Hair Coloring After Surgery
We understand that when you are pursuing the very best possible results from a hair transplant or ACell + PRP Injection, you want to safeguard your investment in your hair.
Here are some things to consider when coloring your hair:
Reduce Color Contrast for Camouflage
The greater the contrast between your hair color and your skin tone, the more the scalp becomes visible. If you have lighter skin tone, wear your hair color lighter or allow it to go grey. If you have darker skin tone, keep your hair color closer to your skin tone to reduce the contrast and the visibility of the scalp.
Dr. Niedbalski has treated patients who have incurred scalp burns, follicular damage, and even scarring from hair bleaching/coloring gone wrong. Wearing tight braids, ponytails, and extentions can also permanently damage the hair follicle and lead to a condition called “traction alopecia”, requiring a hair transplant to fill in the areas permanently damaged.
Some clinics recommend a hair system or wig rather than hair transplantation. Restoring your hair naturally with a hair transplant is always an option, even if you’ve been wearing a hair system for many years. Our patients who have invested in transplantation, and left the wig behind, report their satisfaction with being able to wash and style their own hair again without concern.
Men can color their hair with the same products women do. We suggest avoiding over the counter hair color and hair products, and pursing salon grade or medical grade products. A reputable stylist knows their craft, and will be better at color matching, and offering the least damaging options. A stylist doesn’t necessarily have to use permanent hair color that contains hydrogen peroxide, which opens the cuticle of the hair strand and causes damage to force the color to bond permanently to the hair. Semi-permanent color is temporary, and uses a lower percentage of hydrogen peroxide, or in some formulations none at all. This is a less damaging alternative that washes out over time and is gentler on the hair. Anytime hydrogen peroxide (also called bleach) is introduced to the process it increases the possibility of over processing, leading to hair “breakage”. A skilled stylist can advise you about the best choice for your hair. Even hair that is colored can still be healthy and vibrant with the right products and treatment.
Hair Color and Hair Restoration
There is no contraindication for coloring your hair and having a hair restoration procedure. You can color your hair before your procedure, and after, once the healing period has passed. ACell+PRP Injections are also unaffected by whether or not you color your hair regularly.