Hey Hair Loss Queen!
I know your google search history. And I KNOW that 'cures for hair loss' is in the top 10. And there's a lot of information out there when it comes to 'cures'. So we're doing a deep dive. Let's start with Laser Cap Therapy.
What is Laser Cap Therapy?
Laser cap therapy also known as red light therapy, is essentially a helmet which, when wearing, uses low-level lasers to stimulate hair growth on the scalp.
The laser cap emits light at a specific wavelength, usually around 650-670 nanometers. This red light penetrates the outer layer of skin, reaching the hair follicles beneath. The theory is that the light photons boost the energy production in cells, rejuvenating dormant hair follicles and promoting the hair growth phase (anagen phase).
Most manufacturers and professionals recommend using the laser cap for about 20-30 minutes, multiple times a week. Consistency is crucial; sporadic treatments might not yield the desired results.
Does Laser Cap Therapy Work to Grow Your Hair Back?
Like most treatments for hair loss, the answer is yes and no.
There have been quite a few studies on laser cap therapy. One study found that using laser caps helped to push hair into the anagen phase aka the growth phase. Another study published in 2016 found that laser cap therapy was no more effective in promoting hair growth than placebo or control groups.
If you're considering using laser cap therapy, there's no guarantee it will work for you. There's still so many unknowns about hair loss and what causes it and until we have more answers there, finding a 100% effective treatment will be difficult. Depending on your unique genetics and situation laser cap may or may not be effective for you.
Is Laser Cap Therapy Safe?
Yes, overall laser cap therapy is considered safe. Most people won't experience any side effects from using a laser cap. However, there are some things to consider...
The price of laser cap therapy can vary a lot. You can find some on places like Amazon for less than $300, but most run at about $1,500-$3,500 Aussie dollars ($1,000-$2,300 US dollars). They're definitely not a cheap option, especially for something which isn't guaranteed to work.... (that's why we much prefer toppers and wigs 😉).
Laser Cap Therapy was a BIG part of Kim's search for a solution. She spent a whole year using a laser cap 30 minutes per day, 3 days per week. When I say she was committed to this solution, I mean it. She took her cap with her EVERYWHERE. Holidays, sleepovers, EVERYWHERE! After a year of using this cap religiously, her hair loss was the same... and it had continued to shed. Plus, she ended the year $3,500 poorer. Her mum (who also has androgenic alopecia) still uses her laser cap today. Not because it's helping to grow her hair back, but because she finds it keeps the hair she does have stronger.
Have you tried laser cap therapy for hair growth? We'd love to hear about your experience. Let us know what you thought in the comments ⬇️