Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT), whose scientific principles the Theradome relies on, works on African American and dark-skinned people. People with dark skin – as you can read in some of our testimonials – will actually experience superior results from undergoing 20-minute Theradome Laser Hair Growth sessions! So first, where do these misconceptions come from? And why will dark-skinned individuals benefit even more from using the Theradome for hair growth?
To answer these questions, we need to understand what the Fitzpatrick scale is.
Developed by Harvard dermatologist Thomas B. Fitzpatrick, it comprises of a numerical classification model for the color of human skin. A standard tool in dermatology, the Fitzpatrick scale determines how different skin colors respond to ultraviolet sun rays. For example, the ones that can cause cancer. This varies based on the presence of melanin pigment. Individuals with types I, II and III all correspond to fairer skin tones, pale white to cream white, usually have lighter hair and eye color. These people usually burn or freckle much more readily. Type IV has a more Mediterranean flare with “moderate brown skin”. People with skin types V and VI, are categorized as having “dark brown” and “darkest brown” skin. So just think as the Fitzpatrick scale as a medical term for the adopted classification scheme for human skin color.
So how is this relevant to using the Theradome for hair restoration?
Theradome is FDA cleared for people with skin types I through IV on the Fitzpatrick scale. While this does not include darker skin types, it does not render these individuals incompatible for treatment. It simply means that the treatment of skin types V and VI has not been documented due to a limited number of test subjects. This is the case for most clinical studies concerning the effectiveness of laser hair therapy; so incorrect conclusions have been made regarding how individuals with “light to medium skin” are the only ones that can benefit from LLLT technology.
The good news? Although there is no clinical data, darker-skinned people, as mentioned earlier on, will exhibit an even more positive response to LLLT than their fair-skinned compatriots. The reason is scientific in nature and you don’t need a Ph.D. in Physics to understand why. Here’s a hint: would you go out wearing black clothes in the middle of a sunny, sweltering 100o F day? Logic dictates the answer to our question is NO. And it has nothing to do with black-cloaked vampires that prefer the soothing dim of moonlight to the bright, hot sun towering over them in the sky.
Energy is light and light is energy.
So perhaps you’re beginning to put two and two together…. dark colors reach higher temperatures when exposed to light. Energy is light and light is energy. Black clothes will reach higher temperatures since they absorb more light– and thus more energy. We can therefore conclude that individuals with darker pigmentation (and darker scalps) undergoing Theradome LLLT sessions will have the have the ability to absorb extra amounts of laser light energy, allowing the base of their follicles to benefit even more from photo-biostimulation.
If you have dark skin, have no fear– you won’t get burned with laser hair growth therapy.
Undergoing LLLT for lase hair growth is safe for dark skin tones. You just need to conduct thorough research when selecting an effective and non-harmful LLLT device. Theradome LH80 has 80 individual laser diodes with vents on its top surface as well as 80 gold-plated heat sink thermal pads. This ensures adequate heat ventilation. Any type of legit LLLT device should have an efficient cooling mechanism to maintain a maximum energy output. With its top vents and heat sink thermal pads, the Theradome doesn’t generate more than 1Co of heat during each 20-minute session of treatment.
This is also why you should avoid overpriced contraptions constructed in China with an exorbitant amount of lasers. These contraptions require extra ventilation to avoid overheating. In essence you’re paying for extra lasers that in the end, add zero laser hair restoration benefits.
So if you have dark skin are you are experiencing hair loss, Theradome laser hair growth therapy can help. Find out more about how Theradome works.