Everyone loses about 100 hairs per day. Scary, right?
Then a time comes when they stop growing back and bald patches start to appear on your head. This can be hereditary or it can occur due to aging, hormonal changes, malnutrition, stress, certain medical conditions, or even medication.
Currently, the FDA has approved three kinds of hair loss treatment i.e. hair transplant, medications like finasteride or minoxidil, and laser therapy.
You might be wondering “How is it that lasers that can remove hairs, can grow them as well?”, right? Well, lasers can serve different purposes through different technologies.
In the case of hair growth treatments, cold laser therapy has emerged as a commercially prevalent form of treatment.
- 1 How does Laser Therapy Work?
- 2 Top Laser Hair Growth Devices
- 2.1 Electric Hair Regrowth Comb by Vinmax
- 2.2 illumiflow FDA Cleared Laser Cap, 272 Laser Diodes
- 2.3 iRestore Essential, ID-500
- 2.4 64 Diode Hair Growth Helmet by TX Queen
- 2.5 CapillusPro Mobile Laser Therapy Cap
- 2.6 iHelmet The Only Cap with a Smart App
- 2.7 illumiflow FDA Cleared Laser Cap, 148 Laser Diodes
- 2.8 Capillus82 Mobile Laser Therapy Cap for Hair Regrowth
- 2.9 HairMax Ultima 12 Classic LaserComb
- 2.10 HairMax LaserBand 82
- 2.11 Theradome PRO LH80 (FDA Approved)
- 2.12 Betua’s Lightweight LLLT Helmet
- 2.13 NutraStim Professional Hair Growth Laser Comb
- 2.14 RegrowMD Laser Cap 272
- 2.15 3-IN-1 Phototherapy Scalp Massager Comb for Hair Growth
- 3 Conclusion
How does Laser Therapy Work?
Theoretically speaking, a low dosage of lasers can revitalize blood circulation to a balding area and stimulate the revival of hair follicles that can grow into the hair.
These follicles aren’t dead, but they are taking a 100-day nap and some of them may die, unless they are revived from this telogen phase.
In practice, the process involves a precise incidence of low-level or cold lasers, onto the bald skin. Over a period of 15-20 weeks, multiple sessions of laser therapy can make weak cells receptive to the incoming photons and this absorption of photons encourages hair growth.
Today, various clinical studies of 2013-14, and a staggering majority of dermatologists have conceded that laser-based clinical therapy for hair growth can yield positive results for a significant number of patients. Moreover, it can be a tolerable and safe procedure that does not require invasive techniques like hair transplant surgery.
At-home laser devices appear to be the easiest way to get our hair to grow back. But there is an incredible variety of devices, all with their technicalities and characteristics, often incomprehensible.
So, to help you make the best decision, you can check the list below of what I consider the best (and most affordable) options in the market.
Top Laser Hair Growth Devices
Electric Hair Regrowth Comb by Vinmax
Think of it as a portable electric comb with twin laser emitters that have a therapeutic wavelength of 650 nm.
These lasers stimulate the atrophic cells out of inactivity, balancing their bio-energy and metabolism. As a result, the scalp becomes more receptive to nutrients and restores the hair follicles.
Thereafter, these follicles grow into luscious hair that tends to grow healthier and thicker than before -not only does our hair grow, we may get that dreamy mane!
The comb head is detachable and it can be cleaned easily.
Furthermore, It has a soft elastic broach that prevents any scratches or discomfort to the scalp and improves the blood circulation by massaging the scalp.
illumiflow FDA Cleared Laser Cap, 272 Laser Diodes
Imagine a daily incidence of 272 lasers of 650nm wavelength on your head. Even if it is a 6-minute bombardment of red light, customers may fear for their health.
In the case of the illuminiflow laser cap, you can wear it without any worries, because it has been cleared by the FDA as a safe over the counter (OTC) product. In fact, if you wear it for 6 minutes on a daily basis for the next 6 months, you will see significant improvement in your hairlines, hair growth, and hair density!
The cap treats you for no more than 20,000 sessions and it is fitted with an advanced cooling technology that assists in laser therapy and also prevents any damage to the diodes.
iRestore Essential, ID-500
Not quite in the same league as the professional iRestore model, this laser helmet has emerged as a consumer favorite because it provides all the essential qualities of the professional model at a much lower price.
Equipped with 51 medical-grade lasers and a pleasing design called “bio-light comfort”, the ID-500 has been cleared by the FDA as a medical device that can treat receding hairline, hair loss, alopecia, thinning of hair, and balding.
According to clinical studies and consumer feedback of male and female users, regular use of the ID-500 has resulted in the restoration of hair growth in a period of 16 weeks, helping many women users improve their hair count by 43.23%. I would say, that’s pretty fair.
64 Diode Hair Growth Helmet by TX Queen
This LLLT therapy cap is a newcomer in the market, but the main reason I am mentioning it in this list, is the fact that its pricing is comparable to laser combs and hairbands.
Yes, this one is the cheapest LLLT helmet in the market and it has a very impressive configuration.
First, it is adjustable to work with wet hair. Second, the lasers emit 650nm wavelengths i.e. medical-grade wavelengths. Third, it comes with protective goggles for the eyes.
Just don’t forget to charge it with USB power source and keep that hair growing at a low price!
CapillusPro Mobile Laser Therapy Cap
Call it the state of the art, top shelf, best performing superstar of laser-based hair growth devices.
Priced at nearly 4 times its competitors, the CapillusUltra Mobile Laser Therapy Cap has no LEDS and it comes with 272 high-grade laser diodes of 5mW each.
As far as results are concerned, it is the only product in its category that claims to have a 95% success rate, including customers who had a hereditary problem of hair loss. Impressive, right?
