We’ve had many patients ask about summertime hair transplants, mostly about proper care during summer activities. In this post, we will be answering those common questions and debunking myths about getting a hair transplant in the summer.
Will sweat affect the results of the grafts?
Sweating in the summer is not a concern for the results of your hair transplant. Just make sure to follow proper post-op care and keep your scalp clean for the first two weeks.
Can I still go swimming?
Yes, you can! However, we recommend waiting two weeks for your grafts to be completely healed. Swimming before the transplanted areas are healed can expose the follicles to chlorine and may irritate the area. We also recommend a saltwater pool over chlorine.
What if I get sunburned?
Prevention is key. If you plan on spending long hours outdoors, dress accordingly to properly protect your scalp. For example, after the first two days, protect your scalp with a loose bandana or hat. Just be sure to clean your transplant area after activities to prevent sweat and dirt build-up.
Do certain foods really help in hair growth?
Yes! In fact, the summer is full of fresh fruits and veggies to provide you with plenty of vitamins and minerals necessary for strong hair growth. Some examples include watermelon, avocados, berries and apricots.
- Watermelon contains citrulline, a phytonutrient that assists with increasing the level of arginine in the body. As an amino acid, arginine enhances blood circulation to the scalp, which promotes hair growth.
- Avocado helps treat dry hair and dry scalp. If you rub it on your scalp, it can help with the healing process.
- Berries contain vitamin C to provide the body with antioxidants that combat environmental factors that can damage your hair. Not to mention, this vitamin is responsible for collagen production and has the potential to make hair stronger.
- Apricots contain linoleic and oleic acids along with vitamins A and E, which hydrate and condition hair. These vitamins help with conditions of the scalp like dry scalp and dandruff.
- Check out our Fall food for hair health guide for more hair-nourishing foods.
Can I still go on vacation?
Of course you can, as long as travel plans are scheduled accordingly. We do recommend planning your trips at least two weeks after your transplant. After that, you are free to go about your summer vacations.
Have more questions? Give us a call today for a consultation so we can help you plan the best time for your hair transplant.