We see cases with African American hair so infrequently, which I understand is partly due to the challenges of those hair characteristics, and I've seen even fewer African American women because women are a trickier situation on top of that.
However, in the results I've seen for African American men, it seems like the hair characteristics do work in their favor for the final result if the doctor is able to implant the grafts successfully, even with the hair cut very short. I'd bet the added length really enhances that effect.
I have to blow dry it like that. My hair is ridiculously straight and rigid it is very difficult to style. Kind of like some Asian/Chinese hair I guess. Apart from a year or two the late 90s I always wore it up for as long as I can remember.
Currently using a very small amount of Osmo Matte Clay followed by a dusting of firm or max hold hairspray.