iRestore laser hair growth system : All You need to know
irestore review

 

Updated in May 2020 to include iRestore new model: iRestore Professional. 

The blog reviews iRestore laser hair growth system, one of the many brands that belong to Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) for hair loss treatment.  There are some clinical studies indicating LLLT can work to halt or even reverse hair loss in early stage. It is a much less popular treatment type than the mainstream treatment like Minoxidil and finasteride. The clinical studies were done in a much smaller scale than minoxidil and finasteride. The effectiveness of LLLT is generally believed to be not as good as minoxidil and finasteride.  Nonetheless, it warrants some examination. 

 

 

What is the iRestore Laser Hair Growth System?

It is an FDA-cleared laser hair therapy system  intended for both men and women who suffer from androgenic alopecia. Please be advised the the device is FDA-clearednot FDA-approved, meaning the effectiveness and safety is not rigorously demonstrated (In contrast, Minoxidil and finasteride are FDA approved).  The device is said to use clinical-strength laser technology in treating both hair loss and thinning hair for men and women. More specifically, it is intended for men between the age range of 18-48 (Norwooed-Hamilton Scale between Class IIa to V )and women between 18-60 years who are suffering from hair loss (Ludwig Savin Scale between Class I to II ) (see image below). The skin type IRestore may work is Fitzpatrick Skin Types  I to VI as shown below.

 irestore works-for-both men women for certain hair loss types

 

 

How it works? 

The helmet, when worn appropriately on the head and switched on, emits a red light, which is then absorbed by your cells. They claim that the light energy absorbed stimulates a rapid change in the metabolism rate and ATP production of the cells. This causes the hair follicles that have long been dormant to start producing hair again. Aside from the promise of regrowth of your hair, it is said also to strengthens and builds up the hair follicle so that your existing hair looks a lot thicker.  Results is said to be visible in 3 to 6 months

 how does irestore work

 

Irestore components and looking 

Irestore Essential

irestore components

 

Irestore Prefessional

All  parts except for the user manual and packaging box included in the Irestore product are shown above.  

 

 

How is Irestore compared to other laser helmets?

  

  Irestore Essential Irestore Professional Hair covet theradome capillus
# of laser diodes 21 82 272 82 82
Laser wavelength 650 650 650 678 650
# of LED 30 200 0 0 0
FDA cleared? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FDA approved? No No No No No
Where is made China China China USA USA
Battery Powered Optional (add $40) Optional (add $70) Yes Yes Yes

Include Wall Plug

for ourside USA? 

No No Yes No Yes

Comfortability of

wearing the device

Not Comfortable Comfortable Comfortable Comfortable Comfortable
Quality Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent Excellent
Price (usd) 595 1195 799 895 899
Recommendation

 

 

*: Capillus is a cap like laser helmet. The size of the cap can't be adjusted to fit heads of different size. However, it offers two sizes of the cap, one for average size of head and one for larger head.

**: Capillus and Igrow provide wall plugs that look similar to what is shown below. It includes changeable plug prongs so it can be used in most countries in the world. The AC adaptor of all four brands above can be used with voltage from 100 v to 240v. 

 

laser helmet charger

 

 

How to use iRestore

Using the iRestore is quite straight forward. All you have to do is put it on your head, press the power button on the controller and then the start button. The helmet is made of plastic. It has a built-in clap to fit into head of different size. I found the claps are little tight to make it a little uncomfortable.  The laser and LED lights turn on and off for 25 minutes, and you’re done. The controller gives a beep at the end of the session, and the LEDs automatically turn off. It is recommended to use 2-3 times a week. One needs to continue to use the device to keep the results. 

 

 

iRestore Safety, Side Effects

Irestore is generally believed to be free of any side effects except for some complaint of scalp itchiness.

It very important to make sure your head is free of minoxidil or any other hair care products when you use irestore hair laser treatment device. You can still use minoxidil products like Lipogaine and Rogaine as if you were not using the laser helmet. You just need to wash your head and dry it before you use Irestore.

It is imperative that you keep the device away from water, wet spots, or anything damp. Also, make sure your hair is dry before using it, and it should be kept away from the reach of children or pets.

 

 

iRestore before and After picture Results

Below are the before and after photos posted by an iRestore user. The user's hair loss was estimated to be Norwood Halmiton IV. After using Irestore laser hair growth system for half a year, the user reported that it slowed or even stopped his hair loss. No other product was used during that six months. The user was happy with the result. 

 

 irestore before and after results

 

 

iRestore Price

Essential Mode: $595.00; $695.00 if a battery is included. 

Professional Model: $1195; $1265 if a battery is included.

 

Where to Buy iRestore

You can only order irestore online at this moment. You can either order it from Amazon or irestore official website. 

 

 

Conclusion on iRestore

If your hair loss is mild and your main goal is to stop further hair loss, you can try lower level laser therapy (LLLT). However, if your hair loss is in an advanced stage and you want to regrow some of your loss hair, it is better to use FDA approved (instead of FDA cleared) products like Minoxidil and/or finasteride.

If you do decide to try LLLT treatment, you should consider other very well-built US brands that cost much lower price per diode such as Theradome and Capillus. If you want to have the best bang for your buck, I strongly recommend Hair Covet hair growth laser cap that have a unblievable number of 272 laser diodes for only $799. 

 

 

Irestore Professional 

 How does it look?

 

 

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Joshua

  April 12, 2020

Im using this to just strengthen hair for now and see what happens over a years time. Also combining this with Minoxidil - Micro needling and mask oils. Its just another thing I decided to add to my hair regiment. I noticed with Minoxidil it took me a good year to see regrowth - and then I started doing Micro needling 1.0 length. I keep hearing people who use this cap see less hair fall and stronger hairs. We will see I guess. Just like Minoxidil it dose not work for everyone and for some they see amazing results.

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Niella

  April 7, 2020

 convenient, and very easy to use. it works for me.

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jason n

  April 1, 2020

Buy Kiierr laser cap, it is a much better device. There is no useless LED light.

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helen

  October 9, 2019

The design of the battery is not very smart. It feels funny when wearing the helmet.

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jim

  October 9, 2019

Is there any reason why Irestore add the LED lights on the helmet while other brands do not have it?

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Bryant

  November 12, 2019 Author

LED lights is  at least 10 times cheaper than laser diodes. Not sure if Irestore uses it to reduce the cost. No study indicates that LED works.

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Lein

  April 7, 2020

Having both lasers and LEDs can provide a more complete treatment of the hair follicles. Lasers emit coherent light and focus on a deeper stimulation of the hair follicles, while the LEDs emit divergent light and focus more on the surface stimulation to give you full coverage.