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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:

http://link.springer.com/article/10....257-013-0060-6

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: http://hairmaxpro.com/study-html/
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  • LAS
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    Hairmax use with other products

    Hi Roy -

    Thank you for your post.

    It seems that by using the HairMax and minoxidil together, you are probably increasing the blood supply to your scalp and this might be the cause of the resulting itching. This is a good sign that the HairMax is beginning to exert its effect. Also, now that the new hairs are probably growing, they are helping to clean out the hair duct, so you may be experiencing more dandruff from the oil in the gland. We suggest that you continue to use both the HairMax, minoxidil, and the hair care products, but that you also include an anti-dandruff/ anti-itch product such as Nizoril Shampoo a few times a week after you use the HairMax. This should help control the dandruff and also help relieve the itching.

    If you are using the HairMax like a comb you could be irritating your scalp. We suggest that you part the hair and apply the laser to one area, then when you hear the beep, you pick up the device and put it on the next area rather than gliding the teeth over your scalp.

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

    LAS

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    Last edited by LAS; 09-04-2012, 09:04 AM.

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  • roy
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    Itchy Scalp

    I have been using Laser comb now for almost 4 months. A month later after using it , I added Hair Care bundle to my regimen. In order to boost the result, last month I started using minoxidile. But now I am having a itchy scalp with dandruff and extreme scalp irritation. Should I keep using all three together?

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  • LAS
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    Hairmax lasercomb efficacy

    Hi James Orr -

    Thank you for your post.

    I will try to clarify what I said before about "peach fuzz". Many, many times the hair follicles are dormant and there are no hairs growing form the hair follicles. The HairMax can 'wake up' these dormant follicles and stimulate regrowth. However, when the follicles 'wake up' and before they start to produce thicker terminal hair, you will notice hairs that are in the follicle deep with the skin coming out of your scalp initially as vellus hair and they will be followed by thickened hair. You may not notice the shedding of these hairs because the shedding may occur at different time points, or if many are in the same time point then you will notice the shedding.

    That is why we have the statement: "Consistent with our clinical data, many of users start seeing noticeable hair growth in a few weeks. It may start with small “peach fuzz” like hairs sprouting from the scalp, and may also include a general thickening of the hair you have." Notice that in this statement if you see fine wispy or 'peach fuzz" hairs, that these are the vellus hairs that will be followed by the thicker hairs grow which results in "general thickening of the hair you have."

    The term 'peach fuzz' always refers to the fine, miniaturized hairs of androgenetic alopecia, whether you start to see them when the HairMax initially begins to work in the dormant follicles, or when they are visible on the scalp before treatment.

    I hope this clarifies the statement and we wish you success in your use of the HairMax LaserComb.

    LAS

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  • JamesOrr
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    Originally posted by LAS View Post
    Hi James Orr -

    Thank you for your post.

    This reference, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1070167-is a excellent overview of hair loss, authored by a noted dermatologist from Columbia University and should tell you everything you need to know from an academic point of view (that is - not based on actual experience of those treating their hair loss). (The terms telogen hairs and vellus hairs are interchangable terms to describe fine, wispy hairs).

    It is important to realize that the HairMax not only promotes hair growth, but also prevents further hair loss. In your case, since you say that you hair loss is not noticeable to others, it may very well be that the HairMax is helping you retain the hair you have. Also, you do continue to go through the normal hair cycles when on the HairMax which can also cause hair loss. You might want to add minoxidil to your regimen as that drug has a difference mechanism of action than the HairMax and results should be synergized by using both. It is also important to keep your scalp very clean as excess oiliness can harbor bacteria that can contribute to hair loss. Use of specific hair health vitamins such as the HairMax Healthy Hair Vitamins can be a big help, too.


    We also recommend that you look through the postings on this site to see results that other have achieved. You will notice that there is no predictable time frame to see maximal results with some reporting results after 2 years or more of continuous use.

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

    LAS

    Visit the website: http://www.hairmax.com
    Follow us: http://www.facebook.com/hairmax
    Access the HairMax Blog: http://hairmaxlasercomb.blogspot.com
    Online ordering of the HairMax LaserComb: http://www.hairmaxestore.com
    I was confused by your statement that the "peach fuzz" was actually vellus hairs on their way to falling out because that seems to contradict what your web site says are typical results for "Weeks 8-12":
    Consistent with our clinical data, many of users start seeing noticeable hair growth in a few weeks. It may start with small “peach fuzz” like hairs sprouting from the scalp, and may also include a general thickening of the hair you have.

    That quote seems to say that the potential new hair growth starts with the vellus hairs, but it's not clear that it actually means—according to what you wrote me—those fine hairs are not new growth, but hair on its way out. You guys might consider rewording that, because I think most people will assume that the vellus hairs ARE new growth, i.e., actual new baby hairs.

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  • LAS
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    Hairmax lasercomb results

    Hi James Orr -

    Thank you for your post.

    This reference, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1070167-is a excellent overview of hair loss, authored by a noted dermatologist from Columbia University and should tell you everything you need to know from an academic point of view (that is - not based on actual experience of those treating their hair loss). (The terms telogen hairs and vellus hairs are interchangable terms to describe fine, wispy hairs).

    It is important to realize that the HairMax not only promotes hair growth, but also prevents further hair loss. In your case, since you say that you hair loss is not noticeable to others, it may very well be that the HairMax is helping you retain the hair you have. Also, you do continue to go through the normal hair cycles when on the HairMax which can also cause hair loss. You might want to add minoxidil to your regimen as that drug has a difference mechanism of action than the HairMax and results should be synergized by using both. It is also important to keep your scalp very clean as excess oiliness can harbor bacteria that can contribute to hair loss. Use of specific hair health vitamins such as the HairMax Healthy Hair Vitamins can be a big help, too.


