With so many hair loss product brands on the market, it can be hard to know which ones are the best. And when you’re losing your hair, you simply don’t have the time to weigh all of your options!
I’ve written this ultimate guide on HairMax to share the good and the bad. With this information, you can then decide if HairMax (or similar products) are right for you.
In this guide, I’ll first introduce you to HairMax’s line of products. We’ll then take a closer look at its most popular products – the LaserComb and LaserBand – as well as the scientific proof to back it up. I’ll then walk you through the various side effects and considerations.
Before we begin, I’d like to clarify that I personally would not recommend HairMax’s hair products. Why? The simple answer is they contain preservatives and chemicals! These can worsen your hair loss when used regularly, and they’re not good for your overall health, either.
What Is HairMax?
HairMax is a hair growth and cosmetics brand based in the United States.
Hair & Scalp Treatments
HairMax offers four hair and scalp treatment products, all of which claim to increase hair density and treat hair loss.
The Den•si•ty Shampoo includes three DHT blockers, antioxidants, and natural vasodilators (such as peppermint and tea tree oil). It claims to cleanse your scalp without stripping away its natural oils, while also gently exfoliating.
The Den•si•ty Conditioner focuses more on moisturizing and hydrating your scalp. It includes Vitamin E and essential fatty acids, as well as argan oil.
Next is Den•si•ty Activator, a leave-in serum. It claims to support hair growth by providing a healthy ‘boost’ to your scalp’s follicles.
Play with the slider below to see before and after.
And last is the Den•si•ty Revitalizer. To be used three times per week after you shampoo, the formula claims to exfoliate and cleanse the scalp of build up and pollution.
When used together, HairMax claims to support a healthy scalp and complement the HairMax LaserComb system.
One thing to keep in mind, though, is the above products contains preservatives and chemicals. These can cause even more harm – including hair loss. This is why I recommend natural hair care products to my readers.
While what you use on your scalp and hair is important, what you put in your body can be even more so. And while you should get the majority of your nutrients from the foods you eat, sometimes you may need a little boost.
HairMax offers a supplements product for both men and women. Its ingredients (including Niacin, Folate, and Biotin) support healthy hair, nails, and skin.
Hair fibers are a product used to bulk and volumize areas of thinning hair. They’re commonly made of proteins with a static charge that enable them to cling to your hair.
HairMax Hair Fibers claim to provide a color-rich, natural look for those with thinning hair. It easily washes out with any shampoo, and it can be worn daily.
Check out my complete guide on hair fibers and powders to learn more about their uses.
Laser Devices & Accessories
HairMax’s most popular products, its laser devices include the LaserComb (Prima 7 and Ultima 12) and LaserBand (41 and 82). It also offers various accessories, such as the charging cradle and replacement teeth.
Unlike the above products – including the shampoo, conditioner, and revitalizer – the laser systems don’t contain any preservatives or chemicals. And while it may seem like something straight out of science fiction, laser therapy for hair loss has a lot of merits.
Laser Therapy – How Does It Work?
To understand the role that Laser Therapy (LT) can play in reversing hair loss, it’s first important to understand why hair loss occurs.
Hair loss, scientifically referred to as alopecia, is an all-encompassing term for excessive shedding that leads to baldness. There are many causes, but one of the most common is Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA).
AGA is a disorder that affects both men (Male-Pattern Baldness) and women (Female-Pattern Hair Loss). It’s a genetic condition, and one that causes a sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
DHT is a naturally-occurring androgen hormone, which is crucial in sexual development. It’s produced from the interaction between testosterone (the male sex hormone) and 5-alpha-reductase (5AR) (an enzyme).
In all men and women, DHT attaches to the hair follicles. For those with AGA, this causes a process called hair miniaturization.
In simplest terms, the sensitivity to DHT causes inflammation. As the follicles inflame, there is less room for hair strands to comfortably develop. Eventually, the strands can no longer reach the scalp.
If not treated, miniaturization can cause permanent and irreversible balding.
With that explanation out of the way, let’s look at the ways LT can treat AGA and similar causes of hair loss.
