Did you know that Micro-needling aka derma-rolling is a century-old beauty treatment that has proudly stood the test of time? Well, the initial form of this ancient therapy can trace its roots to the Chinese!
First thing first, a Derma Roller is a handheld cosmetic device featuring loads of teeny tiny needles that can range anywhere from 0.25mm to 1.5mm.
Now, if you’re a skincare enthusiast, you must have heard of or even tried your hands on this at-home skincare therapy. But, guess what? It turns out that the benefits of using a derma roller are manifold that just goes beyond basic skincare.
If you are someone who doesn’t like to apply too many products to save your hair from bald patches or thinning, then this tool could very well be your go-to!
How Derma Roller Works?
The principle is to generate a controlled injury, thus prompting the body to react by building extra collagen in the treated zone. The increased blood flow and release of growth factors stimulate growth apart from increasing the thickness and density of the hair.
Wait, that’s not it! A derma roller can also push collagen production, trigger cell turnover, and improve scalp circulation, which albeit provide an overall healthier environment for your hair to grow.
Back in the 1990s, micro-needling earned its reputation as a scar treatment and since then, it’s been regarded as a budding alternative or an auxiliary treatment for hair follicle disorders such as androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata.
A 2018 study on the effects of micro-needling on patients reveals that with mild to moderate alopecia, hair growth started after the very first session. The patients’ satisfaction was more than 75% (among 18 patients surveyed), on patients’ subjective hair growth assessment scale.
Let’s consider this excerpt from another recent study where 100 test subjects were divided into 2 groups. One set was treated with minoxidil lotion, and the other obtained minoxidil lotion plus micro-needling. After 12 weeks, 82% of the micro-needling group recorded a 50% improvement versus 4.5% of the minoxidil lotion-only group.
Dermatologists are of the opinion that 75% to 80% of the skin is made up of collagen, including the skin on our scalp. So, while collagen is most popular as the protein that plays a key role in promoting elasticity and maintaining plump youthful skin, it’s also requisite for hair health.
The dermis, the middle layer of skin, is where both collagen and hair follicles can be found, and when collagen production slows down(during the ’30s) it lessens the strength of our hair follicles. This as a matter of course leaves hair follicles fragile, resulting in more hair loss and not so much new growth.
Picking the Right Derma Roller Needle Size for Hair:
Doctors usually suggest a derma roller for hair growth, having needles between 0.5-1.5 millimeters. Always opt for a hair-specific derma roller if you’re aiming to get the best results. A 1.5 mm needle works perfectly for scalp rolling as this size can better penetrate through hair and scalp buildup.
Nevertheless, if you have a sensitive or itchy scalp, the smartest way to find a depth that works best for you and to avoid any unfortunate wounds would be to consult with an expert.
How to Use Derma Roller for Hair Growth?
- Start off by parting your hair into sections and then use cotton balls to apply the oil (cold-pressed oils work great or any alternative topical of your choice) onto your hair and massage on.
- Next, roll the device across your hair, horizontally, vertically, and diagonally.
- If you’re in the mood for a little extra TLC, then add a few more drops of oil or topicals to refill your hair’s nutrients once you’re done rolling.
- You can leave it on overnight to pump up hair growth.
How Often Should You Roll?
It depends on the length of the needles on your derma roller. The shorter the needles (like 0.25 millimeters), the more often you can use it. For longer needles, (like 1.5 millimeters) doctors recommend every couple of weeks since it punctures more deeply.
Important Tips to be Followed While Using Derma Roller
- Usage of the Skin Activator – Derma Roller along with other Hair growth Serums, oils or Minoxidil is more beneficial.
- Don’t step out in the sun right after using a roller as it may cause damage. In case you must, consider covering your scalp well.
- If you’re thinking of styling or coloring your hair, make sure to maintain at least 24 hours break post- rolling. Here’s why: this time window allows the micro-channels in the scalp to close down and your scalp skin is not laid bare to irritating chemicals that hinder hair growth.
- Irrespective of your hair type or scalp condition, be mindful not to overdo it. Even pressing too hard or frequently focusing on the same areas in the scalp may turn out to be too harmful.
Probable Risks to Consider While Using a Derma Roller for Hair
- They say ‘it’s better to be safe than sorry for a reason. We tell you exactly what you need to know to avoid possible risks. Read on:
- The hair root could be strained if the roller penetrates too deep which would eventually create an adverse outcome.
- If used wrongly, the roller might chop some hair off; which might cause hair thinning/shedding.
- Last but not least, it is important to keep the roller clean. Sterilize the roller before & after every usage with spirit or alcohol swabs or 70% or more isopropyl alcohol and store it in a cool, dry place. Cleaning is essential as there are a lot of build-ups that get accumulated during the procedure. Remember, it also has residue of the oil/topical you used while massaging. If the roller is not sanitized well, it can lead to various infections afterward. So be extra mindful.
In addition to that, consulting a doctor beforehand is a must if you are,
- Suffering from eczema or allergic condition
- Diabetic or pregnant
- On blood thinner medication
The Truth Behind Micro-needling with a Derma Roller: Myths Busted
- Let’s address the million-dollar question before you freak out, there’s NO blood involved in the procedure!
- This cult beauty trend, also known as collagen induction therapy which is adored by celebrities and hair care junkies is more safer at home than you think!
- Unlike the horrendously expensive cosmetic treatments such as hair transplantation, PRP (platelet-rich plasma), etc., a derma-roller isn’t going to cost you a fortune!
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Today, with a plethora of treatment choices ranging from supplements to hair serums to hair transplants (needless to say, a bigger emotional and monetary investment) we often tend to get spoilt for choice! It could be baffling to pick and choose what works best for you.
A lot of times, hair health can be fixed internally by feeding the body a diet high in fiber, antioxidants, protein, and handling our stress levels well. In some cases, hair fall (more than usual of course!) also indicates a larger problem in the system. Quick Disclaimer here, if you’re battling severe hair loss, seeing any certified dermat is a MUST to have a thorough clinical analysis before committing to any treatment solutions.