who has experience with transplanting curly hair should have no problem with accomplishing the goal. And despite any minor difficulties, individuals with curly hair are still good candidates for a hair transplant.
An individual with curly hair can choose between the two major hair transplant methods, the Strip method and the FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) method. However, those who choose the FUE method should find a hair transplant doctor who has experience with extracting curly hairs. The extraction technique must be adjusted if the client has curly hair.
While it is hard to say exactly how many hair transplant sessions a client will need in order to achieve the look they desire, it is possible for individuals with curly hair to need fewer surgeries than those with thin hair. This is because curly hair provides more coverage, and fewer hairs per square centimeter might be needed. And that is certainly a positive thing, as hair transplant procedures can be both pricey as well as time consuming.