When it comes to premature hair loss, there are several different options you can try. Unfortunately, many of them come with unintended consequences and side effects. But if you’re looking for a safe, painless, and cost-effective option, laser therapy might be right for you.
What is a Laser Cap?
There are many laser-based devices on the market that are designed to slow hair loss and promote hair regrowth. They can be purchased in a number of forms, including helmets, caps, combs, headbands, and hats. The most popular options are laser caps, which rely on a technology known as low level laser therapy (LLLT) to stimulate the scalp and regenerate dormant hair follicles.
Laser caps consist of a “web” of laser diodes that are woven together and placed inside of a traditional ballcap. Most laser caps inserts can even be removed and placed in the user’s own personal hat for increased comfort and personal style.
How Does LLLT Work?
LLLT is commonly referred to as cold laser therapy, laser therapy, or photobiomodulation. It uses low intensity LED lights to stimulate the scalp without the need for heat or other invasive elements.
According to laser cap company Kiierr, “The scientific concept for LLLT is that light emitted from the laser stimulates the growth of hair and reduces hair loss. It is claimed that the application of low-power lasers stimulates and enhances cell function. This process, called photobiomodulation, occurs when laser light is absorbed by cells and stimulates their metabolism and protein synthesis.”
With LLLT, all light energy falls into a specific wavelength threshold to stimulate skin tissue without causing damage. As the light penetrates the scalp, it stimulates follicles that are currently resting in the telogen phase back into the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle.
Laser caps are attractive to individuals for a number of reasons. For starters, they can be used from the comfort of your own home. (Wear it while you cook, watch TV, mow the lawn, etc.) Secondly, unlike surgical procedures or certain medications, it’s non-invasive and non-chemical. Finally, it’s pain-free and cost-effective.
What Results Can You Expect With a Laser Cap?
You’re not going to experience immense growth overnight – it takes time and consistency.
Most laser cap manufacturers suggest wearing the cap for 30 minutes daily, every other day. This should be done for at least four to seven months before results can be expected. However, by the seven-month mark, regular users almost always see some progress. Continued use produces even better results.
While LLLT is completely safe and entirely effective, it may not be for everyone. Some people would rather pop a pill or use a topical product like a DHT-blocking shampoo. In these cases, it’s simply a matter of preference.
What Are the Risks of Using a Laser Cap?
There really aren’t any known risks of using a laser cap for hair loss treatment. Depending on your specific needs, preferences, and situational factors, there may be some drawbacks, however.
For example, many people aren’t interested in having to remember a daily treatment. Other people find that it may interact with certain medications and cause skin sensitivity on the applied area. But other than that, there aren’t many risks. The technology is FDA-approved and deemed to be safe for almost anyone.
Give LLLT a Try
If you’re experiencing hair loss and find yourself on the fence about which option to choose, we’d highly encourage you to look into low level laser therapy. In fact, the sooner you start treatment, the more effective it can be.
While LLLT treatments aren’t guaranteed to stop hair loss or promote regrowth, it’s one of the safest and most effective options on the market. If nothing else, it’ll slow down the progression of hair loss and give you time to figure out the best way forward.