HairMax LaserComb Review

The Ultima 12 LaserComb by HairMax is a premier, handheld cold laser device. It is their top-tier comb with the most features.

This technology is FDA-cleared to treat hair loss for both men and women. It is engineered for speed, effectiveness, comfort and ease of use.

Through photobiostimulation, the Ultima 12 stimulates hair follicles at a cellular level to promote hair growth, reverse hair thinning, restore the natural growth cycle and helping to regrow denser, fuller hair.

The Ultima 12 delivers therapeutic light energy through 12 medical-grade lasers (No LEDs).

Why Ultima 12 (vs. all other Laser Combs)?

The Ultima 12 offers a unique comb design that incorporates patented hair parting teeth which part your hair during treatment to allow optimal laser light delivery to your follicles.

The 3 elements for efficacy – the hair parting teeth, laser light intensity and laser light density work in unison to provide a highly effective treatment for hair loss and thinning hair. Comfortable, portable and lightweight for home use or while traveling.

Low Level Laser therapy improves hair density and volume and improves the overall appearance of thinning hair. Over time, your healthier follicles produce and grow better, stronger, thicker, healthier hair.

The Ultima 12 has more laser diodes and therefore more area coverage than most other laser combs on the market, including the less expensive base model by HairMax which features 7 laser diodes.

For those willing to do more “work” – these base models are a great choice because they utilize the same exact technology in the more premium models of hair loss treatment laser devices.

Who Can Use HairMax Ultima 12?

Adult men and women with mild to moderate hair loss are both FDA cleared candidates for the Ultima 12, to regrow their hair and prevent future hair loss.

The best results will be for men and women in early or moderate stages of hair loss, where it has just started thinning or shedding.

The Ultima 12 is a great alternative for women experiencing overall thinning of hair after menopause.

My hair is totally gone, should I use the HairMax Ultima 12?

It depends on your situation, of course, but the best outcomes will be for those with mild to moderate hair loss or temporary hair loss. In the words of HairMax:

While the HairMax laser devices can ‘awaken’ dormant hair follicles, once the hair follicle is no longer functioning, it cannot be revitalized.

Sidebar: I wish more people knew they needed to be AGGRESSIVE at the first signs of hair loss. Once it’s gone gone, it’s REALLY gone gone. For those of us who have noticed thinning or have any suspicion that it will happen to us because of lovely genetics, it’s absolutely essential that we take action now.

You may be wondering: does HairMax LaserComb work? Onto that next…

Hairmax Ultima 12: Does it really work?

The science says yes.

Users experienced an average hair growth of 149 new hairs per square inch with results seen in 12 to 16 weeks. If you’d like to read more about HairMax, go to their website and putz around.

There’s a TON of information about the research and data supporting the development of these weirdly awesome products.


  • New hair visible in just a few months for most users
  • Cold Laser Therapy requires no chemical, surgical, or dietary intervention
  • Easy and clean, no mess
  • Low application frequency compared to daily or multi-day treatments like supplements or serums
  • FDA cleared to use for both men and women
  • Employs state of the art cold laser technology
  • Medical-grade lasers, no LEDs
  • Stimulates the anagen (growth) phase of hair follicles
  • Powered by rechargable batteries, comes with a power cord.
  • Treatment takes just minutes a week – with the 12 model, they’ve gotten it down to just 8 minutes  3x a week. Awesome!


  • Upfront cost is a bit steep compared to other treatments
  • Not appropriate for anyone with photosensitivity
  • Can dry your hair out – best to use when your hair is wet
  • Requires consistent use to see results

For more HairMax success stories, including video testimonials, click here.

How does the HairMax Ultima 12 Laser Comb regrow hair?

HairMax laser devices utilize laser energy to stimulate the follicle to grow healthy new hair when you have androgenetic alopecia, also known as pattern baldness or thinning hair.

The HairMax laser devices work directly on the hair follicle, to provide the energy needed to support healthy hair growth, by helping to increase blood circulation to the follicle, to increase circulation and remove waste products.

