If you’re wondering if beard rollers actually work, the answer is ‘likely yes’ but the real answer is more likely to be ‘not as well as you want them to‘.
When you start to look for beard roller before and after pictures, I personally believe it’s tough to find any that are really convincing. That’s not to say there aren’t people out there who have had great results from using a beard roller, but they seem to be far outnumbered by those who’ve tried it and been left disappointed.
My skepticism comes in the fact that they would have been able to grow that beard out regardless.
How Do Beard Rollers Work?
Beard rollers are small plastic or metal tubes with spikes on the inside. You insert them into your beard and then roll them back and forth. The idea is that the pressure from the spikes will help to stimulate blood flow and encourage hair growth.
The term is often more commonly referred to as micro-needling which is a technique used in skincare. It involves using small needles to puncture the skin and create tiny injuries. This triggers the body’s natural healing process and can lead to the production of collagen and elastin which can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles
There is some evidence to suggest that micro-needling can also help to stimulate hair growth, which is why beard rollers are sometimes marketed as a way to help you grow a thicker, fuller beard.
From my interpretation of studies as well it’s worth noting that most of the studies that have been done on micro-needling and hair growth have used a much higher number of needles than what you’ll find on a beard roller. So, while it’s possible that beard rollers could help to stimulate hair growth, I personally doubt that they would be as effective as other methods (which come with their own risks).
Essentially, there’s no large body of scientific evidence that this actually works or doesn’t (that said it is common to form hair regrowth on the scalp and I’ve cited some sources for that below, which is where a lot of this can stem from), but there is some anecdotal evidence that people have seen results.
That said Copenhagen Grooming (who happen to sell a beard roller) does claim a study that has seen a 150 Day study that has positive beard growth impacts.
That said, I can’t find where they source the name of the actual study. Plus, it looks to be part of the ‘beard growth kit’ as a whole where the activator serum may play an additional role.
Are There Any Risks?
Generally, no. You’re not going to harm your beard by using a beard roller (assuming you’re not rolling too hard). The only thing I could see happening is if you have sensitive skin, the spikes may irritate it.
If you are thinking about it, it might be worth just testing it out on a small area first to see how your skin reacts.
Tips for Using a Beard Roller
If you do decide to give it a go, here are a few tips:
- Start with a clean beard. This will help to prevent infection.
- Roll the device over your beard in different directions. Up and down, side to side and diagonal
- Don’t roll too hard. You don’t want to hurt yourself.
- Roll each section of your beard for about 10 times
- Use a light pressure. You should be able to feel the spikes, but it shouldn’t hurt.
- Don’t use it every day. Once or twice a week should be sufficient.
Ideally, the brand that you bought the derma roller from will have their own instructions. Be sure to follow those as well.
Alternative Beard Growth Ventures
If you’re looking for alternative ways to help stimulate beard growth, there are a few things you can try:
Beard oils and balms. These can help to hydrate your beard and make it look healthier and thicker (but don’t necessarily result in actual beard growth).
Vitamins. There are some vitamins that are thought to promote hair growth such as biotin and vitamin B5.
Minoxidil. This is a medication that’s available over the counter and by prescription. It’s sometimes used to help treat hair loss and may also help with beard growth. Important: This requires its own research.
Beard transplants. This is a surgical procedure where hair follicles are taken from another part of your body and transplanted into your beard. This is usually a last resort option and is very expensive. Again an extreme option.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you whether or not you want to try micro needling for beard growth. There’s no guarantee that it will work, but there’s also no real downside (other than the cost). If you do decide to try it, be sure to do your research and buy a quality product. and don’t hesitate to reach out to a medical professional either.
So there you have it! Microneedling for beard growth is a thing but personally, I just wouldn’t hold out for any miracles, would love to be proven wrong though (and as I say it is not something I have personally tested out myself).
If I did have the time and patience, I would do a normal growth period of 6 months, and see how that turned out. Take a picture. Shave it all off again and then repeat the process – and if it did or didn’t work for me – it might not necessarily be the same for you. Ultimately, if you think it might work out then go ahead and try it out and see how it works for you. Good luck!