FAQ: Can I Color My Hair After an FUE Hair Transplant

One of the many advantages of the Follicular Unit Excision (FUE) hair transplant technique – developed and implemented by Dr. Paul Rose of the Miami Hair and Skin Institute – is that healing tends to be faster and involves fewer post-operative limitations than other hair transplant methods. 

But it is important to remember that hair transplant surgery is, in fact, surgery. As with any surgery, there will be some things you can’t or shouldn’t do in the days and weeks after your procedure as your body recovers and heals. With hair transplant surgery, you should be able to return to work within a day and resume most day-to-day activities in a week to 10 days. But when it comes to how you treat your newly transplanted hair follicles, caution, care, and patience are key to ensuring optimal results.

This includes waiting a bit before coloring your transplanted hair. It’s not that you won’t be able to use gels, dyes, colors, straighteners, and similar treatments – you will – it’s just that you need to hold off a bit before you do so. 

That’s because your transplanted hair follicles will be more sensitive and prone to damage than your existing hair. The chemicals, bleach, and peroxide in most hair coloring treatments are particularly harsh, and if you use them on follicles which have yet to take hold and develop their own blood supply, you can be sending those follicles to an unfortunate and avoidable demise. 

That said, your transplanted hair will eventually become as strong and resilient as the rest of your follicles if it is allowed to recover and start growing in peace for a bit after surgery. Therefore, you should wait at least one month before considering coloring your hair or using styling gels and blow dryers. 

Of course, you should always follow the specific post-operative instructions your hair transplant surgeon gives you. If you have questions or concerns about resuming the use of hair coloring or any other styling products or techniques, don’t hesitate to ask your physician. They will want your hair transplant to be as successful as you do and will be happy to work with you after your surgery to make sure you take all the steps and precautions necessary to maximize your results.

Schedule an Appointment Today For Your Hair Loss Evaluation

If you want to learn more about the FUE hair transplant technique and post-operative care, or if you are ready to take the first step on your hair restoration journey, we invite you to contact us at the Miami Hair and Skin Institute. To receive a personalized evaluation and treatment plan, contact us online or call our office directly at 305-925-0222.