Ginger Hair Transplant
Ginger hair - or natural red hair - is the rarest hair colour in the world. That means less than 2% of people worldwide are redheads. Does that also mean that it is also rare and difficult for someone with ginger hair to be able to have a hair transplant? We would beg to differ.
Just like with grey hair and other coloured hair, hair colour is not usually an obstacle for a hair transplantation. So, if you have ginger hair and would like to have a hair restoration procedure, get to know all about it by reading below and asking any other questions you may have. You can combat hair loss!
Comparing with other hair types
Natural red hair is caused mainly by the gene MC1R (with a combination of other genes) which is also responsible for skin colour, as well as sensitivity. That means that the skin of people with ginger hair can be more sensitive and fragile in comparison to people with other hair colours. This means that, as a redhead, you may experience more pain and redness for a longer time than other hair types.
Studies suggest that ginger haired people are more prone to hair loss in the winter months - unlike other hair types. Which is why it's important to not only take care of your hair all the time, but be alert when you start to see hair loss taking place, so that you can treat it as early as possible. Luckily enough, hair transplant treatments for redheads are the same as with every other hair colour.
Will a transplant work on my ginger hair?
The colour of someone's hair is not actually the greatest reason why a hair transplant will or won't work. Redheads can experience male and female pattern baldness, alopecia and generally hair thinning, about as frequently as any other hair type would.
The difficulties come in other ways, such as the fact that naturally red hair can be found in different follicle types - like straight, curly or wavy - which complicates the transplant process; with straight hair follicles being the easiest to transplant and curly hair follicles the hardest.
Another difficulty can come from the skin/scalp sensitivity of redheads which can bring about scalp pathologies that would need to be treated first (if possible) before having a hair transplant.
Because of these, it is essential that you research experienced and skilled hair transplant surgeons that have a range of knowledge over modern procedures and techniques, like the FUE and FUT. Having a consultation with your hair expert will help you get a better idea of what will happen and what to expect, as well as get an initial examination before you have a surgery.
Can I dye my hair after the transplant?
In general, it is known that ginger hair is harder to dye, as it holds its pigment well in comparison with other hair colours.
Does that mean you cannot dye it before or after your procedure? No. In fact, depending on how light your hair is, you may be asked to dye it darker before the surgery, so that it may be seen better. That means that of course you can dye it after your surgery too - as long as the scalp has first fully healed, which might take from 9-12 months, depending on your initial assessment and continuous examination from your doctor.
Find out more about the specifics of your red hair transplant!