In this article you’ll learn how to use a dermaroller to stimulate new hair growth. This method can help with diffuse thinning hair, or the typical M-shaped (Widow’s peak style) receding hairline…
But you will need to know how to use this technique properly – or you risk damaging your hair further.
What is A Dermaroller?
A dermaroller is a simple device that is used to make tiny pin pricks in the skin. The pricks penetrate into the dermal layer, just deep enough to stimulate new cell production and boost circulation, but without causing damage and without causing pain. The process is also known as ‘microneedling’.
The derma roller has been used as a beauty device for decades to renew the youthfulness of skin but stimulating collagen, reducing the appearance of wrinkles.
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How Does The Dermaroller Help With hair Loss?
In a similar way that the derma roller is used to stimulate collagen production on the facial skin, it can also be used to increase cell production and increase blood circulation around the scalp, which in turn will help with new hair growth.
How To Use The Dermaroller
The first thing you’ll want to do when using a dermaroler for hair loss is clean your scalp thoroughly. This doesn’t just mean washing your hair (and I recommend you use a homemade shampoo when you do). It also means completing a peel of the scalp where you want to use the derma roller. Typically this will take place along the thinning hair line.
Salicylic acid can be used to gently peel and clean the scalp before using the dermaroller, however since most salicylic acid products contain alcohol as the solvent (just like most minoxidil products that contain alcohol) I usually recommend making your own homemade exfoliant for the scalp.
This achieves a few things:
- It cleans the scalp and therefore reduces the chances of infection when using the dermaroller
- It removes the layer of dermal plaque that contains DHT, oils and dead cells that generally reduce the health of the hair.
- It boosts circulation
- It unclogs and unblocks the hair follicles allowing for more growth.
- it allows the scalp mixture to penetrate deeper into the scalp making it more effective.
After You’ve used The dermaroller
After you’ve rolled the derma roller over your scalp you’ll want to increase the effectiveness of this method dramatically by rubbing in a mixture to the scalp.
The mixture has been specifically formulated to be used 5 minutes after using the derma roller and it is a very powerful hair growth tonic.
Inside Hair Equilibrium I go into much more detail about this mixture, but I’m going to outline the ingredients and preparation quickly here:
- Emu oil
- Magnesium Oil
- Saw Palmetto
- Hyaluronic acid
- Apple polyphenol
Mix the ingredients together in the right ratios in a small plastic bottle and make sure they are thoroughly mixed.
After you’ve used the derma roller on the right area of your scalp you can carefully apply the mixture and use a finger to gently rub in the mixture until your get an even and generous covering.
I recommend that you do this 1 hour before bedtime. This will give it enough time to dry onto the scalp. over night the derma roller and the mixture will begin to work on your scalp, stimulating and feeding new hair growth directly.
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This adds even more power to the technique by reducing DHT directly, providing nutrients and minerals and reducing any (very small) chance of bacterial infection with the antibacterial properties of the Tea Tree Oil.
Which dermaroller should I choose?
There are lots of different styles, shapes and sizes of dermaroller, but they essentially all do the same thing. Get one with a round roller and high quality metal pins.
Whats is the best size of dermaroller?
The best size dermaroller I’ve found to be around 0.5mm, smaller than 0.25mm will have a reduced affect and larger than 1mm could cause too much damage. 0.5mm is the most common size so I would recommend that.
Can the skin get infected from the dermaroller?
It’s very important to properly wash the dermaroller before you use it again. If the pins aren’t washed properly then you increase the chances of infection.
Pour boiling water over the roller before using it, but make sure it cools before applying to your scalp.
Infection is very rare, but irritation can occur. Use your own judgment about whether the irritation is too bad to continue.
If you have a scalp infection before using the dermaroller then wait until this clears up before continuing.
Will the dermaroller pull any hairs out?
The tiny pins of the dermaroller are not long enough to damage any exsisting hair follicles, however you should keep an eye out that it isn’t causing any undue damage to the scalp.
Typically you’ll be using the dermaroller on an area of scalp that is already bald, or along the hairline where there are less hairs.
If you’re using the dermaroller for diffuse hair loss than its important to make sure hair doesn’t get caught in the roller. You may have to do shorter strokes.
How do I clean the dermaroller?
It’s important that you clean the dermaroller each time you use it. If the pins are dirty then you will increase your chances of getting an infection or irritating the skin.
Take an antibacterial wash and mix with water in a mug. Place the dermaroller inside the mug and leave for 1 minute and swish around.
Remove the dermaroller from the mug and rinse with boiling water.
Dry it, and place it back in its case, or a clean container.
How firmly do I press the derma roller into my scalp?
You should press it into your scalp firmly enough so that it penetrates the skin down to the depth of the pin. This equates to a light pressure, similar to applying a roll-on deodorant. it shouldn’t feel uncomfortable but it may sting/tingle slightly.
You shouldn’t draw blood, and it shouldn’t leave any visible sign when looked at from 30cm away in my experience. I would recommend going lightly on the first round and gradually applying more pressure as you get more comfortable with using it.
What motion, direction and how many times should I apply the derma roller to my scalp?
You will want to get a good even covering of pin pricks which means using the roller in multiple directions across the scalp.
Can this method be used for Alopecia Areata?
Yes, this method has been successfully used by researchers to improve hair growth in male and female patients with alopecia areata.
Inside Hair Equilibrium I explain this method in full detail with some added steps as well, such as the homemade mixture you should use to wash away the ‘scalp elixir.’ If you found this method useful and interesting I would recommend finding out more inside Hair Equilibrium.
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