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Afro Hair Transplant in Turkey, is it Possible?

Hair loss spares no hair type, not even the beautifully frizzy or tightly curled locks. An Afro hair transplant in Turkey offers a long-term solution if you’re concerned about hair loss.

FUE and our advanced implantation techniques restore Afro-Caribbean hair. Discover why an Afro hair transplant could be your choice and how our expertise plays a vital role.


  1. Unique Challenges of Afro-Hair Transplant
  2. Types of Afro Hair Transplant Procedures
  3. Benefits of Afro Hair Transplant
  4. Risks of Afro Hair Transplant Surgery
  5. Recovery and Key Takeaways

Unique Challenges of Afro-Hair Transplant

A unique beauty advantage also doubles as a challenge in the world of Afro-hair and mixed-race hair. Its distinctiveness poses hurdles for extraction and implantation. In contrast to straight Caucasian hair’s vertical growth, Afro hair forms S or Z shapes.

Curled hair follicles make extraction and implantation tricky. Scarring risk is also higher because the incisions that are made to extract the hair grafts are more likely to be visible.

Afro hair also tends to grow slower due to this reason compared to Caucasian hair (0.9 cm/month and 1.3 cm/month, respectively).

Contrary to the outlined complications, studies suggest that Afro hair tends to have less hair loss than Caucasian hair. But this warrants an interesting factor to explore: the difference in this hair type, hair loss, and how hair transplantation works differently.

Causes of Baldness in Afro-Caribbean Hair

It’s all about the shape! Afro hair follicles do not have a round shape, but a flat one. Keratin, a protective nutrient on the hair shaft, is not distributed in the same way: it is deposited unevenly on the hair. As a result, Afro hair is more fragile and more easily subject to external aggressions.

In colder seasons, this can cause difficulties in hair care. The pores tighten even more due to the lack of moisture, preventing the sebum from secreting properly.

While the sebum stagnates under the skin and kills the roots, the scalp is deprived of it and dries out. This dryness makes styling curly or frizzy hair difficult:

  • This favours the use of protective hairstyles such as braids or weaves.
  • The use of hair products that further promote the damage to the hair.
  • In some cases, some people use straightening to facilitate hairstyling, but with irreversible consequences on the structure of the hair.

Traction Alopecia

Tension not only in the mind, but also on the hair can cause issues! African women and men experience balding areas, especially at the front of the skull. The hairline is less dense due to hairstyles that are too tight or very aggressive chemicals for Afro hair.

Central Centrifugal Cicatricial Alopecia

Dubbed ‘hot comb alopecia,’ this type causes lasting hair loss in about 1 in 20 Afro-Caribbean women. The crown thins like female pattern hair loss, but transplants can’t cure active cases. Hiding it with wigs and extensions might worsen damage.

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Types of Hair Transplant Procedures for Afro Hair

There are two main types of Afro-hair transplant procedures:

  • FUE: Common method. Extracts grafts from donor, implants in balding area. Small scars from needle/punch.
  • FUT: Less common. Removes scalp strip, implants follicles in balding area. FUT scar longer, more visible than FUE.

At Elithair, we only use the follicular unit extraction method (FUE technique) for the removal of the grafts at our ultra modern clinic.

This technique consists of taking the follicular units one by one from the donor area defined in advance, generally at the back of the skull.

The implantation of these grafts in the recipient area can then be done using different techniques: Sapphire, DHI or Percutaneous selected by your specialist.

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Benefits of Afro Hair Transplant

Getting an afro hair transplant is a big step when it comes to restoring your full hair look. Complications of managing afro hair are already a factor, but in pursuit of keeping this in check, people often end up using several products that might be harmful.

Having said this, it makes sense that hair loss in afro hair is a reality, and finding the right people to facilitate a transplant can make the ultimate difference in the overall look of the person.

Graft Amount and Hair Health

This natural curvature of afro hair follicles creates dense, spring-like hair curls. Even though individual strands are finer, the unique structure of type 4 hair gives a remarkably full look. This means fewer hair grafts are usually needed for Afro hair transplant procedures to maintain density.

From a genetic point of view, curly or frizzy hair benefits from warm, tropical climates where the humidity level keeps it hydrated. The scalp is drier and thicker, and the pores are tighter.

Case Study

Here we have the story of Jahy.C who struggled with her hair loss for a long time before undergoing an afro hair transplant with Elithair.

Risks of Afro Hair Transplant Surgery

The risks of Afro hair transplant surgery are similar to the risks of other types of hair transplant surgery. However, these are slightly heightened. Fewer grafts mean fewer scars and less scalp trauma. Melanin-rich skin may lead to more keloid formation (excess healing tissue created by the body for wound healing) However, afro hair's direction and curl may also result in more ingrown hairs.

Further risks include:

  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Bleeding
  • Hair loss
  • Damage to surrounding tissues

Despite these challenges, however, our experts meticulously prevent such complications.

Choosing the Right Surgeon

Only a very skilled surgeon can perform the procedure, as the risks involved can lead to scarring and other complications. Only a surgeon with many years of experience and who can extract and implant grafts with the utmost precision and delicacy is able to perform it successfully. While choosing, be sure to check their success with other afro-hair implants - with a special focus on the results.

The practitioner's experience with hair transplantation for afro and curly hair will change your consultation before surgery. At Elithair, you are assured of expert care for your Afro hair, our hair transplant surgeons have already operated on more than 100,000 patients.

Recovery and Key Takeaways

Ready to conquer hair loss? Imagine an Afro hair transplant in Turkey as your solution. Afro hair's complex structure demands expertise, and at Elithair, our experience ensures a smooth process. We offer insights to make informed decisions about your hair's health.

Afro hair restoration may take slightly longer to recover, but our skilled surgeons ensure minimal downtime. Swelling or bruising? Compression bandages step in for speedy healing.

For more info, contact our advisers about this subject or our services. We're here to assist you.


How does the texture of Afro hair affect the hair transplant process?

Afro hair’s unique curl pattern and follicle shape make extraction and implantation more complex. The curled follicles require careful handling to avoid damage and ensure successful grafting.

What special techniques are used for Afro hair transplants?

Specialised FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) techniques are used to accommodate the curl pattern of Afro hair. Tools and methods are adapted to manage the curvature and reduce the risk of graft damage.

Can both men and women undergo an Afro hair transplant in Turkey?

Yes, both men and women can undergo an Afro hair transplant in Turkey. The hair surgery procedures are tailored to individual needs, regardless of gender, to address specific hair loss patterns and goals.

What is the cost of an Afro hair transplant in Turkey compared to other countries?

The cost of an Afro hair transplant in Turkey is generally lower than in the UK and EU. This makes Turkey a popular destination for hair transplant procedures, offering high-quality services at more affordable prices.

How should patients prepare for an Afro hair transplant procedure?

Patients should avoid smoking and alcohol before the procedure, follow a healthy diet, and discuss any medications with their surgeon. Proper scalp care and conditioning might also be recommended to optimise the scalp’s condition for surgery.

What post-operative care is required after an Afro hair transplant?

Post-operative care includes gentle washing, avoiding direct sunlight, and refraining from strenuous activities. Patients should follow the surgeon’s aftercare instructions closely to ensure optimal healing and graft survival.

How long does it take to see the final results of an Afro hair transplant?

Final results of a hair transplant can typically be seen within 12 to 18 months post-surgery. Hair growth begins a few months after the transplant, with gradual thickening and natural-looking results developing over time.