Purchasing a derma roller for hair loss can be challenging, especially if you don't know exactly where to start or how to use the product. Derma rollers have become an integral part in the battle against hair loss and should be an essential product in any hair growth treatment program. Learn how a derma roller can help you get your hair back and change your life with some of our most frequently asked questions.
What is a Derma Roller
A derma roller is a handheld device with a wheel attached to a handle. The wheel is outfitted with tiny needles, just a few millimeters long. The device is rolled over the skin, causing the needles to press against the tissue. Originally, the derma roller was used to address skin imperfections, but a manufacturer has begun to market one model to the public as a treatment of androgenic alopecia.
How the Derma Roller Works
Hair growth relies on genes that promote the development of new hair cells. This takes place within the hair follicles, the small openings that cover the scalp as well as the rest of the body. A number of chemicals are needed to trigger the production of hair cells, and one of the most important of these is the human growth factor.
What Size Derma Roller Should I Use
0.25mm for sensitive skin, 0.5mm for normal skin and 1.0mm for thicker skin types.
How Often Should I Use a Derma Roller
We suggest using a derma roller once a week in conjunction with a topical hair loss product.
How To Use a Derma Roller
We suggest if you have longer hair to lightly wet the hair before use to stop the hair from getting tangled. When using the derma roller, it is advisable to roll several times in the same direction across the scalp. Firstly in a forward motion, then across the head. Next roll the derma roller in a criss cross pattern, left side then do the right side.
How To Clean a Derma Roller
Alcohols do not not dissolve proteins (as found in blood and skin), so you’ll need to use a detergent. Wash the Derma Roller in warm water with a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid, taking care not to touch the needles. You can move it vigorously in the water. Do not use a dishwasher or boiling water because it will damage the needles. This washing merely cleans the roller, it does not disinfect it.
Rinse the Derma Roller with clean (tap) water and dry with a paper towel. Spray our Derma Roller cleaner (99% Isopropyl Alcohol) onto the micro needles and allow to air dry. Once dry, put the Derma Roller back in its original storage case.
How Long Should the Derma Roller Last
With proper handling, each roller head should last on average about 25-30 uses. Used once a week that's about 6 months.
How Painful is It
This depends on how sensitive your skin is and how much pressure you use on the roller. The majority of people feel little to no sensation when rolling the needle over the scalp.