Is Hair Dye Safe to use with a Hair Transplant?

5/28/2009 9:22:04 PM

Today, there are numerous hairstyles men and women sport fashionably well. In fact, many men are beginning to wear longer hairstyles like the infamous manbun. While women have been known to wear shorter cropped hairstyles such as the disconnected undercut. However, not only are men and women wearing different hairstyles, they are experimenting with different colors as well, but how safe is it to color transplanted hair? Keep reading.

Hair Dye and Hair Transplant Treatment

Top Hair transplant surgeons recommend a Surgical hair restoration is a delicate procedure that requires the utmost skill and attention to ensure the transplanted hair grows. Even the best hair transplant surgeons have results that appear lackluster with less than ideal growth. However, the surgeon is not the only individual responsible for ensuring the transplanted hair grows. Patients are also responsible, because how they take care of their delicate grafts post-operatively will significantly impact their results. Some hair dyes contain bleach that is a harsh chemical that could potentially hinder the growth and prolong the healing period.

Dying Hair Before And After Hair Transplant

Not all hair dyes are bad though, some hair dyes can be used as long as they do not contain harsh chemicals and additives to significantly lighten the hair follicles or change the color.

Why It Is Not OK To Dye Your Hair Before Surgery?

Some hair dyes make it significantly difficult to see the follicular units, especially if the hair is dyed a similar color to the patients skin. For example, an individual with really light skin should not dye their hair white before surgery, because this will make it difficult for the surgeon. Conversely, some surgeons will actually ask their patients to dye their hair a darker color if they have white hair and skin.

Why It Is Not OK To Dye Your Hair After Surgery?

What to do immediately after a FUT or (FUE) Follicular Unit Extraction surgery ? The answer is that the newly transplanted grafts are anchoring in to the scalp. The micro-incision sites created to fit the follicular units are healing and scabbing within the first two weeks. During that time patients must be very cautious, because the grafts are not secure at that point. Some hair dyes contain harsh chemicals that could irritate the scalp and prolong the healing process. Patients should wait until their transplanted grafts have shed before dying their hair again.

How To Maintain Your Hair After  Surgery

The Hair loss learning center found that there are two medical treatments that can help. They have been approved by the FDA to treat genetic hair loss.  The medications are Propecia (finasteride) and Rogaine (minoxidil). Both of these treatments have been clinically proven to be effective in preventing, slowing and even stopping hair loss in some individuals. Using both of these medications can help maintain the non-transplanted hairs for years to come.

How Long Should I Wait To Color My Hair After Surgery?

The majority of hair transplant surgeons advise their patients to wait a minimum of six weeks before dying their hair, but patients should not use any harsh chemicals such as bleach to dye their hair. Harsh chemicals can damage the hair follicles and make the hair brittle and breakable. This could significantly impact the overall result if the hair transplant is not fully healed.


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    Bill was the managing publisher of the Hair Transplant Network and The Hair Loss Learning Center. He is 4 time hair transplant patient and has over 15,000 helpful posts on our hair restoration discussion forum. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a Master’s in Christian Counseling. In addition to his work in helping hair loss experiencing men and women finding the best hair transplant surgeons, he helps people with various addiction and mental health related issues in his free time. He enjoys weight lifting, kickboxing, movies, researching conspiracy related topics and spending time with his family.