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I recently performed beard and sideburn transplants on this African American man who did not have complete facial hair due to a genetic issue. I have been asked many times about this problem, so I thought I would show photos from the day after surgery. He received a total of 769 grafts (each side got about 380 grafts) to create what you see in these pictures. His natural curly hair made the results look better than if his hair was straight. Black hair on dark skin also helped.

hair transplant side burn

Tags: hair transplant, beard, eyebrow, sideburn

 

I am a 40 year old african american woman and I process my own hair. I also typically wear my hair in a ponytail. Couple of months ago I notice that I had experienced some hair loss at temple and back of head. It has slightly grown back. Is there anything I can do to prevent this from happening again and can I continue to chemically process my hair…

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What you are describing may be traction alopecia caused by pulling from a tight ponytail or possibly triangular alopecia, which can be genetic. The loss could even be from the chemicals if the process you used caused damage. I won’t know what type of hair loss you have without a physical exam.

If you feel your hair loss is from chemical damage (which may be the case, but again, I don’t know) then stop the chemical treatments. If you are wearing your ponytail too tight, then stop wearing a ponytail. If the loss is due to genetics, hormonal imbalance, or a vitamin deficiency, your doctor should be able to give you a better idea of what you can do.

I apologize for such a basic answer, but there isn’t much I can say without an exam and further history.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, traction alopecia, chemical processing

 

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i have african amercan hair. My former stylist’s last chemical relaxer burned me serverly at the hair line that the next day my scalp had swollen in the hair line area. The hair hadnt fallen out but after a month i noticed it had thinned drastically. Its been 5 months since the burn and i noticed that some of the hair is growing back…Is hair restoration an option for me?

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You should wait at least a year following the hair loss from chemical damage before considering hair transplantation. A year will give you enough recovery time to see what was not killed off in the chemical burn. Hopefully the thinning isn’t permanent and you won’t need a surgical solution to your hair loss problem.

Just be patient and keep your fingers crossed.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, chemical burn, chemical relaxer

 

Hello, I am an African American teen and I was wondering if there is anything I could do to change my hair texture. Right now I have really coily hair. Type 4: Kinky. When you comb out the curls my hair is pretty rough and dry. I was wondering if a hair transplant of some kind would be able to change the texture to something more like Type 3A or 3B?

Thank you for your time.

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No, a hair transplant should not change the texture of your hair. Sometimes as you get older, the character of your hair may change; it could become thinner, but it is not something I would count on.

You could also use chemical treatment to straighten your hair, but you should be very careful not to damage your hair or scalp this way. If you decide to go this route, find an experienced professional that can straighten the hair.

Tags: hair transplant, hair texture

 

Hello,
I am experiencing hair loss in the crown of my head the size of a quarter. I am an african american woman. When I keep my hair braided with no chemicals, the hair grows back, so I know that it has the ability to grow. When I put a relaxer on my hair, I experience itching from within in only one area, then a month or so later the hair will fall out, but it only comes out in the same area. Could I be just allergic and sensitive in only one section of my hair. What do you recommend?

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Yes, an allergy would be highly probable. It might also be a chemical burn. I have no suggestions other than speak with your stylist or your dermatologist.

Tags: allergy, chemical burn, hairloss, hair loss, relaxer

 

can an african american female who relaxes her hair use rogaine? are there any known cases where using minoxidil on relaxed hair has caused breakage.

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These are two complex issues which should be overseen by a competent doctor who knows about minoxidil and relaxers.

Generally speaking, minoxidil (Rogaine) will work on African Americans who use relaxers with no difficulty, but it is recommended that you don’t use the minoxidil on the same day that your hair is chemically relaxed, as it could cause scalp irritation.

Tags: chemical relaxers, hairloss, hair loss, female hair loss

 

Hi, I am a 21 year old black female. When I was maybe 2weeks old I had surgery on my eyes and the doctor cut my hair on the sides to put an IV in. My hair never fully grew back. Their is a very little amount of hair on each side. I haven’t tried any meds or talk to any doctors yet. Will this ever grow completely?

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With my inability to examine you, there is little I could say about the diagnosis. Generally, you can wait up to one year to see if hairs from trauma or surgery scar will ever grow back. In your case, it has been 21 years… so it would be highly unlikely for it to regrow now.

Tags: hairloss, hair loss, surgery, child

 

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Men who lose their hair may have more to worry about than just vanity, especially if their balding starts early.

Researchers have long known about the potential link between baldness and the risk of prostate cancer, but studies have been conflicting. Now a study of African-American men shows a higher risk of prostate cancer among men losing their hair, supporting the results of a previous study that found similar results in a group of primarily Caucasian men. In the current study, published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, researchers focused specifically on African-American men, since they have the highest rate of prostate cancer among men in the U.S. and are twice as likely to die of the disease than these men.

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Read the rest at Time.com — The Link Between Early Baldness and Prostate Cancer

Tags: african american, hairloss, hair loss, baldness, prostate, cancer

 


I am 53 yr old, African American female with lupus, it is not internally only scalp. I have seen many dermatologists and finally after 2yrs of testing, they stated it was Lupus. I have been told that my scalp is scarred. From the top of my head to near my ears, I am bald. Is there any physician in my area that can grow the hair back or is this just permanent. My scalp literally looks like Bozo the clown. Is there any help for me? I have tried cortisone injections and no help…

Please Help me what can I do? Thanks for taking time to read my story, may God continue to Bless you for the help you have given many.

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Usually, people with lupus who lose their hair as a result of this autoimmune disease will not be candidates for a hair transplant. The Lupus Foundation of America has an article about hair loss that can result from the disease or the treatment, which you may find helpful (see here).

There is possibly a solution with Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) if you have some patchy hair, but I would need to view many good photos of your scalp and hair loss to see if you would be a candidate for this approach.

Tags: lupus, hairloss, hair loss, female hair loss

 

I’m a black 41 years old African American female with receding hair lines which resulted from many years of hair braiding. What can I do to reverse this condition.

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What you’re experiencing is called traction alopecia. This occurs with continuous pulling on the hair over time. Unfortunately, hair transplantation is the only solution for this problem that I know of.

Tags: traction alopecia, hairloss, hair loss, braids

 

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