iRestore Laser Hair Growth System review

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Yes, I’m a little too short for a stormtrooper. But my head is just the right size for the iRestore Laser Hair Growth System hat / helmet / cap / thingy. Actually, they call it a dome. What is it and why am I wearing it? Keep reading to find out.

What is it?

The iRestore Laser Hair Growth System is an FDA-cleared laser hair therapy system for men and women who suffer from androgenic alopecia.

What’s in the package?

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iRestore dome with attached controller
AC adapter
User manual

Design and features

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The iRestore dome is made of white plastic. It has a built in head band that helps keep the dome in place during therapy sessions, and it has a handheld controller that is used to start and stop the sessions.

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Inside the dome are 21 lasers and 30 LEDs that emit a specific wave length of light.

Also inside the dome are several soft cushions that allow the dome to fit comfortably on your head.

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The controller has a small backlit display that shows a timer while the session is in progress and there are two buttons that control power, and start and stop the session.

Why would you want to use this goofy looking helmet?

Having very thin hair or balding areas on your head can be traumatic for some people because humans tend to judge others on their appearance.

The iRestore system claims to be able to promote hair growth in men ages 18-48 and women ages 18-60 who have androgenic alopecia. For men, this is usually referred to as male pattern baldness which is classified on the Norwood-Hamilton scale. The iRestore system claims to help men who fall in the Class IIa to V range and in the Fitzpatrick Skin Types I to VI range.

The iRestore Laser Hair Growth System is appropriate for women who have pattern baldness  and fall on the Ludwig Savin Scale from Class I to II and have a Fitzpatrick Skin Type of I to IV. You can see the charts below:

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Why am I reviewing the iRestore system? Because I’ve been dealing with thin hair since my cancer adventure 5 years ago. All my body hair fell out 2 weeks after my first chemo treatment. I was given what the nurses called the “Red Devil” (Adriamycin) chemotherapy drug. It actually came in a huge syringe and looked just like red Kool-aid. I had four treatments of that particular chemo and then I had four more treatments of another type of chemo that my Doc said shouldn’t make my hair fall out again, but it did.

I didn’t get that upset about my hair falling out due to the chemo. The first day it started happening, I called the person who cut my hair and she came to the house and shaved it all off. It was really pretty liberating. But unfortunately, it didn’t grow back as thick and full as it had been before all the chemo and another drug I was on for about 4 years.

I’ve tried a few different things with the hopes that it might make my hair recover. There’s Biotin, which I’m still taking once a day. I don’t think it’s really doing anything. I’ve tried some hair vitamins called Hairfluence for a couple months. They didn’t really help either. The latest test has been Biotin shampoo which I’ve been using for a month or so without any noticeable effects. So when I was offered the chance, I was totally game to try the iRestore.

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Using iRestore is very simple. You just put it on your head like you see above.

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The helmet isn’t very heavy or uncomfortable. The cord coming out the back gets in the way a little bit, but it’s not a huge deal because the sessions only take 25 minutes every other day. You just press the power button on the controller and then the start button.

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The LEDs turn on and off for twenty-five minutes and you’re done. The controller beeps at the end of the session and the LEDs automatically turn off.

About 15 minutes into the first session I thought I felt my head getting hot, but it was probably my imagination because I’ve never felt that sensation again. Your head doesn’t get hot at all… at least mine doesn’t.

So is it working? It’s too early to tell because it takes 16 weeks before you know. Yes, that’s a long time, so I plan to do an update every 4 weeks.

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This the top of my head where the thinning is the most noticeable. This picture was taken on 8/29/16 before my first iRestore session.

So far I’ve done 9 treatments and am not noticing any new hair, but I plan to keep doing the treatments every other day for the full 16 weeks and will continue adding photos and updates every few weeks. I’m pretty skeptical that it will help me, but I’m happy to take one for the gadget team and give it a try! So stay tuned and keep checking back for updates.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by iRestore. Please visit their site for more info and Amazon to order one.

 

Product Information

Price:$595
Manufacturer:iRestore
Retailer:Amazon
Pros:
  • Easy to use
  • No pain or discomfort
Cons:
  • Expensive
  • Takes 16 weeks before potential benefit is realized
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  • Vu September 16, 2016, 11:25 am

    I’m a guy, and I would kill to have the same amount of hair you have on your head right now 🙂

    • Julie Strietelmeier September 16, 2016, 11:49 am

      I completely understand. It does feel different when you’re female though. I think hair is more important to women and more important to the way people feel about a woman. It’s completely acceptable for a guy to be balding, or have a buzz cut, but not so much for a woman. Case in point, I was recently shopping at Walmart and some older guy in a wheelchair made the unsolicited comment that it looked like someone had done a number on my hair. I asked him what he was talking about and he repeated his comment. I replied that I like to keep my hair very short. Then I turned away and he said “looks like a boy’s haircut to me” I just walked away without saying anything because it took me off guard and kind of embarrassed me. Of course 5 seconds later I was just pissed about it, but it was too late to make a witty comeback.

