Before you take the plunge – and dip into your wallet or pocketbook – here are some things to keep in mind before you buy a laser comb or system:
1. IS IT A CAP OR A COMB?
The type of device you choose comes down to laser combs and laser cap. Combs are less expensive, but require manual use. Helmets fit on your head before they’re switched on to begin the treatment. But, yes, they are more expensive.
That said, you must decide between the convenience of use (helmets) vs. a price that best fits your budget. Also, a typical laser comb session doesn’t take as long as a session under a helmet, although not in every case.
2. YOUR HAIR LOSS
What is the severity of your hair loss? If you have bald spots that are smooth and shiny – which means there aren’t any dormant hair follicles in those areas – then low-level light therapy isn’t for you. LLLT cannot reverse balding.
3. MOST LLLT DEVICES ARE FDA CLEARED
We’ll mention “FDA-cleared” often in this post. It means that the FDA gives its clearance for safety, but not approval for proven results. Minoxidil and Propecia are the only two FDA-approved hair loss treatments.
4. MOST HAVE MINIMAL SIDE EFFECTS
Another good reason for giving low-level laser treatments a try is that they’re very safe – hence the FDA “clearance” for many of them. Users report very few laser comb side effects, if any, and most are very minor, such as an itchy scalp or mild irritation. Despite some claims, LLLT therapy does not burn your scalp. Besides, many LLLT devices come with automatic shut-offs when your session has finished.