No Mad Max here I’m afraid, in case the title had you wondering if I’d be musing over Mel Gibson’s beauty secrets! But, I do have part one of a review on a laser hair loss treatment device called Theradome LH80 PRO.

If you’re a regular visitor to Zodleblog, you’ll be familiar with my eternal struggle to establish luscious locks, given my very fine and sparse head of hair. I’ve tried a gazillion shampoos, conditioners, scalp treatments and vitamin supplements, but nothing has quite hit the mark in terms of increasing the volume of hair on my head, it’s density or, the fact that it goes into shedding mode at alarmingly regular intervals :-0  So, when I came across an article on the state-of-the-art Theradome™ and it’s claims to “deliver low level laser therapy directly to the scalp and hair follicles to stimulate cell activity and promote blood flow”, which in turn “results in the promotion of hair growth”, I wasted no time in contacting them!

Hair loss facts…

I’ve mused over some of the causes of hair loss in a previous blog spot here, but it is estimated that one in four women suffer with hair loss and, over half of men suffer significant hair thinning before the age of 50. Hair loss can be a source of great distress for both men and women, and although there are a number of choices to manage male hair loss (sometimes with the risk of side effects); for women there are less viable options to choose from. Before commencing any type of hair loss treatment, it’s crucial to establish why the hair loss is occurring, as some forms will not benefit from laser hair loss treatment therapy.

Theradome™ and laser hair loss therapy facts…

Historically, laser hair loss therapy has only been accessible to those who had the cash available to pay for expensive clinical treatments and the time to visit a clinic twice a week. Theradome™ claims to “bring the power and efficacy of clinical treatment right into the home of the user and a one time purchase means that the cost of treating hair loss is kept under control”. It’s important to understand that laser hair loss therapy is not a cure for hair loss and needs to be maintained on a regular basis in order to retain any positive effects that may result from it.

According to their website, the Theradome™ LH80 PRO is the first over the counter, wearable, home use laser hair loss therapy device to be cleared by the FDA for women. The helmet has been designed to cover a large scalp area and treat all regions affected by androgenetic alopecia. Great, perhaps I can reduce the size of my very large forehead, as the helmet covers almost all of it; although I’d rather not end up looking like teenwolf :-0  Apparently, “the proprietary laser diodes flood the scalp with coherent light at a wavelength optimally tuned to penetrate to the depth of the hair follicle”. Theradome 2Technically similar in wavelength, power and number of lasers to a clinical machine, this lightweight 80 diode laser helmet is simple to use in the comfort of your own home. Theradome™ claim that the only difference between their device and a clinical machine, is a lower price and greater convenience.

The use of laser phototherapy (LPT) as a hair loss treatment was actually discovered as a side effect of laser hair removal. Some patients experienced hair growth in the surrounding treatment area due to low energy light being reflected off the treatment region. This is known as paradoxical hypertrichosis. There are numerous online articles about the positive effects of cold LPT and, studies have shown that it has a therapeutic effect on targeted human cells positively altering metabolism and increasing (technical bit):

  • Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production
  • Protein synthesis that boosts cell replication and migration
  • Growth factors and inflammatory mediators
  • Tissue oxygenation
  • Nitric oxide (NO) release, which augments vasodilation

Apparently, these properties are highly beneficial in the treatment of hair loss and overall scalp health and, by treating the scalp with LPT many hair loss suffers experience:

  • New hair growth
  • Reduction in hair loss
  • Increased hair diameter
  • An improvement in overall hair quality

LPT is also said to have benefits to patients who have undergone hair transplant surgery, as it reduces inflammation and increases the healing speed of damaged tissues.

Theradome™ features…

The Theradome™ device or helmet feature_helmethas been designed to be a convenient, consumer friendly answer to hair loss treatment. The rechargeable battery allows at least 6 treatments between charges and Theradome™ will tell you when it needs to be recharged.

Theradome™’s slightly irritating and muffled American voice, will tell you how many treatments have been performed so far each time you switch it on. It will also tell you every 5 minutes how long your remaining session time is. Then, at the end of a session it tells you that the treatment is complete before automatically switching off. There is no LCD display or remote control, as all functions are carried out by the single round button at the rear of the unit.

There are a number of features built into Theradome™ to ensure user comfort and safety. One of which is the proximity sensor which ensures Theradome™’s lasers are only activated while on the head, preventing the user looking at the active lasers. It’s ‘universal fit’ means even my big bonce fits in it but it does come with removable foam pads to improve fit and is made from a lightweight material for extra comfort.

My verdict…

Sidney unimpressed

Sidney Little seems to be unimpressed with his hooman’s head gear…

According to the box, 2 x 20 minute sessions per week is all that’s required in order for you to start seeing some positive results but, I’ve gone in with the ‘more is more approach’ (I just made that one up) and have been wearing this hair crash helmet every other night whilst I watch mindless TV. It’s a good look, honestly!

Theradome™’s UK advisor (a trichologist herself) informs me that her patients have seen better results with increased use but, whilst everyone will respond to treatment differently, patients are expected to notice some changes within 2-4 months.

Look, I’ve taken a photo of the top of my head when I received the Theradome™ back in October last year and you can see that my scalp is very visible along my parting and as a consequence, my hair lacks density. Hair loss 1I’ve notched up 42 treatments at this stage but not a huge amount has changed so far, other than the fact that I have seen more baby hairs appearing around the hairline and I seem to be collecting less hair from my hairbrush (yay!). So, my treatment continues and I hope to be beaming ‘good hair’ news to you again in the not too distant!

My Theradome™ is very kindly on loan from them but normally costs £749 and is available here.

Until the next time beeyoutees, be a light unto yourself…