So, you finally saved up enough to get yourself a hair transplant. But what now? How do you save these transplanted hairs from meeting the same fate as the original ones?
Lucky for you, this article comprises tips and tricks to boost hair growth along with some common anti-hair practices to avoid.
Take your medications The best, and most important thing, you can do for your new hair transplant is religiously take Finasteride (Propecia). We know that it has been demonized and many guys are afraid to take it because of the potential sexual side effects, but with new research on customized dosing from Dr. Asi Peretz and Dr. Eric Peretz, and the Trichogenics team constantly at your side, these side effects can be effectively mitigated,. Don't knock before you try it!
Follow A Hair-Centric Diet A poor diet can trigger the hair follicles to shed off and go dormant. And the opposite of that is also true. A diet rich in proteins and vitamins can boost the growth of transplanted hairs. (Be careful on a vegan diet, make sure you meet your protein needs and more importantly make sure you get enough lysine, an important amino acid not found in high concentrations in plant based proteins). So, what does a hair-centric diet look like? Mostly proteins because keratin is central to hair composition. Other than proteins, several vitamins are known to boost hair growth. For example, biotin, a member of the vitamin B family, is necessary for healthy hair and nails. Some other hair growth nutrients you can include in your diet are iron, zinc, folic acid, and vitamin B12.
Limit Your Physical Activity In the early days, the transplanted hairs don’t have much tolerance for stress and physical activities. That’s because the roots aren’t firmly embedded in the scalp yet. On average, it takes about a week or two for the transplanted hairs to accept their new home. Until then, you should avoid exercising, jogging, or anything that can lead to excessive sweating. Because, in the case of transplanted hairs, excessive sweating equals hairs falling out from your head.
Practice The Recommended Hair Wash Technique Hair washing can greatly influence the outcome of your transplantation, so it’s important that you do it correctly. Your surgeon will guide you on how to wash your hairs properly, but it generally consists of the following four steps:
Apply lotion or oil to the transplanted area and leave it be for 30 minutes or so. Once the transplanted area is moisturized, wash it with the medical shampoo and warm water. This will help remove dried blood from the scalp and promote healing.
Let your hair naturally dry or pat gently with a clean towel, and do not rub or apply pressure on the transplanted area.
Repeat the same washing technique for about 10 days
At about day 10 it will be time to remove your scabs. You can gently massage them with the medical shampoo until they have all fallen out. If some scabs are adherent and do not fall with a gentle massage, do not force them off and wait for the next day to remove them.
Adopt A Gentle Hair Care Approach A gentle hair care approach would require several habit changes. First, you should avoid physically injuring your scalp. The scalp is tender after the transplant, so even rubbing or itching can trigger hair loss. Moreover, you’ll have to substitute your favorite shampoo and conditioner for a special Trichogenics medical shampoo. For optimum results, this gentle routine is to be followed for about 2 weeks.
Avoid The Common Hair Care Mistakes Now that you’re familiar with the hair-friendly tips. It’s equally important to avoid the common mistakes that may impede your progress. And at the top of that list is smoking. Smoking can greatly delay the healing process, which will trigger hair loss and leave your scalp tender for an extended period of time. In fact, many surgeons will refuse to operate on active smokers who are not willing to quit for at least 2 weeks pre-op, and 6 months post-op. Heavy alcohol use should also be avoided as it can hamper the healing process for many different reasons. You should also suppress the urge to itch or even touch your scalp. If you don’t, those weakly embedded hair follicles may start to shed off. And that pretty much sums up the brief guide to post-op hair care!