How is it that you can have too much hair on some places of your body while not enough on others? Seems a little unfair not to mention frustrating, right? After trying out a low-level light therapy helmet with success to combat my own hair loss, which I will chalk up to stress, I decided to go further down the rabbit hole and try out a different light-based device—the Hairmax LaserBand 82, an FDA cleared device that delivers low-level laser therapy to slow hair loss while also stimulating new hair growth. What drew me to this device was unlike my other one the Hairmax device did not require an electrical outlet during use and the treatment time was 90 seconds every other day versus 25 minutes every other day.
With four months of consistent use I can say that my hair is just about all grown back in. While the new hairs all along my hairline need a few months to catch up with the rest of my length, I finally feel as though I have rounded the bend. Although I am still working to reduce the stress in my life, I have at least found a solution to the hair loss it caused, and one that could be of great benefit to the estimated 80 million other men and women out there looking for help. Being so impressed with my results I wanted to catch up with the HairMax founder, David Michaels to not only thank him for making this option available but to learn more about the technology.
HairMax officially launched in 2000 with an initial self-funded investment of $300,000. Michaels tells me, “As with many new innovations, they usually come about by someone trying to fill a need. In my case, the need was a treatment for my hair loss. I was 37 years old and had already been experiencing a sunburned scalp for a few years. I had tried everything I could find with little or no results. Then I heard about some success with laser therapy in treating hair loss at a clinic in Australia. Soon after getting the treatments, my hair became thicker and fuller, my hair loss subsided, and I re-grew a significant amount of lost hair. I was so amazed at the results but realized that these treatments, because of the cost and inconvenience of visiting a clinic several times a week would not be accessible to most people.”
From there Michaels formed a working relationship with the clinic founder, Henry Pearl, who was a pioneer in hair loss treatment, to develop an affordable laser therapy device to promote internationally. After several years of research, design, and development the efforts resulted in the first device, the HairMax LaserComb.
HairMax has several touch points that make it different then the other options in the marketplace. Michaels tells me, “Our R&D team continually explores ways to make laser therapy more affordable, easier to use and more effective. For example, we addressed the fact that hair is a photo protectant, which blocks light from the scalp. That led to developing devices with patented hair parting teeth, an integral mechanism that parts your hair during treatment, allowing unobstructed laser energy to reach the hair follicles. Without the teeth, your hair blocks a large amount of the light from reaching the follicle. HairMax devices are the only devices on the market with this important feature. In addition to the teeth, the laser density and laser intensity help make HairMax a highly effective treatment.”
Efficacy was of the utmost importance for the brand but so was product design.“These devices become part of your life and everyday routine, so we partnered with Italian designer, Pininfarina to redesign our devices with a modern, sleek look that are more visually appealing. The LaserBand 82 was launched with great success, with its unique band design, for full scalp coverage, and the fastest treatment time ever available, as little as 90 seconds. The form, functionality, speed, and effectiveness of the HairMax LaserBand 82 is a game changer in the hair loss industry. The super-fast treatment helps users to be more compliant with treatment and achieve better results. We continue to research and explore ways to enhance customer satisfaction and effectiveness”, continues Michaels.
There is a difference between LED lights and laser diodes so I asked Michaels if he could provide some clarification. “LEDs are used for treatments on the first layer of the skin but you need the power of laser light to penetrate down to the second layer of the skin where hair follicles originate,” Michaels explains to me. Although they may look the same, lasers provide stronger, highly focused, and more intense light energy than LEDs. Our high quality lasers deliver columnated light to the follicles to more effectively reach and energize the follicle root and stimulate the growth factors of the follicle. LED devices put out dispersed light, which is not focused, and is spread out like a fan over the scalp. Dispersed light does not penetrate or effectively reach the follicle when compared to lasers. HairMax lasers are densely distributed within our devices and are optimally spaced providing full and concentrated scalp coverage with a single wavelength.”