Hair characteristics plays a big role in the final appears of a hair transplant, but does any characteristics have more of an advantage than the other? If there were two men who had the same amount of grafts transplanted; one with relatively fine blond hair (that closely matches his skin shade) and another man with relatively course dark hair (that drastically contrasts his skin shade),who do think would have a fuller appears?
There are general rules I use to determine what a person will look like so I can help set expectations with my patients. Amongst the rules are:
- People with blonde hair and white skin, people with brown hair and brown skin, and people with dark skin and dark hair do well — in other words, less contrast between skin and hair color.
- Coarse hair works better than fine hair on a per hair basis, because coarse hair has more bulk to it
- Curly hair is better than straight hair as it wants to cover the scalp. With the African hair type, the hair that ‘mats’ covers bests
- The density of the hair will tell me much about how much hair can be moved. The more hair in the smallest area is obviously better
- The size of the balding or thinning area when compared with the donor supply tells me much about supply and demand
To assess the various elements, a very complex multivariate analysis would have to be done to really answer your question above, but the general answer is that in my hands (for example) it is experience and my artistic abilities that allows me to help you set expectations. Ask you doctor about your characteristics.