The Military, The Hair Transplant, The Truth

  • Thomas
  • Feb 22, 2019


Our US military, made up of hundreds of thousands of men and women,  ALL have one thing in common…. the haircut standard. Every armed force personnel must have their hair cut and styled a certain length as not to interfere with their duty. It doesn’t matter if you are a logistics technologist or a nurse… every must adhere to the standards of operations expected of all personnel, TO protect our country. And this of course means the haircut. 

What if I had hair loss or in need of a hair restoration? What if I HAD a hair restoration? What could be the problems with the military and the hair cut? Simply put, a future hair restoration or a past hair restoration could impact your decision to move forward with the military or have a hair restoration.

The Strip



The poorly termed hair restoration called “the strip” is probably the single most common hair restoration that SHOULD NOT be undergone during military service or before military service. Why? A “strip” surgery is just that. It is a strip of tissue approximately 10cm in length and 1cm wide (0.39370 inches by 3.9370 inches) This strip of tissue is taken from the only place that has permanent scalp hair to be transferred to the balding areas of the scalp. The wound from the strip has to be closed by sutures or staples. This leaves a linear scar… a line across the back of your scalp. So this is the problem. The scar that will develop on your scalp will be most likely visible if you cut your hair to a military standard. You will have to wear your hair longer than the standard length and if you get this done before a military service, you will have to explain to your recruiter why you have a brain surgery looking scar on your head. 

Another problem is the downtime if you WERE in the military is the downtime required for the strip surgery. You must leave 10 days in order to remove sutures or staples. And then after that, there is a length of time depending on the individual that the person must not do any physical work. There is the potential for a  stretching of a scar even months after a strip surgery.   So what other options are there? 

Below is a suture line after a strip surgery.

Scar line

The FUE Option

There is a simple effective alternative to the strip surgery. That is the Follicular Unit Extraction or the FUE. This procedure came to the scene around 2003 in Atlanta. In fact I was fortunate to be on the team that created FUE. 

FUE can restore anyone’s hair and without the linear scar line. FUE is the taking or extraction of individual follicle groups with a very small cylinder circular punch. This punch is less that 1.0mm in diameter.  IF PERFORMED CORRECTLY AND WITH A SMALL PUNCH, FUE CANNOT BE DETECTED. In fact I will show you a case where an individual joined the military a month after an FUE with us and he came by on the way to his recruiter for pictures. 

In my opinion  FUE is THE ONLY option for a hair restoration for Military and other careers that require hair cuts that are very short such as Police, Firemen, and paramilitary personnel. 

Here at Southern Louisiana Hair Restoration we not only can restore your hair with high quality. You will not have an issue with short hair. We also have partnered with a Hair stylist a few blocks away who can cut your hair to specific military standards the day of or after our procedure. Bailey Hilton at H2O Salon of Mandeville offers half off on his hair cuts. 

We offer all military, police and fire a 5% discount on all FUE surgery. Please inquire by calling 985-467-HAIR to receive a complimentary consultation to plan your hair transplant. Our transplants are $5 per follicular unit or graft. There are no further fees associated with this procedure. 

Above is a patient that had a large FUE extraction who joined the military  1 month after the procedure.  

Below is a description of the armed forces standard haircut.

“Hairstyle will have a tapered appearance on both sides and back, both with and without headgear. … Will not touch the ears and only closely cut or shaved hair on the back of the neck may touch the collar. Will not exceed 1 1/4 inches in bulk, regardless of length and not exceed 1/4 inch at the natural termination point .”
    —Airforce Major and  Patient of SLENT HR—

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