The cure for baldness? Makers of space-age laser helmet claim it will help restore your crowning glory
- iGrow Hair Growth System costs £665
- Claims to ‘re-energise’ cells in hair follicles
- Takes nine months to work but results can reportedly be seen in 6 weeks
The battle against baldness has a space-age new weapon, in the form of a high-tech helmet that promises to help grow your hair back with the aid of lasers. The iGrow Hair Growth System uses low-level laser therapy (LLLT) – 51 low-level red laser and LED lights, which the makers say will help to ‘re-energise’ and strengthen cells in the hair follicles.
Space age technology: The iGrow Hair Growth System uses low-level laser therapy (LLLT) and promises to give you a new head of hair in nine months The helmet promises to deliver significant hair re-growth for people suffering from thinning hair and hereditary baldness, as well as other related hair loss conditions. It should be worn for 25 minutes and even comes with headphones and a built-in Ipod and MP3 interface to help you pass the time. The average person using iGrow will apparently first start to see less hair loss after six to eight weeks and the full effect after nine months. The iGrow claims to have no side effects, but a fresh head of hair doesn’t come cheap – the iGrow is priced at £665. This does, however, seem more reasonable than a full hair transplant, which can cost between £4,000 – £30,000.
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Speaking about the futuristic device, Dr Thomy Kouremada-Zioga, hair transplant surgeon at The Private Clinic of Harley Street, said: ‘Low level laser therapy (LLLT) is a safe form of light treatment which has long been explored as a potential resolution to genetic forms of hair loss common in men and women, like androgenetic alopecia or pattern balding.
‘It is intended for men and women with thinning hair or pattern baldness caused by a hereditary condition, and not by any other form of hair loss.
Hair today: The average person will apparently start to see a slowing of hair loss after six to eight weeks and some re-growth after nine months ‘This technology is not particularly new; it is something that has been around for many years in different forms. For example, for many years now I have recommended certain patients (both men and women) use a laser comb, which is a very similar device to the IGrow Hair Growth System. ‘A laser comb like this also works with LLLT technology, but is a much smaller device. From the patients I have seen who have gone on to use the system, I can see that it can offer some positive effects when used in conjunction with a product which stimulates hair growth like Regaine. ‘However, it is very unlikely that a patient who is losing their hair will see any form of major restoration by using the device. It may cause some of the thin hair on the patient’s head to look slightly thicker and healthier, but the patient is unlikely to see any form of actual re-growth. ‘Before investing in a system like this, it is important that the man or woman understands exactly what is causing their hair loss; something which a hair loss specialist will be able to determine.
‘Investing in a device like this may offer no long-term solution at all to the patient and it should not be viewed as a viable long-term hair restoration method.’