Worth Noting: As is true with Rogaine and even most hair loss supplements, you will need to use the laser indefinitely. Good thing ye olde 12 comes with such a terrific warranty – 5 months window to return!

At this time, in spite of all of our incredible science and technology, the only permanent solution for hair loss is surgical. However, the process of hair loss surgery is a mixed bag for many reasons.

Speaking only for myself, I can always see when someone has hair plugs. I have also seen scalps where the procedure didn’t take and the patient is basically disfigured forever. Worth going down that google image wormhole, if you need to see what I’m talking about.

Free Gift – Sweet!

Because they know you’re coughing up an arm and a leg for their state of the art hair loss equipment, HairMax throws in their own hair loss shampoo, conditioner, and treatment, and supplements to use along side the Ultima LaserComb 12.


Treating your hair loss and protecting your hair is a long-term commitment.

You have a choice: do nothing and simply accept that it will continue to thin and fall out, or do something today to interfere with and arrest that outcome. Hair loss treatment routines, like diamonds, are forever.

If you choose to use a cold laser device, using it indefinitely is required. HOWEVER, this is also true of Minoxidil, supplements, and DHT blocking shampoo. Sadly, there is no “one and done” treatment – it all needs to be ongoing, and it is a commitment.

HairMax Ultima 12: Premier Laser Comb Option

If you are intrigued by cold laser therapy but need a lower price point, consider trying a base model laser comb (those start at $199).

If you are still mulling over the investment, here’s a challenge:

  1. Go through your statements and receipts and add up all the $ you’ve spent on shampoos, supplements, sprays, and other hair loss treatments over the last year.
  2. Is it higher than $400? My money says it is.
  3. Take that amount and times it by the amount of years remaining in your lifespan.
  4. NOW, compare that amount to the upfront one-time cost for a high-quality laser device. See which option makes more sense?

Do you have any experiences any HairMax product, or any other cold laser therapy device for hair loss? I’d love to hear about your experiences: please leave a comment!

51 thoughts on “HairMax LaserComb Review”

  1. Hi there!

    I am sorry worried about gadgets like that because it somehow blows my mind that they actually work. Glad I gained some insight here, I consider getting one for my dad. It still has a decent amount but they are really thin. Is this helping here as well or is it just improving the amount of hairs?

    Thanks for getting back to me 🙂

    • Yes, it improves the density of existing hair and promotes new growth. This laser stimulates hair at the level of the follicles to be healthy and more nourished which results in thicker, more abundant hair. Thanks for reading, and for the great question!

  2. This sounds like an amazing product and the free gift. What a winner.

    I also like that this therapy requires no chemical or surgical requirements.

    Thanks for sharing.

  3. This looks like an interesting product, luckily I’m still trying to stop my hair from growing!

    I will say that it’s quite expensive but if it works properly and effectively then I think it’d be 100% worth it!

    You always provide the best reviews:) thankyou

  4. This is a very interesting option for assisting with hair loss. Certainly, I would see this as being good for people with allergies who can’t use some of the shampoos and other products. Would you agree? The cost is a bit high, however given the cost of going to clinics it probably works out more cost effective over time.

    • I would agree totally that the cost levels out over time, particularly for those of us already used to spending a small fortune on supplements, serums, and shampoos. This new wave of low level laser therapy is making huge waves in the hair loss product industry!

  5. This sure looks to be interesting and the concept, as explained, also looks quite genuine. Yes, it is a bit expensive but like you said, if someone is spending on other treatments and still not getting results, it may be worth spending on this. What is it’s life, would you have any idea about this?
    Thank you

    • They have a 2 year full factory warranty and my guess is that these are built to last at least a decade, if not longer. I think it’s worth pursuing for anyone who wants to commit to a more science-based solution to hair loss.

  6. I love this comb better than the first one you did a review on because it parts your hair, enabling deep penetration. I really want to buy this comb, but I’m not sure if it would work on my hair texture. Please advise?

