Compared to week 8 (left).
The videos in this comparison aren't perfectly aligned, but still do a decent job of allowing you to see the hair in week 7 (left) as compared to week 12 (right). I think its fair to say the hair hasn't thickened or made any other notable improvements . If anything it has thinned out a bit since starting the Theradome treatments.
Today marks about 3 calendar months of Theradome usage (started on 12/24/13).
At this point I don't see much difference in my hair. Small differences may exist, but nothing that would be noticed by those not analyzing the hair. A person following the FDA recommended twice weekly usage would just now be to 26 treatments. Per the Theradome website:
After 26 treatments (twenty minutes per treatment)
Thicker and longer hair.
Reduced scalp itching and inflammation.
Enhanced curl retention for curly hair.
...none of those items would be easy to demonstrate in a photo. My guess is these next 3 months will be the most telling as to whether or not the Theradome works as advertised.
This photo isn't meant to show progress as much as to show something different than usual. The lights of the bathroom make my hair look much worse than in the sun (which I why I opted to use those for the standard progress photos). Also had a bit of gel in the front when this picture was taken.
We are nearing the time where those of you who are not satisfied with the Theradome experience are likely to attempt to return the device for a refund. The wording on the Theradome website makes it appear to be a simple return process.
However, as several people have already experienced, there is more to this policy. Somewhere in your Theradome box is a piece of paper stating that you must register your device on the day it was received to be eligible for the 120 day return policy. I know I didn't take the time to search the box for documentation, and I doubt most of you did either. One of our readers was initially denied the ability to return, but after some complaints the Theradome representative said they would resolve the situation to the customers satisfaction.
I have emailed Theradome on a couple of occasions requesting the return policy be changed to reflect the amount of time necessary for the average user to see results. From what I've been told that would be approximately 6 months. I have not received a response to that request. We would like to hear from those who attempted to return the device. Let us know about the experience and if you received a full or partial refund.
Blog reader Michelle (as seen in several earlier posts) has provided us with an update on her Theradome usage. She is on treatment 45 (using daily) and appears to be seeing good results. Here are a couple of before and after photos.
Can you believe it's been 11 weeks? I now use the Theradome 4 or 5 times each week. The latest haircut doesn't show much progress. Several other users are reporting an increase in shedding since starting the laser treatments. While I have not noticed increased shedding, in these photos the hair in my front area does appear a bit thinner than when this blog started.
I have been reminded by the folks at the Theradome company that it will likely take a minimum of 6 months (180 days) before seeing new growth. That is fine by me, but is probably an issue for you all intending to return the device within 120 days if not satisfied with your results. I suggest the company extend the return period to 6 or even 9 months.
In other news, Theradome was featured in an ABC news video.
The doctor from this video (or somebody using her name) later commented on the ABC news website with:
Just FYI. Looks like my previous posts were removed. However, to clear my name, I have not been paid by Theradome for any appearance, not even this one! I also do NOT sell the Theradome. Maybe I will in the future! I like the product.
Also - It looks like laser light in the range of 640-730nm is probably what stimulates hair growth - so any device that claims to be growing hair would be in that range.
Micah sent these photos after his first week of Theradome laser treatments. He states:
"I'm using 1% Nizoral twice a week, Theradome every day, and Emu oil immediately after theradome to keep inflammation down. On the days I use Nizoral, I take a shower, dry my hair, do Theradome and then once done, put Emu oil in so my hair/scalp spend as little time in a dried out or inflamed state as possible"
I have received several emails / comments from readers requesting I put older photos next to new photos for easier comparison. The photo on the left is from week 3 ( approx 6 treatments in), the right was taken this morning. I attempted to arrange the hair to be in the same position as the first.
These are the same layout. Left is week 3 , right is today trying to copy the conditions in which those photos were shot. Not perfect , but close.