Does Hair Color Matter in Hair Transplants and other Important Aspects of Hair Restoration Surgery? - Bernstein Medical - Center for Hair Restoration
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May 10th, 2024


Hair loss is a common concern for both men and women worldwide. While there are various treatments available to combat hair loss, hair transplant surgery remains one of the most effective solutions. However, a common question among individuals considering hair transplants is whether the color of hair affects the outcome of the procedure? Let’s delve into the relationship between hair color and hair transplants to provide clarity on this important topic.

Understanding Hair Transplants

Hair transplant surgery involves the removal of hair follicles from areas of the scalp with healthy, non-thinning hair growth (donor site) and implanting them into areas experiencing hair loss (recipient site). The two primary techniques used in hair transplantation are follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and follicular unit excision (FUE), both of which aim to achieve natural-looking results by redistributing healthy hair follicles.
“Successful hair transplants rely on moving DHT-resistant, permanent hairs from the back/sides of the scalp into regions that are DHT-sensitive and are thinning,” says Dr. Christine Shaver, a board-certified dermatologist and hair transplant surgeon at Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration. “Optimal long-term results are best achieved by also blocking DHT, so that DHT-sensitive hairs at the front and top do not continue to thin over time.”

Factors Affecting Hair Transplant Success

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Several factors can influence the success and outcome of a hair transplant procedure. These include:

1. Hair Density: The density of hair in the donor area plays a crucial role in determining the amount of hair available for transplantation. Patients with higher hair density in the donor region often achieve more satisfactory results.
2. Hair Texture: The texture of hair, whether straight, wavy, or curly, can impact the appearance of the transplanted hair. Surgeons must consider the natural texture of the patient’s hair to ensure a seamless blend with the existing hair. Coarse, wavy hair will often provide for higher coverage than straight, fine hair.
3. Scalp Characteristics: The condition of the scalp, including its laxity and vascularity, can influence the ease of harvesting and implanting hair follicles during the procedure.
4. Skin Color and Tone: The color and tone of the patient’s skin can affect the visibility of scars and the contrast between the hair and scalp, which may influence the overall aesthetic outcome of the transplant.
Now, let us address the central question: does hair color matter in hair transplants?

Impact of Hair Color on Hair Transplants

Hair color, whether blonde, brown, red, black, gray, or white does not significantly affect the success of a hair transplant procedure. The primary objective of a hair transplant is to redistribute healthy hair follicles from the donor area to the recipient area, regardless of the hair’s color. However, certain nuances related to hair color should be considered:
1. Contrast: The contrast between the color of the transplanted hair and the recipient area’s scalp can affect the perceived density and naturalness of the result. For example, individuals with dark hair and light skin may notice more contrast, whereas those with similar hair and skin tones may achieve a more seamless outcome.
2. Coverage: In general, gray, or blond hair reflects more light while darker color hairs, like black or dark brown absorbs more light. As a result, darker hair colors can sometimes make the hair look thicker, depending on the contrast with the skin tone of the scalp.
3. Pigmentation: The pigmentation of the scalp can influence the visibility of scars resulting from the transplant procedure. With a properly performed hair transplant, there should be no noticeable scars in the recipient area. The donor area will vary depending on whether the FUT or FUE method was used.

Despite these considerations, modern hair transplant techniques, such as FUE, allow for precise extraction and implantation of hair follicles, enabling surgeons to achieve natural-looking results regardless of hair color. Surgeons meticulously design the transplant procedure to ensure proper placement and orientation of grafts, considering factors such as hair direction and angle to mimic natural hair growth patterns.
The ARTAS iX® optical sensors will not detect white or gray hairs. This is easily overcome by adding temporary hair dye to the shaved donor hairs on the morning of a robotic procedure. This will allow all donor hairs to be easily detected, harvested, and later color randomized on implantation.


While hair color may influence certain aspects of the hair transplant process, such as contrast and coverage, it does not significantly impact the overall success or outcome of the procedure. With advancements in hair transplant techniques, such as those pioneered by Dr. Robert Bernstein, and meticulous surgical planning, individuals of all hair colors can achieve natural-looking results and regain their confidence. If you are considering a hair transplant, it is essential to consult with a qualified and experienced dermatologic surgeon who can assess your unique needs and provide personalized recommendations for achieving your desired outcome. By understanding the factors involved in hair transplantation and working with a skilled professional, you can embark on your journey to a fuller head of hair with confidence and optimism. If you have questions or concerns about hair transplants related to your hair color, be sure to inquire about that specifically during the consultation with your doctor.

Why Choose Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration?

Bernstein Medical is a world-renowned hair restoration clinic, founded by Dr. Robert M. Bernstein, a pioneer in the field of hair transplantation and follicular unit transplantation (FUT). With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Bernstein and his team specialize in providing advanced hair restoration solutions for both men and women, utilizing the latest techniques and technologies to deliver natural-looking results.
The Medical Director is Christine Shaver, MD. Dr. Shaver is a board-certified dermatologist and Mohs micrographic surgeon. A graduate of M.I.T and Yale, she is a highly trained expert at blending art and science to create desired outcomes for her medical and surgical hair transplant patients.
At Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration, patients receive comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatment plans throughout their hair restoration and preservation journey. From non-surgical options such as SMP and medical management to surgical procedures like FUT and FUE, the clinic offers a range of cutting-edge treatments tailored to each patient’s unique needs and goals. The personalized care you will receive from both the doctors and staff is exceptional!
The experts at Bernstein Medical – Center for Hair Restoration are happy to discuss what solutions are best for you,

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Posted by on Updated 2024-05-10

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