So you want to grow hair or fight hair loss but you don't want to go bankrupt. Doesn't hair loss treatments involve spending a ridiculous amount of money? A lot of times, when people begin experiencing early stages of female or male pattern baldness, they resign themselves to living in the footsteps of their hair thinning relatives. Why? Let's face it: dealing with messy topical hair loss treatments or taking prescriptions pills with potential harmful side effects aren't very appealing. And although laser hair growth therapy is a clinically proven, 100% effective and a natural hair restoration solution, most people think it is much too expensive. But is that really the case? And what about restoration surgery? How much should you be paying for a full head of thick and healthy hair?
Since health and hair are often associated with good looks, appeal and success, in theory, there should be no price. In reality, there is: we all have a budget to stick to and throwing thousands of dollars every year on hair growth treatments is not something we should be doing. Period.
The above statement is certainly true, but perhaps we’re not asking the right question. So for the sake of being overly thorough, here’s another for you: how much is hair loss costing you?
Your Daily Shedding Expenses
You’ve probably heard that if you’re healthy, “you lose between 80 to 100 hairs a day”. Although everyone experiences daily shedding, there is no legit study out there that can verify this statement.
The only way to back up this claim would be to wear a large Elizabethan pet collar at home for a few days, collect every hair deposited inside, and average out the results over however many days you subjected yourself to this peculiar study. There are too many hormonal fluctuations and other factors at play to really narrow down a range for “normal shedding”.
Let’s look at some numbers and try to learn something while (hopefully) getting entertained. Say we lose 80 hairs a day. This daily shedding
amounts to 2,400 hairs per month. According to hair loss experts, the cost of one hair during a hair restoration transplant varies comes out to be around $4.25 per hair. Wondering why? The cost of a Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) varies between $5 and $12 per graft, with each graft containing 1 to 4 hairs. So over one month, your “daily shedding” expenses average out to a total of $10,200.
Frowning? So are we. After all, it’s normal to be shedding (to some extent), isn’t it? Well, what if we could somehow reduce that number? How would you respond to that?
Don’t forget that the above average shedding calculation is based on losing what is supposedly a “normal, healthy amount of hairs”. So if you’ve been diagnosed with hair loss or your lovely scalp is beginning to show the dreaded signs of female or male pattern baldness, then you’re losing a lot more than 2,400 hairs a month.
Perhaps you now have a clearer idea of how much hair loss is costing you may be more inclined now to try to minimize your current and future shedding. So what do you do? Time to cautiously enter the realm of hair growth treatments.
The Foam With the Bad Smell
When people think of hair growth treatments, they usually first think of minoxidil. Doesn’t ring a bell? It’s usually marketed under a specific brand name, so just think of that messy foam that you’re meant to squeeze on your scalp every day– the one you can pick up while navigating discretely through the aisles of your local pharmacy. Minoxil is cleared by the FDA as a hair growth treatment for both men and women. So what’s the problem? Minoxidil is said to fight hair loss with its vasodilator properties, which encourage extra blood flow to hair follicles. So far so good. However, minoxidil does NOT inhibit “normal shedding”, reduce its $10,200 monthly expense, or tweak the hair growth cycle to your advantage.
Rather, minoxidil focuses on providing what’s left on your head with a supply of blood nutrients (and is also known to cause exacerbate shedding in some cases).
And that’s not all. On average, you’ll spend about $480/year with minoxidil. While this may not seem extravagant at first glance, (isn’t a mere $480 worth having thick hair? Yes it is!) a lifetime of these hair growth treatments quickly adds up. Think in terms of decades: 10 years of undergoing minoxidil hair restoration treatments can total all the way up $4,800, as you continue to accumulate “shedding debt”. Don’t worry though– potential harmful side effects come at absolutely no charge.
Of course, there’s another catch: if you stop it, you lose it. This means your hair loss will resume once you decide that applying chemical foam to your scalp on a daily basis just isn’t for you. Your thinning areas will carry on thinning out as soon as you cease undergoing minoxidil hair loss treatments, flushing your $480 yearly financial investment down the drain (in addition to your shedding costs).
The Pill with the Unattractive Side Effects
A similar, but somewhat different type of hair growth treatment contains a lovely chemical called finasteride. This one is taken orally and is only available by prescription for men. Charming side effects can include decreased sexual ability and/or desire, along with breast lumps, nipple discharge, breast pain, enlargement, or tenderness, testicle pain, the inability to urinate, as well as more serious allergic reactions, such as severe swelling and trouble breathing. Oh– and no women allowed with finasteride (thankfully), although some physicians are careless enough to prescribe it to post-menopausal women. Just like minoxidil, committing to finasteride hair growth treatments implies committing to an indefinite time of taking prescription medication (possibly accompanied by these unwanted side effects). And for twice the price too! Ten years of popping finasteride pills can add up to $9,000. You can multiply that by whatever you project your life expectancy to be. And don’t forget to factor in your $10,200 monthly expense; finasteride, just like minoxidil, does not minimize shedding, nor does it promote new hair growth.