      • John Kes September 16, 2016, 12:26 pm

        Don’t worry about it. There are a lot of strange people at WalMart.

      • Andy Chen September 16, 2016, 4:01 pm

        I hate people.

        I’ll include Walmart to my list.

      • Vu September 16, 2016, 6:02 pm

        I think you look perfectly fine with short hair (my wife loves her hair short). However, I totally understand that you would want to have fuller, denser hair (I mean, so do I … haha)
        As for that guy in Walmart … there’s always jerks among us. You look terrific to me 🙂

      • Lynn Lopez September 19, 2016, 10:04 am

        Wow the nerve of some people. I swear people just spout things off without thinking about what they are saying first. I wear my hear very short also. It is a personal choice (mainly because I am lazy and just do not want to spend more than 5 min on it a day. Plus long hair gets in the way of a lot of the physical activities I like to do in my off time) and my choice alone. I think your hair looks great and I would never have noticed it was thinning you if you had not mentioned it. Too bad it only works for men up to age 48. I know my husband would have been interested.

        • Julie Strietelmeier September 19, 2016, 11:20 am

          I don’t like messing with my hair either. I don’t blow dry it anymore. Just towel dry and fluff. If it was up to me I’d probably go GI Jane and get a buzz cut. But Jeanne would frown on that and people would probably think I was sick again 🙂

  • Andy Chen September 16, 2016, 10:13 pm

    Don’t let Max use it as a kitty bed. The results might be hairy.

  • Michael September 17, 2016, 8:46 am

    My wife likes Nioxin

    http://www.nioxin.com/en-EN

    I’m using it as well. It’s hard to tell if I am going bald more slowly or not. What hair I have grows faster I think. A lifetime tendency to dandruff has gone away so that at least is good! Watching your laser treatment with interest.

    • Julie Strietelmeier September 17, 2016, 10:59 am

      I’ve not heard of Nioxin. I’m I correct that it soaks into the hair strands and plumps them up? I’m not sure if I would want to do that since I’m assuming that you’ll have to continue buying and using the product forever. Right? Interesting though!

      • Alan Claver September 17, 2016, 12:41 pm

        From their website it appears to be standard hair care shotgun nonsense. And I find it despicable when product developers name their product with a “hint” of the name of something that actually works. Obviously Nioxin is supposed to invoke the actual medication Monoxidil when in fact it has no proven medication whatsoever.

  • Alan Claver September 17, 2016, 12:46 pm

    From what I’m reading on the web, LED or laser treatment has absolutely no evidence that it treats hair thinning or loss. Here’s a couple of sources:

    https://www.physicsforums.com/threads/efficacy-of-laser-hair-treatment.367348/
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Low_level_laser_therapy

    Obviously hair loss is a serious issue to men and especially women and it’s a ripe for unproven treatments. You guys shouldn’t be adding to this problem.

    • Julie Strietelmeier September 17, 2016, 3:44 pm

      Alan, that’s why I’m doing a real review that’s going to take 16 weeks to finish.

  • Ryan September 23, 2016, 12:48 pm

    Hello, I am looking forward to your review as I am a 43 year old male who finally bit the bullet and had a procedure done at Bosley yesterday. The doc recommended some sort of laser therapy to keep the hair I have and I ran across this product on Amazon. I am looking forward to some real world testing before I spend that kind of money on a product. Good luck to you as I hope it gives you the results we all hope for!

  • Ryan September 23, 2016, 12:50 pm

    I forgot to mention I had cancer at the age of 12 and wonder if there is a correlation with my hair loss from chemo to the hair loss I have now?? Weakening of the follicles maybe?

    • Julie Strietelmeier September 23, 2016, 3:02 pm

      Since my chemo treatments were only 5 years ago, that’s what I’m thinking has caused my thinned hair. That and hormones. But I’m giving the iRestore a try. I told the PR person who offered these details and they didn’t decline the offer, so we’ll see if it helps. I’m 25% into the initial 16-week treatment. I’ll be posting my first update to the review next week.

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