Drum rolls for dermarollers?
There's a new skin tightening regime heading for the thinning hair market.
It's called dermarolling, aka microneedling, and we ask Simon whether he can see the point...
"Dermarollers look a bit like mini paint rollers, except that they are covered with small sharp needles, a bit like a little lawn aerator. The device is hand held and when you run it to and fro across your scalp it causes mini-wounds to the skin. With me so far?
The idea is that lightly wounding the skin will activate the body's healing response and it is thought that this can stimulate hair growth. Additionally, like an aerated lawn, your skin will more easily absorb whatever you add to it, whether a hair treatment or a moisturiser.
So, is this the miracle cure that people with thinning hair or, indeed, hair loss have been looking for and should you be rushing out and getting a treatment or buying your very own scalp aerator?
As ever, even though promising results have been reported, you should research and read. Here's my take:
1. Dermarolling can be painful, not just because of the wounds it causes (which will make your skin temporarily red and sensitive) but also because treatments at leading salons can set you back a whopping £200 or more and you'll need top up treatments every couple of months.
2. If you're a DIY person, make sure that you buy a roller with the right needle length - too short and nothing will happen, too long and you're in for sore skin. Hygiene is critical, so clean skin before rolling and thorough cleansing of the roller afterwards are essential.
3. Super absorbent skin can, on the one hand, mean that you'll get great value from creams, moisturisers and treatments but BE CAREFUL as rapid absorption can also irritate the skin and have side effects. Always seek advice - I'm happy to answer any questions.
If you're not drawn to pain, the cost of salon treatments or the acrobatics that might be involved in reaching all around your scalp to dermaroll in every direction, there's another very cost effective way of achieving pretty much the same thing - Hairfix Follicle + Anti-Age with Nucleo Trico-Hyal.”
Want more hair - or at least to keep more of what you have? Then turn down the heat.
As we age our scalp, like the rest of our skin, tends to lose its plumpness and become less firm. That makes it tougher for it to support the root of the hair, resulting in more hair fall.
What to do? Simon says:
"Just as you no longer use really hot water on your face, you should avoid it on your scalp, too. Try turning down the water temperature a notch or two when shampooing (you need a certain amount of heat to rinse away dirt and oil but avoid hot water). Better still, try rinsing your hair with cool to tepid water. That’ll give your scalp’s blood supply a bit of a boost and there’s an added benefit: cooler water helps keep hair strands nice and smooth, whereas hot water causes it to flare open and become frizzy. You'll find it easier to manage, too."
So, go cooler for a healthier scalp and shinier hair - and we won’t even mention the money you’ll save on your hot water bill!
Washing your hair doesn't make more fall out. Quite the opposite, in fact.
If you find yourself avoiding washing your hair because you feel you're seeing too many hairs falling out, think again.
It may seem counter intuitive but did you know that more frequent shampooing can actually help with hair fall? In fact, hair fall can actually increase if the scalp isn't as clean as the rest of your skin.
Simon says, "Try and shampoo your hair three times a week but make sure you massage your scalp gently nice and gently if you're worried about hair fall."
A gentle way to shampoo is by using a pre-foamed shampoo, such as Hairfix Follicle + shampoo. The fact that it is applied as a foam means you don't hvae to agitate it, so there's no tugging on your precious roots.
When it comes to conditioning, concentrate the product on the hair ends and away from the scalp. If your scalp feels irritated by your conditioner, try swapping it for an alternative as your current products may well contain oils that are irritants.