This question was posed by a hair loss sufferer seeking hair loss help on our hair restoration forum and answered by Dr. Steven Gabel of Hillsboro, OR who is an elite member of the Coalition of Independent Hair Restoration Physicians. His professional answer is below.
I recently had a hair transplant and would like to know what is the best shampoo to use post-op. Would a baby shampoo be a good choice? Also, after what day can you resume taking a shower (I had a follicular unit transplant (FUT) – 2000 grafts)?
I recommend and give baby shampoo to my patients after hair restoration surgery. I know it will not hurt the grafts as it is very mild. After doing hair transplants for greater then 10 years, I have never had a problem with hair growth so I know it is not doing any harm to the newly transplanted follicular unit grafts.
I instruct them to use a plastic glass and pour a combination of water/shampoo over their entire scalp. They will allow the water/shampoo combination to rinse the grafted site, and with their finger, gently rub the donor area to remove any blood they may have accumulated.
They do the “pour method” for about 5 days, then they can use a low flow/gentle shower to rinse the shampoo out of their hair. If they have a strong shower, then they continue with the pour method for about two weeks.
After three weeks or once they shed, they can then go back to their regular shampoo.
Steve Gabel, M.D.