Hair Restoration Options for Atlanta Area African American Men
Do I Have To Shave My Head?
Black men, like men of all ethnicities, are prone to suffering from male pattern baldness. The vast majority of the time, this is caused by a genetic sensitivity to DHT, a hormone that makes your hair follicles shrink with age.
Everyone, at all ages, sheds hair all the time – up to around 100-125 strands a day. Usually, these regrow so you don’t see thinning.
But when you’re sensitive to DHT, your hair follicles gradually shrink with age and the hair that regrows gradually becomes thinner and finer. Eventually, it doesn’t grow back at all.
This is the most common type of hair loss among men, including black men.
But it’s not the only type, and black men in particular can be prone to another type: traction alopecia, which is irreversible without a hait transplant and can be caused by wearing the hair in tightly-braided styles, such as cornrows, for a long time.
What Are The Specific Challenges Involved with African American Hair Restoration?
Luckily, there are a number of procedures that can help restore natural hair growth in African American men, whether the underlying cause is traction alopecia, male pattern baldness, or something else.
But there are a few special challenges involved with African-type hair as well as a few benefits.
African hair is very curly, but curl tightness and texture can vary depending on the individual.
When performing follicular transplants, the angle at which the follicle is re-inserted into the scalp will determine how curly the new hair growth is. Each follicle needs to be carefully placed to ensure that the new hair growth will exactly match the existing hair.
African-type hair tends to be a bit more fragile than other types of hair, and the roots are more easily damaged.
This is because the hair shaft is relatively thick compared to other hair types and the curl continues all the way to the root. A thicker, curved root makes the extraction and re-insertion of hair follicles more difficult and heightens the risk of damage.
Techniques that rely on follicular transplant, such as Shave-Less FUE or traditional FUE, must be performed with the utmost care.
Because of its natural curl, each strand of hair provides more coverage than straight hair. That means black men can get better results in terms of coverage, while having to implant fewer hair follicles overall. This can make the procedure less costly and less invasive.
Are There Hair Loss Surgical and Non-Surgical Options?
There are a number of hair restoration options for black men. Some of the more prevalent include:
Follicular Unit Transplant (FUT)
This procedure involves removing a strip of scalp with healthy hair growth, then harvesting the hair follicles and re-inserting them into the thinning area.
Some hair transplant surgeons believe this procedure is well suited to African American hair, because of the added challenges of harvesting hair follicles. The claim is that it’s easier to remove healthy hair follicles this way without damaging them.
However, this procedure also results in a distinctive linear scar. This may be harder for black men to conceal for a variety of factors, including the prevalence of very short hairstyles, as well as the visibility of scar tissue in darker skin.
Traditional and Shave-Less FUE
“FUE” stands for “Follicular Unit Excision.”
With this procedure, hair follicles are removed directly from the scalp, without removing a strip of skin from the donor site. With traditional FUE, the patient’s head is shaved as part of the procedure; with Shave-Less FUE, the head is not shaved.
Many patients prefer Shave-Less FUE, because of the discreet nature of the procedure. Unfortunately, hair restoration still comes with its fair share of stigma – and with Shave-Less FUE, the procedure is much less visible to the patient’s friends and family.
Many of our patients report that not even their closest notice they’ve had it done.
Micro-pigmentation is a non-surgical procedure involving tiny, medical-grade tattoos placed on the scalp to mimic shaved hair follicles. This procedure can be used on men of all ethnicities—and women too. It can be used on its own, in conjunction with surgical procedures to enhance the end result.
It’s particularly popular among African American men because of the popularity of very close-cropped hairstyles.
Work with An Expert in African American Hair Restoration
When choosing a professional to work with, it’s crucial to ensure that they have the right experience – backed up by a long history of testimonials and before-and-after pictures of men with your hair type.
Dr. Danyo combines an artist’s eye with extremely precise surgical skill, enabling him to carefully extract even the most delicate grafts and perfectly place them to blend with the patient’s existing hair.
If you have questions about hair restoration, we encourage you to get in touch and schedule a free, confidential consultation with Dr. Danyo, in person or online.
Dr. Daniel A. Danyo is the founder and medical director of North Atlanta Hair Restoration, specializing in treating hair loss in both men and women. He is one of only 300 people in the world certified by the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is a member of the American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery, International Alliance of Hair Restoration Surgeons, American Hair Loss Association, and The International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery.
He is also an early adopter and pioneer of Shave-less FUE, one of the most discreet surgical procedures available for hair restoration. Dr. Danyo performs every procedure himself, from start to finish. He individually extracts and places every graft on every patient. Learn more about Dr. Danyo on his Meet Dr. Danyo page.