You found yourself sporting a thinning hair, so you decided to take a bold step to stop getting bald.
Now, walking out of the hair clinic after a transplant, your hair is thicker than ever. And you could not be more excited to groom it, celebrity-style. Not so fast, though. There are a few things you can and cannot do with your new hair, post-transplant.
Here is a list of them:
Can You Shampoo?
No matter what length it may be, you know your locks can use a good, long shampoo or hair spa treatment, after the procedure. While hair clinics like FUE Clinics generally do not advise against shampooing, they may not recommend that you do it less than a day after surgery.
Post-transplant, the anaesthesia wears off after a few hours, which may cause discomfort in your scalp. You may, however, resume your shower routine a few days into your recovery. Wash and shampoo your hair to remove scabs and dead skin.
Can You Lie Flat on a Pillow?
It will depend on the type of procedure you had. Certain types leave you with bandages on the head, similar to a turban, while most others, if not all, leave you with dissolvable stitches, which you have to be careful of. When you hit the sack or rest your head on any surface, do so in a semi-upright position. Pile on a couple of pillows to elevate your head and let blood circulate properly.
Can You Smoke and Drink?
If you are big on the party habits and cannot wait to show off your new hair to your mates while you have a few drinks, you will have to hold the big event off first. You can resume your alcohol consumption at least two days after the transplant.
As for smoking, you may want to wait until a full month following the surgery, or quit altogether. Linked to hair loss not so long ago, it may interrupt blood flow to the hair follicles, which is not good for anyone who wants to restore their hair.
You are itching to show off that mane, but you have to wait for a bit to do so. With the right aftercare habits, you will be able to flip and style it confidently, the way you always wanted. It will not be long, so be patient. It will be worth it.