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Grow back your hair with this FDA-cleared laser cap — it's on sale right now

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Reviewers swear this hair loss treatment has helped regrow their thinning hair. (Photo: Amazon)
Reviewers swear this hair loss treatment has helped regrow their thinning hair. (Photo: Amazon)

If you're not feeling confident about your hair situation this summer, there's something you can do about it...and take advantage of the July 4th sales while you're at it. Hair loss is an epidemic that both men and women suffer from, and many feel there's no solution. Well, there just may be... Red light therapy has been used for healing chemo patients adverse effects from treatment, and it's used for cosmetic purposes to regenerate those same cells, helping to kick start your collagen production. So why not your hair cells?

There's a device at Amazon that's getting some serious positive attention, and ratings, from reviewers who swear it's helped restore their hair loss — and dermatologists say it employs some of the same technology they use in their offices for hair restoration. It's called the iRestore Essential Laser Hair Growth System and it's nearly 50% off for July 4th! You'll pay $695 right now, down from the usual $895.

$695 $895 at Amazon

The hair growth cap has been cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat hair loss and stimulate hair regrowth. Research has shown that the iRestore Essential Laser Hair Growth System increased hair growth by 43 percent in men and women in a clinical trial, which definitely sounds promising.

There is some science to support this kind of treatment, board-certified dermatologist Dr. Ife J. Rodney, founding director of Eternal Dermatology + Aesthetics, tells Yahoo Life. "There's a lot of data showing the benefit of using low-level laser light therapy for hair growth — specifically red light," she says. "As part of an overall hair growth regimen, red light therapy can be very useful."

OK, but...why? "Lasers help increase blood flow to the scalp, providing more 'nutrition' to hair follicles," Dr. Gary Goldenberg, founder of Goldenberg Dermatology, tells Yahoo Life. Lasers may also help decrease levels of dihydrotestosterone in hair follicles, which are androgens that can shrink your hair follicles and cause hair to thin and fall out, he says.

Just wear the helmet for 25 minutes a day, every other day. (Photo: Amazon)
Just wear the helmet for 25 minutes a day, every other day. (Photo: Amazon)

Goldenberg says he uses red light therapy "routinely" in his office, along with other hair stimulating treatments like topical or oral minoxidil, stem cells injections and vitamin supplements. Rodney says she also uses red light therapy that's FDA cleared in her office that she says "gets a good response" in stimulating hair growth. But she's uncertain if at-home laser helmets can get high enough amounts of energy as medical grade devices that are needed to stimulate the scalp.

"Do I think this is harmful? Definitely not," she says. "If someone with hair loss wants to try something like this at home, it can be a good option."

The way the iRestore Essential Laser Hair Growth System works is simple: You put on the helmet, press a button to turn it on, and sit with it on your head for 25 minutes. Users are encouraged to wear it every other day for best results. iRestore urges customers to have patience with the process, noting that it can take up to six months to see maximum results.

And, again, plenty of Amazon shoppers swear by this helmet. "My hair has had such a positive reaction to this device, I almost cannot believe what I am witnessing," a five-star fan said. "My hair is thicker and is growing in areas — my crown and my receding front hairline — for the first time in over a decade. I don't know what else to say to you, if you are thinking about buying this device, but are hesitant. Just buy it. You will NOT regret it."

"I have been using it for about six weeks now and starting to see the results in my problem areas," a fellow happy customer said. "It’s such a boost of confidence! I can’t wait for six weeks from now to see even more results."

One woman with thinning hair said that she had "undeniable new hair growth" four months after starting to use the treatment. "My hair is thicker and fuller. I have about one inch of new hair growth all over the top crown of my head," she said. "I’m also no longer losing lots of hair. The hair loss stopped within the first one to two months of using this product. I’m going to continue using and recommending my laser light helmet!"

Again, the iRestore Essential Laser Hair Growth System is almost 50% off. If you've been looking for something to help you combat hair loss, it's definitely worth looking into.

$695 $895 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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