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Old 10-27-2016, 04:07 PM
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Hello everyone,

I've been reading a few threads on the benefits of coconut oil, emu oil, castor oil, agran oil - but I have also read threads that condrodict these opinions. I've also had members warn me about tea tree oil and how it can cause damage to the grafts. I've been using an aloe Vera plant (16 days post op) once a day, and California baby super sensitive baby shampoo, but is there anything I should stay away from other than tea tree oil? (Don't know which shampoo to buy that have dht blocking ingredients, and won't be to harsh)

After speaking to my Dr, I picked up t/gel & t/sal and will use post op 30 days, once a week. I also have Nizoral, and will use post op 90 days, once a week for 8 weeks. However, I truly don't know what other shampoo, oils, etc to use post op 30 days that won't cause a negative impact on the grafts and will actually help promote growth all around. Some members have suggested Regenepure DR/NT, yet others have said the Keto amounts are still on the high side and can be too harsh. Side note, also taking biotin, msm, rogaine foam (once a day), and fin 1mg daily (for now, but may taper down if begin to experience side effects.) Figured I'd make a thread to get some updated opinions and reviews. Thanks in advance.
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Hi Reyes,

Are you using oils to combat dryness and or dandruff, or were you just using them before the procedure?
Coconut oil is one of the lesser "evils" out there and a patient advisor from another famous clinic recommended it to me after one of my FUE procedures. Don't think you can do any harm using organic coconut oil.

If you're looking for a shampoo to combat hairloss, I would just use a mild shampoo other guys recommend here. The other items you mentioned above are mainly used for seborrheic dermatitis/scalp eczema and are not ideal after a HT (T/gel, T-sal, Nizoral)
As you know myself and Spex and others really recommend avoiding any heavy Nizoral use until after your transplanted hair has fully grown in, if you need to use it for scalp issues then only 1-2 times a week.

Oh and I would avoid hairsprays and gel too for at least couple mosts post-op.
And even for aloe vera (sometimes contains alcohol) and baby shampoo check the ingredients carefully.

Some clinics out there sell their own brand of shampoos so may want to check those as well.
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Old 10-28-2016, 07:06 AM
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Reyes,

I have mixed feelings when it comes to the oils in the post-op period. I don't think they will directly damage the grafts. However, they do seem like a good environment for that type of build-up that bacteria love. I don't like the idea of bacteria having a comfortable home on the scalp while there are thousands of healing wounds AND thousands of fragile new grafts up there. Now, I have heard that some oils (and I believe coconut was one of them) are actually a little bit anti-bacterial, so maybe it is a case-by-case basis. But make sure to ask your clinic their specific thoughts before putting oils up there in the post-op period.
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Old 10-28-2016, 11:03 AM
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Hi Reyes,

Are you using oils to combat dryness and or dandruff, or were you just using them before the procedure?
Coconut oil is one of the lesser "evils" out there and a patient advisor from another famous clinic recommended it to me after one of my FUE procedures. Don't think you can do any harm using organic coconut oil.

If you're looking for a shampoo to combat hairloss, I would just use a mild shampoo other guys recommend here. The other items you mentioned above are mainly used for seborrheic dermatitis/scalp eczema and are not ideal after a HT (T/gel, T-sal, Nizoral)
As you know myself and Spex and others really recommend avoiding any heavy Nizoral use until after your transplanted hair has fully grown in, if you need to use it for scalp issues then only 1-2 times a week.

Oh and I would avoid hairsprays and gel too for at least couple mosts post-op.
And even for aloe vera (sometimes contains alcohol) and baby shampoo check the ingredients carefully.

Some clinics out there sell their own brand of shampoos so may want to check those as well.

Hsrp10,

Thank you for the detailed reply! Appreciate your input. At the moment, I am using a peeled Aloe Vera plant, and just dab the natural goo on the grafts once a day. I want to say it helps, because I barely have any scabs left, but I still have crusts and a peeling scalp. I also use California baby super sensitive baby shampoo from whole foods, and I couldn't find anything in the ingredients that said alcohol. I've never used any oils, and some say tea tree oil can damage the grafts.

I am simply trying to steer in the right direction taking care of my hair and scalp this time around, after my HT. As far as shampoo, which in particular were you referring to? I've read mixed reviews, but some say Regenepure DR is good and others use ultralax hair surge, both have small amounts of Ketoconazole. I definitely read up on the threads you and Spex made, and I definitely will be using those therapeutic shampoo's just once a week. The Nizoral, once a week for 8 weeks only as peri structures, 30 or 90 days post op. Dr said 30 days post op is fine, but I may wait 90 days to keep it on the safe side, at least with the Nizoral. Thanks again, hsrp10!

