This question comes from a member of our hair loss social community and discussion forums:
Several years ago, I underwent a hair transplant procedure. The results are great, but I notice that sometimes the transplanted hair sheds when I’m styling my hair or showering. Is this normal? When transplanted hair sheds, will it grow back?
Shedding approximately 50-150 hairs a day is perfectly normal. This level of shedding represents natural telogen cycle (the hair follicle “resting phase”) shedding, and is seen in healthy scalps not affected by androgenic alopecia (male pattern hair loss). If you are noticing shedding during styling and bathing, keep in mind that it may be normal hair follicle physiology and these hairs should grow back within 3-4 months.
However, individuals suffering from hair loss will see an increased amount of shedding, and noticing more than 150 hairs on towels, hands, and pillows daily may indicate the need to see a trusted hair restoration physician. And unfortunately, because of the alopecia process, these hairs may permanently shed and never grow back.
However, follicles transplanted during a hair restoration procedure come from the safe donor region and should be immune to the hormones (dihydrotestosterone – DHT) responsible for androgenic alopecia. Because of this, these follicles will shed and cycle at normal rates and hair should always grow back.
Blake Bloxham – formerly “Future_HT_Doc”