It’s been several months since your hair transplant and you’re starting to see new growth in areas that were once bald. While how you took care of your hair in the past didn’t play a part in it falling out, now that you have a restored head of hair, you might want to go the extra mile in terms of keeping that hair as healthy looking as possible. No matter what type of hair you have, how you wash it, style it, and what you expose it to will determine how healthy it is as it grows back in.
Shampooing and Conditioning
The type of shampoo you use and how often you shampoo your hair will depend on the type of hair you have. If you’ve had oily hair for your entire life, you will most likely need to wash it more often than a person who has dry hair. When looking for shampoos, look for options that don’t contain a lot of harsh detergents, as those can strip your hair of natural oils and make it feel brittle.
How you shampoo your newly transplanted hair makes a difference to its health. You want to focus on your scalp more than the strands of hair. Gently massage the shampoo into your scalp, to wash away debris and built up oils. Focusing on the strands can make your hair more wispy and more difficult to style.
Now that you’ve got your hair back, take the extra step to care for it by conditioning it after each shampoo. Using a conditioner not only keeps your hair from drying out. It also makes it easier to work with when styling, makes it stronger, and, if you use a conditioner with SPF, can protect it from the rays of the sun.
When you choose a shampoo and conditioner, it’s more important to look at the type of hair they are designed for, rather than the price or brand. For example, using a pricey product made for oily hair when you have dry or damaged hair won’t provide much benefit.
Take Care With Heat
Heat styling tools help you battle frizz and get your hair under control. They can also help you get the hairstyle you want, whether it’s curly or straight. But all that heat can also damage your new hair.
You don’t have to give up your flat iron or put your hair dryer away for good. Just be careful how you use them. For example, no matter how much of a rush you are in, never use the highest heat setting on a hair dryer. Stick with the warm setting and hold the dryer several inches away from your scalp, to avoid burning it.
Avoid frying your hair when using a flat or curling iron by running the iron over the hair for a few seconds, tops. If you regularly use heat to style your hair, it can be worth it to invest in a heat treatment. The treatment coats your strands, providing an extra layer of protection against high heat.
Choose Your Brush Wisely
There are a lot of different types of hair brush out there, all designed to style hair in different ways or designed for different types of hair. Brush with natural bristles is generally gentle enough for all types of hair and can be used as a go-to brush for short, long, curly or straight hair. If you regularly brush your hair while heat drying, it’s a good idea to avoid a metal one, as the heat from the dryer can heat up the brush, frying your hair.
While it’s usually a good idea to wait until your hair is only slightly damp to brush it, if you are styling it while wet, it’s best to use a brush with plastic or nylon, tipped bristles. The tips on the bristles help protect hair from breakage or from excess pulling.
Shield It From the Sun
Sun exposure is as bad for your hair as it is for your skin. It can be even worse right after a hair transplant, as the UV rays can discolor any incisions and make scars more visible. You can protect your hair and scalp from the sun in a few ways. Right after your surgery, it’s best avoid the sun as much as possible. Stay indoors during the late morning and early afternoon hours, when the sun is at its most intense. When you do go outside, put a hat on to keep the sun off of your scalp. It’s a myth that wearing hats contributes to hair loss, so you have nothing to worry about there.
By deciding to have a hair transplant, you’ve decided to invest in the health and appearance of your hair. It’s a good idea to protect your investment by doing what you can to care for and protect your hair as it grows in.
If you have more questions about caring for your hair after hair restoration, Dr. Kyle Choe, a hair restoration specialist in Virginia Beach, is happy to answer them. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Choe. call (757) 389-5850 today.