Can Hair Grow Over Scars? Facts and Potential Solutions

Medically reviewedby Dr. Bilal Khan M.B.B.S.
WrittenbyLuat Duong
Last updated

Can Hair Grow Over Scars?

If you've ever wondered whether hair can grow over scars, you're not alone. Scars can be unsightly and can make you feel self-conscious. And if the scar is in a visible area, such as your face or scalp, you may wonder whether you can grow hair over it to cover it up.

The answer, unfortunately, is no. Hair doesn't naturally grow in scar tissue because there aren't any hair follicles in a scar. Hair follicles are capsules underneath the skin that hold and regrow hair. Blood vessels also play a critical role in hair growth, and these are typically destroyed or damaged during the scarring process.

However, there are ways to minimize the appearance of scars and create the illusion of hair growth over them.

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Additional Headings

  • Can you have a hair transplant on a scar?
  • How to shave over scars safely?
  • Can you grow hair on keloid scars?
  • How to grow hair over scars?

Can you have a hair transplant on a scar?

Yes, it is possible to have a hair transplant on a scar. Hair grafts will grow in scar tissue, so it is possible to have a hair transplant performed over a scar. If the tissue is thickened or raised, local steroid injections may help to flatten it, but once the scar is smooth, the transplant can be performed as normal.

However, it's important to note that hair transplants are not a magic solution and may not completely cover up the scar. It's important to talk to a doctor or hair transplant specialist to determine whether a hair transplant is a viable option for you.

How to shave over scars safely?

Shaving over scars that are old and flat is generally safe. However, shaving over keloid scars is possible, but it should be done very carefully to avoid causing further irritation or injury to the scar tissue. Using a sharp razor and shaving in the direction of hair growth can help to minimize the risk of irritation or injury.

It's also important to keep the skin clean and moisturized to prevent dryness and flaking, which can exacerbate the appearance of scars. If you're uncertain about how to shave over a scar safely, it's best to consult with a dermatologist or healthcare professional.

Can you grow hair on keloid scars?

Keloid scars are raised scars that can be difficult to conceal. While hair may grow on keloid scars, it's important to note that hair growth can also increase the risk of infection and make the scar more painful and sensitive to touch.

If you have a keloid scar and are concerned about hair growth, it's best to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of action for your specific case.

How to grow hair over scars?

While hair may not naturally grow over scars, there are several ways to minimize the appearance of scars and create the illusion of hair growth over them. Here are some tips:

  • Use hair fibers or concealers: These products are designed to cling to hair and create the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. They can be particularly effective at covering up scars on the scalp.
  • Opt for a layered hairstyle: Layered haircuts can help to create the appearance of volume and fullness, which can help to conceal scars.
  • Consider a hair transplant: As mentioned earlier, hair transplants can be an effective way to cover up scars and create the appearance of natural hair growth.
  • Keep the skin healthy: Keeping the skin healthy and moisturized can help to minimize the appearance of scars and prevent dryness and flaking.

Conclusion

While hair may not naturally grow over scars, there are several ways to minimize their appearance and create the illusion of hair growth. Whether you opt for hair fibers, a layered hairstyle, or a hair transplant, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the best course of action for your specific case. With the right approach, you can feel confident and comfortable in your own skin, scars and all.

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Luat Duong

Luat Duong is a Copenhagen-based writer and content strategist specializing in hair loss and health. His work has been featured in MyHealthGuide, The Right Hairstyles, and Woman's Era. He is a graduate of Vaasa University. You can connect with him on LinkedIn.