If you’re looking for a way to fight hair loss and encourage new hair growth, low level laser therapy (LLLT) is one of the best options. And there’s no more convenient method than using a laser cap in your own home.
What is a Laser Cap?
Laser-based hair growth devices have been around for a while. And though they were once reserved for clinical settings, changes over the years have led to FDA approval for home use. You’ll find laser helmets, laser combs, and even laser headbands. But the most common option is the laser cap.
Laser caps rely on LLLT technology, which features low-strength lasers that emit scalp-penetrating photons that target hair follicles. This painless process energizes dormant follicles by increasing circulation and promoting hair growth. It also leads to better nutrient transport to the follicle, which encourages healthier hair production.
While there are a number of hair growth solutions and procedures on the market, many doctors are becoming increasingly fond of recommending laser caps for patients. In addition to being highly effective, it’s arguably the safest and most painless option available.
“For patients experiencing the earlier stages of hair thinning and loss, laser caps can be effective in treating and slowing this loss,” hair restoration specialist Javad Sajan, MD explains. “No treatment can completely stop hair loss, especially when due to genetics. However, laser caps and other non-surgical hair restoration methods can slow the progression of hair loss when used consistently.”
While it won’t produce results as quickly as a hair restoration procedure, it’s far safer, causes no pain or discomfort, and doesn’t carry any of the risk that exists when going under the knife. It’s a practical option for almost anyone.
5 Factors to Consider When Choosing a Laser Cap
Because of the efficacy of laser caps for hair loss, plenty of different products exist on the market. You’ll see Kiierr vs. Illumiflow commonly compared as two of the best options (with Kiierr usually getting a slight nod in terms of results). On top of that, there are at least half a dozen other second-tier options below these.
With so many laser cap options, how do you know which one to pick? Here are a few factors we recommend evaluating in the search and comparison process:
The best way to know if a laser cap is effective is by looking at the results of current and past customers who’ve used it for the recommended length of time. Do people show signs of hair growth, or is it hard to notice the difference?
While it’s difficult for most laser cap systems to make specific promises, many will publish case studies, average statistics, and before and after pictures to help customers see results. Study these and look for the brands that seem to produce the best results across the board.
- Time Requirement
How much time does it take to begin seeing results? Any laser cap company that tells you you’ll see results in just days or weeks is being misleading. It requires months of treatment. The question is, how often do you have to use the laser cap?
The best laser cap systems only require 30 minutes of treatment every other day. If you come across a cap that requires more frequent use, consider whether that’s something you actually have time for. (While using a laser cap is definitely convenient, it’s not something you want to do all the time.)
If we’re being honest, there are a lot of laser caps out there that are ugly. (So ugly that you wouldn’t even want your spouse to see you in it.) But then there are other laser cap systems that can actually be inserted into any ballcap you already own. Most people find the latter option more attractive (for obvious reasons).
What sort of promises or guarantees does the laser cap come with? Any company worth their salt will stand behind their claims with a money-back promise. However, every company’s terms are different. Read the fine print and make sure you’re clear on what they’re saying.
Laser cap prices run the gamut. You can find options from $500 to $2,000 or more. Figure out how much you’re willing to spend and contrast this with the price you’d pay for riskier options like medication or hair loss surgery.
Give LLLT a Shot
When it comes to halting excessive hair loss and regrowing thinning hair, there are plenty of unique approaches. But when it comes to the most effective options, you won’t find many better than low level laser therapy. And with the right laser cap, you may experience significant transformation in as little as a few months.