Theradome Laser Helmet Review – A 120 Day Continuous Journal
When people review hair loss products I rarely see some real effort put into it. I am going to do a real 120 day live journal that will end up doubling as a comprehensive Theradome Laser Helmet review. My initial thought is to give you a detailed summary of each and every experience I have with it as well as include a picture of my crown and general top of scalp area. Also, just so you know I am not a fake person, I will take a picture with the name of the first person who asks me to in the comments! I will also post this in the forum so that others can do a similar journal with their Theradome experiences. So, without any further ado, lets begin.
Theradome Laser Helmet Review – Day 1
Above is a picture of the device on the charger. When I got the it, I was I really excited to just get going and use it, but unfortunately it needed to be charged before I could do anything. BUZZKILL! So I attached my foam fittings to the side of the Theradome and ATTEMPTED to set it on the charging cradle. Yes, I capitalized ‘attempted’ for a reason. My Theradome charging cradle seemed to be a bit limp :/ After having to fiddle with it for a few minutes, it finally began to glow orange as you see above. I expected that I would have to charge it, but I didn’t expect to have to actually leave it on the charger for the full recommended 2 hours before being able to use it. It took a full 2 hours before that light turned green and I know I am just an impatient person but that was a loooong two hours.
My hair is diffusely thinning from my vertex to the very front of my scalp. I have been battling for about a year and 3 months. I am one of the lucky ones who noticed it early so I have had a good chance of putting up a fight. Anyway, the helmet has a built in proximity sensor under the “pressure point cage” that lets the lasers know when the helmet is actually on your head so they can begin the treatment. I pressed the button, heard a nice little robot voice come out of the Theradome’s built-in speaker (made me think I was going crazy the first time I heard it) and I was at the beginning of my first in-home low level laser therapy treatment. The “pressure point cage” I was referring are to are the little blue rubber spikes that are shown in the picture below.
The only reason I stopped to make a point about those rubber spikes is because they do not fee like rubber when you have a two pound helmet above it putting weight down directly on the top of your scalp. I understand they are intended to generate added blood flow to the scalp which makes perfect sense to me. I can stand a little discomfort for added efficiency. Theradome mentions in their F.A.Q that one with a lot of hair should wet their hair before using so as to get full penetration with the 80 laser diodes. As you can tell from the pictures above, my hair is not terribly long but I wet my hair anyway and combed it with the large part of my comb in order to spread my hair proportionally. I used this helmet twice today and I plan on using it twice a day, three days a week. The website clearly states that its okay to do this and others have reported success without side-effects. I consider myself a risk taker so what the hell? Why not try to grow my hair back faster if possible, right? I guess we will find out. My Theradome laser helmet review will continue in roughly 20-30 days. Stay tuned folks!
Theradome Laser Helmet Review – Day 5
I received my helmet on 1/13/2014 and have been doing treatment twice a day, since that day. Today is 1/18/2014 and I stopped in to address a couple questions I received in the comments below. A few of you wondered if it was okay to do treatments twice a day and I want to address those concerns but first I want to stop and make it clear that anything I say is purely conjecture. Now that I made that point, allow to make my case. First things first, is my only reason for attempting this is because of claims made by Theradome themselves. I do not dispute them because my collective research of LLLT, Laser helmets, and Photobiostimulation suggest the same thing. Below is the claim that I have been referring to, I hope this helps to clear things you for you guys 🙂 Maybe even help us all grow our hair faster and better. PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU READ WHAT I SAY AFTER THE PICTURE AS WELL!
Other research Ive done involving laser helmets like the ones found on OverMachoGrande.com suggest the same. That website has a LOT of collective data involving LLLT so if you want to learn some real scientific research done, that should point you in the right direction. Not only one mans opinion either. There is a forum associated with his website where many, many men have made similar claims that using a laser device (as long as its not too strong) more often is more effective. Of course there are always radiation concerns when it comes to this kind of subject (at least it crossed my mind) but in the end, the FDA deemed this wavelength safe and I am sure the mere 80 diodes in the Theradome is not enough to over-saturate your scalp with lasers. The lasercap has over 200 laser diodes and some men use that every day from what I have read.
The Method Behind My Madness!
