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How Do You Wash Your Hair After A Hair Transplant?

Washing your hair after your hair transplant is an important stage in your recovery. You should be able to wash your hair on the 5th day following your surgery. In this blog we will explain how to wash your hair after your hair transplant.

Dr Fernando explains- when and how you wash your hair after a hair transplant

Why You Should Wash Your Hair After A Hair Transplant

After your hair transplant, you will be left with scabs and small flecks of skin in your recipient area. In your donor area you will be left with small scabs where hairs have been taken out. These will need to be washed away carefully in order for you to start look normal again!

In the first 4 days after surgery you will be required to keep your newly implanted hair moist. This can be achieved with a salt water solution being sprayed every 30 minutes. This helps to ensure the newly implanted grafts don’t dry out; giving them every chance of embedding into the skin and growing in the months to come.

You won’t be able to wash the whole of your head until day 5 following surgery. By day 5, your hair will feel slightly uncomfortable. You will also want to get rid of any flecks of skin or small scabs that have formed following surgery. By washing your hair you will be able to get rid of these obvious signs of surgery and go back to work. You will also feel a lot more refreshed and clean following your wash.

When Should You Wash Your Hair After Your Hair Transplant?

At The Treatment Rooms London, we recommend washing your recipient area hair on the 5th day following your surgery.

You may wash your donor area on the morning following surgery.

How Do You Wash Your Hair After Your Hair Transplant?

Washing Your Donor Area

In the morning following your hair transplant you can take off the bandage and wash the back of your head. Steps:

  1. Run some warm water from the tap
  2. Let the warm water soak into your donor area bandage. Be careful NOT to knock or touch your recipient area
  3. The warm water will loosen your donor area bandage
  4. This will allow you to take off the bandage easily and dispose of it in your general waste bin
  5. Once your donor area is wet you can shampoo the donor area as normal
  6. Wash the shampoo foam off with warm water
  7. Pat dry your donor area

Washing Your Recipient Area

On the 5th day following your hair transplant, you will be able to wash your recipient area. Steps:

  1. Run some warm water from the tap or shower head
  2. Let the warm water soak into your donor areas and sides of your head. Be careful NOT to directly spray, knock or touch your recipient area
  3. Once your donor area is wet you can shampoo the donor area as normal
  4. Gently, move the foam from your donor areas, using the tips of your fingers to your newly implanted hairs
  5. Let the foam soak into your newly implanted hairs for 5-10 minutes
  6. Once 5-10 minutes have passed, start to wash the foam off from your donor area
  7. Tilt your head so the water landing on your donor area begins to run down across your recipient area and the implanted hairs
  8. Allow the water to run across the implanted hairs and wash away the foam you have moved there from your donor area
  9. Pat dry your donor area
  10. Air dry your recipient area

You may find you are still left with some flecks of skin and scabs following your first wash. This is normal- don’t worry. You can wash your hair twice a day using the steps above. In 3-4 days most signs of surgery, including flecks of skin and scabs should be gone.

Watch a blog of one of our patients- hear his thoughts following his first hair wash

Are you looking to have a hair transplant?

If you are looking to have a hair transplant and you are still wondering about when you can go back to work feel free to see us in clinic. Our Surgeons would be happy to go through your treatment options and explain when would be the best time for you to go back to work. Click the link below to make an enquiry today:

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