If you have recently undergone a hair transplant procedure, or you are looking to have a hair transplant in the coming months, then you may want to consider how best to look after your hair as it regrows this summer. As you know, exposure to sun, sea and chemicals in swimming pools can have significant drying effects on your hair and as a result, the new hair follicles which have been stimulated to promote new hair growth could become damaged. Here at Longevita, we’re taking a closer look at how you can take care of your new hair this summer.
Avoid Sunburn On The Scalp
After a hair transplant, your scalp may experience hypersensitivity when exposed to the sun, which can increase the risk of sunburn. Experiencing sunburn on the scalp can result in graft damage, and some hair transplant patients have also experienced pigmentation on the skin as a result of exposing their newly transplanted scalp to the sun too soon. In order to protect your scalp, make sure to wear a hat or cover the scalp with cloth of some kind.
The Healing Effects Of Sea Water
While the sea can have drying effects on the hair and will roughen the surface of the hair. However, the salt within the sea can actually have healing effects on the scalp. Salt water kick starts a process called osmosis, which is where the water can help to clean wounds and promote healing. While it is important to avoid swimming where there is direct sunlight on the scalp shortly after a hair transplant, the salt in the sea can provide some benefits.
Avoid Chlorine Exposure
While swimming pools are highly attractive in hot summer sun, chlorine can have damaging effects on the hair. In fact, too much exposure to chlorine can result in the build up of hypochlorous acid, which has the potential to penetrate and destroy cells. While chlorine in swimming pools is of low concentration, it can dry the hair and make it porous, which can see the hair absorb more chemicals than normal resulting in the hair becoming brittle and damaged. This can ultimately slow the growth of the new hair follicles. While chlorine-related damage is reversible, it is advised to avoid swimming pools altogether. If you are looking to dip in a swimming pool, however, avoid putting your head under the water, or make sure that you wet your hair with fresh water prior to entering the pool. This can make it difficult for the hair to absorb the chlorinated water. After leaving the pool, wash your hair with ample amounts of shampoo and utilise a protein-enriched conditioner in order to replenish moisture.
Hair Transplant & Holiday At The Same Time
If you choose a hair transplant in Turkey with Longevita, then you can benefit from having a hair transplant and a holiday at the same time! Turkey is a popular tourist destination, offering you the chance to indulge in sun and sea on both the Mediterranean and Aegean coasts. Alternatively, you can enjoy the architectural and cultural sites of Istanbul and other historical cities such as Cappadocia. There are a number of benefits to having a hair transplant in Turkey, and this is just one of them!
To find out more about the hair transplant procedures we carry out here at Longevita, or to discuss your treatment with a consultant, get in touch with a member of our expert team, today.