You want your hair back. Not everyone can do bald well like Vin Diesel, and that’s okay. You have options besides expensive hair grafts and drugs with scary side effects. You have the power of light.
We’re not kidding. Give us a couple of minutes to show you recent developments in hair regrowth treatments. LED lights and lasers can stimulate hair follicles. It’s safe and it’s natural—no nasty side effects. Instead of making trips to a doctor’s office, you can do treatments at home.
|iRestore Laser Hair Growth System|
|iGrow Hair Regrowth System|
|HairMax Professional 12 LaserComb|
|HairMax LaserBand 82|
|Theradome Hair Growth Helmet|
|NutraStim Laser Comb|
Table of Contents
- 1 How does low-level light therapy work?
- 2 Does it work for both men and women who have hair loss?
- 3 Do low-level light therapy treatments work better than hair transplants or medications?
- 4 Who invented this treatment?
- 5 What kind of light treatments can I do at home?
- 6 iRestore Laser Hair Growth System
- 7 iGrow Hair Regrowth System
- 8 HairMax Professional 12 LaserComb
- 9 HairMax LaserBand 82
- 10 Theradome Hair Growth Helmet
- 11 NutraStim Laser Comb
- 12 Shampoo to stimulate your scalp
- 13 Nioxin System 1 Hair System Kit (Normal to Thin-Looking)
- 14 While you wait for your hair growth device to arrive
How does low-level light therapy work?
LLLT, or low-level light therapy, stimulates skin cells. It puts hair follicles into the anagen phase, or growth stage. This requires light of a certain wavelength, specifically between 630 to 670 nanometers. A study published in 2013 found that using red light with a wavelength of 655 nm “significantly improved hair counts in males with androgenetic alopecia.” Translation: “LLLT with red light made men with hereditary baldness less bald.”
Hair follicles weaken over time until they eventually stop growing and shed. Although this process is normal and repeats for most people, for some, the scalp quits producing hair. The laser comb is designed to stimulate blood flow and bring nutrients to the affected areas, which encourages regrowth. The new hair follicles that emerge are also stronger, thicker and healthier.
Does it work for both men and women who have hair loss?
Do low-level light therapy treatments work better than hair transplants or medications?
LLLT doesn’t necessarily work better, and it’s not for everyone. For example, if you already take a medicine that makes you sensitive to sunlight, don’t do LLLT or LED or laser treatments without talking to a doctor first.
Who invented this treatment?
You can blame the mice. In 1967, a doctor studying skin cancers in mice found that shaved hair grew back quicker on the mice who had laser treatments on their skin. Thank you, Mickey Mouse!
What kind of light treatments can I do at home?
There are two kinds: LED light and laser. Either one works by increasing blood flow and activating hair follicles. Lasers have been studied more than LED lights for hair growth, and they penetrate deeper into skin.
Here are the top LLLT hair growth treatments:
iRestore Laser Hair Growth System
The iRestore Laser helmet is FDA-cleared as a medical device to treat hair loss. The underside of the sturdy, white plastic helmet contains a combination of 51 medical-grade cold lasers and red LED bulbs, which emit light at a frequency of 650 nm. The helmet interior features a couple of cushions and a cushioned head band, which makes the device suitable for men or women.
The package comes with the iRestore dome helmet, attached control unit, an AC adapter and the user’s manual. Using the device simply requires plugging the adapter into an electrical outlet, putting the helmet on your head and pushing the power button. Each treatment session lasts 25 minutes and the device automatically shuts itself off.
