Laser hair caps might be a relatively new concept to most people, but the technology behind these amazing devices has been around for decades. This makes it one of the most effective options for regrowing hair and reversing balding.
Understanding Low Level Laser Therapy
In order to understand what a laser hair cap is, we must first begin by explaining what low level laser therapy (LLLT) is. After all, it’s the LLLT technology that gives laser hair caps their ability to work, what some would say, is nothing short of magic.
“LLLT involves exposing cells or tissue to low levels of red and near infrared (NIR) light, and is referred to as ‘low level’ because of its use of light at energy densities that are low compared to other forms of laser therapy that are used for ablation, cutting, and thermally coagulating tissue,” esearchers explain. “LLLT is also known as ‘cold laser’ therapy as the power densities used are lower than those needed to produce heating of tissue.”
The process of cold lasers penetrating the scalp and being absorbed by cells is called photobiomodulation. It’s long been used for healing wounds and relieving pain, but over the past couple of decades has become a go-to solution for hair loss.
Laser therapy works by stimulating dormant hair follicles to re-enter the anagen phase of the hair growth cycle. This allows follicles that were previously not growing hair to jump back into action. The lasers increase circulation and blood flow, which allows for the efficient transportation of essential nutrients and oxygen back to the scalp. And while it can take several months for hairs to poke through and provide noticeable results, it’s highly effective.
“To put this technology in perspective, think of photosynthesis and the life of a plant,” suggests Kiierr, one of the leading laser cap companies on the market. “A plant needs healthy soil, proper nutrients, and sunlight to grow. Similarly, your hair needs a healthy scalp and proper nutrients to grow.”
When laser light is absorbed through the skin and blood flow increases, the scalp suddenly receives everything it needs to thrive. In this sense, LLLT acts as a rejuvenating force. It’s less about sprinkling on some fertilizer (which is basically what popular hair loss drugs do) and more about providing the “sunshine” that hair needs to grow. It’s a natural and effective approach.
LLLT Laser Cap Technology
Okay, now that we understand what LLLT is, let’s dig into laser caps. A laser cap is basically the device that administers laser therapy to the scalp. It’s the easiest, simplest, and most convenient solution.
Laser hair caps come in a couple of different styles: helmets and hats. The helmet style is decidedly less popular, simply because it looks awkward and out of place. (Who wants to wear a helmet around?) This cap style, provided by companies like Kiierr, looks more like a traditional baseball cap.
Regardless of the style, laser caps have an interior lining that basically amounts to a web of LED lights. When activated, these lights provide the laser therapy you desire.
Most laser caps require you to perform 30-minute treatments every other day. You simply put the cap on and it works (painlessly). With a cordless version, you can perform your treatment while doing almost anything (mowing the grass, watching TV, working at your desk, preparing dinner, etc.).
As previously mentioned, laser therapy doesn’t provide immediate results. Just like grass takes time to grow, so does hair. Generally, you’ll start to see some results within three or four months. However, it’ll take as long as seven months for most people to notice a visible improvement. And the longer you use the laser cap, the better your results.
The best thing about LLLT is that you can use it in conjunction with other treatments, including minoxidil, finasteride, hair serums, and DHT blocking shampoos and conditioners.
Putting it All Together
There are tons of different hair loss solutions on the market that promise to restore your scalp. However, many of them have adverse side effects and/or inherent risks. Low level laser therapy, administered through a cost-effective laser hair cap, is one of the safest and most effective options.
Make an investment today, and you’ll reap the rewards of a healthy, thick head of hair for years to come!
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