American hair loss patients spend more than $3.5 billion a year in an attempt to treat their hair loss. As an affordable treatment, California-based company Apria Science Inc. has produced a hair-growing helmet called the iGrow.
Its proprietary Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) technology uses 51 red lasers and LED light diodes to stimulate hair growth over a period of 4-6 months to tackle hair thinning and hair loss problems.
The headgear is a lightweight device that is fully adjustable to fit almost all head sizes. The lasers and LED lights are strategically placed in the helmet ensuring equal distribution of light for best results.
An additional feature of the helmet is that it comes with built-in, non-detachable, over-the-ear headphones which come with an auxiliary cable compatible with an iPod or a MP3 player. This fancy, clinically proven, zero side effects helmet costs about $700.
Although it is not heavily documented, the company claims that its helmet energizes cellular activity that excites the hair follicles and thereby stimulates hair growth. However, this technology is questionable. Moreover, the users would have to wear the helmet for about 20 minutes every other day to see maximum results. Once the desired results are achieved, users can maintain the results by wearing the helmet once a week. Although the helmet is FDA approved, the psychological issue of wearing a laser over your head remains.
Only time will tell if this eye-grabber of the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 would be accepted by the general public or be one of those obscure electronic gimmicks.