Landmark HairMax LaserComb Clinical Study Results Published, Proving Efficacy and Safety In Treating Hair Loss

The results of 4 clinical studies conclusively proving the efficacy and safety of the HairMax LaserComb was published in a peer review medical journal in April 2014 and here is a summation of the article.

"The results of four clinical studies on the treatment of male and female pattern hair loss with the HairMax LaserComb, was just published today in a peer-review journal, The American Journal of Clinical Dermatology. The article, Efficacy and Safety of a Low-level Laser Device in the Treatment of Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss: A Multicenter, Randomized, Sham Device-controlled, Double-blind Study was co-authored by renowned experts in the field of hair disorders. The results of these studies have now provided robust and conclusive evidence that the HairMax LaserComb is both effective and safe for the treatment of pattern hair loss in men and women.

This is the link to the clinical article:

The four clinical studies were conducted under strict Good Clinical Practice Guidelines at multiple study sites, including major teaching institutions of dermatology such as the Cleveland Clinic, University of Minnesota and University of Miami. Enrolled in the study were 225 males and females diagnosed with androgenetic alopecia (male and female pattern hair loss). Subjects received either the HairMax LaserComb or a sham (inactive) device in a randomized, blinded manner so that no one knew which device they were on. The primary efficacy analysis was based on the change in hair count after 26 weeks treatment with the HairMax LaserComb, compared to change in hair count with the sham (inactive) device.

The results of the studies showed that there was an average increase in terminal hair count of over 20 hairs per cm² (equivalent to over 139 hairs per square inch). Additionally, a higher percentage of lasercomb-treated subjects reported overall improvement in hair loss condition and thickness and fullness of hair in self-assessment, compared with sham-treated subjects. No serious adverse events were reported in any subject receiving the lasercomb in any of the studies.

The authors concluded that: “Our results suggest that low-level laser treatment may be an effective option to treat pattern hair loss in men and women”. They also concluded that “Low Level Laser Therapy [LLLT] may provide a promising treatment option for patients who do not respond to either finasteride or minoxidil, and who do not want to undergo hair transplantation.”

The authors also had this overall observation: “…… while topical minoxidil solution or foam is widely used to treat pattern hair loss and is generally well tolerated, the treatment needs to be applied one or twice daily, and be in contact with the scalp for at least 4 hours. Such application can be impractical for many users, leading to noncompliance and reduced efficacy. As an alternative, the lasercomb treatment is safe and easy to apply, with 8-15 minutes of treatment three times per week, and leaves no residue on the scalp. Such user friendliness of the lasercomb may lead to better patient compliance and improved efficacy.”

Dr. Lawrence Schachner, Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at the Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami, and senior author of the article said: “The results of these clinical studies provide further evidence that the HairMax LaserComb may be utilized as an effective option for treating androgenetic alopecia in men and women.”

You can view a video of the lead author of the clinical paper, Dr. Lawrence Schachner and Dr. Joquin Jimenez discussing the clinical paper at this link:
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Follow up questions on hair shedding for other users and the hairmax folks

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  • Follow up questions on hair shedding for other users and the hairmax folks

    I am hoping that someone can update me on answers to this question. Once hairloss starts due to laser shedding, how long does it seem to keep going? And what has happened for you if it stopped.

    In Dec., at dermatologist's suggestion, I began using women's rogaine and hairmax laser comb. Almost immediately, I went from thinning hair with minimal shedding noticeable to largescale hair fallout. I stopped using both products (only used the laser comb 3 times), but hair is continuing to fall and it now seems to be increasing. I am easily losing a hundred or more with simple combing with wide tooth comb over sink. Many hairs are wispy, but some are "normal" -- and they are now falling from sides and back as well as top. In just a few weeks, I've gone from thin hair to lots of revealed scalp and greatly thinned bangs, as well.

    I'm freaked out and don't want to even leave my house anymore. So, users: What have you experienced? What can I expect?

    As for the hairmax company response: i already have read the standard answers, but want something more from your comments. Like: is there any evidence that the comb works LESS WELL for those who shed badly initially? Is there a correlation between levels of shed and levels of long term success?

    And, if I cease using the comb permanently, can I reasonably expect that my shedding will slow again and that I will at least regrow some of the thin and regular hairs that were lost? ON AVERAGE, how long does it take for shedding to slow using the comb? Quitting the comb? Users, what have you experienced?

    Finally, I am experiencing an ongoing tingling in my scalp and I'm very aware of the remaining hair on my head (feels kind of like feathers!). I also feel a kind of pinchiness in my scalp and it seems like when i get a pinchy feeling, another bunch of hair will fall out shortly thereafter. Is it possible that the hairmax comb INJURED my follicles? I used it 3 x as directed in the literature (slowing moving it a half inch at a time using the 4 second timer and working first front to back and then bottom to top. I think each treatment I did lasted about 15 - 20 minutes.) Users, anyone else have this experience?

    Thank you, everyone, in advance for your responses.

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    Hairmax Lasercomb And Shedding

    Hi Missingmyhair -

    Thank you for your post.

    To begin with, each individual who uses the HairMax reacts in different ways and at different times so results are not predicitable nor is time to realize results predictable.

    The HairMax does not cause permanent hair fallout, rather it stimulates the fine, wispy, telogen to shed to allow terminal hair to regrow in its place. There is also no correlation between amount of hair shed to measurement of success. Remember that you have over 100,000 hairs on your head so while you are noticing a lot of shedding, there are a lot of hairs left on your head.

    We have to continually stress that the best advice to users of the HairMax is to continue to use the HairMax for at least 6 months to judge final results. Your hair loss may be resulting from initial use of the HairMax which is a good sign that the device is beginning to work, or you could be in the normal shedding phase of the whole hair cycle.

    A tingling sensation of the scalp when using the device is normal and can result from an increase in blood supply to your scalp. The laser energy of the HairMax will never damage hair follicles - regular use promotes healthier follicles.

    Finally, it is important to remember that use of the HairMax may be helping you to retain the hair that you have and stopping regular use of the device may lead to even more shedding.

    Please be patient when using the HairMax and give it time to work. As we have always said, hair shedding is not caused by the device, but is a sign that the device is working. When you stop using the HairMax your hair will return to its normal shedding cycle, which may be worse than it is when you use the device.

    We wish you success in your continued use of the HairMax LaserComb.

    Last edited by LAS; 01-13-2010, 12:56 PM.


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