Can I Dye My Hair after Hair Transplant Surgery? By Dr. Raymond Konior on March 19, 2019

Middle-aged blonde woman brushing her hairAt Chicago Hair Institute, patients preparing for surgical hair loss treatment often have several questions about recovery. One of the most common questions patients want to know is if they can dye their hair after hair transplant surgery. Today, our Chicago, IL team answers this question and offers tips for optimizing your hair restoration results.

Dyeing Hair before Hair Transplant Surgery

Many of our hair transplant patients have dyed their hair for many years. Fortunately, there is really no harm in coloring your hair prior to your surgical hair loss treatment.

However, because many hair dyes can darken the scalp for a few days, we recommend dying your hair a few days before your appointment. By doing so, the donor and receptor sites can be fully visible when making incisions.

Furthermore, dyeing your hair a few days prior to your surgery will give you a good window of time before you will need to do it again.

Dyeing Hair after Transplant Surgery

Following hair transplant surgery, the scalp is far more sensitive; and because every patient is unique, healing times can vary significantly for each individual. To reduce irritation and avoid complications during recovery, we recommend waiting at least four to six weeks to color your hair. All incisions should be fully closed before dying your hair.

Moreover, it is a good idea to have your hair dyed at a professional salon, even if you typically do it at home. A skilled stylist will be able to choose a product and color to complement your hair type and preferences.

If you still prefer to color your hair at home, be sure to perform a patch test first to reduce the risk of allergic reactions. No matter what product you choose, be sure to follow the directions precisely to avoid complications.

What Hair Dye Does to Transplanted Follicles

Hair dyes contain a wide range of harsh chemicals, including peroxides and bleaching agents. These substances can cause damage to the scalp and follicles if you dye your hair too soon after surgery. Therefore, when it comes to determining how long to wait before dyeing your hair, it is better to err on the side of caution.

Additionally, our doctors typically recommend waiting at least a month before using styling products, blow driers, and straighteners. While newly grafted hair is stronger and more resilient, the follicles still need time to heal appropriately.

Facts about Dyeing Your Hair after Hair Transplant Surgery

If you are considering surgical hair restoration, it is important to gather all the information you can about aftercare and maintenance. Here are a few facts about dyeing your hair after a hair transplant:

  • Hair dye only affects the portion of the strands above the surface of the skin. Therefore, new hair growth should not be disturbed.
  • Dyeing your hair a darker shade is usually less damaging than going lighter. However, both will cause a certain degree of damage to the hair. This is one reason why we recommend having your hair colored at a salon.
  • Your newly transplanted hair will take on the same characteristics of your donor hair. Therefore, if you were prone to graying before surgery, your new hair will also be prone to graying. That is why most individuals who dyed their hair before hair transplant surgery will likely want to continue dying it after the treatment is complete.

Contact Chicago Hair Institute Today

To learn more about surgical hair loss treatment, schedule a consultation at our practice. You can contact us online anytime or give us a call at (630) 932-9690.

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Dr. Raymond J. Konior, MD, FACS

Chicago Hair Institute

Dr. Raymond J. Konior and the team at the Chicago Hair Institute offer world-class treatment backed by over 30 years of expertise in the field of hair restoration. Our doctors are nationally affiliated with professional associations including:

  • International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

To learn more or to schedule an appointment at our Chicago, IL, hair restoration clinic, contact us online or call (630) 932-9690.

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