When Can I Rub My Head After Hair Transplant?

Embarking on the journey of a hair transplant brings with it a myriad of questions, particularly concerning the aftercare and what the do’s and don’ts are. Among these queries, a common one is about the appropriate time to resume normal interactions with the scalp, especially when it involves rubbing.

This guide delves into the crucial phase following your procedure, where patience meets the eagerness to return to regular routines. We’ll navigate through expert recommendations and safe practices to ensure your healing process is as smooth and effective as your decision to transform your appearance.

So, let’s explore the steps and timelines that will lead you confidently towards a successful recovery.

Can I Lightly Touch My Hair After Transplant?

Following a hair transplant, it’s essential to give your new grafts the time they need to settle securely. Directly after the procedure, these grafts are in their most delicate state, needing care and minimal disturbance to properly anchor.

It’s advised to avoid touching your hair during this initial phase to ensure each graft’s best chance at successful integration. As they gradually strengthen and establish, your scalp will be better prepared for gentle contact.

Patience during this period is key, setting the stage for robust and lasting growth. [1]


When Can I Touch My Head Normally After Hair Transplant?

After undergoing a hair transplant, patience is key during the healing process. The initial two weeks are particularly critical; the newly implanted grafts are securing their place, making them fragile to any contact.

By the end of this period, these grafts are expected to have taken root firmly. Gentle touches are advisable from the fifth day post-operation, but it’s only after these initial two weeks that you can feel more at ease with normal contact. Consulting your healthcare provider is always recommended to ensure a smooth recovery. [2]

Also Read: Understanding Average Forehead Size


When Can I Start Massaging My Scalp After Hair Transplant?

Post hair transplant care is crucial for optimal results, and this includes knowing when it’s safe to begin scalp massage. It’s generally advised to wait at least 10 days before considering any form of massage.

This waiting period allows the transplanted area to heal and the grafts to stabilize. After the tenth day, with your doctor’s consent and guidance, gentle massage can be introduced as part of the scalp’s care regimen.

This ensures that any intervention aligns with the healing process, avoiding unnecessary complications. [3]


When Can I Rub My Head After Hair Transplant?

Navigating the recovery journey after a hair transplant requires understanding the timeline for various activities, including rubbing your scalp. Typically, a three-week waiting period is recommended before engaging in any rubbing action.

This timeframe allows the grafts to anchor securely, minimizing the risk of dislodging them. Once this period has passed, and assuming the grafts have established themselves adequately, gentle rubbing should not pose a problem.

However, it’s always prudent to seek your surgeon’s advice before reintroducing any form of scalp manipulation.

Also Read: Failed Hair Transplant: Causes, Solutions, and Preventions



In conclusion, understanding when you can safely rub your head after a hair transplant is a vital step towards ensuring a successful healing process. At Hair of Istanbul, we are committed to guiding our patients through each phase of their recovery with utmost care and precision.

Our dedicated team is always ready to provide personalized advice and support, ensuring your journey towards recovery is smooth and worry-free. Remember, while the eagerness to return to normalcy is understandable, patience and adherence to professional guidance is key.

Trust in our expertise at Hair of Istanbul, where your well-being and satisfaction are our top priorities. We’re here to ensure that your transition after the hair transplant is as comfortable and effective as possible.



  • [1] Michael Panayiotis Kokotsis, Apr 6, 2023 – How Long After Hair Transplant Are Grafts Secure? – https://wimpoleclinic.com/blog/how-long-after-hair-transplant-are-grafts-secure/
  • [2] Dr. Roshan Vara, Sep 9, 2021 – How Long After Hair Transplant For Grafts To Become Secure? – https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/hair-transplant-tips/how-long-does-it-take-after-a-hair-transplant-for-grafts-to-become-secure/
  • [3] Vj Clinics, Unknown Date, When should I start massaging my scalp after hair transplant treatment? – https://vjclinics.com/when-should-i-start-massaging-my-scalp-after-hair-transplant-treatment/

Dr. Mahmut Satekin

Hair of Istanbul

Dr. Satekin is an experienced physician in emergency Medicine. He will be taken care of your pre and post operative treatments.

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