When Is it Safe to Color Dye my Hair after Hair Transplant?
Our hair transplant doctors in Turkey will guide you through every step of such a procedure and will also explain what you need to consider in order to have a successful operation. They will also inform you about the hair products it is safe to use during and after the recovery from a hair transplant, including when to start dyeing your hair again.
Dye and hair transplants
Most people who dye their hair and then consider having a hair transplant are long-term users of hair coloring products, which is why it is safe to say that if the patient has dyed the hair before the hair transplant in Turkey, the dye should not be reapplied for a longer period of time. Most hair dyes remain on the hair between 3 to 4 weeks, which enough for the recovery phase after undergoing a hair transplant.
People who dye their hair and want to undergo a hair transplant should consider the following:
- if they want to dye their hair prior to the procedure, they should do it at least 4 or 5 days before;
- the dye can remain on the scalp as well, making it harder for the doctors to collect and implant the grafts;
- the patient should pay attention to the hair dye they use, as these products contain all types of dangerous substances, such as peroxides and bleaching agents;
- the transplant hair grafts are more sensitive and can react to hair dye, which is why it is recommended avoiding exposure to such products in the first weeks after the transplant;
- the patient should also consider going to a hair salon for coloring their hair after a hair transplant.
You can also talk to our surgeons in Istanbul for more advice on dyeing your hair after a transplant.
The donor and the recipient areas and hair dye
The two most important parts of the scalp which should be protected from hair dye before undergoing a hair transplant in Turkey are the donor area and the recipient area. The donor area is the part of the scalp from which the hair follicles are extracted. The recipient area is the part of the head where these hair follicles are implanted. These areas are carefully prepared by the doctor in order for healthy hair grafts to be collected and implanted. This is why it is very important to know that when hair dye is used, both areas can be affected.
Another aspect which should be considered is that it takes up to one year for the results of a hair transplant to be seen, which is why the head needs special attention during this period. This does not mean that the patient cannot dye their hair after the hair transplant, it only means that special attention should be paid to when he or she will start dyeing the hair again and the products used for coloring the hair.
This is why our hair transplant doctors in Turkey advise you to carefully choose the hair dye when deciding to color your hair, not only when choosing to have a hair transplant operation.
The best time to dye your hair after a Turkey hair transplant
After undergoing a Turkey hair transplant, the restored hair follicles will be more sensitive. Therefore, it is recommended to avoid exposing them to harsh chemicals, like bleaching agents, peroxides and dyes for several weeks.
Our physicians advise you to return to your usual hair styling habits four to six weeks after a hair restoration. These habits may include coloring, blow drying, straightening or perming the hair.
It is also recommended to avoid hair styling products such as mousses, gels, and hairspray for minimum one month after a hair transplant operation in Istanbul.
The restored hair follicles are undoubtedly stronger and healthier than your natural hair from the recipient area, however, at the same time, they are more sensitive to chemicals.
Therefore, these newly restored hair follicles should not be exposed to hair coloring and harsh chemicals for at least one month after the surgery.
After these hairs have strongly attached themselves on the recipient site and have developed their own blood supply, it is perfectly safe to begin coloring the transplanted hair, as you usually do with your natural one.
Hair damage and dye explained by our hair transplant surgeons in Turkey
Our hair transplant physicians in Istanbul feel it is important to clear up the issue of whether a dye can damage the hair.
Hair dyes utilize chemicals to bond the colorants to the hair, not only externally, but internally, as well. This implies that the hair has to be penetrated by the chemicals in the dye.
Dying the hair in a darker shade is much less damaging than coloring it lighter, however, most probably it will cause a certain degree of damage.
It is important to note that dying the hair only affects it above the skin surface, and not beneath the skin, which is where the hair growth can be stimulated from.
FAQ on dyeing the hair after a hair transplant in Turkey
1. Will the transplanted hair need to be colored too, if I used to dye my hair?
Yes, considering the implanted hairs are from your own head, they will have the same characteristics as the hair on other sides of the head, therefore they will be prone to turning grey.
2. Is it safe to dye transplanted hair?
Yes, after the hair transplant healing process is completed, you can start dying your hair again.
3. How soon after the hair transplant can I use hair dye again?
Our doctors recommend you wait at least 4 weeks before starting dyeing your hair again.
4. Is it OK if I dye my hair at home after a hair transplant?
Our hair transplant surgeons strongly recommend you go to a hair salon for dyeing your hair after a transplant procedure. The personnel there have a wide variety of products you can choose from and can help when applying the dye.
If you have undergone a hair transplant operation in Turkey and need information about the post-operative care procedures, including about dyeing your hair, our surgeons are at your disposal with detailed information. We strongly recommend you to ask them about the type of products you can use for your hair after such an important procedure.
In case you have more questions about when to color your hair after hair transplantation or to schedule a consultation with one of our physicians, please contact our hair transplant clinic in Istanbul.