Can You Wear a Hat After Hair Transplant Procedures?

July 13, 2021

Can you wear a hat after hair transplant procedures? This is a question that we at Best Hair Transplant get asked a lot. It is normal to wonder can you wear a hat after hair transplant surgery. There are some common sense guidelines to keep in mind, but in the grand scheme of things you will be able to wear hats again. Here is what we recommend post-procedure.

Can You Wear a Hat After Hair Transplant Procedures Right Away?

In the initial 7-10 days post-treatment, we recommend that you do not wear any hats, wigs, or hair pieces. This is because your scalp is in the healing stages, and needs to be treated with the utmost care. If you’ve had a FUT procedure you will have sutures in the incision where the strip of donor hair was harvested. If you had an FUE procedure you will have tenderness at the sites where the donor hairs were extracted. In addition to this with both procedures, the transplantation sites need to be able to heal properly so that the transplanted grafts can get established and thrive.

Wearing hats in the first few weeks after surgery is not advised, especially if those hats have been previously worn. Any moisture that builds up between the hat and the head, combined with any bacteria on the inside of the hat could cause an infection at the incision or extraction/transplantation sites. Furthermore, the abrasiveness of the hat coming into contact with the scalp could cause irreparable harm to the newly transplanted follicle grafts. Needless to say, wearing hats too soon after surgery is not worth it.

Can You Wear a Hat After Hair Transplant Procedures Later Down the Road?

After the initial healing stage which can last anywhere from 10 days to 3 weeks, it is best to wait until your follow-up appointment with your surgeon. They will inspect your incision/extraction sites to make sure they have properly healed, they will also monitor the status of the transplanted grafts before giving you clearance to wear hats, wigs, or hairpieces. We generally recommend that our patients schedule about 2 weeks off of work if they are concerned about professional appearances. We recommend that you discuss with your doctor if you plan to wear hats or wigs so that they can advise you about best practices. 

When it comes to hats it is best to wear a brand new one and wash it often. With wigs, and hairpieces it is best to choose clip-on products over those that require double-sided tape. The chemicals in the double-sided tape are very damaging to the hair follicles. If you choose to wear a hat or wig, you should not wear them for longer than 12 hours a day. It is important that the scalp gets good airflow and circulation, especially while the new hair growth is getting established.

Capillus LLLT – Your Hat on Steroids

Incorporating the Capillus RX 312 laser into your hair care routine is a great way to discreetly support the growth of your newly transplanted hair. This laser cap contains 312 prescription-strength laser diodes, the strongest of any laser cap product on the market. It has been clinically studied and shown to significantly improve hair growth. It can be worn underneath a ball cap, and only needs to be in use for 6 minutes a day. Using a non-invasive treatment like the Capillus RX 312 is a great way to support your new hair growth. Capillus helps achieve your desired results.

As you can see, wearing a hat, wig, or hairpiece after hair transplantation is safe once the initial healing is resolved. In the first 6-9 months post-transplant the newly transplanted hair goes through a lot of changes. Remember, you can go through shock loss. Here, the majority of transplanted hair falls out before re-growing around 2 months post-treatment. Wearing a hat or some other form of hair cover can help to boost confidence while you wait for your new hair to grow in.


Best Hair Transplant is the best place to schedule your hair transplant in Los Angeles. We’ve helped both men and women regrow their lost hair. But don’t take our word for it. We suggest learning as much as possible about hair restoration. Do so prior to making a decision on how to address your hair loss. Not every procedure is right for everyone.

At Best Hair Transplant, we’re proud of our results and happy to provide hair restoration services. Additionally, we’re proud to make hair transplants affordable and help you save money on a variety of hair transplants.

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Best Hair Transplant
1970 S. Prospect Ave., Suite 2
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
(213) 403-0455

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