What is laser cap therapy?
The technique of laser cap therapy falls into a very legitimate medical class deemed low-level light therapy. First approved by the FDA in 2007 as a treatment for hair loss, the technique has picked up a number of different names, including red light therapy, biostimulation, photobiostimulation, cold laser, and soft laser therapy.
How does laser cap therapy work?
The gist of their design is that for several minutes a few times per week, the cap is placed on your head to allow red lights of a specific frequency to make contact with your scalp. While their mechanism of effect is still not fully understood, the hypothesis is that these lights penetrate your skin in the hopes of coaxing your hair follicles out of the rest phase and into the growth phase. It’s also proposed that the therapy can help keep hair in the anagen (growing) phase longer.
Does laser cap therapy work for everyone?
Something to consider is that this stimulation doesn’t ensure your hair follicle actually has all of the nutrients and materials it needs to build strong, thick hair once it gets the green light. In other words, getting the factory going is one thing; actually having the materials needed to make the goods is another.
Plus, there’s no research exploring how much internal stress signals can interfere with this attempt to flip “on” the growth switch. To date, no studies on the effects of laser cap therapy for telogen effluvium, aka stress-related hair loss, have been conducted. So while low-level light therapy has been used as a technique to reduce inflammation and promote wound healing, this doesn’t necessarily mean these devices can cancel out the hair growth obstacles of a hormonal imbalance, nutrient depletions, or high levels of stress hormones.
purchasing laser cap therapy devices from a physician’s office or certified medical facility. This is the best way to ensure the device you’re using is both safe and effective, and gives you access to a medical professional to talk through your options with.
The price tag for a quality device isn’t cheap. Low laser cap therapy users can expect to spend around $60 and up per session at medical facilities, while the cost of purchasing a laser cap for home use range from the hundreds to thousands, with recommended courses of use starting at 6-12 months.