Following a hair transplant, it is very important to care for your hair properly to ensure its health and to give it the best chance of success. In the winter there are specific challenges to keeping your newly transplanted hair in tip-top condition. Here we explore the steps you should take to give your hair the best chance possible this winter.
In the winter you’ll want to wear a hat to keep the cold off your ears and head. This is fine but wherever possible you should avoid wearing tight fitting hats. Wearing woolly, loose fitting hats will enable you to avoid putting pressure on the transplant area and will help to stop sweating. As soon as you are able to get inside, you should remove the hat and allow your hair to be exposed to the warm air. Wearing a hat for too long will also cause irritation that can make it tempting to scratch. This should be avoided, so remove your hat whenever you can get inside.
Keeping your head elevated is important after a hair transplant. This means sitting upright and using more pillows to keep your head up at night. This will prevent swelling, but gives you an excuse to get wrapped up with loads of pillows in the winter too.
In the season of eggnog you may want to join friends and family for a tipple, but this should be avoided. Alcohol will slow the recovery process of your hair transplant. While an occasional glass of bubbly will not cause undue harm to the healing of your scalp, you should avoid any excessive consumption of alcohol that will significantly affect the healing process. Instead of drinking you should be sure to consume plenty of water. Doing so will help to keep you hydrated and give your body the best chance of recovery.
A significant benefit of getting your hair transplant done in the winter is that it allows you to keep your head out of direct sunlight with ease. This should be avoided and it is much easier to do so in the winter. Don’t use sunbeds to get a tan, however, as this will damage the new hairs if they are directly exposed.
Heavy sweating caused by exercise can lead to an infection of the scalp following a hair transplant. You can more easily avoid this in the winter, but you should definitely avoid heavy exercise in the gym so that you can avoid sweating profusely.
While cold weather will not directly affect the hair as the follicles are nestled in the warmth of your scalp, the cold weather can affect the hair itself. Cold weather can make hair more brittle, so you should do what you can to avoid too much exposure to the cold. Keeping your home and office nice and warm will help and avoiding spending too much time outside will help too.
When you first receive a hair transplant you should avoid washing your hair. Typically you should wait for a little over a week to give your head time to heal and get a strong grip of the hair follicles. When you do wash your hair you want to use a shampoo with a good moisturising content so that you can add some moisture back into your scalp and hair. In the winter this is particularly important, as your skin and hair will be naturally less hydrated.
In the winter you will face specific challenges in keeping your hair transplant in the best possible condition because of the cold, but there are also benefits to getting the treatment in this season. The winter enables you to keep your head out of direct sunlight easily, but it will also create the need to keep your head warm and avoid wearing a hat for too long at any one time. As always the best way to give your hair transplant the best chance is to live a healthy lifestyle in the weeks following the transplant. Avoiding alcohol, eating well and keeping your head elevated will all help your head to recover. Follow these steps from DHI Manchester, be patient and prepare to enjoy having a full head of hair again very soon!