Hair loss affects around 50% of people in the UK, and can be a very traumatic experience for both men and women, but thankfully new technology in this area has meant that those who suffer from hair loss can now find a permanent solution through hair transplants.
With such significant advances in hair transplant technology over the past decade and higher success rates, the number of people seeking either Follicular Unit Transplants (FUT) or Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) treatments has dramatically increased in recent years.
And for many of those individuals who have undergone a hair transplant, one of the first things they want to do is get their new and improved haircut. However, before you head straight to the barbers or hairdressers there are a few things you need to know.
The first month after FUT or FUE
The first month after a hair transplant does require you to give your scalp and hair a little more care and attention than you would normally. Particularly in the first week you should use specialist shampoo on the treated areas while the scabs heal and the hair begins to grow.
However, your normal hair will continue to grow, which if you have a particularly short haircut, can make the donor areas more noticeable. But the good news is that after around three weeks you can safely get your hair cut without causing any damage to the transplants or new hair.
Having said that it may be advisable to visit your hair transplant physician before you cut your hair to ensure the head is healing properly. If the healing process is a little slower than normal and there is still some redness, swelling and scabbing, it may be advisable to wait before getting a new haircut, as this could aggravate the area and slow down healing even more.
What type of style can I go for?
The honest answer to this question is: any style you want. Providing your scalp has healed correctly, the risk of dislodging hair transplants is gone. Therefore you can opt for any hairstyle you choose whether that’s shaving it short until it grows back completely or creating a more voluminous style that helps to cover-up the donor areas.
Styling your hair
In addition to your haircut you may also be eager to get back to using styling products, chemical dyes or heat treatments to get back to your old style. However, just like the haircut, it’s recommended to avoid these for at least 3-4 weeks. Certainly with hair drying, the transplant area may still be numb so there’s a risk of burning and excessive heat can damage new follicles. Furthermore, with chemicals and styling products the new follicles may be more sensitive in the initial growth stages, so there’s a possibility they could react adversely to products.
For more advice on hair transplants and aftercare, the Wimpole Clinic is always here to help.