Common Hair Characteristics To Help A Hair Transplant

Hair characteristics play a major role in the success of a hair transplant and how the procedure will be planned and executed; although an individual’s hair characteristics maybe similar to another’s there will be variants that determine how a hair transplant will be planned

When a hair transplant doctor assesses a hair transplant candidate they will be looking at certain attributes as to whether the donor hair area can provide a successful hair transplant result, now and over time as and when hair loss progresses

Curly, kinky hair adds to the fullness a hair transplant can achieve. 4720 FUT Hair Transplant Result

Curly, kinky hair adds to the fullness a hair transplant can achieve. 4720 FUT Hair Transplant Result

Curly or Wavy or Straight Hair

The curl of the hair shaft will alter the density required to be placed and the coverage each hair gives over the surrounding hairs. The greater the curl or wave will add to the fullness of the result, creating a better illusion of thickness and density. Different genres will genetically have more or less curl to the hair shaft, from very straight to extreme tight curls

Hair Caliber or Diameter of the hair shaft

Again, this will genetically vary dependent on ethnicity with some individuals having very coarse hair and others fine hair. Hair calibre will aid to give the coverage over the scalp, coarser hair covering a higher surface area and requiring a lower density to be placed compared to finer hair. Hair calibre can vary by as much as 30-40% from fine to thick hair and plays an important position in the planning and distribution of the grafts

Kinky or Frizzy Hair

This should not be confused with curly or wavy hair; kinky hair is the irregular pattern or surface of the hair shaft. This can give the look of increased fullness to a hair transplant result, giving more “bulk” to the hairs when grouped together. Although many people do not like to have frizzy hair it is a trait that certainly aids a hair transplant result

Contrast between Hair and Scalp Colour

As hair loss is noticeable when light shines back of the scalp, creating a contrast between the skin and hair colour the lower the contrast the less obvious hair loss becomes. Blonde hair and pale complexion or dark hair with dark skin complexion creates less contrast so gives the appearance of greater fullness of hair density. Opposed dark hair and light skin complexion will increase the contrast and require a greater density placed to reduce the contrast

The above hair characteristics are natural genetic traits we are born with; some can be manufactured to change, such as dying the hair to reduce the colour contrast and increase the illusion of fullness; but if we work with the natural hair characteristics then a perfect hair transplant candidate would have a low hair/skin colour contrast, a thick hair shaft with either curly or kinky characteristics


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