Q: Does FUE Hair Transplantation Work for Ethnic or African-American Hair?
A: In a word, YES! FUE transplants can work very successfully in men and women of African / Caribbean descent.
However, genetically the hair follicles of those of African or Caribbean ethnic heritage are typically more curly and kinky, which are responsible for producing the kinky, curly hair fibers we see. FUE or Follicular Unit Extraction is the method that harvests the hair follicle grafts individually that leaves no linear scar behind. Because the follicles are more curved under the scalp, FUE hair transplant harvesting is more challenging and requires special instrumentation, special techniques and–most importantly–experience. However, the same rules apply in African-Caribbean patients as they do in other ethnicities: the hair follicles around the sides and back of the scalp–called the Donor Area–are more permanent than the areas at the hairline, temples, frontal, mid-scalp or crown areas. Therefore, the transplanted hair follicles will live and grow in their new location permanently.
See some African Caribbean Ethnic FUE Hair Transplant Results from Dr. Alan J. Bauman, MD, ABHRS…