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9 Dermaroller for Hair Loss Don’ts

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Dermarolling your scalp may be a great addition to a well-rounded hair loss regimen.

The tiny needles in the dermaroller make small punctures in the scalp to help stimulate collagen production, nudge the hair follicles to produce growth factors, encourage healthy scalp blood flow, and may even help topical hair loss treatments penetrate a little better.

However, you do need to take extra care and proper precautions before jumping right into rolling needles all over your head.

Below, we will outline some of the most important dermarolling for hair loss don’ts, to help your dermarolling experience be a good thing, and not a source of irritation or injury.

1. Don’t skimp on the quality of your dermaroller

You don’t want to skimp on the quality and durability of your dermaroller.

What the needles are made out of, making sure that they are not dull, and having a smooth (not tugging) rolling experience can make the experience a good and effective one.

If you aren’t sure where to look, we offer a high-quality yet affordable, titanium dermaroller with a sturdy handle, a smooth rolling mechanism, and sharp and fine needles. Check out our Strut Dermaroller which you can buy for only $11.99.

As a bonus, if you are looking to combine the roller with a hair loss treatment, we sell prescription, customizable topical hair treatments as well.

2. Don’t go with needles that are too short or too long

There are a lot of dermarollers out there, but they are not all the same.

The needles can come in a range of lengths, anywhere from shorter 0.2 millimeters (mm) to the quite long 3 millimeters (mm).

All the way up to 3 mm is quite long and probably overkill (and potentially more dangerous) for use on the scalp, and the 0.2 mm needles may be too stubby to get through the thicker scalp skin and potential matted-down hair in the rolling area.

Try to go for something in the middle of this range. 0.5mm to 1.5mm tends to be a good length for scalp dermarolling. The Strut Dermaroller has 1.5mm needles.

3. Don’t skip washing your scalp

You will be physically creating small punctures in your skin, so anything that is currently on your skin like extra oil, bacteria, or sweat can come along for the ride.

By not washing your scalp thoroughly before using a dermaroller, you risk extra irritation and increased skin infections from introducing all these things into deeper levels of your skin.

Hop into the shower and wash your scalp before planning out a post-shower dermarolling session for your hair.

4. Don’t skip sterilizing your dermaroller

As mentioned above, the needles of the dermaroller will be pressing through your superficial skin levels, so it needs to be sterilized before each use.

Pick up some 70% isopropyl alcohol and dip the dermaroller into the alcohol and let it thoroughly dry before running it all over your scalp.

5. Don’t press too hard

You shouldn’t be pressing down so hard that you induce bleeding or are in pain.

Go with a gentle pressure like you would with applying a deodorant stick or painting with a paintbrush. You will still feel something, but it shouldn’t be painful. A little redness afterward from the rush of blood to the area in normal, but the scalp shouldn’t feel very irritated.

6. Don’t roll in just 1 direction

It seems that the best way to use a dermaroller on the scalp is to plan on rolling in 3 directions: vertically, horizontally, and then on a diagonal. 

Aim for rolling over each direction 5-10 times before repositioning the hair to prevent tangling and switching direction.

7. Don’t roll back and forth

Roll and lift after each roll, then set it back down at the beginning and roll again. Rolling back in forth can cause the hair to tangle more easily and make for an unpleasant (or even hair-damaging) rolling experience.

8. Don’t go overboard on dermarolling time

If you are excited about the process, you may be ready to get in there and roll all day long. But, there is such a thing as too much with dermarolling.

Start with just a few minutes to get the hang of it and see how your scalp responds, and then work your way up to a maximum of about 5 minutes for the whole process.

9. Don’t use a dermaroller over acne, sunburn, active irritation, or wounds

If you already have something going on with your scalp like a sunburn, a wound, or even one of those annoying scalp pimples, skip your dermarolling session for that day or avoid the area with these things happening.

Aside from prolonging the healing process, you could also be spreading bacteria around the scalp in the case of acne.

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