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First Friday FAQ: What’s better, home treatments or clinic visits?

Jonathon Graff

You asked, so we’ll answer. We received more questions from our users about the iGrow and our newest product, the iDerma, and we’re here to fill you in about home treatments versus a trip to the clinic, as well as whether our devices will give you a tan.

We received our first question from a potential iGrow user who wondered about the benefits of a wearable device versus going to a nearby clinic for the same treatment.

I’m considering the purchase of the iGrow, or investing six to 12 months of LLLT therapy at a local hair growth company. Their facility uses a larger unit and I am interested in determining if there is a difference between the outputs of these two methods. What is the better option?

Low-level light therapy (LLLT) has been proven very effective in treating men’s and women’s genetic hair loss. There are several ways to deliver LLLT, and clinical treatments are one compelling option. Whichever method you choose, keep in mind that studies show that the best LLLT results rely primarily on two factors: optimal light wavelength and power, and consistent treatment over time.

Both are important, but it’s the second factor (consistency) where most people fail.

Clinical treatments can offer proper power and “full-scalp” treatment, but can be costly and inconvenient. Remember that success with LLLT requires multiple treatments per week for several months, and many simply find themselves too busy to keep that schedule. Like many gym memberships, after the first month visits start getting further apart before stopping altogether – long before the best results can show. While office-based LLLT can yield good results, before signing up for a program ask yourself: “Will I realistically make this trip several times per week for the next 4-6 months?” If the answer is “no,” a home-based treatment is probably your best option.

Consistency is also why people are often disappointed or frustrated with handheld devices. Even at the right wavelength they are often underpowered, difficult to use, and only treat a small section of the scalp at a time rather than providing the consistent, full scalp coverage of a wearable device or clinic treatment.

The iGrow was designed to eliminate these obstacles to success. By combining clinical-grade treatment with affordability and hands-free convenience, the iGrow makes it easy to get the best results in the comfort and convenience of home.

If I shave my hair, will it grow back faster? What about waxing?

We’ve all heard this old wives’ tale – shaving makes hair grow back faster and thicker. But it’s total bunk.

Hair grows from the follicle, not the end of the hair shaft. The anagen phase (known as the growing phase) typically lasts between two and six years. Cutting a hair doesn’t speed up the process, and healthy hair will continue growing at the same rate even after a few trips to the barber. Shaving won’t make hair grow faster either, but many people make the mistake of believing it does since new growth is more noticeable against freshly-shaven skin.

Waxing is another story. Waxing pulls the hairs from their follicles, and it can take weeks to see new growth afterwards. Far from helping increase growth, the follicle may actually be damaged after continual waxing which can lead to thinner, finer and weaker hair. In short, if you’re trying to grow hair, waxing definitely won’t help.

Will I get tan using the iGrow or iDerma?

We were surprised the first time someone asked us this, but it’s an understandable question since our devices use light. However, the diodes used to provide LLLT are quite different than the bulbs you might find in a commercial tanning bed.

All LLLT works by using types of light to trigger chemical reactions in cells. Most tanning beds use light sources designed to produce reactions that darken skin, and are considerably more intense than those in either of our two devices. So no, users of the iGrow and iDerma won’t get a tan even with consistent treatment.

Do you have other questions about hair growth and skin rejuvenation? Leave a comment below, or visit our social media pages. We’ll continue answering your questions here on the blog the first Friday of each month.

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