It Stimulates Epidermal Stem Cells
Stem cells are cells without a designation. They can be used to restore and repair any organ or bodily structure, and they also help in the proliferation of hair follicle cells.
In hair follicles with miniaturization, the stem cells may be receiving limited levels of energy. After all, their blood and oxygen supplies are severely limited.
The great thing about lasers is they can penetrate almost anything, including the scalp. They then interact with the structures within the scalp, such as the stem cells.
The stem cells can then use the light emitted from the lasers to ‘create’ energy. This energy can then be used to repair the follicles and stimulate new hair growth.
It Promotes Anagen Phase Hair Growth
Hair growth occurs in three phases. They are:
- Anagen. Active growth, which takes anywhere from two to six years.
- Catagen. The transition phase, which takes anywhere from a few days to two weeks.
- Telogen. The resting phase, which takes anywhere from three to six months.
On the average scalp, about 90% of hair follicles are in anagen phase at any given time. But if you’re a person with hair loss, this percentage is much lower.
During miniaturization, the time between transitions shortens. Your hair will begin to transition from anagen to telogen before your hairs have fully grown, which eventually leads to baldness.
As mentioned above, LT can stimulate epidermal stem cells. This then leads to the proliferation of hair follicle cells, which are necessary for the hair growth cycle.
As such, LT can promote anagen phase hair growth, and ensure the follicles stay in anagen phase for as long as possible.
It Reduces Scalp and Follicle Inflammation
While DHT is the ultimate cause of hair loss for people with AGA, inflammation is the mechanism through which it happens. It can also be a side effect of other hair loss conditions, including Alopecia Areata and even fungal infections.
If you fail to treat the inflammation, its presence can lead to further hair loss. This will only continue the vicious cycle.
LT is an easy, pain free way to target the inflammation. This is true no matter its cause.
By using a laser device on a regular basis, you can keep inflammation under control. You’ll then have a healthier scalp environment in which new hair can grow.
HairMax LaserComb Technology – The Scientific Proof
As one of the newer technologies available for hair loss treatment, there aren’t a lot of research studies on the topic. However, there are enough to get good insight into how it works.
United States, 2012
The first major study to test LT was performed in 2012 on a group of mice. Alopecia Areata (AA) was induced in all 12 mice who were part of the study.
The mice were split into two groups. The first (consisting of six mice) received laser therapy with the HairMax LaserComb for 20 seconds, three times per week.
The second group (consisting of the remaining six mice) received the same “treatment”, but the laser beam was off.
To test the efficacy of the treatments, skin biopsies were taken from all 12 mice. They were examined under a microscope.
On the left, you see the results of the sham “treatments”. There’s very little in the way of hair follicles. On the right, you see the LaserComb treatments. Here, a multitude of elongated hair follicles are visible.
According to the researchers, the mice in the sham group had the majority of their hair follicles in telogen phase. In the treatment group, though, the majority were in anagen (with a few having already transitioned to catagen).
The results above are well and good, but they don’t offer insight into human hair growth with LaserComb treatments. However, another study does just that.
United States, 2014
A randomized, double-blind clinical study was performed consisting of 269 subjects altogether (128 male and 141 female). All were diagnosed with AGA.
The patients were randomly split into four trials.
Trial #1: It consisted of 78 female subjects. They received treatment with either a 9-beam lasercomb, or a sham device.
Trial #2: It consisted of 63 female subjects. They received treatment with either a 12-beam lasercomb, or a sham device.
Trial #3: It consisted of 49 male subjects. They received treatment with either a 7-beam lasercomb, or a sham device.
Trial #4: It consisted of 79 male subjects. They received treatment with either a 9-beam or 12-beam lasercomb, or a sham device.
The trials each lasted for 26 weeks. To track efficacy, researchers used the change of terminal hair density at 16 weeks and 26 weeks from baseline.
Digital images were taken at baseline, as well as both follow-up appointments. The images were then examined by hair transplant surgeons who were blinded to the patients’ treatment status. These were the results:
In each of the four trials, the treatment with a lasercomb far outweighed the sham treatment results.
Of course, more research is needed to better understand LT’s efficacy, as well as possible side effects.
