Man with curly hair looks at his receding hair line

Is it possible to have a hair transplant with curly hair?

There are many reasons why people may experience hair loss. It can be due to genetics, medical conditions such as alopecia areata, polycystic ovary syndrome, vitamin deficiencies, and damaged hair caused by products or styling tools.

When experiencing hair loss, it is natural to feel an array of emotions. However, over the last few years, there has been an uptick in the number of options currently available to restore your hair no matter the type of hair, gender, or age.

Hair transplant surgeries are becoming more and more popular around the world, including curly hair transplant treatments.  Many people are becoming more open to surgical treatments due to the convenience and results that it achieves.


  1. What is a hair transplant?
  2. Do hair transplants work on afro hair?
  3. Can I get a hair transplant in Turkey for curly hair?
  4. Who can get a hair transplant?
  5. Conclusion

What is a hair transplant?

A hair transplant surgery is a long-term solution for both men and women affected by hair loss to regain thick hair and boost their confidence.

For both men and women, a hair transplant is an ideal treatment to solve balding issues permanently. It’s a one-time procedure that effectively fills the balding area with new hair follicles.

Hair follicles (hair grafts) are individually extracted from the donor area during FUE (follicular unit extraction) which is used instead of FUT (follicular unit transplantation) as it leaves much less scarring. These hair grafts are then separately inserted into the recipient site. The number of hair grafts needed depends on the size of the recipient area (or areas).

How do transplanted curly hairs grow?

It is common for the transplanted hair to start curly due to the extraction process. However, due to the natural hair growth cycle, the transplanted hair will start with the anagen phase.

As the hair shafts grow, the follicle will eventually go into the resting phase. Shortly after the resting phase, the growth cycle begins again. The new hair shafts will start to straighten out or curl depending on your natural hair type.

Usually, one treatment is all that you will need to achieve perfect results. A curly hair transplant can take anywhere from 4-9 hours, depending on how large the recipient area is. Depending on the extent of your hair loss, some patients may need two or more treatments to achieve their desired results.

Do hair transplants work on afro hair?

Man afro hair is worried about his receding hairline

Hair transplant surgery can be performed on any hair type, including straight hair and curly hair. However, this is dependent on each hair transplant surgeon and their speciality.

Many transplant surgeons worldwide, including in Turkey, offer hair restoration surgery for those with afro/curly haired patients. A FUE hair transplant can help patients with traction alopecia which many people with curly hair can suffer from if they are putting their hair in tight styles.

Types of hair transplants we offer:

Depending on your hair loss concern, your transplant surgeon will choose the best hair transplant insertion method to achieve optimal results for you. With all of our techniques, the graft extraction is always with the Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) method.

The hair graft insertions techniques include:

  • DHI (Direct Hair Implantation): The DHI Method is applicable for medium and thick hair structures, bald patches, and thinning hair.
  • Sapphire Technique: Applicable for medium and thick hair structures for bald areas.
  • Percutaneous Technique: Best suited for thin hair structures, for bald areas, and receding hairlines.
  • SDHI Technique: This is exclusively developed by Elithair whereby the Sapphire and DHI methods are combined. This combination achieves denser hair growth and a more natural-looking result.

Can I get a hair transplant in Turkey for curly hair?

Hair transplant surgery can be performed on any hair texture. When a transplant surgeon considers the best treatment plan for each case, several factors are considered, including the current stage of hair loss, the size of the balding area, the hair texture, and hair thickness to achieve optimal results.

Curly hair transplant procedures are more complex than straight hair transplants. This is due to the structure of curly hair follicles, which will require more care and precision when performing the hair transplant procedure due to the spiral shape of the hair strand.

Who can get a hair transplant?

Man with curly hair after having a hair transplant

According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, “men and women of all races can be good candidates for a hair transplant.”

To be considered for a hair transplant, you need two things: enough healthy hair on your scalp that can be transplanted to the area that needs hair and the ability to grow hair on the thinning area of your scalp. After just a year you can start to enjoy the final results of your transplant.

Here at Elithair, we select patients based on their baldness concerns. Nevertheless, it should be mentioned that hair transplant surgery isn’t recommended for younger patients.

Therefore, it’s best to wait until after puberty (when the hormones have balanced) in order to assess the hair loss properly – or see if your hair has grown back.

Additionally, hair transplants are not recommended for anyone suffering from a diffuse hair loss condition such as alopecia areata until the condition is cured.


Curly hair transplant surgery is the top permanent hair loss treatment on the market, which has resulted in many hair transplant clinics opening worldwide.

Due to the number of different hair transplant methods currently available, which can be tailored for each case, most of the public can opt for this treatment to be performed as it has been proven to work on all hair types.

Not only is the success rate of straight hair transplants steadily increasing, so is the skillset of transplant surgeons, which has resulted in surgeons developing more methods that are also effective on different hair types, including curly hair.

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