We all know that hair loss is no joke. Unfortunately, most people have a tough time admitting to themselves that they are slowly losing their hair or they don’t even realize it. And most of the time, they reach that stage where its not easy to bring back what they have lost. The last option for them would be the surgeries and lasers with their so many side effects. But don’t worry, there has been a huge increase in the number of treatments in recent years. One recent treatment discovery, crazy as it sounds, is micro-needling or dermarolling for hair loss. And it has been here around for a while. In fact, many skin specialists have been performing dermaroling in one form or another for years.
Dermarolling for hair loss involves rolling a device (the derma roller) on the skin having small, fine needles to create small wounds, stimulating collagen production. Originally used as an anti-aging treatment for skin, it’s recently showing good results for people with hair loss.
The good news is, that you can do dermarolling yourself for a very low cost in the comfort of your own home.
But how to use a dermaroller for balding and hair loss? Keep on reading to find out.
Mechanics of derma rollers for hair growth:
The exact mechanisms behind dermarolling aren’t well understood. But it is found that derma rollers work for hair loss in two ways – increasing the collagen production and thus supporting the growth stage inside the hair follicle and secondly by improving circulation. .The increased blood flow helps the healing process of the wound. epidermis reacts to the wound by sending more blood to the wound to heal it. It is highly recommended to apply hair growth-promoting products on the scalp following your dermarolling routine. Also, it can amplify the effect of those products and improve the penetration and absorption of the active ingredients into your skin.
It is also found that there is a relation between the regulation of adult stem cells with hair follicle proliferation and maintenance. Stem cells should be actively present in hair follicles to become progenitor cells. Progenitor cells help follicle to form hair. Dermarolling stimulates the production of stem cells that further increases the production of progenitor cells.
Can derma roller prevent hair loss:
The answer is yes. This is because micro needling can boost scalp health in such a way as to treat and prevent hair loss keeping hair full and healthy for longer. Collagen production drops off when we age. It leaves hair follicles susceptible to weakening. Weak hair follicles don’t grow long and strong hair. Dermaroller, when used on the scalp, increases collagen production. It also stimulates blood circulation which increases the nutrients to the scalp and induces new stem cells that support hair growth as well as prevent hair loss.
How to derma roll your scalp:
- Wash your hair and scalp and ensure that it is clean. It is recommended to do dermarolling on wet hair to prevent your hair from getting tangled in the roller.
- Place the derma roller where you’d like to target hair thinning or increase hair growth. Begin using it from the front side of the scalp or near the hairline and roll your way down the back of the head.
- Roll the device slowly over the area 10-15 times, horizontally, vertically and then diagonally (one section of the scalp at a time). Apply moderate pressure to ensure deep penetration into the scalp and avoid over irritating your scalp and prolonging recovery time. You may feel a slight prickling or tingling, but that is not enough to cause pain.
- If there is hair in the area, be sure to move in the direction of the hair strands whenever possible to avoid pulling hairs out
- Rinse the roller in warm soapy water after usage. Then dip it in a disinfecting alcohol solution, and allow the tool to dry.
- After dermarolling you can apply hair oils, e.g. peppermint, castor and growth-promoting products like minoxidil to aid hair growth.