Washing after hair transplant cleans the crusts that formed during the surgery. Hair wash after hair transplant differs from a regular one, it raises many questions for patients. Hair transplant surgery is small, but it is still considered as medical intervention.
Consequently, there is spot bleeding in the donor area when the grafts are removed, which later turns into clots and goes away. Almost the same thing happens with the graft area, clots on the open channels quickly dry out with the solutions that are injected into the scalp and then leak out, turning into crusts. The picture below is taken on day 1 after after hair transplant. As you can see, the clots have dried out and become crusts. Clots are turned to the scabs.
The first washing of the head after hair transplant is on the 1st and 4th day after surgery. We do it on the 1st day after the procedure because we work with the DHI method. The Pen implanter method of hair transplantation produces less scarring and crusts. Therefore, there are no restrictions on washing the day after surgery.
The first 48 hours after hair transplantation are very important. The implanted roots have not yet taken root. During this period, which is called epithelialization, the hair follicles are in the attachment stage. Improper contact with the implanted hair can cause damage. To get rid of the crusts, it is necessary to perform a rinse. Washing gives the skin oxygen, which provides nourishment to the roots. If the washing is not done properly, the roots may not grow back or may be damaged. Washing your scalp after a hair transplant is different than normal washing. On this page, we would like to briefly describe the process for you.
How is the Hair Wash After Hair Transplant is Done?
In a normal hair wash, you apply shampoo or soap, lather and massage the skin with your fingers, fingernails. If you do the same thing after hair transplant surgery, all the roots will be destroyed. Therefore, washing should be gentle and gentle.
- Before washing, it is necessary to apply a cream to the area of transplantation. Creams such as “Bepantol” or “Terramycin” are excellent. The cream or lotion moisturizes and softens the roots.
- Washing is best done with gloves on. There are two ways to apply the lotion. The first is to pour it on your fingers and gently massage it into your skin. Second, the lotion is absorbed in a sterile gauze cloth, you need to put it on the skin in the form of a compress. The purpose of applying the cream or lotion is to soften the scabs. This procedure should be done very gently.
- The applied cream should remain on the head for 45 minutes to 1 hour. With each wash, the scabs become softer and finally completely clear of the skin. You do not need to use a lot of cream or lotion. Otherwise you will have a hard time removing them. The amount of lotion that would cover the roots of the hair is enough.
- Further, you need to pour warm water over the top. The shower should not be under pressure. If the flow is intense, you can reduce it with your hand.
- Rinse your hair after baby shampoo. It is better to lather the shampoo in your hands, and then apply it to the hair. It is gently rubbed into the skin in a circular motion. You can also use other shampoos that do not contain paraben. Prefer shampoos with a PH value close to that of hair. Baby shampoos are ideal for this purpose.
- Keep it for a few minutes on your head and then rinse it off. The procedure is completed.
- The application of lotion and shampoo should be very gentle, like caressing a baby.
Things to Pay Attention to During the First Hair Wash
- The very first hair wash after hair transplant should be done at the clinic where you had your surgery.
- Water must not be hot or cold. Warm water (room temperature) is ideal.
- The lotion does not promote hair development. Its only purpose is to soften the crusts.
- It is recommended to wash the hair twice a day (morning and evening). You can do it more often in summer.
- After the first wash, the crusts soften and begin to separate. The implanted area begins to receive oxygen.
- Along with the crusts, your hair may break. It’s not the roots, you don’t have to worry.
- You should use gloves when washing.
- There is no special technique for washing the donor area. You can completely clean it in a couple of days using the same approach.
- If you do not have the opportunity to do the first wash in the clinic (you may need to leave urgently), we advise you to watch our video on YouTube, which shows in detail how the washing is done.
Hair Wash on 10th Day
Usually crusts completely disappear on the 10th day after the procedure. There is no special technique for washing on the 10th day. From the first wash, the finger pressure should increase. If you apply only cream and shampoo without massaging the skin, the crusts remain unclean or partially removed. As a result, the skin gets less oxygen. Therefore, they must be removed after 10 days. A week after the operation, you need to press harder with your fingers, making circular movements on the skin. On the 8th and 9th day, you can make stronger presses to completely get rid of the remaining crusts.
Washing after hair transplantation – special cases
- After a female hair transplant, you need to wash your hair carefully. Since the transplant is ‘No-Shave’ the lotion sticks to the hair in most cases. This is why you must be careful not to damage hair roots trying to remove the cream.
- Wash after the beard transplant is easy. You can wash your beard 15-20 times a day as you wash your face, this is good for moisturizing your skin
- he healing of the donor area after a beard hair transplant is quite fast. You can start washing it the next day with normal soap. Moreover, you can shave after a few days.
- Wash after eyebrow transplant is also very easy. You should do it as a normal face wash, 15-20 times a day.
Should I Wash My Hair After Hair Transplant Every Day?
Yes, it is necessary to clean the skin of the crust. If you don’t wash the roots properly, they will be left without nourishment.
When should I wash my hair for the first time after hair transplant
We work using the DHI method, so the rinse is done the next day. With classic FUE you have to wait 3-4 days.
When do the crusts fall off after a hair transplant?
With the first hair wash the crusts become softer. Scabs cleaning increases by day 8-10. If you follow the ınstructions above, your crusts will totally fall off in 10 days.
How Many Times A day Should I Wash My Hair After Hair Transplant?
Each clinic has its own guidelines. We recommend washing your hair at least once a day in the winter. In summer you can do it up to 5-6 times a day.