    We also recommend that you look through the postings on this site to see results that other have achieved. You will notice that there is no predictable time frame to see maximal results with some reporting results after 2 years or more of continuous use.

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

    LAS

    Visit the website: http://www.hairmax.com
    Follow us: http://www.facebook.com/hairmax
    Access the HairMax Blog: http://hairmaxlasercomb.blogspot.com
    Online ordering of the HairMax LaserComb: http://www.hairmaxestore.com
    Last edited by LAS; 08-21-2012, 09:47 AM.

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  • JamesOrr
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    Originally posted by LAS View Post
    Hi James -

    Thank you for your post.

    It is gratifying to see the early results you are experiencing and we are sure that your experience will be very motivating to users of the HairMax. Those 'peach fuzz' hair you are seeing are the vellus or telogen hairs which will be shed to make way for the thicker terminal hairs.

    We would be interested to know at what point in treatment you are seeing these results.

    Your post and pictures do reinforce the need to use the HairMax as directed and for AT LEAST 20 weeks to judge results.

    We hope that you will keep us informed as you progress through treatment.

    Thanks again, and we wish you success in your further treatment with the HairMax LaserComb.

    LAS

    Visit the website: http://www.hairmax.com
    Follow us: http://www.facebook.com/hairmax
    Access the HairMax Blog: http://hairmaxlasercomb.blogspot.com
    Online ordering of the HairMax LaserComb: http://www.hairmaxestore.com
    I was not aware that the vellus hairs will also shed. That's good to know. Is there any information about that on your site that I can read up on?

    As for the length of my treatment, this is where it gets interesting. I actually started in October of last year, and I've kept it up faithfully using the laser comb 3 times per week. The only results I'd seen over this length of time was that my hair appeared darker in some places. Other than that, the regular shedding of my hair—the hair loss that motivated me to get the laser comb—continued. That's why I thought it was not working for me.

    However, since I hadn't looked at my scalp in the daylight as I did in the photo above, I really can't say what was transpiring earlier. Having said that, about a month and a half ago I did order the shampoo, conditioner, scalp treatment, vitamins, package and started to use those as directed. I guess there's the possibility that the scalp treatment in particular was cleansing me in such a way that made the laser treatment more effective, and maybe that's why I'm seeing these vellus hairs. I really can't say. Only time will tell.

    As it stands, other than my hair appearing darker, seeing a few thicker hairs (which I can't confirm if they are the result of using the laser comb), and the peach fuzz, I can't say I've seen anything else. My hair continues to shed at the volume it always has, and my overall scalp is much more visible than even 8-9 months ago.

    The laser comb was recommended to me after a free consultation with a hair restoration specialist back in October of 2011. They also prescribed Finasteride (half dosage daily), but I immediately experienced ***ual side effects, so I stopped taking it after a couple weeks. My hope was that the laser comb would be enough.

    I'm 46 years-old, and I can't say my thinning is typical male patterned baldness. Standing in a room without bright overhead lighting, you wouldn't initially notice the hair loss, but if you got up close, it's very noticeable. In the bathroom, it's quite noticeable. In fact, I'm basically at the critical stage to where if I can continue shedding at this rate, I'll probably have to shave my head by the end of the year. I won't do transplants since they require heavy maintenance that includes more medication.

    Anyway, I'd like to learn more about the vellus stage, if you have that information. My hope is that the appearance of the vellus hairs is a positive indication that something is happening. If the use of scalp treatments, etc., had purged me of such things as maybe a sebum build up, and thereby made the laser comb more effective at stimulating the follicles, then that may put me on a different timeline going back about six weeks. I really don't know. It's all trial and error.

    Any advice or information would be much appreciated.

    Thank you.

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  • LAS
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    Hairmax lasercomb efficacy

    Hi James -

    Thank you for your post.

    It is gratifying to see the early results you are experiencing and we are sure that your experience will be very motivating to users of the HairMax. Those 'peach fuzz' hair you are seeing are the vellus or telogen hairs which will be shed to make way for the thicker terminal hairs.

    We would be interested to know at what point in treatment you are seeing these results.

    Your post and pictures do reinforce the need to use the HairMax as directed and for AT LEAST 20 weeks to judge results.

    We hope that you will keep us informed as you progress through treatment.

    Thanks again, and we wish you success in your further treatment with the HairMax LaserComb.

    LAS

    Visit the website: http://www.hairmax.com
    Follow us: http://www.facebook.com/hairmax
    Access the HairMax Blog: http://hairmaxlasercomb.blogspot.com
    Online ordering of the HairMax LaserComb: http://www.hairmaxestore.com
    Last edited by LAS; 08-14-2012, 10:03 AM.

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  • JamesOrr
    started a topic Seeing Peach Fuzz with Proper Lighting

    Seeing Peach Fuzz with Proper Lighting

    As I've used the laser comb, I've tried to see progress using the bathroom mirror. I assume most users do that as well. However, I couldn't see much of any results—especially the mysterious "peach fuzz" that's supposed to precede the more demonstrative results. I was getting a bit discouraged until I was driving today and stopped at a red light. I just happened to have my visor down with the mirror open and a looked up at my hairline. There was the peach fuzz plain as day.

    When I returned home to examine my hairline in the bathroom, I couldn't see it, so apparently lighting has a huge part to do with seeing the initial results. Here's a photo of my hairline featuring a photo snapped from the car during the day and then one at home in the bathroom just a little while ago. The difference is noticeable.

    NOTE: I had been to the gym wearing a hat so after sweating, my hairline is much more disheveled than the earlier shot.

    I hope this encourages someone to not give up.

    James

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