How long does it take for hair to grow back after a hair transplant?

how long does hair take to grow back after a hair transplant

So you’ve completed your procedure and a wanting to see results. Unfortunately, we do have to wait for the hair to grow back. It’s normal to get a bit impatient waiting for regrowth. But, how long does it take for the hair to grow back after a transplant?

The time it takes for the hair to grow back depends on which area the hair was implanted. On average, this takes between 3- 12 months for full regrowth. The more follicles that are planted the faster this process will be.

graph showing time taken for hair to grow back after a transplant

How to speed up hair regrowth after a hair transplant?

To get hair to grow back quicker and speed up the regrowth process you should consume a balanced diet, stay hydrated, ensure the hair gets plenty of air and is not hidden under a hat, and have plenty of patience.

Obviously, the length of time it takes is dependent upon how long you want your hair to be. A shorter hairstyle will grow back quicker than a longer one. However the following things have been shown to help speed up hair regrowth.

  • Balanced diet
  • Hydration
  • Head Massage
  • Minoxidil
  • Caffeine Infused hair products
  • Patience
  • Egg Yolk
  • Castor Hair Oil

Patience is key, at the end of the day we cant force something. To try to just wait it out and refrain from trying anything out of desperation for your hair to grow back quicker. However, some of the things listed below may help towards accelerating hair regrowth after your hair transplant.

Balanced Diet

After a hair transplant, you should avoid any form of restricted dieting. A balanced diet will ensure you get the right macro and micro nutrients to give your hair the best chance of regrowing back quickly. According to Dr. Lindsey Bordone. “Restrictive dieting can decrease resources and nutrients needed for hair growth,” said Bordone.

Vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids in particular are critical for overall health and also play a critical role in giving your body with the energy it need for hair development. The main vitamins that help speed up growth of hair include biotin, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin D, Iron, Zinc and Omega 3 and Omega 6.


Although the method by which minoxidil stimulates hair growth is unknown, minoxidil has been shown to help reverse the hair loss process associated with androgenetic alopecia in the following ways:

  • Nullifies follicle shrinkage
  • Enhances blood flow to and around follicles
  • Stimulates the transition of follicles to the growth phase
  • Extends the development period of each follicle

Minoxidil is the only prescription-strength active component that has been clinically proved to help prevent and even reverse genetic hair loss by reactivating dormant hair follicles.

Head Massage

Although there is not a lot of research into the effects of scalp massage on hair regrowth. There is many emerging studies in support of head massage.

Scalp massage, according to study, enhances hair thickness by stretching the cells of the hair follicles. This stimulates the follicles, causing them to grow thicker hair. Additionally, it is believed that scalp massage helps widen blood vessels beneath the skin, promoting hair growth.


Much like a plant needs water to grow, so does hair. Water is a key ingredient that supports vitamins, which contribute to your hair growth. Its not really a case of the more hydrated you are the more your hair will grow, but more a case of not becoming dehydrated as this will inhibit hair regrowth. Water accounts for over 25% of the weight of a single strand of hair. Consuming at least two litres of water per day may help strengthen your hair and promote development.

Caffeine Infused Hair Products

Caffine infused products such as oil or shampoo may help improve the development of hair fibres. Caffeine is said to react with the caffeine receptors on your skin thus creating a stimulant effect within the hair follicles. This stimulation accelerates the development of the dermal papillae and root sheath cells where hair is produced, leading to faster hair growth.

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Castor Hair Oil

Castor oil is derived from the castor oil plant. A number of studies have shown that it can penetrate both hair and skin equally well. The protective properties of the fatty acids found in castor oil, such as ricinoleic acid, are thought to be particularly effective against scalp dryness (the leading cause of excess shedding).

Egg Yolk

Egg yolk contains a number of ingredients that may help follicles develop and increase the rate at which hair grows. The main component within egg yolks thought to contribute towards increased development is Keratin Protein, this aids in strengthening and protecting the follicle root and shaft.


Patience is key, as mentioned above we cannot force something to happen so it may be worthwhile waiting for the slower period of shedding to go through before you see results from any medication or treatment. It can take up to 12 months (or even longer) for hair transplant recipients to show significant regrowth. This means having patience during the recovery time after your surgery, as well as maintaining patience with treatments such as minoxidil or finaster


The time that it takes for the hair to regrow after a transplant depends on what type of transplant was done. It is thought that the amount of grafts implanted can affect the regrowth rate;  help promote growth eat a balanced diet and stay hydrated. You may want to consider things like caffeine-infused hair products, scalp massage or minoxidil if you want the hair to grow back quicker.

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