The CapillusUltra cap also assures the user of a 51% increase in hair count along with a reversal of the process of hair loss, in merely 17 weeks, as long as the user wears it for 6 minutes every day.
iHelmet The Only Cap with a Smart App
Amongst all FDA approved medical grade laser helmets, the iHelmet is the only Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) and it comes with a smart app and Bluetooth connectivity.
It has 88 laser diodes wherein you can modulate their intensity for 7 distinct areas on your scalp.
Moreover, this helmet comes with a complimentary lithium battery and energy adapting to the ergonomic design.
It claims to treat alopecia as well as hair loss aftereffects of chemotherapy.
illumiflow FDA Cleared Laser Cap, 148 Laser Diodes
All illumiflow laser caps are cheaper variants of the market leader Capillus.
If you do not mind an imitation, then with this you’ll get the best one. The 148 laser LLLT cap qualifies as a Class II Medical device by the FDA.
While higher configuration caps ask for 6-10 minute usage, this cap can be worn for 20 to 30 minutes, every other day and the 650nm lasers will yield significant results in 4 to 6 months.
This cap also comes with a rechargeable battery pack and a USB charger.
Capillus82 Mobile Laser Therapy Cap for Hair Regrowth
IF you want to go for the foremost brand but the most affordable product, the Capillus82 fits your requirement. Like its expensive twin, it also suggests a daily session of 6 minutes.
Unlike the CapillusPro, it has less than half the number of lasers i.e 82 lasers with 650nm wavelength and not the highly-dense configuration of 272.
If you are patient and follow the routine consistently, a few more months with the Capillus82 can give you similar results to the 18-week outcomes of a CapillusPro.
HairMax Ultima 12 Classic LaserComb
If you find all LLLT therapy caps to be expensive and way beyond your budget, then you might want to try laser combs.
In this segment, the performance and value of the Ultima 12 LaserComb are unmatched!
It is the most popular product of HairMax. Equipped with 9 medical-grade laser emitters, this comb also doubles up as an everyday grooming tool.
The company literature suggests that you brush your hair with this comb for 11 minutes on a daily basis.
The HairMax Ultima is a rechargeable and cordless comb and you can carry it anywhere with you. If you find this to be expensive too, you can opt for the nine lasers configuration.
HairMax LaserBand 82
Perhaps you suffered hair loss due to poor grooming and your hands haven’t touched combs because you are too busy working on keyboards.
In such a case, an affordable spot treatment can only be achieved with an LLLT hairband.
Naturally, the HairMax LaserBand emerges as a definite choice. It comes in two configurations of 41 and 82 lasers. Rest assured that each laser is of medical grade and it has no LEDs.
HairMax recommends using the device for at least 90 seconds each time for three treatments a week.
It’s lightweight and has a rechargeable battery, so you have freedom of movement. Plus, it’s been proven to work effectively in peer-reviewed clinical studies.
This product is accredited by 14 international licenses, 7 clinical studies, and 8FDA clearances and it has already sold over 12 million devices around the world.
3 minutes of therapy, 3 times a week and they can add up to regrowth of hair and prevention of hair loss in 6 months.
Theradome PRO LH80 (FDA Approved)
The PRO LH80 is an award-winning LLLT helmet. Made from medical grade materials and medical-grade lasers, this helmet comes with a full refund guarantee of 180 days and it is recommended by the foremost hair restoration professionals like Bosleys and Hair Club.
In fact, Hair Club claims that the Theradome has achieved 98% success with its patients.
If you go by consumer reviews, there isn’t a single complaint against the PRO LH80, with regards to poor fitting or poor coverage of the head. In fact, this is the only helmet that covers the entire head of every skull type.
Its lasers are not 670nm, but they have a wavelength of 678 nm, emitted by 80 laser diodes. Clinical tests state that a bi-weekly 20-minute treatment by this helmet can yield positive results within 18-26 weeks.
Betua’s Lightweight LLLT Helmet
Its only claim to being considered a unique product is the fact that it is made of lightweight material, making it an affordable helmet that is suitable for elderly people or those with neck problems.
Since this product provides a 180-day money-back guarantee and it is approved for sale in the USA, it could be worth a try!
NutraStim Professional Hair Growth Laser Comb
Amidst cordless laser combs, the NutraStim has the highest laser count of 12. It is approved by the FDA and clinically tested to tackle balding and hair thinning while aiding in hair follicle stimulation and hair growth.
It also comes with a universal adapter and an easy instruction manual.
RegrowMD Laser Cap 272
The RegrowMD is an FDA approved LLLT cap that claims an astonishing 93% success rate amongst its consumers and clinical subjects.
It is equipped with 272 medical-grade lasers and a Biolight design. It is also approved by doctors for 30-minute sessions, every alternate day.
3-IN-1 Phototherapy Scalp Massager Comb for Hair Growth
Hair combs and hairbands do not have the high power laser diodes that can stimulate blood circulation. Hence, you may need a separate scalp massager and vibrator, unless you buy the 3-IN-1 Phototherapy Scalp Massager Comb for Hair Growth.
Having 3 tools in one, it is a compact, lightweight, and very convenient device.
You could almost compare it to being like a multipurpose swiss knife, amidst all LLLT devices.
The laser comb stimulates follicles, the hair loss extension reactivates atrophic scalp cells and the silent electric massager helps improve the blood circulation.
Furthermore, the vibrations are ultrasonic and they can add to the effectiveness of the lasers.
This 3-in-1 comb can be recharged quickly and it does not have a dangling cable that may obstruct your grooming process.
The low-level laser therapy results are astonishingly positive, and below you have an option for each type of head and problem. With this list I intend to show you which are the best options that are really going to improve the growth of your hair, but it is prudent to seek consultation from doctors first of all, or trying a beginner level product before going for a high-end medical device.