Hair has a wide range of varying characteristics. Ranging through hair colour, calibre or diameter of the hair. Fine or thick, if the hair is curly or straight to the contrast of the hair against the skin complexion. All these aspects carry an important role for the doctor. Especially when planning your hair transplant procedure. Hair characteristics will play important roles. For example, the hair density required to create a natural looking result.
Factors that help to determine a person´s result are the diameter of the hair shaft. The number of hairs per follicular unit. Including their general hair characteristics. Hair calibre or hair diameter is arguably more important than the hair density. You may have an above average density but very fine hair. As the appearance of baldness is due to light penetrating through the hair the thin hair plays an important role.
The better your hair characteristics the greater help in creating a natural looking density and maximum coverage when rebuilding a new head of hair, especially in Norwood 5 cases and above. Planning for further hair loss also becomes easier, as the hair calibre allows for wider coverage whilst maintaining a good density.
Ideal hair characteristics include a thick hair shaft, curly or wavy hair, a lax scalp and a low contrast between your skin colour and your hair colour. That is why a hair transplant works and can give a man even in Class 5 and 6 the appearance of coverage and density (donor permitting) without matching hair for hair on the head.