Making your hair presentable again in the aftermath of a transplant procedure – in which hair is restored to areas of the scalp from which it has been lost – is a long process. In this post we look at the final step involved in giving your locks the desired appearance following a hair transplant – grooming and styling. Done right, it will improve the end result of the hair restoration procedure; done poorly, it will undo a lot of the good work done by the transplant procedure. Read on to find out more.
First of all, in the immediate aftermath of such a procedure, take note of the grooming advice provided to you by your hair restoration specialist. In particular, learn which shampoos, conditioners and other grooming products are to be avoided if you don’t want to disrupt the healing process. After healing is fully complete, you should be able to use whatever shampoos, conditioners and other hair care and styling products you require to groom and maintain your hair and give yourself the desired look.
As you know already, shampoos cleanse the hair of environmental grit and dirt, excess oil and dead skin cells from the scalp, and also reduce the quantity of micro-organisms living on the top of your head. What shampoo you go for is largely a matter of personal preference, but generally speaking you should opt for one that will keep your hair in a manageable state and properly prepare it for the type of style you want to create.
Baby shampoos deliver a mild, gentle wash that leaves your hair in good shape for later styling. Adult shampoos can contain harsh chemicals that cleanse your hair well enough but remove too many of its natural oils, leaving it brittle and dry. You may need to experiment with different brands to find one that’s good for you. Meanwhile, if you have a skin condition like dermatitis or acne, be sure to continue using the shampoo – and other hair products – that are known not to aggravate the condition.
Condition your hair after shampooing to make it easier to style afterwards. In addition, conditioning your hair with the right product will enhance the shine and luster of your transplanted hair. There are different types of hair conditioner out there, short-contact ones are applied immediately after you shampoo your hair, and are left in for only a couple of minutes before being rinsed out. They don’t really condition your hair in any long lasting way, however they do make it more manageable to comb. Deep conditioners, on the other hand, are left in the hair for around half an hour after shampooing before being removed by another shampoo.
These products include special proteins that strengthen the hair and repair split and damaged ends. They are very useful for hair that has been damaged by daily grooming and “environmental battering”. Finally, there are “leave-in” conditioners which you apply once the hair has been shampooed and is fully dry and which serve as a styling aid. Some of them are specifically formulated as blow-dry conditioners, or as conditioners for people with, for example curly hair. They are removed the next time you shampoo your hair.
Check with your hair transplant specialist: he or she may be able to recommend a particular product that is appropriate for your post-surgery needs.
These include mousses, gels and hair sprays applied to your hair after shampooing it. They add shine to your hair and hold whatever style it is you have opted for. Gels and mousses tend to be applied before you style your hair, as an aid to styling it; hair sprays are designed to hold the style that’s been created. Styling aids will be very useful to you when grooming your hair after a transplant as they will enable you to style your hair in such a way as to conceal the newly transplanted areas, and make ‘less’ appear as ‘more.
Styling your hair after a transplant
The most straightforward way of styling your hair after a surgical hair transplantation is to comb or part it. Be sure though to part or comb your hair in the areas where the growth of hair is uniform, don’t do it in such a way as to reveal areas of naked scalp. Parting will generally be done to the side.
When it comes to combing, you can comb your hair to the side or straight back – the latter will give the appearance of greater volume and fullness. Maintain the style created by the comb using gel or other styling product. As the transplanted part grows and stabilises, you will be able to comb and part it differently.
Blow-drying your hair is another means of adding the appearance of volume and body to transplanted hair. Hair dyes can also be used on occasion to give the impression of greater density to your hair. Once again, check with your hair restoration specialist to see if he has any special recommendations for you.
Thank you to Annette Moore from BoldBarber for the contribution.