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What is a Laser Comb?

Ningthoujam Sandhyarani
A laser comb is a device configured to treat the scalp with laser beams for promoting hair growth. But, does it really work in hair restoration? And what about the adverse effects of using this device? To get your doubts cleared, keep reading...
Many people experience abnormal thinning of the hair, and for them, hair loss is a real concern. It is mainly caused due to poor nutrition, stress level, pollution exposure, lifestyle habits, and harsh hair products.
As the demand for products to stop hair loss is very high, many manufacturers are busy developing different product lines and introducing them into the market. A new alternative is the hair laser comb―a device that involves the use of laser beams for rejuvenation of the hair and treating hair loss.

What is it?

Indeed, the market is flooded with several hair care products, which focus on hair restoration without causing any side-effects. You might have already heard about medicinal and surgical hair transplant procedures for treating hair loss. While all of them claim to give good results, a majority are fake and cause more damage to the hair.
Coming to the laser comb, it is an electrical device whose working mechanism is based on Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) to induce hair growth.
As the name goes, a laser comb is similar to a regular hand-held comb, but equipped with additional features. This come needs to be plugged into an electric socket. The teeth of the comb are placed over the affected scalp area for 4 - 5 seconds, or as per the user guide.
After the said period, it is moved to the adjacent scalp portion. This way, safe laser therapy is given all over the scalp. The hair follicles and cells in the treated area are stimulated to promote new hair growth.
As per proponents, a laser comb gives prompt results in healthy hair growth and thickening within 6 - 12 weeks of usage. It is recommended to use it two to three times per week. However, the length of each session may vary according to the amount of laser beams provided by the device. Lesser the number of laser, the longer will be the application time and vice-versa. Regarding pricing, reputable brands may range from $250 to about $400.

Does it Work?

Laser combs are purported for use in both male and female hair loss. In short, there is no specific laser comb for women. It is considered safe for use by cancer patients, who experience hair loss after undergoing chemotherapy. One of the safe products is Lasercomb, released by Hairmax. It is approved by the FDA in 2007 as a safe device for hair loss treatment.
The popularity of the laser comb is attributed to the fact that it is a non-invasive device. It is definitely an inexpensive approach, as compared to visiting a hair salon repeatedly for laser therapy. Also, there is no need for ingestion of any drug or medicine. But, a common query put forth by prospective users is its effectiveness. And the responses are both positive and negative. While some users notice improvement, others find no change.