Does Transplanted Hair Turn Grey?

If you’re considering a hair transplant, of course you’re wondering how effective and natural looking the result will be. Isn’t that kind of the whole point

So, how long will it be until you can see noticeable results? Will your new blended hair – existing and transplanted – look and feel like it’s always been that way? And, what if you’re already greying but the transplanted hair is still pretty much its natural color

Well, you can rest easy knowing that transplanted hair behaves the same way as the hair that’s already in place. You can cut, color, and style the whole shebang in one process, not two. Conversely, let’s say none of your hair is grey at the time of the transplant. When one section starts greying, it all will.

Why hair turns grey 

A person’s hair color is determined by melanin. Our genetics determine how much melanin is present in our hair follicles. As we age, melanin production slows down and the hair shafts begin to lose their color, eventually turning grey or even white. While genetics primarily determine when someone will begin to go grey, it’s important to note that lifestyle also plays a role.

Will transplanted hair turn grey?

There are two main surgical hair transplant methods – Follicular Unit Transplantation (FUT) and Follicular Unit Excision/Extraction (FUE). Both involve removing healthy hair follicles form an area of the head, typically the back of the scalp (donor area). The removed hair grafts are then carefully placed into tiny incisions in the recipient area. Because transplanted hair shares the same characteristics and genetic makeup as what remains in the donor area, it will continue to behave in the same manner as if it had never been moved. So, if hair in the donor area begins to turn grey, the transplanted hair also will eventually lose color.

Will a hair transplant remove grey hair?

Hair transplant surgery will not alter the color of your hair. In rare cases, the procedure may stimulate premature greying some of the transplanted hair but will not affect its overall health or lifespan. Once the donor area starts to grey, the recipient area will eventually follow suit.

Can grey hair be transplanted?

Greying hair can be just as healthy as pigmented hair so it can be transplanted as successfully with complete success. In fact, many of our patients come to us with some natural greying already taking place. A qualified hair transplant surgeon considers a patient’s hair type, color, growth pattern, and their age when positioning grafts to achieve the most natural-looking, permanent results possible.

Blonde, red-head, brown-haired person, auburn, or whatever color your hair might be, we welcome you with open arms, and an open mind, here at DiStefano Hair Restoration Center. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us show you just how transformative hair transplant surgery can be.