Hairline can be seen as the border of our hair. Basically, it limits the areas where hair is able to grow. Everyone has a unique hairline and they perfectly fit the head because it is congenital. But, when it is about hair transplant, hairline can easily lose perfection as it will be drawn again by someone else.
Think of this like drawing a circle. Actually, you only need to draw a circular “line” or the border and you get a circle. If the lines are not properly drawn, then your circle may look strange and unnatural. The exact same thing also goes for the hairline. The borders should be defined correctly to give true and a natural form.
Just take a look at these bad hairline designs:
Not that desirable, are they? Let’s see how to prevent such conditions.
Most patients and hair transplant candidates focus on the number of grafts, the hair transplant method, and type of anesthesia. Actually, the first and most crucial factor is the hairline design. It isn’t about the technology or the capabilities of the clinic, they are only tools to work with.
Hairline design is not related to the technical stuff, but it is all about an experienced and artistic eye that can create a geometrical harmony. The best hairline is the undetectable hairline. It is not because you need to hide that you had a hair transplant, but because your hair will look very unnatural just like the hair of a doll.
So, let us explain to you what makes a hairline good and what makes it bad:
1. Original Hairline
The hair transplant surgeon must follow your original hairline. No exceptions on this. No one can design a better hairline than your original one. Because the hairline you were born with is not designed by anyone. It is an outcome of your physiology. The male pattern hair loss, or alopecia areata, has a pattern. This pattern goes on the same route for everyone and fortunately, the hair loss follows the direction of your own hairline.
Here you can have a better idea:
As you see, the hair loss goes in a proportional sense. Let’s assume that you are losing hair from the frontal area. The hair loss rate will be the same for the right and the left part of your scalp. Thanks to this pattern, the hair transplant surgeon is able to trace back your original hairline after a close examination. The first principle of a successful hair transplant surgeon is a correct restoration of the original hairline.
2. Starting Position of the Hairline
Apart from the shape of the hairline, the starting point is also very important. Starting point means the point where your hair will start to grow on your upper forehead. We have several muscles on our forehead and it is impossible to implant hair on muscle. Thus, the hair transplant surgeon should tell you to raise your eyebrows. This will make the muscles on your forehead fold. The muscular part ends as the folding stops. However, this does not mean that the hair should start to grow at this point. It varies from person to person.
Do not forget that the hair also frames your face. So, if the hair is implanted too low or too high, your facial expression may change dramatically. The hair transplant surgeon must find the original point on your forehead where your original hair was growing before the hair loss.
3. Zig-Zag Hairline Design
If you examine closely, you can see that a hairline doesn’t contain straight lines. Each hair is located in a unique position compared to the others. If the new hairline is drawn with straight lines, the result will look like the hair of a doll again, easily detectable. An experienced hair transplant surgeon knows how to prevent this look. She/he will use a zig-zag pattern during the hairline design. If designed correctly, the hair will grow quite naturally and the density will be much higher than a straight line.
4. Direction and Angle of Hairline
The direction and the angle of each hair follicle are also very important while defining the hairline and planning the implantation. Each part of our hair has a tendency to grow in a particular angle. For instance; the sides can grow downward while the front may grow to the right or the left.
While planning the hairline, the hair transplant surgeon should also decide and plan the direction and the angle of each balding part on your scalp. If it is not done correctly, then the hair will not get into the desired shape and it will look very unnatural.
5. Individual Features of the Patient
This factor is all about the patient’s physiology. The hair transplant surgeon should consider and analyze the patient’s age, ethnicity, type of the hair and the hair loss. If the patient is young and had a potential to have hair loss after the transplantation (note that the transplanted hair is permanent but the remaining ones are not), the hair transplant surgeon should take this into consideration and plan accordingly. If the patient is Asian or African, the hair will be very thin or very thick, straight or curly. Each type of hair requires a different approach to the hairline to get the most natural result.
You see that even before the operation, there are a lot of factors to be taken into account. The worst thing about a bad hairline is that it cannot be fixed with a haircut or styling. The only way is to get a better hair transplant revision by an experienced hair transplant surgeon who can take your case a unique one. However, this is only possible if you have enough hair follicles left in your hair transplant. Also, remember that you have only a certain amount of hair follicles in your donor area that is suitable for hair transplant.
As MCAN Health, we would like to emphasize and inform you about the importance of the hairline. You should be sure that you will get a really personal treatment plan, hairline design, and hair transplant. It is an easy promise to make so please do your own research as good as you can, check the clinic’s results and examine the hairline design in these results.