RegrowMD laser 272 laser cap is a Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) based device for hair loss treatment. LLLT was demonstrated to be safe to treat hair loss. It was first FDA cleared (not approved) for hair loss treatment in 2007.
Currently threre are three types of LLLT devices for use at home.
1. LLLT Lasercomb marketed by HairMax.
The laser comb requires user to hold the device and comb hair for 10 to 15 minutes (every other day). Apparently, it is much less convenient than laser helmet or cap, which you can just put it on your head for 20 to 30 minutes a day (3 times a week) without even thinking about it. Laser cap looks more like a baseball hat, thus it is more discreet than the laser helmet.
RegrowMD Laser 272 Laser Cap
RegrowMD 272 is a product from Hairmax, the first company that offers LLLT product for hair loss. After marketing lasercomb for nearly 10 years, it eventually jumped on the bandwagon of the laser cap products for obvious reason: the lasercomb technology is so outdated.
It is interesting to see that RegrowMD Laser 272 cap is not publicly listed on Hairmax's official site (www.hairmax.com). To see the product on Hairmax.com, you need to first visit Regrowmd.com, and click the buy button on there and then you will be directed to the hairmax's official site to check out.
Why does HairMax do this? We will give several possible reasons at end of this blog. Let's first take a look how it looks like first.
What is included in the product?
How it works? RegrowMD Laser 272 works by delivering laser light to the scalp, energizing and activating hair follicles to stimulate hair growth.
BioLight Comfort design with linear openings for better light flow
Number of laser diodes: 272 Laser diodes, NO LED lights.
How often should one use: Just 30 minutes, 3 days a week
Discreet use – wear under sports cap or your favorite hat, Use at home or on-the-go
Lightweight, portable and battery-powered for hands-free use
Who can use the product?
Like other laser cap such as Capillus, this product does not work for all hair loss type and skin types.
How is RegrowMD laser cap compared to other brands?
There are several other brands of laser cap that look and work very similiarly to RegrowMD. They are listed below side by side.
|Wavelength of laser (nm)||650||650||650||650||650|
|# of LED lights||0||0||0||0||0|
|Where is it made||China||USA||China||China||China|
From the look, there is almost no difference between these brands RegrowMD, Capillus, Kiierr, illumiflow and Redrestore. The main device is made of a plastic dome with 272 laser diodes mounted inside and a sports cap to cover the dome. The sports cap is for aesthetic purpose. Product can be used without it.
So what are the difference of the five brands above?
1. Price: as shown in the table above.
2. Feature: Capillus is somewhat different from the other four in that its plastic dome is flexible while the other four have a firm dome. It also has the safety feature that the other four don't have: the treatment session will automatically pause when the hat is taken off the head. Capillus also has a mobile app, while the others don't have.
The other four brands including RegrowMD, illumiflow, Redrestore are essentially the same except that RegrowMD has a flexible Biolight Comfort (see below) for more comfortable wearing.
3. Battery: The batteries used by the RegrowMD and Capillus last much longer than other 3 brands. You can use more than 10 times before you need to recharge it, while the other three brands recommend to recharge the battery after every 3 sessions.
4. Satisfaction Guarantee: This is probably the most important factor when considering which cap to buy. They all sound very good. But that is only true before you read the fine print. Here are the details as of Feb 11, 2020.
a. RegrowMD: One year satisfaction guarantee. Buyer can return the product any time within one year, but needs to pay 25% restocking fee.
b. Capillus: The same as Regrow MD.
c. Red Restore: One year satisfaction guarantee. Buyer can return the product any time within one year, but needs to pay 20% restocking fee. The product must be in resellable condition. Otherwise, return may be rejected or buyer needs to pay 50% restocking fee.
d. illumiflow: Six months satisfaction guarantee. Buyer can only request return six months after the purchase, and customer has one month widow (from sixth to the 7th month post the purchase) to return the product no need to pay any restocking fee if the product is in the same condition it was in when you receive it, except for normal wear.
e. Kiierr: Seven months satisfaction guarantee. Buyer can request return for refund only if he/she submitted a before photo. Buyer can only request return seven months after the purchase and customer has a mere 7 day widow to do so. You'd better set some reminder on your phone, otherwise you will for sure miss the narrow window.
In summary, illumiflow probably has the most lenient return for refund condition, while Kiierr's has the most stringent condition, which makes it almost impossible to get the refund if you do not return in 7 days upon receiving the product and willing to pay 20% restocking fee. If satisfaction guarantee is very important to you and don't want to take any risk of paying restocking fee, you probably should check out Irestore Laser Helmet .
RegrowMD Before and After Photos
The before and after photos by the use of RegrowMD are quite impressive. But you should take it with a grain of salt because same photos are used by many other brands of LLLT devices.
Why is RegrowMD not publicly listed on Hairmax official site?
Here is the thought. First, Hairmax offers another much more expensive 272 laser diode hat called Laser 272 Powerflex Cap (Unit price is $1,999), a private-labeled product of Capillus. There may be some type of agreement between HairMax and Capillus that prevents Hairmax from private-labeling a similar product of different manufacturer and sell it publicly on its site for much lower prices ( unit price for RegrowMD laser 272 laser cap is $999). In additon, having two laser caps that work equivalently but so different retail price will just make customer confused and hesitate to buy either model.
You may wonder why HairMax does not stick with RegrowMD and get rid of Laser 272 Powerflex Cap. The problem is that it can't do this, because it will put it in direct competition with other brands like Redrestore, illumiflow or Kiierr, which it can't win as those brands have much lower overheads cost and can sell the product for much lower prices.
RegrowMD's price is about $150 to $200 more expensive than several other similar products. It does have some advantages in the battery, the additional Biolight Comfort inner liner for comfortable wearing and more reasonable satisfaction guarantee. It is backed by a very reputable company. But do not expect magic results from the use of LLLT device like RegrowMD alone.
To ensure the best results, it is best use it with minoxidil and/or finasteride product. Keep in mind that LLLT is only FDA cleared (meaning it is safe to market) but NOT approved for hair regrowth like minoxidil and finasteride.
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