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Waiting for a Hair Transplant: What to Do in the Meantime

Stylistic Dos and Don'ts Before Hair Transplant SurgeryYou’ve started to notice the first signs of male pattern baldness and hair loss. While a hair transplant is on your list, your surgeon has recommended waiting a bit. In some cases, it makes more sense to postpone the surgery, as if it is performed in the early stages of hair loss, an additional surgery may be needed to correct further hair loss.

You’re following the advice of your surgeon, but still want to do something about your hair loss in the meantime. As you wait, there are some things you can do to tackle hair loss with grace and ease.

Change Your Style

One of the best ways to deal with your hair loss gracefully is to change up your style. With a new haircut or hairstyle, people will look at you and think, “I wonder what’s different,” instead of looking at you and thinking, “oh, he’s got some hair loss.”

A classic, short style is often the best way to cover up the beginning stages of hair loss. Some men choose to shave their heads or sport a buzz cut. You don’t have to go that far, though. A classic crew cut or Caesar cut might be appropriate. If you have more hair on the top of your head than on the sides, a layered cut that is somewhat loose and shaggy can be ideal, as can the classic cut with trimmed sides and a side part on the top. Your barber can be a great help when it comes to finding a style that looks fantastic and doesn’t call attention to any hair loss.

Go Easy on the Products

As you begin to lose your hair, it can be easy to go overboard when it comes to hair products. Some products, such as pomades or gels, can make your hair look greasy or otherwise enhance the look of thinning hair. It’s best to use a light hand with any styling product and to choose products that won’t make your hair shiny or greasy looking. Hair putty or clay can work well, as long as you apply it with a gentle hand.

You might need to step up your shampooing routine, too. When you have less hair, dirt and oil buildup can make it look greasier more quickly.  Wash your hair regularly to keep it looking clean and healthy. A shampoo everyday  might be too much, though. Try washing it every other day to start and increase or decrease based on how your hair responds.

Avoid the Urge to Cover Up

Your first inclination might be to make a hat a regular part of your wardrobe or to try to conceal your hair loss by combing the hair you do have over the balding area. It’s usually best to avoid trying cover up your hair loss, as doing so typically only  draws more attention to the problem.

Hats aren’t responsible for causing hair loss of any type. They also aren’t a great way to cover it up. Usually, you can’t wear a hat indoors, so doing so will draw attention to your head. People might also wonder why you’re suddenly wearing a baseball cap or other style of hat everywhere when you didn’t previously.

Grow a Beard

Facial hair might not be an option for every man, but if you have the ability to grow a beard or mustache, doing so might pull some attention away from your scalp and towards your face. Balance is key. If you’re wearing your hair on your scalp short, try to keep your beard or mustache short and neatly trimmed.

Try Minoxidil

Although it’s not a replacement for hair restoration surgery, in the early stages of hair loss,  minoxidil, or Rogaine, can help minimize your hair loss. The product is available over-the-counter and is relatively easy to use, too. The big drawbacks of it are that you need to use it daily to see results and you need to keep using it to maintain those results. If your hair loss does continue and you have larger areas of baldness, minoxidil might not work as well.

In the Virginia Beach area, Dr. Kyle Choe, a hair restoration specialist, can advise you on the best course of action to take to cope with your hair loss. It might be that you’re ready for a hair transplant now or that you are better off waiting a year or so before having the surgery. To schedule a consultation with Dr. Choe and to learn more about your hair restoration options, call (757) 389-5850 today.

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