Who Should Use HairMax LaserComb?
According to the developers of the LaserComb system, the device is best used on those with mild to moderate hair loss. This includes men and women with Androgenetic Alopecia (AGA), Alopecia Areata (AA), and other hair loss conditions.
But what if you have severe hair loss?
While using the device may not hurt, it likely won’t help, either. Severe hair loss is characterized at a stage 6 or 7 on the Hamilton-Norwood hair loss scale. At this point, much of your hair follicles have died, and reversing it is almost impossible.
This is why immediate treatment – as soon as you suspect hairline recession – is important.
Cost & Availability
The cost of HairMax products is on the pricier side, especially the laser devices. Let’s take a closer look.
The hair products range in price from $18 (Den•si•ty Revitalizer) to $37 (Den•si•ty Activator). You can also purchase a bundle (which includes the Shampoo, Conditioner, and Revitalizer) for $49.95.
The Dietary Supplement comes to $18 for a 30-day supply, and the Hair Fibers start at $35.
With such high prices, I recommend you consider other options. For example, you can purchase a general multivitamin for much less at a health foods store, and the results will be the same (assuming similar ingredients). I’d also recommend shampoos and other hair products with no preservatives at all.
These can be hard to find, especially in-store. However, they are available. For example, check out my own line of products here.
As for the laser devices, they’ll run you anywhere from $199 (Prima 7 LaserComb) to $799 (LaserBand82).
The products can be purchased on their website, as well as Amazon. You may be able to find HairMax products (specifically the LaserComb) at beauty supply shops (including Ulta).
Side Effects & Considerations
As with any over-the-counter hair product, side effects are a possibility. This is especially true when preservatives are used in the formula.
The most common side effects include:
In rare cases, you may also experience a severe allergic reaction known as anaphylaxis. This is life threatening, and symptoms include:
- Raised bumps/hives
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Swelling of the face/mouth/lips/cheeks/throat
If you experience any of the above symptoms, seek out emergency medical attention.
Now, what about the laser devices? While rare, these can include:
- Skin pain/burning
- Mild numbness
If the above symptoms continue, or they increase in severity, it’s best to stop use of LT immediately.
IMPORTANT! If you have a growth or malignant lesion on your scalp, exposure to LT may cause them to grow in size. Speak with your physician before beginning treatment.
How to Use HairMax Combs and Bands Effectively
If you decide to use LT to treat your hair loss, you’ll want to be sure you’re doing so effectively. As such, I have a few tips offer.
Number one, be sure to remove all hair product from your hair before treatment sessions. Such products can interact with the laser beams making them less effective.
Instead, you’ll need to perform the treatment on a clean, dry scalp. It may be easiest to do so in the morning, prior to applying any products. However, you can also do them at night, after all products has been removed and your hair is dried.
Two, consistency is key. You don’t need to perform LT on a daily basis. In fact, any more than three times per week hasn’t been shown to have any positive effects.
This means you’ll need to plan your sessions on a weekly basis, and then stick to them. I recommend using the devices on the same days each week, so as to improve the odds of remembering.
Third, you cannot expect results overnight. Just as it took you awhile to lose hair, it will take awhile for it to grow back.
It’s easy to become discouraged when results aren’t instantaneous. But the more realistic you are about the timeline, the happier you’ll be.
And lastly, you can improve results by combining LT with other natural hair loss treatments. After all, LT should just be one tool in your arsenal.
The great thing about LT is it can be combined with any number of treatments. These include essential oil topicals, microneedling sessions, and even internal DHT blockers.
You don’t have to put all your eggs in one basket, and you shouldn’t. Create a hair loss routine that works for you, and the results will likely be much improved.
There are hundreds of hair loss products on the market, so how can you tell which ones are right for you? Unfortunately, there’s no clear cut answer.
While I think LT (and, therefore, HairMax’s LaserCombs and LaserBands) has promise, I also believe it’s not the only thing you should be doing. There are other methods mentioned throughout this site that support this.
Do you have any questions about HairMax, Laser Therapy, or anything else hair loss related? Be sure to leave it in the comments below!
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