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FUE vs. H&W for curly hair?


#1

Hey all,

First, some information: I am 26, and finishing grad school, but will be 27 before I get the transplant. I will have 3 months off between graduation and starting my job, and I think it is a good time to have a transplant. I am thinning somewhere along the 5a pattern. I have medium curly dark brown hair.

I am having trouble choosing between H & W and somebody else for FUE. I have lurked for years, and love the consistency with H & W. However, I would love not to have the scar.

I have heard that curly hair does not work well for FUE. Does anybody know if this is true? Has anybody seen a great result with curly hair?

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


#2

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» Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

I would suggest setting up some in person consultations with some of the top FUE doctors to have your case personally evaluated.


#3

Thanks Pats. Good advice.


#4

» I have heard that curly hair does not work well for FUE. Does anybody
» know if this is true? Has anybody seen a great result with curly hair?
»
» Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

interesting, i’ve always heard the complete opposite. there are a few cases of people with curly hair in the HT section and they all seem to have more coverage for less grafts, but everybody is different.


#5

The issue isn’t with the coverage. Curly hair generally provides more coverage regardless of extraction method. I believe I have read that the follicle is difficult to extract(FUE) because it is curved below the surface, causing higher than normal transection rates. Sorry I don,t have a Dr’s quote on that one.


#6

The thing to remember is every case is different, so there is no 100% across the board answer. Curly hair does tend to be more difficult. The procedure may take a bit longer during the day as the extraction process is slower. But the end result is still very nice.

Curly hair does tend to give great coverage.


#7

» The issue isn’t with the coverage. Curly hair generally provides more
» coverage regardless of extraction method. I believe I have read that the
» follicle is difficult to extract(FUE) because it is curved below the
» surface, causing higher than normal transection rates. Sorry I don,t have a
» Dr’s quote on that one.

what is transection rate? the amount of wasted grafts during the process where the doc extracts the follicle initially?