Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Laser Comb Review - Spencer Forrest X5 Laser

There aren’t many laser comb manufacturers in the market yet. When I start to look for good quality laser hair products for my readers, the Spencer Forrest X5 Laser caught my attention.

William Gaunitz – CEO of Evolution Clinics – reviewed many laser combs and gave high rating to X5 Laser - The Spencer Forrest has been well thought out, is reliable, and has shown actual clinical evidence in the Evolution Clinics of producing enough energy to improve hair growth in most hair loss cases.

Spencer Forrest guarantees that, with only three 10-15 minute treatments per week, you'll see thicker, fuller hair in as little as two months. Moreover, you can enjoy these results at home, without having to face the embarrassment of going to public salons or doctor's offices.

X5 however does not appear in the shape of a laser comb or brush. It is a hand-held device which makes direct contact with the scalp, while a floating membrane ensures that light channels conform to the shape of your head and scalp.

The X5 generates 15 distinct points of coherent laser light directly to your scalp at the optimum power and wavelength. The X5 Hair Laser features a cordless design and ample power. The functioning principle is actually not as complicated as it might seem. As mentioned before, 15 distinct points of bio-stimulating laser light bathe your scalp, covering an area over 9 square inches (23cm).

With a highly ergonomic shape, Spencer Forrest incorporates an LCD display that shows the precise elapsed time of your session, as well as the remaining battery power into the X5 Hair Laser. This hand-held laser hair device retails for approximately $300. However I noticed the lowest price is offered by Amazon - only $227, with six months warranty offered by Spencer Forrest.

Laser Comb Review


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Laser Comb - How Does It Work?

Planning to buy a laser comb? Actually it is an ideal home remedy solution to naturally regrow your hair. Laser hair therapy does what topical solutions alone cannot. Low-level laser light is applied to the scalp for twenty to thirty-minute sessions, during which you feel nothing.

Your hair is like a plant that has been stuck in the basement without sunlight, which results in stunted growth. The plant will wither and eventually die. But when exposed to sunlight again, it begins to grow and thrive. This is what the renewed blood supply does for the hair follicle and where laser comb come into the picture and help.

Laser hair therapy works equally well with both men and women. Here I have a couple of videos for your preview.

Laser Comb Video - Men

Laser Comb Video - Women

Hand-held laser combs or brushes are portable and convenient for home use. These laser combs are not as powerful as the low-light lasers used in the hair clinics, but have the advantage of easy use whenever and wherever you prefer. Some studies have shown results with up to 95% satisfaction rate.

If your hair is thinning and you want a more natural approach to hair regrowth, Laser Comb or laser brush are ideal for home remedies. It can restore both your hair and your self-esteem without cracking your budget.

The Hairmax Laser Comb was invented in Australia in 2000 and was awarded by TIME Magazine as one of the 'Inventions of the Year'.

Laser Comb

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Low Level Laser Therapy Can Change Your Life

Want to know how low level laser therapy changes the life of William Gaunitz – “The Angry Hair Guy”? In short, he started to loss his hair at the age of 17, tried everything Rogaine, Propecia…and ended up opening his clinic in 2003 to provide laser hair loss treatments.

Back to our question: what is the amount of laser best for hair regrowth? Here are William’s comments:

Most commercially available handheld lasers only use 5 - 9 unfocused diffuse light diodes. This simply means that there would not be enough energy available to create a notable difference in most hair loss situations. Different hair types require different levels of energy to see results. Dark to black hair usually can only tolerate 30 diodes of 635nm (3.5-5mW) energy at 2 x per week before overstimulation. Light to blond hair can tolerate almost double that at 61 diodes of the same energy 2 x per week.

Overstimulation can occur in anyone who has received too much laser treatment for their particular situation. Overstimulation can cause a stalling of hair growth (slow growth), scalp pain, and in many cases rapid shedding of hair in the treated area. It is very important to use the correct dosage of energy for every individual in the correct intervals.

With that being said, it is also very important to get enough laser energy to ensure proper hair growth. For a diffuse light diode handheld device to really create a positive impact on the average hair loss case, the laser device would need to at least contain 15 diffuse light diodes. You must also note that not all diodes are created equal as well. You must have a quality built device to maintain adequate and sustained power supply to each diode to ensure a quality dose of energy.

