Many hair loss prevention treatments are available on the market. Some options include natural therapies, vitamin and mineral supplements, shampoos, diet and chemical formulations. Although some women may benefit from some of these thinning hair treatments, various other treatment methods may better suit particular individual needs.
The Hairmax was developed in Australia and distributed in the United States by Lexington International. Lexington International, a Boca Raton, the Florida-based company is a leading manufacturer of hair care and receding hairline treatments. Laser therapy is one of the latest technologies having success in reducing or eliminating a receding hairline. It is known as phototherapy in the hair loss industry.
The Hairmax LaserComb is one of only two hair laser treatment combs which have FDA approval. In 2007 the FDA approved it for males and included women in 2011.
How does HairMax Work?
The device Looks like a combination of a comb or brush. The laser heads deliver the laser light to the scalp. The process takes only 10 to 15 minutes and only needs to be used three times a week.
Laser therapy utilizes cool laser light at a low level for therapeutic use on the scalp and hair. The process triggers a revitalization of dormant or tired hair follicles which have “turned off.” The light emitted from the laser comb can penetrate into the hair follicle. It is important to realize the process uses light and light in itself does not damage cells, heat the tissue or cause damage to the scalp. This light pricks or activates substances in the molecules called Chromophores which are sensitive to light. This process triggers activation, stimulating the hair follicle cell into an anagen or growth phase. Not all light wavelengths are equal which is why laser combs operate at a particular wavelength. The device emits the wavelength beams using comb technology to part the hair and enable distribution of laser light directly to the scalp. Low-level laser therapy increases blood flow to the hair follicles providing oxygen and nutrients. Good blood circulation is a critical component for a healthy full head of hair
The benefits of low levels of infrared light are known for 40 years. The infrared technology has been in use to reduce pain and inflammation, promote wound healing, and prevent tissue damage.
Does HairMax Work?
Lexington International has embarked on extensive research since its inception in 2000. The goal has always been to design a low-level laser device for the treatment of hair loss and the promotion a product which would regrow hair. FDA clearance for the devices was always a stated aim for the company.
Like all hair rejuvenation products, this will not grow hair overnight, and the success of regrowth or hair thickening will depend on the health of the follicles and extent of alopecia. Hair follicles which are damaged or no longer capable of a growth phase will not activate under laser treatment. Hair laser therapy is designed to treat hair loss, not baldness.
Participants in a published study in 2009 had overall positive results using the HairMax LaserComb for the stimulation of hair growth. The study, over a six month period, confirmed the efficacy of low-level laser therapy for men and women with hereditary hair loss.
However, some customer reviews of HairMax devices are not overwhelmingly spectacular, and it can take four months or more of for visibly expressed results. The treatment has to be regularly applied, and instructions carefully followed. Both under and overuse may have an unwanted effect. It may not be easy to continue with a product for an extended period when results are not immediate or obvious. Most products in the HairMax range require combing the hair for 10 to 15 minutes per day. This method of introducing laser light therapy may contribute to some poor customer reviews. Also, this treatment cannot be guaranteed to work for everyone. On the plus side, many reviews are very positive and many people swear by the results they have achieved. There are estimated to be over a million uses of HairMax across the world.
The benefits HairMax therapy for the treatment of hair loss in women
- No mess, and only requires 10 to 15 minutes 3 days a week
- HairMax combs encourage the regrowth and thickening of hair strands.
- Non-invasive hair regrowth solution
- Safe to use with no side effects
- No drugs
- Heat and pain-free
- The equipment is available in a portable design for home use.
- FDA approved home use laser equipment.
Cons of HairMax
As mentioned earlier the delivery system for a low-level laser treatment is active and interventional.
Why is FDA Clearance so Important
In 2014 HairMax received FDA clearance for the treatment of androgenetic alopecia in men and women for the HairMax LaserBand. Previously in 2011 two FDA Clearances were given for hair loss treatment for women with androgenetic alopecia with different HairMax models. In total HairMax has received seven FDA Clearances since 2007 for Laser phototherapy devices no other phototherapy device has anywhere near this number of FDA Clearances. The FDA stamp of approval shows the HairMax LaserComb® has been the subject of a rigorous review process. This process differentiates HairMax from other devices on the market that have no clinical proof of efficacy.
Lexington International submitted the results of clinical trials to the FDA. The first six-month trial commissioned for men between the ages of 30 and 60 years suffering from androgenetic alopecia (hereditary or pattern hair loss). The results showed increased hair thickness, shine, and improved scalp health. The data from the trials demonstrated a 93% improvement in hair count after 26 weeks of treatment.
Since then Lexington has completed a total of 7 studies for HairMax products on 450 men and women resulting in further FDA Clearances. Top medical research centers oversaw and completed the trials. The only other hair loss treatment for females which has gained FDA clearance is iRestore and the drug Rogaine 2% Minoxidil.
HairMax Laser Combs
There are 5 HairMax models available and two of these, The Prima and Ultima laser combs, are recent releases in 2016.
This device has FDA clearance for low-level laser light therapy for hair loss treatment. It uses 12 medical-grade lasers with no LEDs. The device is more expensive to purchase, but the 12 lasers will reduce the time spent on combing as the treatment covers a greater surface area. Some excellent customer reviews for this product but does require fastidious adherence to instructions for use.
The Laserband delivers therapeutic light via 82 medical-grade lasers which this translates into no combing at all. Just place on the head for the required amount of time and sit back watch television, in some cases, this may only be 90 seconds. The ease of use is a very welcome addition to the HairMax laser comb stable and the price, compared to other models, is worth the extra money. Again customer reviews can be mixed, but the positive reviews highly recommend the device but caution adherence to instructions. As with all hair loss treatments, the Laserband 82 may not work for everyone.
The HairMax Prima 7 is new to the market, released in 2016, and the latest state of the art laser light device. It has seven medical grade lasers as opposed to 12 in the professional laser comb model. There are very few customer reviews due to the newness on the market.
Conclusion – should you purchase a HairMax device
This product will do no harm. There have been no adverse side-effects reported from the use of HairMax devices. Clinical study results have been conducted by top physicians with expertise in the hair loss field and studies have been published in 6 peer review medical journals. No other hair loss treatment device has undergone similar research and clinical trials as HairMax devices. Lexington International shows absolute commitment to providing a fully tested device which will give the user a hair loss treatment as stated. The FDA clearance for HairMax requires high manufacturing and quality control standards are in place.
HairMax can improve the quality and quantity of hair after 4 to 6 months. Reviewers found their hair improved in thickness, it became fuller and had more structure. Hair loss and hair thinning stopped completely and only restarted when treatment stopped. As with any hair loss treatment, HairMax laser combs can have varying results depending on the reason for hair loss and the individual. The positive results can be enhanced when used in conjunction with other hair loss treatments including shampoos, conditioner, and treatments such as Groei360 or Har Vokse. Reviewers who used the HairMax in combination with other products also had positive results, and many recommended a dual approach.