When men and women take time and care to plan an expert hair transplant in NJ, they want to ensure they do everything in their power to protect the results. People have many questions after hair transplant surgery, ranging from exercise restrictions to sun exposure, to washing their new hair. Here we’ll answer a common question which is, how soon after my hair restoration can I color my hair?
Plenty of people in their 40s, 50s and 60s who undergo hair surgery also dye their hair to hide the greys. While maintaining the desired hair tone and coverage is important for many, so is protecting the delicate scalp and follicles as you heal.
How Does A NJ Hair Transplant Work?
During FUE hair transplantation, the surgeon will carefully excise and extract micro-sections of scalp and follicles to relocate them to the top or front of the scalp. The most common donor area for these extractions is at the back and sides of the head. These locations, especially in males, will tend to hold the resilient, DHT resistant hairs. That means when they are punched out and implanted elsewhere, they retain those properties and do not fall out.
The hair grafts are placed into thin slits made in the skin and will follow the natural angles and pattern of real hair growth. One interesting effect from moving hairs around the scalp is that they sometimes have a different texture or tone than the hair native to that spot. Your surgeon will blend and combine hair tones to create a seamless result as much as possible, but sometimes people grow variable colors across their scalp so this difference will carry over.
Can You Dye Transplanted Hair?
Once your new hair is established and growing, you can treat it however you usually would. That means cutting, brushing, washing, styling, and coloring. For safety reasons, you’ll need to take a break. For at least a few weeks before your procedure, and for roughly 2 weeks after, dying won’t be permitted. The chemicals in hair dye products can be relatively harsh and detrimental to inflamed, healing tissues. Until the small openings created at the donor and recipient sites are totally closed, the risk of infection, bleeding and scarring exists. Your NJ hair transplant surgeon will advise you to ensure you’re healed and hairs are well established before applying anything like a dye.