There is only one device that I have found currently available that fits these criteria. This device is the
Spencer Forrest X5 Laser. The Spencer Forrest has been well thought out, is reliable, and has shown actual clinical evidence in the Evolution Clinics of producing enough energy to improve hair growth in most hair loss cases. The X5 is also currently going through FDA clinical trials to receive a 510K market clearance for the promotion of new hair growth.

It is of my opinion that the X5 Laser is by far the greatest value against competitive units at a price point of $287.00. Sunetics makes a 15 diode paddle brush laser selling at $795.00 that did perform well in an Evolution Clinical review, but had other flaws. The Sunetics unit consistently lost its battery cover during regular use and the rechargeable battery failed in many instances. Dealing with Sunetics customer service department was an issue as well. It took over 6 weeks to have one of their units repaired.

The Spencer Forrest laser at treatment protocol of 15 minutes 3 times weekly produced good results for dark hair. For light hair and blonds 20 minutes 3 times weekly was the most effective protocol.

Bio of William Gaunitz

Low Level Laser Therapy

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Laser Light Hair Therapy

Laser light hair therapy is an option for those who don’t want to or unable to take medications. “Lasers can undoubtedly encourage hair growth”, says Dr. Marc Avram, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City.

Though laser therapy for hair is less expensive than hair transplant, it is quite costly. A laser comb from HairMax costs US$470 and an overhead laser light from Super Grow costs US$549. In terms of money, your investment would be similar either you go for a laser comb or an overhead laser light. To help you make an informed decision to justify your investment, I have researched on the topic of laser light hair therapy. Here are my findings.

Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT)

This is the new generation of laser hair therapy. Low Level Lasers are referred to as "cold" lasers because they do not release energy in the form of heat. LLLT is delivered by a device that contains panels of lasers that shine on the scalp.

Discovery of Laser Hair Therapy
In fact, the effect that lasers have on hair growth was discovered completely by accident.

It was in 1967, shortly after the first lasers were invented, that Endre Mester in Semmelweis University was doing experiments with lasers on skin cancer. He noticed that when applying lasers to the backs of shaven mice, the shaved hair grew back faster in those mice in the treated group versus the untreated group.

Since then, numerous experiments have shown that a certain exact wavelength of laser light - 650 nm (nanometers) - is most effective in stimulating hair to regrow. This is the laser that both HairMax and Super Grow used for their laser hair products.

Actually each industrial grade laser is 5 milliwatts, 650 nanometers of red laser light. This is the wavelength that has been shown to reach deepest into the tissue and is the best to promote hair growth.

How Does Low Level Laser Therapy Work?
HairMax has a scientific description: There are theories on how low level laser works. Soft tissue and fluids in our bodies vibrate at a similar frequency to that of cold-beam, red-light laser. One of many scientific theories is that cells are largely dependant for healthy function on an exchange of energy and 'information' with surrounding cells. This is achieved via individual wave systems by which cells 'communicate' through inter-connective plasma. A cell is in an unhealthy state when its vibrations become irregular or out-of-step with this common communications system. However, it may be brought back into harmony by being irradiated with low level laser working at quantum level.

Super Grow has similar theories, but more hair focused:
Laser light flushes out the chemical that makes you bald - The chemical in the bloodstream that makes you bald is called dihydrotestosterone (or DHT). This builds up in the hair follicles and causes baldness.
One theory of why lasers work so well is that they may be stimulating blood flow around the hair follicle, flushing out the DHT, thus letting the hair regrow.
While this may be part of the reason, it is not a complete answer.

Laser light grows hair by transferring energy into the hair follicle - This theory says that the laser energy is simply absorbed by the hair follicle, and this stimulates the hair growth. Basically it says you're absorbing light energy into the scalp, thus causing the hair to grow.
It's thought to be similar to a plant growing by absorbing sunlight. We're not sure that this is the case, but it sure sounds good.

Laser light penetrates deep - While you are sitting in an ordinary room with usual light, the light is reaching maybe one sixteenth of an inch into your skin. This is a picture (from Super Grow ) showing ONE of their powerful lasers - held about an inch from a finger. This ONE laser penetrates the entire finger, the same way a flashlight would. One laser is capable of completely surrounding every hair follicle with nourishing laser light for a radius of about an inch. The light goes past the follicle into the blood vessels underneath, reaching as deep as possible.

So are the more lasers the better? We shall talk about this in our next post.

Laser Light Hair Therapy