Low Level Laser Therapy Hair Loss 16 Diode Laser Comb – I use it, and reviewed it.

What on Earth Is a Laser Comb?

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you have probably seen my other reviews of more expensive cold laser therapy products, including the HairMax Hair Band, and the Theradome.

Today we’re reviewing the least expensive option on the market that utilizes the same groundbreaking hair loss technology: cold laser therapy or low level laser therapy.

What on Earth is Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for Hair Loss?

LLLT, or cold laser therapy, is the latest and greatest use of technology for good of the follicles of all humankind.

LLLT is also referred to as red light therapy, soft laser, laser stimulation, photo laser modulation and cold laser therapy.

Multiple studies show that  LLLT is an effective way for both men and women to treat and reverse hair loss and hair thinning.

It works for hair loss due to genetics, stress, medication, overuse of styling products and environmental factors. Notably, this technology is also effective for hair loss due to androgenetic alopecia and alopecia areata.

In 2007, the Food and Drug Administration first approved LLLT for hair loss, and hair has been going from flimsy to hirsute with its help ever since.

How EXACTLY Does Cold Laser Therapy Reverse Hair Loss?

Anyone who is reading this blog probably already knows that the hair growth cycle has three stages:

1. The growth phase which is also referred to as the anagen phase

2. Resting phase or the telogen phase – when we want these follicles to wake the hell up!

3. The shedding phase or catagen phase – and the bane of our existence!

Cold Laser devices boost the flow of blood in your scalp as well as stimulate cellular metabolism in the telogen as well as the catagen phases.

This leads to the growth of a healthier, stronger and new (anagen) hair.

Why Buy This Specific Low Laser Therapy Comb and not one from Hairmax?

In short: the price. Most of the competing devices are extraordinarily expensive. The hair loss helmets run from several hundred to several thousand dollars.

Next, the quality. The Hair Restoration Laboratories Laser Comb utilizes 16 real, independent laser diodes.  These lasers are NOT LED lights.

These are Mitsubishi lasers with a Laser pulsing wavelength of 650nm, and each diode has a 50mw energy output. Same technology, smaller package.

The 16 independent lasers are hard at work striving to improve your hair quality, reverse hair thinning, and feeding new life into struggling or dormant follicles.

How to Use the Hair Restoration Laboratories Laser Comb:

The Hair Restoration Laboratories Laser Comb is easy to use. It can be used anywhere, any time. The recommended use is for a total of 20-25 minutes, 3-4 times a week.

It does not require application of any lotions or solutions that can interfere with the style of your hair. You can use it when your hair is wet or dry.

It can be used in connection with other hair loss treatments. However, studies also establish that LLLT can be extremely effective on its own.

  1. Plug it into an AC outlet, and press the green start button.
  2. The laser comb has built in phases that last for four seconds.
    • What this means is that every four seconds, hold the comb in place, and then after four seconds when it clicks off, move the comb one centimeter in the area where you are experiencing hair loss and wait four more seconds.
    • Proceed like this over the entire concern area of your scalp. This built-in automatic phase makes it very easy to laser comb your entire concern areas evenly.
  3. Press the red stop button. Unplug and go about the rest of your day!

What this Laser Comb CAN, and CAN’T, do:

LLLT is an extremely effective tool to stimulate and rejuvenate weak or dormant follicles that produce wispy, frail hair. However, it cannot bring dead follicles back from the dead.

No hair loss therapy can bring back dead follicles, unfortunately. Not even Rogaine. Not even Propecia.

This is why it’s CRUCIAL for men and women, no matter how young we are, to tackle hair loss at the first signs of shedding and thinning and breakage, rather than wait until the follicles are dead for good.

Cold Laser Therapy Side Effects

Cold laser therapy is NOT appropriate for people who have any photosensitivity, whether it’s genetic or a result of a medication they are taking. It is also NOT indicated for people with heads full of dead follicles, unfortunately.

Everyone using the laser comb must show extreme caution, because lasers can damage our eyes. Never look directly into the laser or even into the mirror’s reflection of the laser, and never point the laser into anyone else’s eyes!

Notably absent from this list of potential side effects are sensitivities to herbs, chemicals, and medications. The beautiful thing about cold laser therapy is that you don’t have to worry about any of that stuff.

You also don’t have to worry about stinking up the house (or your pillows) with all the lotions and potions!

My Experience with the Low Level Laser Therapy Hair Loss 16 Diode Laser Comb

I’ve been using this specific laser comb now for two weeks.

Ever since I’ve been using hair loss products and reviewing cutting edge technologies, I’ve been curious about cold laser therapy, but unwilling to pony up the money for the more expensive equipment.

This laser, ringing in at under $150, was perfect compromise for me – a chance to try this therapy without breaking the bank.