After all the research I have done my mind became loaded with information. One day my brain organized it all and this is my feeble mind makes sense of my madness. At the very source of all this research is the theory of Photobiostimulation. A two-dollar word for something that means “using light to make blood flow”. When it comes down to it, using lasers to grow hair is just a scientific way to exercise your scalp. I appreciate my fitness and natural athleticism and there is one thing I can tell you about those two things, when you do not exercise them, the end up fading away. However, when you do exercise them, and in-fact, the more you exercise them the better they got. Where am I going with this? I am saying that the more you exercise your scalp the better it will become at what you are specifically targeting… GROWING HAIR! Of course, there is a flip-side. If you do not exercise for a long time and then all of sudden start exercising, you run the risk of “shocking” your muscles. In this case, your scalp. I would expect my hair to fall out in large numbers going at the rate I am going IF AND ONLY IF I had not already been massaging my scalp for a half hour twice a day before this point. I did this for about two weeks in preparation for my putting my plan into action. AGAIN, everything I just said was theoretical but I am a gambler by nature and I pushed all-in on growing my hair back with this hypothesis I formed because objectively speaking, my hair is all going to go eventually at this rate anyway so I may as well push my chips in and try to double up (literally!). I don’t recommend anybody follow me until you see what results I yield. At least there is some jackass willing to push it to the limit and tell you guys about it 😀
Theradome Laser Helmet Review – 3 Months Later
It took me a while to get back in the game on this and I have my reasons, trust me. First of all I appreciate everyone who commented and stopped by to read in on this. I know you are all anxious to hear the outcome, as was I to see it! Unfortunately, there are no results to speak of. And I stuck by my procedure to a religious (fault) manner. All I can say is that for sure, is that the ORIGINALLY promised results on the Theradome website have been changed! None of those expectations were met and that was the first give away. Can you imagine if I had actually tried to go by their suggested treatment method? It could potentially taken years to see results. A good sales pitch is like a hot girl, it awesome to think about but once you take her for a test drive (the sales pitch or the chick at this point) you find out quick that if the salesman or hot girl lied about anything at all, they most likely lied about EVERYTHING. Sure it seems harsh, but its the truth, especially with internet trends like kickstarter to provide a free sales pitch for everyone that make it seem credible. Upon my dissatisfaction with the Theradome laser helmet, I proceeded to get a refund and return my unit. I emailed Jenae, Theradome Customer service representative, and I was given some terrible thought out, non-educated, two-bit response. Our correspondence looked like this
After nearly 2 months of daily treatment, I have experienced little to none of the promised results. As of treatment 18 there is supposed to be a “noticeable” decrease in shedding and here I am on treatment 43 (ive been doing them daily) and I am thinner up top than the day I got the Theradome and have pictures to prove it. I would like to return my unit for a refund. Please provide me with whatever return authorizations are necessary and thank you for all of your assistance.
Jenae ( Theradome ):
Keep in mind that everyone gets results at a different pace, since everybody’s body is different. There are many factors that can slow down results including illness, chronic disease, genetics, etc. Hair does not grow very quickly even when the body is 100% healthy and that is why it takes so long to see improvement. It takes at least 4 months for hair to grow on average, and for some it takes longer. Keep me posted on your progress.
Although what you say is true, it is a very generic answer. Especially to those who are educated on the matter. The theradome (if effective) should be restoring my follicles into the anagen phase of growth. I am well aware of the growth cycles of hair and the variables involved in everyBODY. The fact the my hair is still falling at an alarming rate means that my follicles are clearly still in the telogen phase. Regardless of how long it takes hair to grow (6 – 9 months as you stated) if the follicles are still in the telogen phase then it is moot how long it takes hair to grow because those follicles are not in the growing/anagen phase. Its pretty simple logic if you understand what you’re talking about.
I appreciate your help and I will keep you updated
I know what you’re thinking.. I’m kind of an ass. I know and I dont care. If somebody is selling you an idea but can’t use the logic necessary to uphold the idea then someone should let me them know how it is. Not let them just go about spreading lies to any idiot who will accept it. Anyway, after that email block I used the Theradome for almost a whole MONTH MORE before sending it back, and I got notta, zippo, zilch, moosetits. First, I got this normal kind of RMA type email from Jenae and didn’t think much of it. Except I took special notice of the bold words.
Please return your unit to the address below. Please note the refunds process can take up to 4-6 weeks to process a refund so please be patient. As soon as we receive your unit back we perform an inspection and follow it with paper work. I will let you know when your refund has processed through.
Those are what I like to call “shady” words. When pieced together the way the are, that is the type of context that sounds like, “we’re gonna cover our asses, and maybe bite off of yours”. Basically, I got paranoid they were going to say something was wrong with my unit and charge me a restocking fee or damage goods fee or something. SO, I did the smart thing and did an entire 3 minute video inspection of my unit. Then, when I finally sent it back, after two weeks I sent this email out.
hey Jenae, my tracking number shows my theradome was returned a little over 2 weeks ago. I was just checking in to make sure everything is going alright and possibly getting an ETA on my refund please. Thank you
I’m sorry for the delay on this reply. I am no longer in the customer service department so I will have our new customer service manager Mark check on your refund for you and get it expedited if all checks out okay. He will follow up with a reply and information
^^ See that, she did it again. Paranoia pays off. A couple weeks later, it had all stewed inside of me. That’s when I got fed up and sent this.
Jenae, its now been six weeks since sending the theradome back and nearly 4 weeks since emailing you. Mark has not since replied or let me know anything nor have I received any money back. Also since you keep saying things as ambiguous as “if all checks out”, i can assure you the unit was fully functional. I did my own video while testing my unit for functionality before sending back. Just in case there is any doubt, I have my own proof. Please forward this to mark and respond to me about my refund as soon as you can. I would appreciate your help.
I literally received a refund the next day. So, all-in-all, my Theradome venture was a giant failure. HOW ABOUT YOURS?!?