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Cons: While it’s the leader in the field, you need to spend $395 to get the comb. But it lasts longer – it’s a good investment (tool) that you can use for years.
Side effects are rare, as mentioned before. But a few users experience minor irritation and itching. So it’s important to use it appropriately, read the user manual and follow the instructions!
Another thing to consider, the effectiveness on hairline is not fully known. The claim of the results is mixed. This suggests it may work for some people, but probably not for you (depending on your situation). Like Rogaine, it’s usually not effective for completely bald area.
If necessary, combine minoxidil with derma-roller!
A derma-roller is a handy tool to help boost blood flow to the scalp by rolling it on the treatment area. The roller is equipped with numerous tinny needles. It triggers minor damage to the scalp, then the treatment area will begin to heal and regenerate afterwards, allowing more production of collagen and better nutrient absorption.
When it’s rolled over the treatment area, you’re going through a 3-step healing process; you experience small incisions to stimulate inflammation (which shouldn’t cause bleeding or pain), then proliferation (an increase of the number of cells), and eventually maturation (recasting with scar tissue formation) .
As a result, you would have an increase of collagen and new skin cells from proliferation. Therefore this technique is also used to improve the appearance of the skin. This stimulation, which is also found in hair follicle stem cell proliferation, might induce thicker hair growth .
Also, it’s recommended to combine the use of this tool with minoxidil rather than use it alone. One study suggests that the positive effect of thicker hair would be more powerful with applying minoxidil .
Nevertheless, its efficacy is not conclusive yet (still debatable), though we know there is some evidence. And ‘Yes’, some people claim it does provide a difference. But there are also many people doubt its efficacy, even it could be harmful if not used properly!
For instance, while using this tool before applying minoxidil may help make the treatment work more effectively (this increases the absorption of minoxidil), you’re also likely to have side effects from the treatment.
It’s also important to make sure your scalp is ready for small incisions. People with high risk of infection are usually not recommended to take microneedling. Ask your doctor first if you have specific skin condition (e.g. eczema), slow-healing condition (like diabetes), or when you’re taking blood thinners.
*Looking for more alternative treatments for receding hairline, see here!