How to take care of Hair after Hair Transplant?

When Can I Wash My Hair Normally After A Hair Transplant?

If you’ve recently undergone a hair transplant, you may be wondering when can I wash my hair normally after a hair transplant? While it’s important to follow your surgeon’s post-operative instructions, there are general guidelines that can help you determine when it’s safe to start washing your hair normally.

So, you are finally sure that you are going to get the Hair Transplant and even have started the pre-care? Well, that’s just as good as owning baldness and being okay with the “bald man” title. You do not necessarily have to accept the flaw if you do not feel like it.

Starting the pre-care early is good. However, have you ever wondered if there is anything that needs to be done after the Hair Transplant surgery? If you have not, let me tell you there will be a lot of aftercare and it is supposed to be taken very seriously. If the aftercare is not done properly, you can catch an infection or develop other serious issues. Wondering what you have to do after the Hair Transplant treatment? Rest Assured, here is the detailed Hair Transplant aftercare guide;

when can I wash my hair normally after a hair transplant?

Male Hair Transplant Aftercare

The aftercare of the Hair Transplant is about 1 month long. Each day after the Hair Transplant is different, it demands different kinds of attention from you. Here is what you have to do each day until you will be ready to come back to your normal routine;

Day 01

Day 01 is the most crucial day of the entire hair transplant recovery period. Therefore, you have to be extra careful;

  • Avoid washing your hair for at least a whole 24 hours from the minute you step out of the clinic. It is needed to be avoided to ensure that the grafts are left undisturbed and logged onto your scalp
  • Take as much rest as you can
  • Avoid wearing hats or caps
  • Avoid consuming alcohol or any other drug
  • Keep your head elevated while resting or sleeping
  • Avoid taking any other medication
  • Spend time indoors
  • Do the stress management
  • Spray saline as suggested by the doctor
  • Take the medication and minerals as suggested by the doctor
  • Avoid driving for at least a good 24 hours
  • Apply ice above your eyebrows to reduce swelling
  • Avoid hot showers and saunas
  • Follow special instructions given by the doctor(if any)
  • Take painkillers before going to sleep at the night
  • Avoid touching your hair and exposing it to any harsh product
  • Avoid salty foods, chips, olives, cheese, pickles
  • Take the bandages off at the end of the day

Day 02 to 04

Day 02 is generally less hard than day 01. You will begin feeling better already. Do and avoid this until you the end of day 04;

  • It is better to not wash the hair on the 2nd and 3rd days. It can be done on day 4th, however, you have to be very careful. The hair shampoo should be mild and you have to be gentle with your hair during the whole process
  • Use lukewarm water to wash your hair
  • Do not touch the grafts
  • Continue taking the medication and minerals as suggested by the doctor
  • Smoking, drinking, swimming, and any other high-performance requiring activity should be avoided
  • Do not be over-stressed
  • Continue hydrating your scalp with saline and resting as much as possible
  • Avoid combing your hair much, if you have to do it anyway, be gentle
  • Don’t go for a hot shower and saunas
  • Continue avoiding salty food, chips, olives, cheese, and pickles 
  • Take a painkiller if you still have pain
  • Drink enough water
  • Avoid junk at all costs
  • Keep your head elevated while sleeping

Day 05 to 09

When day 05 reaches, you have already hit the recovery road. These days are quite less hard than the previous ones. However, they would not allow you an excuse from the hair transplant aftercare.

  • Examine the scalp, the swelling and soreness should almost disappear. If you for any reason have not found relief, get yourself checked
  • Take the medication and minerals as suggested
  • Try not to touch the grafts
  • Avoid stressing over things
  • Wash your hair but avoid shampooing
  • Try removing dead skin and scabs gently
  • Avoid exercising or going for any sort of similar physical activity
  • Sleep with your head elevated to reduce swelling
  • Stay hydrated
  • Use an ice pack to reduce swelling
  • Avoid touching the recently treated area
  • Avoid smoking, drinking, and any other drug

Day 10 to 14

Day 10 will finally be the beginning of a regular hair care routine. However, you still can not be carefree at all.

  • Do not stress about the scabbed pink skin at this point, it is normal as long as there is no pain
  • Apply lotion or oil on the recently treated area for about 15 to 30 minutes
  • Begin washing and shampooing as you used to do before getting the Hair Transplant
  • Avoid touching the grafts
  • Avoid blow-drying your hair
  • Continue eating well
  • Avoid rubbing your hair with a towel
  • Use a paper towel to get rid of moisture from the head
  • Resume exercise and other physical activities
  • Go to the doctor if you are not healing as you should be
  • Don’t do the drugsContinue doing this until the calendar marks 3 months. From now on, you would only have to get the condition of your hair checked every few months.

Continue doing this until the calendar marks 3 months. From now on, you would only have to get the condition of your hair checked every few months.

3 to 6 months

In this period, you are pretty much healed. There would be no hard and fast aftercare. However,

  • You have to get yourself checked
  • Take any special instructions given by the doctor seriously
  • Continue noticing the growth throughout this period
  • Avoid hair dyes and any other sort of hair treatments
  • Eat highly nutritional food and stay hydrated

10th month

At the beginning of the 10th month, you have to notice the progress and do what’s mentioned below;

  • Get the trim
  • Notice the growth
  • Get yourself checked one more time
  • Do not get the hair dye or any other chemical treatment
  • Avoid using any hair spray
  • Follow any special instructions given by the doctor

12 month

The 12th month marks the end of the Hair Transplant aftercare. By the end of the 12th month, you will have the freedom to do whatever you want. However, in the 12th whole month

  • Get yourself checked once more
  • Check your hairline and growth
  • Avoid hair dyes
  • Avoid hair styling products

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