I find it extremely easy and straightforward to use, and have not yet experienced any scalp irritation or blindness!

My hair has also continued to flourish in its regrowth, but in all fairness I am using a number of different therapies in combination, including Nutrafol, Rosemary Oil massage at night, and caffeine shampoo.

I will update this review after a few months, so you can see even more progress on my ol’ hairy noggin!

Overall: Hands Down Best Budget Choice for Hair Loss Laser Combs

I recommend this laser comb for anyone curious about cold laser therapy technology, but not quite intrigued enough to spend thousands on a fancy hair loss laser helmet.

Sure, the laser comb requires a bit more work to use than any helmet, because you have to hold onto it while you’re using it, and move it across various areas of your scalp in order to cover the full desired treatment area. (I don’t know about you … but I can handle that.)

LLLT is the best hair loss treatment choice for those suffering from alopecia areata or alopecia universalis. This type of hair loss does not result from excessive DHT, so all of the DHT-blocking hair loss products are not appropriate treatments for this condition.

The laser comb would make a GREAT gift for the special man or woman in your life…this is an example of the perfect kind of thing people who suffer from hair loss always want to try out, but don’t always want to buy for themselves.

Maybe they’re embarrassed, maybe they’re just being tight with money…

Case in point: I would have been ECSTATIC to receive this as a gift.

It’s easy to justify spending $149 on a nice meal out, or at the salon, or on a massage…

But take a minute to consider just how far the $149 can go to treating and reversing your hair loss. If you’re looking for hair growth products that work…it’s always smarter to go with the science.

If it works for you and your follicles, as it has for 93% of people in clinical trials for cold laser therapy, it might just end up being the best $149 you ever spent!

36 thoughts on “Low Level Laser Therapy Hair Loss 16 Diode Laser Comb – I use it, and reviewed it.”

  1. Hi, I always enjoy reading about your hair loss treatents as it is a subject close to my heart, due to a combination of hormonal problems and too much swimming in chlorine water, my hair is definitely thinning. So annoying. But like you say the LLLT actually doesn’t break the bank and I would be interested to know how well it has worked for you after another couple of months. OR maybe I will just get my boyfriend to put it on my Christmas present list:-)

    • I’m optimistic about the laser comb, the company that makes it also makes a really awesome and affordable DHT blocking shampoo. Definitely hit up Santa, you’ve got nothing to lose (except, if you do nothing, probably more hair :()

  2. Wow, it is amazing how cold laser therapy technology is improving our way of life. I first heard about LLLT in my doctor’s office on a brochure for spinal cord injury. I had no idea it was being used for hair restoration. I like the price of this product like you said you can get it without breaking the bank. I am photosensitive really bad though, I get nauseated and then a headache and have to lie down so that stinks. It sounds so easy to use and I would recommend this to family members.

    • Thanks so much for commenting, because it’s really helpful to hear from someone who actually has photosensitivity – it’s a real thing! Luckily there are many other great options, nutritional and shampoo and treatment, to help with hair loss. No lasers required!

  3. Hair loss at any stage of life can be a dreadful thing, particularly for women who hair is a major contributor to their beauty. Being able to find solutions such as this can be soothing. Thanks for this great review. I look forward to reading more from your site.

  4. I think my friend has one of these and she swears by it. I will pass on your site to her to verify but I do believe this is what she has. She began loosing her hair around the age of 45 and got bad enough that she was very embarrassed and decided to search out an answer for her hair loss. She has had tremendous hair stimulation and uses it almost daily without any side effects. I am a close friend and I can tell a big difference in the amount of hair and a huge difference in her general attitude.

    • Thanks for sharing your perspective. Very cool that you’ve noticed a difference in her hair since she started using cold laser therapy. Always good to hear about real life experience with this technology!

  5. I’m glad to have read your article, it seems to be that something as cheap as this LLLT product can also offer immense amounts of value to the consumer.
    I think hair loss is a big issue amongst aging populations and this provides a solution if dealt with early like you said.
    Great article and hope to read more!

  6. I laughed out loud..twice…
    #1 The zombie (in my mind scooting across your page)..and #2 the fact that the comb hasn’t caused you any blindness. lol I’d say 149 bucks is an amazing deal when you can go out in public and feel confident in your own skin ..that truly is priceless.
    My boyfriend has actually been experiencing a lot of hair loss over this past year (he’s pretty upset about it). Is there something like the Nutrafol you mentioned above but for men? Would you recommend that in combination with the caffeine shampoo for him to start with?

    • Yes, he needs to start treating the hair loss now, while his follicles are dormant or weak, but still alive. There is Nutrafol for men, yes! The product was originally developed by a male model, in fact. And, there are a lot of caffeine shampoos to choose from but I like this one quite a bit. If he wants to speed up regrowth, he should add a cold laser into the mix.

