Can I colour my hair after transplant?
Having a hair transplant can do wonders for your self-esteem, not only do you get the full head of hair that you have been dreaming of, but it is a great confidence booster. You will feel more confident and it will show. The problem is as your natural hair grows any greys that you might normally dye will begin to show, perhaps dealing a blow to this new-found confidence. Whilst your surgical team might have explained after care to you following your hair transplant, you may well have forgotten to ask that all important question “Can I colour my hair after the transplant?”
You may well have dyed your hair in the run up to your hair transplant and this means you have a good window of time before you should need to do it again as the greys grow. You should do it at least a few days before as they dye can colour your scalp making it harder to see where the incisions for your hair transplant need to be. Remember hair dyes contain a number of harsher chemical; some contain bleaching agents, and peroxides. The hair follicles of your newly transplanted hair are far more sensitive than your natural hair, so it is very important to avoid exposure to these harsh chemicals for as long as you can otherwise you risk damaging them. It is far better to wait a little bit longer to dye your hair than damage the newly implanted hair follicles by using harsh dye on your hair too soon.
How long should I wait?
Experts recommend that you wait a minimum of 4 weeks after your hair transplant before you colour your hair. You want to allow time for your scalp to completely heal; and the healing process can vary from person to person, so it is always better to ere on the side of caution. If you can wait six weeks before dyeing your hair than that is even better.
If you normally dye your hair at home, you might want to consider having it done in the hair salon the first time. A skilled colourist will be able to pick a product that is best suited to your hair. If, however this is not an option then remember to do that all-important patch test with the appropriate time interval before dyeing your hair.