Hair transplants are becoming very popular because of the technological advancements that have made these procedures safer, more effective, and affordable. Because of this, men and women who suffer from thinning hair or significant hair loss are now able to get hair transplant procedures best suited for the results they want.
If you are interested in getting a hair transplant, you may be wondering how your hair care and styling routine will change after the procedure. Like with any procedure, it’s essential to educate yourself on what to expect afterward so you can reduce complications, have realistic expectations, and prepare for what’s to come.
One question people frequently have about hair transplant surgery is what treatments are safe to do after a hair transplant. Below are some common hair treatments that you can continue to do after your hair transplant procedure.
Can I Shampoo After a Hair Transplant?
Right after your procedure, the scalp and hair grafts are sensitive. Shampoos (even the most sensitive ones) can irritate them. Therefore, a special shampoo is necessary during the healing process.
For the first couple of weeks after your hair transplant procedure, you should use the recommended special shampoo given by your hair specialist. Once you are healed, you can go back to using your favorite shampoo and conditioner.
Drying and Styling New Hair Transplants
After a hair transplant procedure, it’s important to wait a few weeks before blow-drying or styling your hair with straighteners, curlers, and other products. While it takes several months before your new hair will grow and become visible, the scalp and hair grafts are sensitive. Even if you can’t see the grafts, there is significant healing happening at the scalp.
For the first few weeks after the procedure, it’s best to let your hair dry naturally and avoid applying any chemicals. Once the scalp has healed, you can proceed to style your hair as you please.
When your new hair grows out, you can style it any way you like. But while it’s still healing, it’s important to recognize the sensitivity and take precautions, and not force your healing scalp and newly growing hair.
Can I Dye Transplanted Hair?
Hair dyes can contain harsh chemicals that can damage the sensitive hair grafts. Most experts recommend waiting at least four to six weeks after your hair transplant procedure before coloring your hair.
The scalp can take a few weeks to heal after your procedure, and applying hair dye can complicate and slow down the healing process. Once you are fully healed, it’s okay to dye your hair as you like.
Similarly, once your new hair grows out, you can dye it the same way you do the rest of your scalp. Hair transplant procedures result in permanent hair growth, so you do not have to worry about losing the hair from regular maintenance.
Ask your hair specialist if they have any recommended hair dyes for you. There may be better choices available that are healthier for your hair and scalp.
Relaxers, Perms, and Other Treatments
While these treatments are harsher than curling your hair with a curling iron or dying your hair, you can still relax or perm your hair after a hair transplant – the key is to wait until you’re healed.
While hair transplants will not be adversely affected by most hair treatments once the healing is complete, it’s important to discuss everything with your hair specialist.
Hair Restoration Physicians
To get a better understanding of how your hair care routine will change after a hair transplant procedure, talk to your hair specialist about what kinds of hair treatments you expect to do after your procedure.
If you are interested in learning more about hair transplant procedures, MAXiM Hair Restoration would love to help. Our team at MAXiM Hair Restoration has a wealth of knowledge in the field, and we use the latest treatment options available to treat our clients.
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