What is Scalp Derma Rolling + How Does it Work?

You may have heard about derma rolling for skincare, but do you know derma rollers are also used for hair growth? Also known as micro-needling, the process has been used for years to treat scarring, stretch marks and the signs of ageing – and happily, some clever cookies have now figured out it can also be used to reduce hair loss and stimulate new hair growth. Now, if we could only get it to do our taxes.

Loved for being non-invasive (no injecting your body with nasties here), it’s easy to see why so many people are big fans. So, scroll on as we have a look at what derma rolling is, and how it works for hair growth.

What is a derma roller?

As the name suggests, a derma roller consists of a roller with needles attached. Our Hair Growth Derma Roller has 540 high-strength medical-grade stainless steel needles (freaking out at the word ‘needle’? Don’t stress – they’re teeny tiny). Attached to an easy-to-use handle, derma rollers are simple to use and inexpensive – and have been clinically proven to thicken thinning hair (yesss!). 

How does a derma roller work?

Does the thought of having lots of tiny needles pricking your scalp give you the heebie jeebies? Well, it’s not as dramatic as it sounds. Some people report a slight tingling or stinging sensation, but it shouldn’t actually hurt.

When in use, these clever miniature needles create ‘micro-injuries’ in the skin and hair follicles, increasing collagen and stimulating new cell production, all of which encourages the growth of new hair. 

How do I use a derma roller?

First up, lightly wet and comb your hair before use to stop it from getting tangled. Then, part your hair in sections and, using gentle pressure, roll the derma roller back and forth 3-4 times horizontally, vertically and diagonally.

Use your derma roller once a week for best results. Be sure not to use again until the treated area has completely healed. The idea is to allow the healing process to occur, in order to stimulate hair growth.

After using your derma roller, disinfect it with medical alcohol and store in a clean, dry place. (Bonus: ours comes with a compact case that looks great on shelfies.) 

Note: It’s important you select a derma roller from a reputable supplier – we want to make sure you and your scalp are in safe hands! Ours is a class 1 medical listed device, registered with the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods (ARTG 310522). Check it out here.

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