A new gadget could be the solution to hair-loss pain
While the most recent research shows that hair loss affects an estimated 8 million women in the UK, and more than half of all men suffer significant hair loss by the age of 50, there’s no need to despair if you find your hair is thinning, according to top trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver, former President of the Trichological Society and founder of her own clinic The Cotswold Trichology Centre Tarver. Her advice? Get high tech: “laser therapy is an effective method of treating hair loss by stimulating hair growth,” she advises.
If you’re opting to treat your hair at home, the Theradome™ LH80 Pro Laser Helmet is said to be the only wearable clinical-strength laser treatment for the scalp for home use, so may be a good option to stimulate growth and maintain healthy hair. Here, Tarver gives us the science on laser phototherapy for the scalp and explains who will benefit most from trialling this strange-looking treatment.
THE LOWDOWNLaser phototherapy stimulates microcirculation and oxygen, sending nutrients to the hair follicle. Developed by a former NASA Biomedical engineer, Tamim Hamid, who himself suffered from thinning hair, this Laser Helmet is similar to a clinical laser therapy machine but is totally portable. The helmet has 80 custom made phototherapy lasers to flood the scalp with light at a specific wavelength and power to increase blood circulation, nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicle. The cool lasers penetrate the hair follicle to repair the damaged tissue that can lead to hair loss, reawakening dormant hair follicles, strengthening existing follicles and promoting healthy hair growth. It will also boost the cell’s metabolism and reduce the effects of protein-blocking enzymes.
TREATMENT TIMEIt is recommended that the helmet is worn for 20 minutes, twice a week over an eight month period. After four months of use you should notice a considerable change, without switching lifestyle, food or exercise habits.
TRY IT IF…Female hair loss is particularly emotionally distressing and often harder to treat than male pattern baldness, especially as pregnancy can cause significant changes in female hair. Post-natal hair shedding is a normal part of having a baby and most women make a full recovery within 12 months. However, for some women their hair becomes increasingly thin over time - worse with each pregnancy. It is normal to lose some hair after having a baby, post partum hair loss usually begins around two months after birth (or after cessation of breast feeding) and continues for two to three months. Often it will grow back without needing any treatment, but for some women it is never the same again. As a trichologist I find myself increasingly offering Laser Phototherapy as a treatment to aid recovery of post-natal hair loss in cases where it doesn’t rectify itself.
THE RESULTS Dedicated users can result in cleaner, thicker and more manageable hair that is less oily. Hair shafts are larger and there is less fallout in the shower and on pillows. The scalp will also be healthier, less itchy and less inflamed. After 100 weeks of treatment, hair should also be fuller and thicker.
Sally-Ann Tarver - The Cotswold Trichology Centre Tarver