First Friday FAQ: Does LLLT work on color-treated hair?
We get asked numerous questions about the iGrow from the media and our customers at conferences and on social media. Some questions are asked more frequently than others (we’ve answered some of those on the blog in the past, like how low-level light therapy, or LLLT, works and how to prevent hair loss), but every so often, we receive a question we haven’t heard before.
This question falls into the latter camp. We recently showcased the iGrow at the SHE’s Beautiful media event, and a woman approached us with a new set of questions after she took a look at the device.
Is the iGrow safe to use on color-treated hair? Will color treatments affect the treatment process? Can I continue dyeing my hair and use the iGrow?
These are great questions, because after all, 75 percent of American women admit to dyeing their hair at some point in their life, and women represent about 40 percent of Americans experiencing hair loss.
So, is the iGrow safe for women who use home hair dyes and other color treatments? Yes! In fact, it’s perfectly safe. Because the iGrow rejuvenates less productive follicles and helps them grow stronger hair, a woman’s hair will grow in fuller and thicker, and with a darker, richer color that could limit the need for hair dye. The device will also help women experiencing hair breakage and damaged ends.
The only downside is that women who dye their hair a different color from their natural pigment might need to dye their hair more often when using the iGrow, since they’ll be growing more hair, and the roots will come in thick and full of natural color.
I’ve used the iGrow every day for six months, but I’m not seeing the results I want. What’s wrong?
We recently received this question from an overseas customer on Facebook, and if you peel back the question’s layers, you reveal the processes of hair loss and regrowth.
Just as two people on the same diet may experience very different levels of weight loss, no two iGrow users will see exactly the same rates of hair growth. It’s true that some people do need additional time to see results, but six months use is generally enough to evaluate whether LLLT will be effective for you.
Like all viable hair loss treatments, LLLT only works on active, living follicles – it cannot revive dead follicles. Here’s one way to think of it: Watering a barren field won’t produce any fruit, and using LLLT on dead follicles won’t kickstart them into new growth.
Even with good candidates, results of LLLT can certainly vary from person to person, and depend on factors like the extent of hair loss when one begins the therapy and the consistency of treatment over time. This means that any area completely bare will not see any result, but you may notice an improvement in the hair remaining.
Even though LLLT can’t grow hair back from dead follicles, it can improve the quality of existing hair, making it darker, thicker, and healthier. LLLT can also slow the pace of hair loss and help you retain the hair you still have.
What other questions do you have about hair growth and the iGrow? Leave a comment below, or visit our social media pages and leave any questions about LLLT technology, hair loss, or the iGrow. We’ll explore the responses to your FAQs in a blog post on the first Friday of each month.