1. How to wash your hair

You can start washing the donor area on the back of your head as soon as the bandage is removed.

72 hours after the hair transplant, you should start washing the newly transplanted hair with lukewarm water. Do not apply excessive water pressure. Shower the area with lukewarm water for 10 minutes to rinse the head thoroughly. This will help the scabs fall off and the hair can start growing faster.

Illustration patient washing donation area
Illustration patient washing transplantation area on top of head

2. Carefully pat area dry

After washing, pat the area dry with a paper towel. After a few days you can start using a clean towel.

Man dries transplantation area with paper towel
Man dires transplantation area after shower with paper towel

3. Use mild shampoo after 4 days

After 4 days you can start using a mild shampoo. Create a froth in your hands and apply to the transplant area. Leave the shampoo on for a few minutes before rinsing.

Watch our instruction video

Here you can see step by step how to wash your transplanted area after your hair transplant.

FAQ about washing your hair

What shampoo should I use?

You can use a regular mild shampoo from a grocery store. Most shampoos available in grocery stores are mild, but avoid anti-dandruff shampoos or shampoos that are geared towards triggering hair growth since these are usually stronger.

How long should I wash the transplanted area?

To help the scabs fall off as non-abrasively as possible, and to keep the area clean, we recommend that you stand in the shower for 10 minutes. Do not wash the area longer. 10 minutes is enough to soften the scabs and help them fall off naturally. Continue this every day until the scabs have fallen off.

When can I wash the donor area?

You can wash the donor area directly after you have taken off the bandage. Avoid water touching the transplanted area (where your hair follicles have been moved to) up to 2 days after your hair transplant.

What temperature should I have when I wash my hair?

Have warm enough water that it is comfortable to stand in the shower for 10 minutes. Do not shower the hair in cold water. The most important thing is that you can wash your hair long enough for the scabs to have a chance to soften up.

Does it matter if I peel off the scabs?

Avoid ripping or peeling off the scabs even if it’s itchy. There is a high risk that the hair follicle falls out too if the scabs are pulled off. To encourage the scabs to fall off naturally, we recommend that you wash your hair once a day for 10 minutes.