The Scary Hair Transplant
A third hair growth treatment option entails going under the knife, as we briefly touched on earlier on. Yes, we’re talking about hair restoration surgery, a.k.a.– the good old hair transplant. Individuals with any bald, slick areas on their scalps may be forced to travel this road should they wish to obtain a full head of hair. While past transplant techniques involved hair that suspiciously resembled agricultural crop rows, surgical methods today, such as FUE, yield results that appear much more natural than before. In the case of hair transplants, donor areas first need to go through a military buzz cut (on the back of the head, temples, legs or wherever else), first and foremost, if you aren’t o.k. with that, then this option can be tossed straight out of the window. These hair follicles are then transplanted to other scalp areas. Unfortunately, hair transplants are traumatic for the scalp and can often result in a significant loss of hair during the following year; scarring and poor wound healing can result, and sometimes even unwanted pigmentation. Shock loss can also occur. Think of shock loss as surrounding hair being shocked at what they’ve just been forced to witness: they die, traumatized by seeing their donor neighbors brutally carried off to an uncharted cranial territory. Transplanted donor follicles can sometimes die too. Most hair restoration surgeries usually require a second procedure. Monetarily, this is equivalent to $19,000, and your daily shedding will merrily carry on after your hair transplant, not to mention that shock loss expenses are unpredictable and can quickly spiral out of control. So is there a way to protect your investment, should you need to go down this route? Yes– keep reading!
The Natural Technology with No Side Effects
Out of the above three, inconvenient and expensive hair growth treatment options, only one can be used by women (minoxidil). And all of these treatments are not very cost effective, can lead to a bunch of complications down the road, do not decrease shedding, nor promote a healthier hair growth cycle. So wouldn’t both genders greatly benefit from a natural therapy that would actually promote new hair growth, thicken hair, AND minimize daily shedding? Not to mention be more effective, affordable, convenient and less invasive/potentially harmful? The answer is YES! Fortunately, there is a much better alternative to hair restoration than all of the above. Don’t be fooled by its numerous nomenclature: Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), laser hair growth therapy and Laser Phototherapy (LPT) all refer to the same practice.
Laser hair growth therapy is a new, ultramodern natural solution to hair loss that can be effective at treating androgenetic alopecia (genetic baldness) in both genders with no side effects. It’s also been proven through numerous clinical studies to minimize shedding, double hair shaft diameter, and encourage new hair growth. You can undergo laser hair growth therapy by visiting laser hair clinics or by using more convenient and affordable at home LLLT devices.
One of the many great things about laser hair growth therapy is that it is compatible with other types of hair growth treatments; even if you are in the process of going through finasteride or minoxidil hair growth treatments, you can slowly begin to switch over. By slowly, we mean you should consult a physician and come up with a schedule in which your dosage is decreased gradually over time. These drugs are potent and can cause extra shedding, so it’s always best to tackle the problem slowly but surely as to avoid accruing even more hair loss debt.
If you undergo laser hair growth therapy in conjunction with hair restoration surgery, you’ll definitely be optimizing your chances of transplantation success. Using an optimal laser hair growth device, such as the Theradome LH80 PRO, before and after a hair transplant can result in stronger hair follicles with a higher probability of surviving the operation. Laser hair growth therapy induces the release of nitric oxide, which improves blood flow to hair follicles and increases the reduction rate of swelling, redness and inflammation after a procedure.
Let’s back up for a second. We mentioned laser hair clinics up there. Laser hair growth therapy used to be only available by visiting LLLT clinics. It’s probably still available at your local medical spa and/or hair loss clinic, being advertised as “clinical strength laser hair therapy”. You make an appointment, drive to the clinic, get an evaluation, and schedule a series of treatments. And you get stuck with a bill too.
How much of a bill? A very high one, to say the least. Going back to our standard “10-year hair growth treatment” evaluation, undergoing effective laser hair growth therapy at laser hair clinics adds up to $30,000 on average. This doesn’t include any costs associated with taking time off of work, gas money or any other inconvenient factors that decrease your annual revenue.
O.k., so no one wants to spend $3,000/year (and more!) on laser hair growth therapy. Our other option involves purchasing a convenient and effective laser hair growth device, such as the FDA-cleared Theradome LH80 PRO helmet, which will provide clinical strength results at an affordable one-time price of $895 and in the comfort of your own home. An optimum laser hair growth device should reach the stem cells forming at the base of hair follicles to cause effective photobiostimulation. This is the very core of laser hair growth therapy. You can discover how it all works by reading “The Science Behind the Theradome LH80 PRO”.
In the mean time, you can always buy an Elizabethan collar and report back to us if you wish.