    • Hi Shalisha, thanks so much for the question. It’s a good one, and looking closely at the HairMax and Theradome sites, you’ll see these devices haven’t been thoroughly tested for all skin tones and hair textures. However, it turns out that people with darker complexions and hair loss actually benefit MORE from these devices because of the increased absorption of the heat and light by dark skin. Check it out!

  7. Hi Penelope, Thank you very much for your hard working. Here you provide me with another hair-grow option. Looks that the HairMax fits me the best so far. My hair loss started this year. I have the potential to stop my hair loss and to initiate the growth of new hair! Everyone says that it is not possible to regrow the lost hair, but I have something to try and to improve that hair regrowth does occur.

    • I support you in trying to arrest and reverse your hair loss now, while it’s still relatively new and your follicles are still alive. Invest in a laser device and get on it!!

  8. I’m not sure if I’m liking this device much as it has to be used indefinitely. But I guess if it helps reverse the signs of hair loss, it would be a great help for someone with hair loss. It’s good to know that this comb will also help to improve hair density.

    • Thanks for the honest reply! The brutal truth is that for most of us with hair loss, we will have to treat it like a chronic condition, and some form of DHT blocking shampoo, supplements, or other technology will be required on an ongoing basis. I agree, there are a lot of perks to this specific comb!

  9. Super article, i have personally used this laser comb and find it very beneficial. It is really a great product. Thankyou so much for explaining all the information in such a detail. Your review is very well written…great work…keep it up.

  10. Hello Penelope, I am so amazed at the products available for hair loss. You did mention that if someone is photosensitive they might not be able to use this product. Do you have a suggestion for something that might work as well without this dilemma? This is such a great article. So much information . Great review. Thanks, ariel

  11. This looks like a great product for hair loss. I would prefer this over chemicals and surgery for sure. The price would more than make up for all the money we spend on supplements and other things for hair growth. Great review!

    • Thanks for reading, Tammy! I agree completely, it’s better to spend money on the right product at once than a lot of smaller expenses for the “wrong” products 🙂

  12. I did not even know products like this existed. I would definetly prefer a comb like this instead of a bunch of chemicals, or surgery for sure. Now I have learned even more! Thanks for this review!

  13. Wow, my brother is going bald and was just asking me about some kind of product to regrow hair. I told him I know it’s very expensive to have treatment which helps regrow your hair.

    However, I am kind of concerned, too. I have heard that balding is on your mother’s side. Is this myth or is it actually true?

    • Well, it’s both true and false. The primary gene does travel through the mother’s side, but other genes can also travel through the father’s side. It can also skip generations. Kinda annoying, right? Lasercombs are expensive up front but inexpensive over time when compared to the supplements and serums and shampoos we have all dumped money into.

  14. I am always interested in the newest gadgets and supplements for hair growth, but I don’t know if it works on African American hair. Do you know, or is there a way that I can find out?

    • Thanks for the question! Yes, low level laser therapy does work on african american hair. There’s a great article over at Theradome explaining the science behind it, and how this treatment is even more effective for those with darker skin, because darker skin absorbs light more readily.

  15. What a great review. Hopefully, I will never need this myself (my hair grows super fast and needs thinning each time I get a haircut). But thinking on behalf of a family member undergoing chemo, will this help do you think? And if so, should she wait till she is done with the chemo?

  16. I have never heard of such comb. Definitely interesting. My husband’s hair is starting to become thin. I think he could probably benefit from hairmax. I bookmarked the review and once I save up enough money, will purchase this product for him. Thank you for the detailed explanation. Very helpful and informative.

  17. It is pretty amazing how today we have this kind of products available to buy at such a low cost. If you compare it with going to get treatments with a doctor, using the comb is definitely less expensive. One question I have: is there a technique to get better results with the comb or do you just comb your hair as usual?

    • It’s a comb and hold, comb and hold application process. The comb teeth just keep the lasers at a distance, and from having direct contact with the hair and scalp itself. In all honesty, the laser helmets and laser bands are easier, but the combs do the same thing, and just require a bit more user participation 🙂

  18. Through review of this hair max product. Sounds like it’s effective if use is consistent and interesting to note it’s more effective on darker pigment skin. I like that it comes with a gift too, great deal especially with the promo code!

