Recently, one of our readers remarked that I don’t do negative reviews anymore, and that FutureDerm was starting to seem a bit marketing-heavy. At first, I was taken aback by the comment — I definitely take pride in what I write on here, and I mean what I say — but then I realized that I have been trying to say only nice things on here.
That said, today will not be the day I start talking negatively about things, because I have the iRestore review.
As I’ve shared on the blog before, like many women, I lost a great deal of hair starting about three months after pregnancy.
I’ve always had long hair. But when I got pregnant in mid-2017, my hair suddenly became the hair of shampoo models: Long, thick, lustrous. It wasn’t just that my hair texture changed, though — by the time I gave birth in February 2018, I had about twice as much hair as I did pre-pregnancy. (Picture below).
The photos above are from before pregnancy, during pregnancy (LOOK AT ALL OF THAT HAIR OMG), and about three months post-pregnancy (where did it all go?!).
At this point, I’ve been using the iRestore hair restoration cap about three times a week consistently for the past six or seven months. It’s been a total of ten months since my son was born, and I’d say I have more hair than when I first started using the cap (“after pregnancy” photo, above), but still less than I had during pregnancy.
Why Postpartum Hair Loss Occurs
During pregnancy, your body produces a ton of estrogen and progesterone. In fact, you produce more estrogen and progesterone during one pregnancy than you will during the rest of your life combined (source).
These hormones don’t just help your hair to grow — they prevent it from falling out. While normal hairs go through a growth phase, a latent phase, and a falling-out phase, the plethora of estrogen and progesterone keep hair only in the growth phase during pregnancy.
Unfortunately, immediately after birth, hormones start to return to their normal state. For about three months, hair enters the latent, or “resting”, phase.
And then, at about three months postpartum, hair starts to fall out. While most women lose about 80 hairs a day normally, new moms shed about 400 hairs a day (source). And this process continues until about six months postpartum.
How the iRestore System Works
iRestore utilizes low-level light therapy (or LLLT), which is clinically proven to treat hair loss and grow thicker, fuller hair fast for both men and women. The system uses medical-grade lasers and LEDs to deliver light energy directly to hair follicles. It is a convenient, hands-free device that provides full scalp coverage.
Although this is a bit oversimplistic, here are the five steps in which red LED lasers can help hair to regrow:
- LED lasers are absorbed into the outer layer of the skin, and in the hair follicles in particular.
- The lasers stimulate the cells to produce ATP (cellular energy).
- The follicles are energized, and start to expand open.
- Hair begins to grow from newly-expanded follicles (new locations).
- Hair grows more from newly-energized follicles (more rapid growth).
FDA-cleared red LED-light emitting diodes (a combination of LED and laser) for full-scalp coverage at the wavelength of 650-670 nanometers have been clinically proven to stimulate hair growth. The recommended treatment protocol for men and women is 20-25 minutes every other day for the first four to six months, after which point the device can be used once or twice a week for maintenance.
I’m a big fan of the iRestore system, and I would recommend it to anyone who is concerned about excessive hair loss during pregnancy.