      And thanks for getting and enjoying my cheesy humor 🙂

        • Hahaha, yeah it’s pretty hilarious that coffee has that effect. I’m all about it though. thanks for passing on the info, he’ll thank you later!

  7. I’ve never heard of a laser comb before. I have a friend who’s into hair loss products after losing her hair in chemotherapy. I will be sure to share this wonderful information with her. Keep up the good work.

  8. I have read a few of your posts now, I know it’s about female hair loss but we all have hair, right? Some more than others I have to say though. I have bookmarked a few of your articles to start testing them out like the shampoos that you recommend, but what I want to know is will the LLLT comb be ok to use with any type of hair growth shampoo?

    • Hi Matthew, thanks for the great question, and thanks for coming back for more punishment and terrible hair loss humor! Yes, you can use this product with any kind of hair growth shampoo. You can even use it in combination with products like Rogaine and Propecia. It will not interfere, it will just do its own thing waking up the lifeless follicles 🙂

  9. Penelope,
    My cousin has a hair loss problem, her hair is really thin. I will pass this on to her as she has gone to some of the hair restoration places and stated that it was really expensive. I hope that she has some life left in her head.

  10. Can’t say I knew much about cold laser therapy before reading your article. It has been 10 years since it has been approved to use for hair loss. Reading all the details it seems like an incredible technology that could help many people. I am glad that you mentioned that people should be careful with this comb. It may seem like a logical thing but some people don’t realize the negative effects if the product is not used properly. I assure you that, have you not mentioned this, there are a few people who will look straight into it and wonder years later why they are not seeing well. Overall I think this comb is an interesting product that could be helpful to many men and women.

    • Hahaha, yes it’s sad to think about all the inadvertent blindness resulting from staring into the lasers 🙂 Perhaps the lasers of the future will also be able to perform lasik in the moment and correct any possible damage! Thanks for the great comment – pass it along to your friends suffering from hair loss!

  11. Insightful review on Laser Therapy Hair Loss. Your blog is worth recommending for female hair loss/treatment. Just heard of Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for Hair Loss.Keep up the good work.

  12. I have never heard of this before. The LLLT sounds like it would do the trick with hair loss and even for men like me which is great. My hair has been thinning out recently and I can never decide what to do about it. I stumbled here and I am glad your blog discusses treatment for both men and women. I am sure this would be of good use! I’ll let you know 🙂

    • Definitely give it a shot and come back and let us know what you think, Rob. Thanks for checking in, and glad you could find some good information!

  13. Hey Penelope,

    You mentioned that the cause of hair loss could be related to stress, medication, and genetics. I do have a question for you. Do you have a list of medications that might contribute to hair loss?

    Also, you stated that this comb can’t rejuvenate weak or dormant hair follicles. How would you know if you have weak or dormant hair follicles? Wouldn’t everyone that is going bald have some kind of degree of “weak hair follicles”?

    • Hi Garen, thanks for the questions. Many medications cause hair loss. Two prime examples are levothyroxine, for thyroid disorder, and chemotherapy, for cancer. Antidepressants, hormonal treatments, beta blockers, and anticoagulants can all also cause hair loss.

      And, good question about the weak vs. dead follicles. Your follicles are weak and under producing for a window of time – usually about 18 months – before they die altogether. It is in this window that people have a shot at getting them to come back, and produce hair again. After that, it’s a lost cause.

  14. Wow! That’s cool. I never knew that there was anything out there like that. I’m glad that something like that is available to folks who want to treat the problem without spending ridiculous money on it. Great article… I learned some things I didn’t know.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Sylvia! Glad you enjoyed the read, and yes, it’s great that this technology is available for “the masses” at a reasonable price! 🙂

  15. I think this is the best product that you have reviewed. I like the idea of a laser comb and at only $149.99 is a great choice. Besides the price, I like this product because you can use it anywhere or anytime and only for 20-25 minutes, 3-4 times per week. As always, thank you for sharing.

    • Thanks for reading, and for the kind words! yeah, I’m happy with my laser comb, for sure. And I love that there is a baseline affordable option. It’s not really that hard to use it on a regular basis and people need to start embracing this technology since it’s been shown to work in clinical trials, and cleared as a hair loss treatments. Lasers FTW!

  16. Hi Penelope, I tried clicking on your link for the laser comb but it looks like it’s a dead link. (But the shop is still up and running with all the shampoos and such so that just makes it even more confusing.) Not really sure what I’m asking here, but do you have any idea why that is?

    • Thanks for bringing my attention to this issue, Dom. Apparently this company stopped selling low laser light therapy products and is now just focusing on the shampoo!!

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