    • Thanks for reading, and yeah, I agree that this would be the time for folks to buy one, with the 15% off and the free gift going. These products have such a good and long return policy, I really think more of us need to get on the laser treatment bandwagon!

  19. Ah, just what I’ve been looking for! Hair loss and balding runs in the men in my family and this would make an excellent and much appreciated present! Thanks!!!

  20. Hi Penelope,
    Thanks for the review. I especially like the free gift. And I love how you compare the cost to all the other supplements you might buy through the year. It definitely puts the cost in perspective.

    • Hi Suzanne, thanks for your feedback. I agree, we have to take a bird’s eye perspective on issues like expense, especially when it comes to all these pricey treatments that we expect to see results from on our scalps.

  21. Cold laser devices are turning up everywhere so reading this was very interesting. It is amazing how a laser can correct ailments and in the case stimulate your hair follicles. I think this is a great less invasive way to regrow your hair. It is so easy to use, I really like that and the free gift is just an added bonus. The price is great for what you are getting. Thanks for this review!

    • I agree – this IS a less invasive choice. Hair plugs are the ultimate invasive choice, but even things like Rogaine can be invasive on our sleep routines and evening habits. Laser therapy is clean and effective, and NOW is the time to buy, because of HairMax’s sale and the free gift, of course. Thanks for reading!

  22. I am a regular customer of Hair max products. Amazing product and highly recommended. Your way of explanation and writing about product is amazing. I am going to buy my products from here now…

    • Thanks for reading this review about the HairMax laser combs. Really appreciate your perspective as an existing HairMax loyalist!

  23. Thanks for an excellent review. I don’t have experience with HairMax products but this one looks like great one. It seems a bit pricey but it is actually not if you take into account all the money you spend on testing different shampoos, supplements, and serums. And you can get your money back if you are not satisfied with results after 5 months of using the product. It’s definitely worth trying.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts and impressions. I agree- this is kind of a game changer, especially for those of us used to spending an arm and a leg on these kinds of products. Technology for the win!

  24. Great reveiw! I was just looking into this yesterday. Do you know if something like this is worth adding to an arsenal already consisting of Nutrafol. bone broth, collagen, far-infrared sauna, and near-infrared light to scalp? (starting on Shapiro MD shampoo & conditioner when it arrives!) I’m thinking my infrareds already cover me?

    • I do think it’s worth it, on a couple of conditions – that you can afford it, that you have the time to commit to it, and that you don’t have any known issues with photosensitivity (unlikely since you have an infrared spa).

      As for your question, that’s a great one. My first assumption was that the light is different wavelengths, which is correct. THere’s a study comparing the efficacy of the two on acne scars, and the LLLT wins out infrared.

      Hairmax has a wide range of products, including hair bands and combs with different bells and whistles. Their base models start at $200 and go up to just under $800.

      • Thank you! I am definitely going to look into this more. The study was interesting and the photos convincing that this sort of light is healing. The far-infrared sauna I have has heat panels and no infrared lights. Only chromotherapy lighting on the ceiling of the unit. On an entirely different note… How does one add a photo to the circle to the left of a comment?

        • Well, if you do go for one, come back and let us know how workable it is, and what your thoughts are, good or bad! Hairmax has a great warranty, too – you can return it if it’s unusable or any issues arise.

          That’s a great question! I beleive that image is called a “gravatar”, and if you have a wordpress blog or comment often on wordpress blogs (like mine!) it might help if you go register for one here for free. You could start a blog documenting your hair lsos recovery! I have found a great deal of fun and freedom in this project and if you’re interested, I’ll tell you more over email 🙂

          • Just purchased! Life gets more expensive by the day…. (sigh) Should arrive by next Thursday, which feels like an eternity from now!

          • Awesome!!! I know what you mean about wanting to fast-forward time!

            I added a “subscribe to replies” button, btw, so you should be notified of future comments to posts you’ve read, or at least replies to your comments. Working on more of a forum idea, and figuring out how best to structure it.

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