Ready to talk about one of the hottest new beauty trends? Microneedling.
Sure, you’ve heard of microneedling before, but have you heard of doing it on your scalp?
If you don’t know what microneedling is, let’s get you up to speed. Microneedling is a relatively new technique/treatment that is used for a variety of skin issues. In Lauryn’s conversation with Gwendolyn Henao, she offers a great definition of microneedling…
Basically, microneedling “induces a controlled injury into the skin’s dermal & epidermal junction to induce growth factors which stimulate healing & rejuvenation, stimulates new collagen for fine lines, & stimulates elastin to tighten the skin.”
While it’s super common to hear about microneedling the face, this beauty hack can actually be performed on the whole body. Microneedling is super effective at reducing the look of acne scars, dark circles, dullness, & fine lines. Plus, you can even microneedle your scalp – which is what this post is alllll about. ( You can read more about Lauryn microneedling her arms here. )
How To Microneedle Your Scalp & All The Benefits
Benefits of microneedling the scalp include:
♡ boosting scalp health
♡ preventing hair loss
♡ promoting hair growth
♡ increasing blood flow
♡ promoting the absorption of products
♡ reducing dry scalp and dandruff
♡ promoting thicker & stronger hair follicles
♡ fighting alopecia areata ( a condition in which the hair line starts to widen )
So, when it comes to microneedling, you’re going to need some new beauty tools. To microneedle the face & scalp, you’ll need a skin roller or a derma roller. <<< Same thing! Skin rollers contain small micro needles that cause minor injuries to the skin. This stimulates stem cell & collegen production & speeds up cell turnover to promote clear & bright skin. And when we say skin, we mean the scalp too. Skin is skin, no matter where on the body it’s located.
In an interview with one of our favorite beauty gurus, Jamie O’Banion, we learned so much about microneedling & the best products to use. When it comes to the scalp, we recommend the BeautyBio Scalp Therapy set. To listen to the full podcast (which is full of oh-so-amazing skin care advice – if I do say so myself), click here.
Another AMAZING scalp microneedling that Lauryn is obsessed with is Gangster Chic’s Chic Hair Therapy tool & oil.
So, without further adieu, let’s go over how to properly microneedle your scalp from home.
How To Microneedle Your Scalp
Microneedling for hair loss, or to improve the scalp in general, is super easy. Plus, it really doesn’t require that much time in comparison to the actual benefits you receive. So, let’s get right to it.
♡ Step 1: Dampen your hair.
First, locate the areas on your scalp where the hair is thinning & create a horizontal part. Then, in order to reduce tugs & pulls from the derma roller, go ahead & dampen your hair a bit in these areas.
♡ Step 2: Apply hair serum.
Next, apply hair serum to all areas of the scalp you plan to microneedle. Because microneedling literally creates like hundreds of teeny tiny injuries to the scalp, be sure to use a hair serum for sensitive skin. The last thing you want is for your scalp to be burning. No thanks.
♡ Step 3: Microneedle the scalp.
Before derma rolling anywhere, always, always, always disinfect your derma roller. Make sure that thing is CLEAN.
Now, take your derma roller & microneedle your scalp 4-7 times, depending on your comfort level during the process. To microneedle your scalp, always roll in the direction of hair growth & ALWAYS be gentle. Apply about as much pressure as you would apply when painting a canvas.
When you’ve completed the actual microneedling process, you can feel free to add a few more drops of hair serum & massage it in. This kind of soothes the scalp after the trauma of microneedling & ensures that the new skin cells that are being formed have plenty of nutrients.
Oh, and there’s no need to wash your hair after this process either. Actually, it’s better to allow the scalp to heal without washing your hair for at least 1-2 days. This allows the hair serum to really soak in & promote hair growth.
How Often Should You Microneedle Your Scalp
If you’re microneedling your scalp for hair loss treatment, it’s going to take some time. But, the thing is, you WILL see results. With consistency & the use of high-quality products, you will totally see results in a matter of weeks.
So, how often should you perform a microneedling treatment on your scalp? Really, it depends on your goals & the sensitivity of your scalp.
To start, microneedle your scalp on a bi-weekly basis. Once you’ve built up some tolerance, you can feel free to microneedle your scalp as often as twice a week or as little as once a month. It really depends on your hair growth goals.
During each session, you can expect some slight irritation. The process of microneedling is literally creating tiny wounds all over the scalp. So, some minor irritation is to be expected until you get used to the process.
If you begin to experience more serious side effects like a rash, strong irritation, etc., be sure to microneedle less frequently and/or consider a new hair serum or tool.
When it comes to the scalp, you will begin to see noticeable results anywhere from 6-12 weeks. But, you will be able to personally feel the results of a healthier scalp after just 2-3 treatments. Just remember, consistency is key.
Out with the old and in with the new (skin cells, that is.)
So, now you know how to microneedle your scalps at home. And, more importantly, now you know how easy of a process it is. For more on microneedling, be sure to listen to this episode of GTFOOTS, where Joanna Vargas & Lauryn get deep about natural & effective skin care hacks.
Also, we really want to know what microneedling devices you’re using. Drop your fav products or tools in the comments below.
x, The Skinny Confidential team
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