Hair Transplantation

Good Hair Care: Tips for patients


In our quest for beautiful hair, we often do things that damage our hair. Many people are surprised to learn that a hairstyle or even the way they wash and dry their hair has contributed to their hair loss. Damaged hair is fragile, so it tends to break. Hair breakage can leave us with frizzy, unhealthy looking hair. If we continue to damage our hair, we may eventually see thinning hair or even bald spots. The good news is that simple changes can prevent further hair damage. By following tips that dermatologist give their patients, you can learn to stop damaging your hair.

  • Do not wash your hair by rubbing shampoo into the length of your hair 
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
  • Gently massage shampoo into your scalp.
  • When you rinse the shampoo from your scalp, let it flow through the length of your hair and resist the temptation to rub it into your hair.
  • Do not skip the conditioner
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
    • Use conditioner after every shampoo.
  • Do not dry your hair by rubbing it with a towel
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
    • Wrap your hair in a towel to absorb the water.
    • Let your hair air dry.
  • Do not brush your hair while it is wet
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
    • Do you have straight hair? Let your hair dry a bit before you gently comb it with a wide-tooth comb.
    • Do you have textured hair or tight curls? Always comb your hair while it is damp, using a wide-tooth comb.
  • Avoid using a blow dryer, hot comb, or curling iron
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
    • Let your hair air dry when possible.
    • Use the lowest heat setting.
    • Limit the time a hot comb or curling iron touches your hair.
    • Use these tools less frequently, aiming for once a week — or even less often.
  • Avoid applying styling products that offer long-lasting hold
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
    • Try a hairstyle that does not require this product.
  • Avoid pulling your hair back tightly, such as in a ponytail, bun, or cornrows
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
    • Wear hair loosely pulled back.
    • Use covered rubber bands made especially for styling hair.
    • Try a different hairstyle that does not pull on your hair.
  • Avoid wearing a weave or hair extensions
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
    • Wear weaves and extensions that are light, so they do not pull.
    • Get weaves and hair extensions at a salon that specializes in these services.
    • Wear a professional weave or hair extension for 2 or 3 months at most.
    • Keep up your scalp hygiene when wearing a weave or hair extension.
    • Switch hairstyles, so you don’t always wear a weave or hair extensions.
  • Avoid coloring, perming, and relax your hair
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
    • Try to add more time between touch-ups, especially when the air is dry. In the winter, try to stretch the time between touch-ups to every 8 to 10 weeks or longer.
    • Have only one service — a coloring, relaxer, or perm. If you want more than one service, perm or relax your hair first, and do it 2 weeks before you color your hair.
    • Use conditioner after each shampoo.
    • When in the sun, protect your hair by using a leave-in conditioner that contains zinc oxide or wearing a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Do not brush your hair 100 strokes a day or tugging on your hair to style it 
  • Changes that can help prevent hair damage:
    • Brush and comb your hair only to style it. Hair never needs 100 brush strokes a day. That’s a myth.
    • Use a wide-tooth comb, and use it gently to comb your hair.
    • Avoid pulling and tugging on your hair as you brush, comb, or style it.

Remove tangles gently, using a moisturizing conditioner if necessary.


Tips For Healthy Nails


Nails reflect our overall health, which is why proper nail care is so important. Here are dermatologists’ tips for keeping your nails healthy:

  • Keep nails clean and dry.
  • Cut nails straight across. Use sharp nail scissors or clippers. Round the nails slightly at the tips for maximum strength.
  • Keep nails shaped and free of snags by filing with an emery board.
  • Do not bite fingernails or remove the cuticle. Doing so can damage the nail.
  • Do not use your nails as a tool, such as opening pop cans.
  • Trim toenails regularly. Keeping them short will minimize the risk of trauma and injury.
  • When toenails are thick and difficult to cut, soak your feet in the warm salt water. Mix one teaspoon of salt per pint of water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Avoid “digging out” ingrown toenails, especially if they are infected and sore. If you are suffering from an ingrown toenail, see a dermatologist for treatment.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly. Also, alternate which pair of shoes you wear each day.

Wear flip flops at the pool and in public showers. This reduces the risk of infections caused by a fungus that can get in your toenails.