Updated: Jan 24
What Is Dry-Needling for Hair Loss?
Dry-needling for hair loss is performed in the same way that it is for skin issues: A practitioner uses a device similar to a permanent cosmetic needle cartridge over the desired area. Some believe that dry-needling can trigger the factors that promote hair growth.
Does Dry-Needling for Hair Loss Work?
Most of the research on dry-needling for hair loss relates to people suffering from genetic hair loss conditions, such as female pattern hair loss, androgenetic alopecia, alopecia areata, androgenic alopecia and male pattern baldness, rather than dry-needling for hair loss in general.
However, there's some evidence that the treatments may work to support hair growth for those suffering from other causes of hair loss.
Hair loss caused by genetic conditions is different from the other causes of thinning hair, such as aging, hormone shifts and stress, the solution to all kinds of hair loss are the same, stimulating hair follicles to increase blood flow to the skin of the scalp, encouraging stronger and even new hair growth.
That’s what dry-needling can do, help produce more hair because both collagen and stem cell production is stimulated.
Why You Should See a Professional for Dry-Needling
To prevent infection and ensure you're achieving the correct needle depth to encourage new hair growth, you should see an expert with experience using dry-needling for hair growth stimulation. While it will cost more than doing it at home, the potential damage of DIY dry-needling at home is far too risky.
Here's why you should book an appointment with a professional for dry needling:
You Need the Right Equipment
To avoid injury to the scalp, it’s critical to use the right size device and needles. Some dry-needling devices use long needles that can injure the scalp, while others have very short ones that might not be sufficient for the purpose."
Using the wrong size needle for an at-home dry-needling treatment means that, at best, you won't actually be encouraging hair growth, and at worse, may further damage your stressed hair follicles.
It's Difficult to Perform Dry-Needling on Your Own Scalp
Even if you use the appropriate needle length, it can be hard to use a dry needling device on yourself to successfully reactivate dormant hair follicles without causing damage. You need to pass the device over areas of the scalp that are losing hair a certain number of times. This can be difficult if there is hair still present as it is very easy to get it tangled in the dry needling device. Additionally, it can be very damaging if the device is not sufficiently sharp to make the passes without injury.
Pain Management Is Available
A dry-needling professional can also numb your scalp to minimize the pain, if necessary, providing a more pleasant experience and consistent results.
How To Boost Your Dry-Needling Experience
While it's not unheard of to do dry-needling without an additional product applied to the treated skin, it can be beneficial. Much like in skin care usage, the punctures facilitate the absorption of any anti-hair loss serums that will be more effective.
Before your appointment, shampoo your hair twice. You can use a light conditioner and try not to let it sit on the scalp.
The day after your appointment you will be applying a hair growth serum for 3 days by using it lightly on the treated area.
Be sure you massage in the hair growth serum thoroughly directly on the treated area. Between dry-needling appointments, there are many steps you can take to help encourage hair regrowth. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you're taking the best care of your hair:
Load Up on Micronutrients
There are lots of specific foods you can eat to help encourage thicker, fuller hair (including a few biotin packed favorites), but when it comes to regrowing your hair, the most important thing is balance. If you're not getting the micronutrients your body needs, you won't be able to regrow hair, even after undergoing a course of dry-needling. Maintain balance by "eating the rainbow," introducing fruits and veggies of all colors into your daily diet.
Bring Your Stress Levels Down
There's evidence that stress and hair loss are linked, so if you're experiencing hair loss, you might want to consider the sources of your stress. Incorporating meditation, a quick afternoon walk, or a little stretching into your daily routine are proven ways to reduce overall stress. When your body doesn't have to maintain a constant state of flight or flight, it's able to focus on the important things, like hair regrowth.