After a hair transplant, we recommend you rest and take it easy for a few days. It’s a minor and low-risk surgery but we advise taking a week off work to recuperate.
We’ve got full advice on recovering from a hair transplant here – what to do before, what happens during and what you should do after the procedure.
But once you’ve had a hair transplant, you’ll understandably be keen to head off to the barbers or hairdressers and get it styled the way you want it.
Before you do so, here’s what you need to know.
The first month
During the first month after a hair transplant, you’ll need to take care of your scalp and hair a little more than you would normally.
That might mean washing your hair with saline solution, or a specialist shampoo – particularly in that first week. Our team will let you know all of that in advance so you’re fully prepared.
When you do wash your hair, you’ll need to be more gentle than normal too. Gently massaging the shampoo into the scalp and drying more carefully. If you think about the hair follicles that have just been implanted in the new area of your head, they need a little time to settle fully into their new position. It’s a good idea to avoid using a hairdryer for the first month too.
It’s totally normal if you notice a few hairs falling out. It’s a natural part of the hair growth cycle – the hair might fall out but the follicle will still be there and new hair will grow. You don’t need to be alarmed.
About three to four weeks after your hair transplant you can get your hair cut. It’s a good idea to visit your hair transplant physician before you do so that they can check everything is healing well. If there’s still some redness, swelling or scabbing then they might advise you to wait a little longer for a haircut.
Styling your hair
There are no limits to what style you can choose after you’ve had a hair transplant. Once your scalp has healed, the chance of dislodging the transplants is very small.
Many people opt for a very short hairstyle to begin with to match the length of the newly transplanted hair – so they all grow together from the same length. Alternatively, others go for a longer style which then covers up the areas of donor hair which are still growing.
In terms of using styling products, dyes or heat treatments – much like getting a haircut, we advise that you avoid these for the first month.
The new follicles may be more sensitive during that first month and could react adversely to the toil of chemicals or heat. If you want to colour your hair, it’s also worth checking with your hair transplant physician before doing so. And even if you’ve done a patch test before with that dye, it’s worth doing it again as the new hair follicles may react differently.
At Wimpole, we’ll make sure you’re fully informed of your options and everything you need to know pre and post-surgery. To get started, you can book your initial free consultation here.
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