Beginning your hair restoration journey with Theradome is easy. Twenty minutes, twice a week sessions is all you need to reverse your hair loss. Although performing laser hair growth treatments at home as you sit back, read a good book or catch up on your favorite TV show sounds pretty straightforward, one thing that is commonly overlooked is documenting your progress. We’re talking about incorporating clinical photography as part of laser hair therapy and, most importantly, taking progress pictures the correct way .
Chances are you look at yourself in the mirror every day, and, just like weight loss, you won’t notice any small changes when it comes to new hair growth. Unlike minoxidil and finasteride, which can cause potential harmful side effects, the Theradome LH80 PRO is a 100% natural hair restoration solution: laser hair therapy is proven to provide clinical strength results with minimized shedding, increased hair shaft thickness and new hair growth. But as the good old saying says, “good things are worth waiting for” and you won’t experience overnight results. This is why documenting your progress by taking photos is a critical component of conducting hair growth treatments with Theradome. Otherwise, you will fail to notice any hair growth changes and overall improvement in the quality of your hair and scalp. Doing this will allow you to not only track your results, but also share them with our Theradome experts for advice or show them to your physician if you are combining other hair loss treatments with laser hair therapy.
It goes without saying that all your photos should be of high quality, and you’ll need to be thinking about a variety of factors, such as background, lighting, positioning, and camera angles. So to make your life easier, we’ve put together a list of tips and practices that you’ll need to observe when photographing the evolution of your Theradome & laser hair therapy journey.
If you’ve grown attached to your grandmother’s handmade flowery quilt, or often reminisce about of the 1970s zebra-pattern rug that’s stored in the attic, now is not the time to bring out the memories. Your choice of background for taking photos is critically important: bright-colored and dark backgrounds (including animal prints) can create undesirable contrast and reflecting effects that will compromise the quality of your progress photos. We always recommend using a white/beige background if possible or a neutral-colored one, however boring that might sound. Improvise– you can always hang a light-colored, smoothed out sheet on the wall behind you with sticky tape or Velcro (while leaving any fond memories in the attic). The goal is avoid any complicated patterns that will interfere with your (or your physician’s) ability to analyze any progress and alter your laser hair therapy course of treatment if required.
Same goes for any hair accessories; ladies, please refrain from adding any colorful bows, frills, 1920s headpieces or other decorations that might distract from what needs to be focused on: your hair, which is slowly and surely growing in.
Lighting is one of these variables where more is necessarily not better. In fact, natural lighting makes for the best clinical photos. So pick a spot in your house that’s well-lit but remember to avoid direct sunlight. And never use the camera’s flash , as this can create glare. Glare isn’t something we want here; once again, it can create unreliable documentation.
Always keep in mind where the camera is in relation to the light; this might sound obvious, but if anything is blocking your light source, then the quality of your pictures will be compromised. Just as obtaining a reflective glare on your scalp will jeopardize your photos, any shadows will also leave you with obscure results (no pun intended!).
3. Positioning of Head in Relation to the Camera
To obtain optimum clinical photography results, we recommend using a tool specifically designed to document your hair restoration progress– Theradome’s own ScalpShot (to be released shortly). Until then, try enlisting the help of someone as photographer. The ScalpShot or camera should be held roughly at around 18” away from the head (or close enough to capture the entire scalp) and approximately held at a 45° angle. Using zooming features is also acceptable, as long as the entire head is photographed and subsequent photos are taken with identical settings. We recommend taking at least three shots to thoroughly document your hair restoration progress. These include the front, the back and the vertex (the crown of your head). For frontal photographs, your head should be tilted forward while the camera should be positioned at the front; for rear photographs, your head should be tilted backwards with the camera positioned, as you’ve probably guessed, at the back. For vertex shots, shoot directly from above.
Remember that blurry pictures will be worthless for the purposes of evaluating the stages of your hair restoration, so having a steady grip on the camera is an absolute must. Although using a ScalpShot is not quite classified as “operating heavy machinery”, wait until the next day to conduct your photography sessions if you’ve just celebrated your anniversary or other special occasion. Retake your pictures as many times as needed and view them in consistent surroundings and lighting for best interpretation of your results. Once again, your photos are key to evaluating your progress and making changes to your hair growth treatments if required.
4. Consistency is Key
Finally, with all of the above, remember that consistency is critical. Making a habit of following a standardized procedure, as outlined here, is an excellent way to ensure the results of your clinical photographs are consistent. You can and should always observe your last progress picture before taking the next one as a refresher-reminder; additionally, make a habit of looking at your before-and-after pictures in the same lighting or room to examine your results without any new interferences or distracting glares and shadows.
It’s important that your pictures are all taken with the same size, positioning of head, camera settings, hairstyle, lighting and background. Tweaking these variables throughout your hair rejuvenation journey will inevitably create a mix of unclear results, which will in the end give you a false assessment of your laser hair therapy progress and hair restoration results.
Good luck and don’t forget to take pictures at least once a week!