WebMD.com proclaims, "The most important consideration to make when deciding the type of treatment is how much your hair loss bothers you." They suggest that illusion-styling can go a long way, especially for women, in disguising mild cases of hair loss. Hair can be cut, colored or permed to give the illusion of more hair. Experts also point out that wigs and hairpieces have evolved greatly over the years and look more natural than ever. They suggest that though these options are purely cosmetic, they can be used in conjunction with medical treatments.
According to the manufacturer's website, the HairMax LaserComb (*Est. $545) is a non-surgical laser device that supposedly delivers laser energy to the cells, increasing blood flow and circulation in the scalp, which promotes a healthy hair follicle. The FDA approved the LaserComb in January 1997 for the promotion of hair growth in men with androgenetic alopecia.
Specialists, however, are skeptical. They claim that studies have not been extensive or long enough. One doctor interviewed by USA Today recommends the laser comb as a "good add-on treatment", but he is a paid advisor for HairMax.
User experiences, reported at HairLossHelp.com and Drugstore.com, vary with about half saying it did not work for them and half saying that it did. Those that had positive results used the LaserComb in conjunction with other products, and not as a stand-alone treatment.