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Did your doctor give you any instructions? Many doctors have different instructions so you might want to contact your doctor.

If you are to wash your hair consider using baby shampoo mixed in a cup. Do not use a shower. Just drizzle gently via the cup. Rinse by dripping slowly via a cup also. Do not rub the transplanted grafts. Let dry naturaly. No blow drying, towel, etc.

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Please call your hair transplant doctor immediately to get his postoperative instructions.


As a helpful guide however, I've posted what I did to wash my hair after surgery:




How Should I Wash My Hair After a Hair Transplant?


Keep in mind that every hair transplant clinic has their own hair restoration postoperative instructions and they vary. Therefore it is always best to get detailed postoperative hair washing instructions directly from the hair transplant surgeon.

That being said, I thought I'd share my personal experience with hair washing after hair transplant surgery that worked well for me.


Day 0: (day of hair restoration surgery): Just relax. Do not wash your hair at all.


Day 1: If at all possible, visit your hair restoration clinic for a postoperative hair wash. If not, fill a cup with water mixed with shampoo and pour it gently over your head several times. Gently massage the shampoo into the donor area, cleaning the area around the scar.


Day 2 and 3: Fill a cup with water mixed with shampoo and pour it gently over your head several times. Gently massage the shampoo into the donor area, cleaning the area around the scar. Wash donor area normally working around the scar with care to work off any dried blood. Apply as much pressure as needed however, avoid using so much pressure that it causes pain.


Day 4: Assuming that your shower pressure is reasonable and not too harsh - let the water from the shower head hit your head normally. Massage shampoo in your hands until it lathers. Gently touch the grafts with the shampoo in the palm of your hands and gently touch with your finger tips. Avoid any massaging of the transplanted hair at this point. Continue washing donor area normally from this point on paying extra attention around the scar as to work off any dried blood and keep the area clean.


Day 5: Repeat the instructions from day 4 however, add very gentle back and forth motions with your finger tips through the transplanted hair. Avoid using your nails at all costs.


Day 6: Resume normal hair washing but be extra gentle with the hair grafts.


Day 7+: Begin showering twice a day normally however, use a little extra care of the follicuar unit grafts. Spend 10 extra minutes in the shower both in the morning and evening massaging with shampoo the hair grafts in a circular motion with your fingertips in order to start working off the scabs. Avoid using your fingernails at all costs. Do not apply a lot of pressure. The trick is to apply a constant circular motion to gradually work off the scabs rather than simply picking them off. Picking the scabs should be avoided at all costs. Whatever scabs don't come off in the shower will come off after subsequent showers and circular massaging. Additionally, when you come out of the shower and after looking in the mirror see some loose scabs, feel free to perform additional soft circular massaging over the scabs in front of the mirror to work off loose scabs. Scabs still tightly secured to the scalp should not be worked too much. These scabs will come off after subsequent showers in the coming days. Patience is important and don't force anything off.


I have found that by using the above method, scabs typically come off between 8-12 days.

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Thanks Bill.


I just called Dr.Cooley's office and they just told me the exact things that you have mentioned here. I will be washing my hair in next few hours. I have been spraying it every hour and taking valium at night really helps. I have little tightness in the donor area and with Tylenol every four hours i have no discomfort. I wish you all the best for your procedure next Wednesday. You will definitely be pampered.

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Originally posted by hairseekerusa:

Could anyone please let me know when i can wash my hair after my HT? I had it done on 25th and little worried that is i wash my hair now, the grafts may not be well settled in. Could please someone respond? Appreciate it a lot!


Different doctors have different instructions, but it seems typical for a patient to wash his or her scalp the day following the procedure. Of course, this doesn't mean showering your head. You're supposed to mix some shampoo and water in a container, then pour the mixture over your head -- do not rub the graft area. When finished, rinse well (again, just plain water being poured over you). If in doubt, contact your surgeon; do so soon, because it is important to keep your donor and recipient areas clean.

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