Helmet Combats Baldness With Lasers

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For anyone starting to look like George Costanza who hasn’t quite reached Mr. Clean, the company behind a laser helmet says it can combat baldness.

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Apira Science Inc.’s iGrow hair growth system resembles a bike helmet with noise-canceling headphones attached to the sides, and has a bunch of pink lights lining the inside. Sort of like putting a Chia Pet in the window, the iGrow helmet relies on red laser and LED light diodes that have a wavelength of 655 nanometers. The idea is that low-level light over the course of four to six months will stimulate cell activity around existing hair to make it fuller.

The iGrow won’t help men — or women — who are already completely bald, but it’s supposed to work on weak hair follicles. Mashable editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff tried out the helmet at the International CES this week (he’s in the video), but since he’s got quite the cue ball I doubt there was much follicle stimulation happening there.

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While I’m still not entirely sure about the helmet’s efficacy over the long-term, the Apira Science folks did send me this journal article (abstract) about low-level light therapy. Their iGrow system does seem like a far cry from those late-night infomercial sprays. And the upshot is you can listen to music while it lights up your head.

But if you’re already well into Mr. Clean territory, just embrace it. Be boldly bald. I’m sure Captain Jean-Luc Picard would concur.

Credit: Apira Science Inc.

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