Do you know what most people want to do after getting a hair transplant? They want to try everything that people around them are doing to their hair. One of these things is coloring their hair. Coloring hair has become so common that almost every 4 in 5 individuals has colored hair. Therefore, when the bald person gets the hair back, he/she wants to get it done as well.
There is a long list of things that you can not do immediately after getting a hair transplant. Hair coloring is undoubtedly less damaging as compared to other treatments. However, still, the hair colors are a combination of different chemicals. So, here is whether you can do it or not;
Can the hair be colored after a hair transplant surgery?
Yes, you can color your hair but not immediately after the hair transplant. Coloring your hair right after the hair transplant is not good for the scalp as it is healing from the surgery. Whether the color is claimed to be safe or semi-permanent (which contains fewer chemicals as compared to permanent ones) should not be used until the scalp and follicles are healed. Therefore, you do not necessarily have to move on from the idea of getting your hair colored but delay it a bit.
How long you have to wait to color your hair is different from person to person. It is because every human does not recover from a hair transplant at the same rate. Usually, the major signs of recovery are noticed after the 4th week of the surgery. Therefore, generally, people are advised to color their hair after 4 to 6 weeks.
In other words, you can color your hair when they start growing or the person returns to the normal hair care routine. However, it is better to wait until the person completely recovers. The healing process of hair transplant surgery is long. For the record, it takes almost six months to a year to be fully healed.
Major reasons why hair can not be colored after a hair transplant
The hair should not be colored “immediately” after the hair transplant for a variety of reasons. Usually, it is advised because of a few of the following reasons;
It slows down the healing process
Coloring your hair immediately after the transplant would only slow down the recovery process. The scalp at this point is sensitive, and exposing it to chemicals would only worsen the situation, instead of fixing or assisting in fixing it.
It can cause infection
As stated above, hair colors are a combination of harsh chemicals such as bleach, ammonia or ethanolamines, hydrogen peroxide, and p-phenylenediamine. The scalp and follicles in the healing process are quite sensitive, therefore, these harsh chemicals can cause infection. To avoid infection, it is better to wait until the scalp is healed properly.