The helmet is safe to use every other day. Most people see results anywhere from 12 to 24 weeks. The iRestore Laser Helmet is recommended for men with Ia, IIIa, II-vertex, IV, IVa and V skin types or women with I-1, I-2, I-3, I-4, II-1 and II-2 skin types. If not satisfied, merely return the laser helmet within six months for a full refund.
iGrow Hair Regrowth System
The hands-free iGrow Hair helmet is designed to encourage stronger, thicker hair follicle growth using a combination of 51 Class 3R cool laser diodes and red LED bulbs that emit light at a wavelength of 655 nanometers. Inside the helmet are four adjustable columns, which enable men or women to distribute the weight to ensure the device fits properly over your head. The helmet is also equipped with adjustable headphones, which can be linked to an iPod or MP3 player in order to relax and enjoy music when undergoing the hair grow treatment. The helmet operates via a plug-in cord. However, as the cord lies on the rear of the helmet, it does not interfere with activities.
The unique, manual control features five diagrams of typical Androgenetic Alopecia pattern baldness. You simply choose the illustration that fits your particular case and push the button to start the treatment. Each daily session spans 20 to 25 minutes and should be repeated three to four times per week. You may not see visible results for two to four months. The iGrow Hair Laser Helmet can also be used in conjunction with prescription hair growth medications. The iGrow system comes with a six-month, money-back guarantee and a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty.
HairMax Professional 12 LaserComb
This is the home use laser device you may have already heard about. It was cleared by the FDA in 2011. It works for both men and women, and it won an award from NewBeauty for “Best At-Home Anti-Hair Loss Device” in 2014. Clinical studies conducted across the United States determined that 93 percent of people who used the device experienced hair regrowth. Study participants ranged in age from 30 to 60 and were of both genders. However, do not expect to see results for four to six months.
The device contains 12 medical-grade, cool lasers, which are designed to stimulate the follicle and surrounding tissue in order to grow healthier, thicker hair. The patented comb-tooth style capably parts the hair, which enables the laser lights to reach the scalp. After charging the comb on the charging station, simply apply the comb to one section of hair. After three seconds, an internal alarm vibrates to let you know to move the comb to the next section. Treating the entire scalp takes eight to 12 minutes. After 12 minutes, the comb automatically shuts down. The small LCD display on the back shows you the elapsed treatment time and the status of the battery. The manufacturer advises that treatments continue at least three times per week. After experiencing new growth, the Hair Max should then be used once every one or two weeks to maintain healthy hair.
The LaserComb runs off a lithium-ion rechargeable battery, and comes with a charging base, travel case, and full instructions.
HairMax LaserBand 82
The HairMax LaserBand 82 is a step up from its predecessor LaserBand 41 and provides promising results despite shorter treatment times. The LaserBand resembles a lightweight, flexible conventional hairband in overall design. On the front and back edges of the device are hair-parting teeth, which move the hair to the side in order for the lasers to contact the scalp. In the center of the device are 82 cool-ray lasers that provide the phototherapeutic emissions. An internal battery provides the power for the lasers. Users simply plug the headband into the charging station, which plugs into a standard outlet. The band charges in two to three hours. The power button glows a steady blue when charge is complete. When the band is depleted of energy, the light flashes orange.
Before starting treatment, users should thoroughly wash their hair to remove natural oils and any hair products. Once fully charged, the LaserBand is simply applied to the area on your head requiring treatment. For overall benefit, the manufacturer recommends starting at the front of the hairline and gradually moving the hairband backwards. Each area only requires a short 30 seconds of laser exposure. At the end of the 30-second interval, the band emits a gentle vibration to remove the band or change the device’s location. The HairMax is safe to use every other day until achieving the desired results. Once new follicles begin appearing, you should continue using the device at least once a week. Some see visible hair growth in eight to 12 weeks. Others may not see regrowth for 16 to 52 weeks. Studies indicate that 90 percent of users see results. After using the HairMax, cleaning merely requires using a damp cloth over the underside of the unit. The comb-like attachment is easily removed for more extensive cleansing if needed. The comb then simply snaps back onto the hairband.
