A hair transplant is a major undertaking. In no way should you rush into this type of surgery. Instead a logical and methodical frame of mind will help you make the right decisions for your long term satisfaction. You will need to plan out your finances and choose the best doctor who is capable of achieving quality results so that you look your very best. All of this will take research and planning.
In the meantime, what should you do about your hair? While hair loss can feel devastating, there are ways to make the most out of what you already have.
Here are some hair styling tips to consider depending on what type of hair loss you have.
(1) Mild recession of the hairline (Norwood 2)
If you are noticing that your hairline is starting to recede and your forehead is starting to look bigger, consider a style with longer layers on top of the head. When you go to the barber, explain what you want to accomplish. He or she will need to cut the sides and back conservatively but stylishly, while allowing you to grow the top part. This can then be combed forward to help you cover your forehead. Examples might include: Ashton Kutcher or Owen Wilson. But you may want to vary this concept depending on what looks best for your face.
During your FUE hair transplant procedure, follicles would be extracted from the nape to provide a soft natural looking detail along the very front edge. uGraft devices would optimize the safety of follicles from this area while minimizing the risk of unwanted permanent scars. If you choose to wear a much shorter style after your procedure, exposing the nape area would not be cause for concern.
(2) Beginning stages of temple recession (Norwood 3)
Variations of the Faux Hawk can be flattering for this type of hair loss. Again, allow the top part to grow while keeping the sides and back relatively neat and controlled for a clean look. The central Faux Hawk should not be sculpted to perfection. Use a light pomade to create more of a tussled appearance that creates the look of volume on top of your head. Styling that is slightly messy but structured at the same time gives a more edgy looking appearance. Think in terms of Jude Law, who has been featured with this look.
Like the hairline, a hair transplant would utilize nape hair mixed in with hair from other areas of the head. Also this needs to be constructed thoughtfully to make the best of a patient’s facial features.
(3) Progressive Thinning All Over the Head
Some people (like Prince William) tend to experience thinning before the baldness and hair recession progresses. If this is the case, make the most of what you have. Again, keep the sides and back neat with longer pieces on top. Improvise with styling products to create somewhat of a spiked look. The point would be to give more of the illusion of volume. Don’t focus on being too perfect with this. It should be more spontaneous for a more current and up to date appearance.
(4) Moderate to Advanced Crown Baldness (Norwood 4-5)
A clean and short buzz cut is often recommended for this stage of hair loss. It gives a sense of uniformity to minimize the contrast between the areas where there is hair and where there is baldness.
Advanced Follicular Unit Extraction makes it possible to harvest hair from the beard areas, abdomen and chest to create a larger donor pool to work with. The sophistication of uGraft allows for superior healing to take place so that you are not left with permanent marks from harvesting follicles in this area
(5) Severe Baldness (Norwood 7)
Many articles on grooming for men suggest that the hair is completely shaven at this point. They often cite high profile individuals like Bruce Willis, Charles Barkley and Michael Jordan. But everyone should have options and not feel confined to this advice.
Because of Advanced FUE, very large donor pools can be created. Examples include 10,000 or even 20,000 grafts. Depending on the patient, these numbers can offer significant coverage to reverse severe forms of baldness. With the help of uGraft, Norwood 7’s no longer need to be turned away for hair transplant procedures.
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