Have you tried derma roller for hair loss control and faster hair growth yet?
Its the latest buzz in the hair industry and as an enthusiast I decided to jump on the bandwagon. Plus, I got a lot of requests to share my two cents on derma rollers and whether or not they work for hair loss, hair growth and its effects on hair regrowth.
So let’s just dive in…
What Is Derma Roller?
Derma Roller is a simple tool to do a relatively new line of treatment known as Collagen Induction Therapy (CIT).
Although if you ask me, the instrument itself looks like a medieval torture device, that has a lot of microneedles. These microneedles are meant to go into or through the most superficial layer of skin which then induces better blood flow and boosts collagen.
Honestly, at first glance, it felt a little uncomfortable to me.
How Does The Derma Roller Work?
As I mentioned above, it works on a Collagen Induction Therapy.
In simple words, it is used to promote the growth of collagen in the skin. It does this by piercing the skin with the little micro-needles in the roller. They are little enough so you just feel a tickle but deep enough to make the nerve endings more active which then signals the skin to generate collagen.
Now if you multiply this by the number of needles in the derma roller you will eventually make a fresh layer of collagen all over the skin. This fresh layer will then thicken your skin, removing/diminishing all the flaws it had earlier.
Is It Effective For Hair Loss And Regrowth?
Scientifically speaking, the simple answer is yes.
The studies conducted in January 2014, October 2016, and April 2018, showed that micro-needling helps in treating hair loss and promotes hair regrowth as well as faster hair growth. It also showed that micro-needling showed better results on Alopecia areata patients as compared to minoxidil products.
What Size Of Micro-needles Should You Opt For?
That’s a fair question.
This above image is from a study done on mice using derma rollers. This will give you a more clear perspective on the size of microneedle you should opt for.
There are lot of different derma rollers in the market with different micro needle sizes.
This treatment is done in clinics to promote hair regrowth, but they use needles above 1.5 mm, which is the limit baseline for expert use. For home usage, you can use any size you love as long as it is below or equal to 1.5 mm.
But on a personal note, I would suggest you pick the smallest size possible.
Clinical sized needles need some numbering of the skin, otherwise, it would hurt a bit, as expected the bigger the needle the better the outcomes. That is why clinics use the larger ones, but you can still view great outcomes at home with your little safer needle if you carry on the treatment as specified, it will just take a little longer. Its always better to be safe, right?
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How To Use A Derma Roller For Hair Loss?
For hair, simply detangle your dry hair and part them in smaller sections.
Now gently move the roller horizontally a couple of times until you feel the tingling sensation. Use softer hands initially until you get a little comfortable. Then slowly increase the pressure enough for the micro needles to go a little deeper,i.e, just until you feel tingling. It should take you a maximum of 20 minutes to micro needle your entire scalp and then you are done.
For better hair loss control and faster hair regrowth, apply few drops of rosemary essential oil diluted with coconut or olive oil on your scalp and then use the derma roller.
How To Clean It After You Are Done?
Just pour some hot water on the needles and then spray a little sanitizer. Leave it like that until the next time you use it. You can also use cotton fabric to clean it effectively.
Does It Work For Skin Too?
In general, if you have skin problems, the derma roller will show positive results. It claims to be effective on acne scars, stretch marks, age wrinkles, burns, ice picks, cellulite, and so on.
One thing you need to keep in mind is that this is not just about collagen induction, it will also work as a catalyst to any cream you put on the treated place, rising the absorption rate up to 2000x.
That is why this can also be used to cure hair loss and receding hairlines. If you are using this on the skin, do not forget to use the best vitamin cream afterward, as this the base for most costly creams.
Where To Buy A Derma Roller?
It is available on Amazon and other sites too.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Derma roller is claimed to be safe to use but in some cases, it might cause redness, itching, bruises. But this study shows that even if it does, it will heal within a week.
Other Safety Precautions to Keep In Mind
- Make sure you always sanitize your derma roller before every single use.
- Always use it on your dry hair and not wet as it might lead to tangling, breakage, and split ends.
- Always try to do it before you go to sleep for the best results.
- Don’t do this for more than 20 minutes a day.
- Don’t share your derma roller with anyone else.
Hope this helps you get a better idea about derma rollers. Have any more questions, feel free to ask them via comments.
Have a lovely day!
PS: Please consult your doctor if you feel you are losing a lot of hair, to identify its root cause and tackle the hair loss problem better. Also, make sure to check it with your doctor before opting for derma roller too.