Up to 20 percent of head hair exists in the resting or transition phase where hairs have reached maturity and will eventually shed to make way for new growth. The HairMax is designed to stimulate the follicle during these phases by improving blood flow, which delivers vital nutrients. In this way, follicles are equipped to produce healthier, thicker hairs. First-time users may notice more shedding after initial use. However, this is normal as weakened hairs are removed for replacement by healthier hairs. HairMax is recommended for Androgenetic Alopecia in men having class IIa or V on the Norwood Hamilton Classification scale. The device is recommended for women classified as having Ludwig I-4, II-1, II-2 or frontal hair loss. The hairband is also advisable for men or women having Fitzpatrick Skin Types I to IV.
- Convenient hands-free operation
- Appropriate for men and women
- Safe for all hair types, color-treated or permed hair
- Can be purchased alone or with a complete haircare bundle
- Comes with a five-month money back guarantee and a two-year manufacturer’s warranty
Theradome Hair Growth Helmet
The Theradome closely resembles a cycling helmet, weighs less than one pound and was created by former NASA scientist Tamim Hamid. Within the core of the unit are 80 cold laser diodes, which emit light at a wavelength of 678nm. An internal pressure point cage serves as a cushioning device in addition to alerting the sensors when the helmet is in place. A built-in speaker provides audio instruction and can be programmed for different languages. The helmet also features a counting system to keep track of the number of treatments applied. A USB cord connection enables you to upload firmware directly from the website.
Initial use requires charging the cordless helmet for two hours. The convenience of the helmet being cordless means there are no location restrictions. Wear the helmet to do any number of activities. A full charge provides five to seven treatments. Each session lasts 20 minutes before the helmet turns itself off. You must use the helmet twice weekly in order to achieve results. After putting on the helmet, you simply push the blister-power button on the rear of the device to activate the lasers. Visible results should appear in 26 to 52 weeks. You then use the Theradome once weekly for maintenance purposes.
NutraStim Laser Comb
The NutraStim Laser Comb was designed to treat androgenic alopecia. The comb is appropriate for women having hair loss according to the Ludwig-Saving Scale 1-4, II-1, 11-2 or frontal baldness. The device is also appropriate for men having IIa to V according to the Norwood Hamilton Classifications. The laser comb is additionally safe and effective for both genders having Fitzpatrick skin types I to IV. The device is one of few that comes equipped with advanced technology.
The NutraStim closely resembles a traditional hair brush in design. However, in place of bristles, there are 12 FDA-approved, low-level cool lasers. Each laser is covered with a conical, transparent cover, which is designed to separate the hair and allow the light to make contact with the scalp. The package comes complete with the Laser Hair Comb, the charging base, a universal AC adapter, an instruction manual and your warranty card.
Using the NutraStim Laser Comb is easy. Simply place the comb into the charging station. Insert the power cord into the charging station and plug the other end into a wall outlet. You can also plug the power cord directly into the comb and an outlet. Let the comb charge for the recommended length of time until fully charged. Each charge enables you to use the comb for up to 45 minutes of treatments before needing to be recharged.
Wash and dry your hair before using the laser comb. Once charged, simply press the power button once and comb through the front part of your hair and wait. The comb beeps every four seconds to alert you to move the device ½ inch further back onto the scalp. Continue the process until all areas have been treated. The entire process takes a mere eight minutes. After eight minutes, the laser comb turns itself to the off position. Treatments can be repeated up to three times a week. However, have patience, as noticeable results typically take up to 12 weeks.
Shampoo to stimulate your scalp
While you’re working with low level light therapy to regrow your hair, you can also use other products like this shampoo.
Nioxin System 1 Hair System Kit (Normal to Thin-Looking)
Men’s Fitness recommended this shampoo and conditioner as a way to slow down hair loss and speed up hair growth. Nioxin has several different formulations based on your hair texture.
They explain that their products unclog hair follicles and balance hair moisture. They contain antioxidants and vitamins to make your scalp and hair healthier and shinier. Plus, the shampoo and conditioner tingle and feel good because of the essential oils they contain.
While you wait for your hair growth device to arrive
Take time to relax. Too much stress can actually make your hair fall out faster. But don’t worry too much—the average human loses 50 hairs a day. Get a soothing head massage.
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