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Reyes,

I have mixed feelings when it comes to the oils in the post-op period. I don't think they will directly damage the grafts. However, they do seem like a good environment for that type of build-up that bacteria love. I don't like the idea of bacteria having a comfortable home on the scalp while there are thousands of healing wounds AND thousands of fragile new grafts up there. Now, I have heard that some oils (and I believe coconut was one of them) are actually a little bit anti-bacterial, so maybe it is a case-by-case basis. But make sure to ask your clinic their specific thoughts before putting oils up there in the post-op period.
DrBlakeBloxham,

Thank you much for the input! I agree. I can't imagine the heavy crust and peeling being a healthy environment for hair growth. I've heard good things about coconut oil as well, but not good things about tea tree oil (which some shampoo's have in the ingredients) and some members have warned me about the damage it can cause to the grafts. I will definitely run it by my Dr before using anything though.Thanks again, Dr. Bloxham! Greatly appreciate your advise!
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Ok got it Reyes, you're trying to deal with post-op scalp issues yeah?

I would use organic coconut oil or peanut oil, or if used briefly then virgin olive oil.
The olive oil can cause itching if left on too long, but would be the best for softening up things on your scalp post op.make sure to wash it off when done.

After my FUE procedure before I used this 1% hydrocortisone cream which really helped with dry crusty donor post-op. Ask Dr. k. if it would be OK to use sparingly in the recipient are a few weeks pots-op. Kirkland brand with Aloe.

Oh and don't use minoxidil at this stage as it can irritate and dry the scalp.
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Ok got it Reyes, you're trying to deal with post-op scalp issues yeah?

I would use organic coconut oil or peanut oil, or if used briefly then virgin olive oil.
The olive oil can cause itching if left on too long, but would be the best for softening up things on your scalp post op.make sure to wash it off when done.

After my FUE procedure before I used this 1% hydrocortisone cream which really helped with dry crusty donor post-op. Ask Dr. k. if it would be OK to use sparingly in the recipient are a few weeks pots-op. Kirkland brand with Aloe.

Oh and don't use minoxidil at this stage as it can irritate and dry the scalp.

Hsrp10, Thank you for the input! I will start with the coconut oil and see how that goes! Have you read anything on tea tree oil being caustic on grafts? I'd like to look into one of those DHT blocking shampoo's but some have tea tree oil and I've had members tell me that can be harmful to grafts. Have you used Regenepure DR? Thanks again for your time and help!
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Anytime man, I actually bought pure tea tree oil and never used on my scalp but I can attest that it's quite strong stuff as an ingredient in terms of potent smell and in pure form it kind of burned the test area I put it on briefly. Might want to consider tea tree oil shampoos after your transplanted hair has grown in a long while.

Since I suffer from chronic seborrheic dermatitis/scalp eczema I've probably tried ever shampoo out there at one time or another, literally.
I found that in my case no shampoo works best and my hair is healthier and I now never suffer any sheds from shampoos. I do use some 2% nizroal on my sides and back hair occasionally as well as mild dandruff shampoo all over once a week (Kerium by La Roche-Posay).

Many years ago I tried Regenpure DR as many people on here recommend it, thought the smell and shampoo texture was "interesting" but it was not something I used for a long time.
Some reviews on amazon say they've changed the ingredients so not sure how popular it is these days.

If you don't have any lasting scalp issues after the recipient area heals I would just use a mild shampoo and also wash frequently.
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I would never use tea tree oil after a transplant. As mentioned above, it's potent stuff. I used it once on my face and it was super irritating.
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After my FUE procedure before I used this 1% hydrocortisone cream which really helped with dry crusty donor post-op.

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That is rather interesting. Just out of curiosity is the 1% hydrocortisone cream used to combat dryness of scalp after post surgery?
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Anytime man, I actually bought pure tea tree oil and never used on my scalp but I can attest that it's quite strong stuff as an ingredient in terms of potent smell and in pure form it kind of burned the test area I put it on briefly. Might want to consider tea tree oil shampoos after your transplanted hair has grown in a long while.

Since I suffer from chronic seborrheic dermatitis/scalp eczema I've probably tried ever shampoo out there at one time or another, literally.
I found that in my case no shampoo works best and my hair is healthier and I now never suffer any sheds from shampoos. I do use some 2% nizroal on my sides and back hair occasionally as well as mild dandruff shampoo all over once a week (Kerium by La Roche-Posay).

Many years ago I tried Regenpure DR as many people on here recommend it, thought the smell and shampoo texture was "interesting" but it was not something I used for a long time.
Some reviews on amazon say they've changed the ingredients so not sure how popular it is these days.

If you don't have any lasting scalp issues after the recipient area heals I would just use a mild shampoo and also wash frequently.

Got it! Do shampoo's containing caffeine or keratin hurt grafts? I tried researching, but couldn't find a good enough answer. I am with ya on the less is more approach. I feel that after my HT I now have to be cautious of what ingredients are in shampoo's. I am thinking of maybe starting a thread for what ingredients to avoid post HT so that people can chime in. Thanks again for all your help, Hsrp10!
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