Laser light therapy is one of an increasing number of technologies being used to deal with male pattern baldness and general hair loss. This technology makes use of laser lights which penetrate scalp skin to reach hair follicles which it revitalizes much like sunlight stimulates plant cells for growth.
In this case, the result is reduced hair loss and increased hair growth, which most manufacturers promise within the first six months of use.
There are a few types of laser devices such as caps, helmets, combs, and headbands.
Caps and helmets provide full scalp coverage, therefore, presenting better options compared to combs and headbands. Laser caps are designed to be conveniently discrete and portable so you can run your errands as your hair follicles get their dose of laser treatment.
However, laser lights in caps are not as powerful as those in helmets. This makes helmets the best option for powerful full scalp treatment.
Here is a list of the top 5 laser helmets in the market and why you would choose one over the other.
The iGrow laser helmet is a product of Apira Science who were pioneers in the industry. Top on the list of strengths is that it makes use of a combination of two technologies. Most similar devices only use LLLT (low-level light therapy). This one adds on LED (light-emitting diode) which further enhances cellular rejuvenation for hair growth.
A favorite feature is its built-in headphones so you can listen to music as you treat your scalp. There is a plug that can be used to plug in an iPod or any other audio device.
It is designed with 5 pre-programmed sessions. All you have to do is place it on your head and select one of the sessions which lasts about 25 minutes.
According to the manufacturer, doing this every other day for six months has been proven to increase hair count by 35% in men.
- Combines LLLT and LED technology
- Inbuilt headphones
- Pre-programmed sessions
- FDA cleared
iRestore gives you two device options to choose from. The first and more superior one is the iRestore Professional helmet which has 282 lasers and LEDs for a total output of 1410mW.
The second is the iRestore Essential. It delivers less power and light energy with 51 lasers and LEDs which give a total output of 255mW.
Both have a ventilated pattern design which improves airflow, therefore, keeping your head cool and comfortable throughout the treatment session. Medical-grade foam pads included on the inside of the helmet lightly hug your head, making it impressively comfortable.
It also comes with a built-in LCD display which tells you how much time you have left before the end of a treatment session.
The manufacturer recommends the use of iRestore helmets for 25 minutes every other day for six months and assures users of visible results within the first three months.
- Two device options
- Foam pads for extra comfort
- Built-in LCD display
- FDA approved
The Theradome hair growth helmet is an all-American product manufactured in Silicon Valley in California. It boasts of international recognition, having bagged the Laser Hair Restoration Treatment of the year award in 2018.
There are two models available, the first and more superior one being the Theradome PRO LH80 which has 80 red light lasers. The Theradome EVO LH40 has 40 light lasers.
What difference does the number of laser lights make? Well, it provides the same treatment only that fewer laser lights call for more frequent treatments in order to achieve the same results. The manufacturer recommends 2 treatments per week for the PRO and 4 for the EVO. Both lasting twenty minutes each.
Both models are cordless rechargeable devices that give you the freedom to move about the house with it on. Long-life batteries allow for 8 treatments on a single charge.
- Powerful laser lights
- FDA cleared
- Cordless and rechargeable
- Only one size
The Lescolton helmet, powered by Elos Me, combines both laser and LED technology. 26 lasers with a wavelength of 650 nm work with 30 built-in LEDs.
There are 4 working modes to choose from which can be easily selected using an attached remote control which is also what is used to switch the device on and off. Mode 1 is suitable for severe hair loss, mode 2 for severe hair loss in the middle of the head, and mode 3 for male pattern baldness. The 4th mode is best for hair loss prevention and root reinforcement.
It also includes a small screen used to display time for each treatment session.
Intelligent sensor lamps on either side of the helmet ensure it only comes on when it is on your head. Strategically placed silicone pads make the helmet comfortable throughout the 25-minute session.
- 4 working modes with remote control
- Automatic shut-off after the session
- Built-in safety sensors
- May cause a rash or itchy scalp
This hair growth device has a futuristic look to it thanks to plastic, matte sides, and a glass-like top which allows you to see when the lasers are on. The standard model has 36 lasers although iHelmet has other models with up to 200 laser diodes.
Elastic clips in two different sizes are included to ensure all users can achieve a snug and comfortable fit.
A power button at the back of the helmet lets you turn on the device which activates the voice assistant to guide you through. However, the lasers don’t come on until the helmet is on your head. Once the treatment session begins, it has an in-built timer that turns it off after the 30-minute treatment. In the event that you take it off before the end of a session, it automatically shuts off after 3 minutes.
It comes with a USB charging cable which is attached to a USB port at the back for charging. The manufacturer also includes a convenient carry bag.
- 2 sizes of elastic clips
- USB charging
- Lasers won’t come on if it is not on the user’s head
- Automatic turn off after 3 minutes
- Comparatively few laser diodes
If you are looking for full scalp coverage with powerful laser light, a helmet is the way to go. All products in the market have their individual strengths so you only need to establish which one best suits your individual needs.
The key feature to look out for is the strength of laser lights and not necessarily the number of lights included, as this determines the rate of hair regrowth.