iRestore vs Capillus82
Both have received raving reviews from users. However, the iRestore laser hair growth system and the Capillus82 have their differences. Check out (in the comparison table below) what these are to determine which suits you best.
It has been nine months since we started using the iRestore hair growth system which, so far has been working well for us.
In those months that we use the system, there is definitely less hair loss and noticeable hair growth and we are certainly elated with this improvement in our hair.
At the same time, we are also aware that there are many other LLLT (low level laser therapy) devices out there that claim to manage hair loss or do a better job than the iRestore hair growth system. These devices mainly come in the form of laser combs, caps or helmets (similar to iRestore).
While brands such as illumiflow, iGrow and Therodome have been in the market for some time, there are those lesser-known products that claim to be able to do an equally amazing job of treating hair loss.
We wanted to know what traits the other devices possess that are perhaps missing in iRestore. Could these other devices really be better than the iRestore helmet?
One of those devices that we looked at is the Capillus laser cap.
Capillus Laser Cap
Available in four different models, the products from Capillus caught our attention because of the use of high number of laser diodes, ranging from 82 (for the basic, ‘value’ Capillus82 laser cap) to the high-end, professional-use CapillusPro with 272 diodes.
There is also the clinical-use Capillus272 OfficePro, which is mainly used by physicians in clinics.
The difference in these models lie in the number of diodes used. The model name, for instance, Capillus82, reflect the 82 laser diodes used in the device. Capillus claims that the higher the number of diodes used, the more surface area of the scalp that would be covered by the device in stimulating cell growth.
iRestore vs Capillus82
|Type of hair loss that device can treat||Androgenetic alopecia||Androgenetic alopecia|
|Technology used||Laser and light technology||Laser technology only|
|Place of Manufacture||China||Miami (USA)|
|Other models available||No||Yes
Other models : Capillus202, Capillus272 Pro, Capillus272 Office Pro (clinical use)
|Included in package||iRestore system, |
quick start guide
|• Capillus82 Laser Cap (82 Laser Diodes)
• Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
• Battery Case
• A/C Adapter for Mobile Laser Hair Therapy
• Capillus-branded Sports Cap
• Capillus82 Laser Cap User Manual
• Carrying Case
|No. of diodes used||21 medical-grade lasers & |
30 LEDs (650 nm wavelength)
|82 laser diodes (higher number of diodes are used in higher-end models, to provide wider scalp coverage)|
|How to use||Every other day, |
3 times a week,
25 minutes for
|6 minutes per session, daily|
|Portability||With the battery pack, you are |
use the device without plugging
it to a wall outlet. However, due to
its size, it
might not be advisable to
bring it for travel.
|Can be worn under the (provided) cap or your own. Flexible design. Can be taken when travelling|
|Warranty||1 year |
(with six months money
|1 year warranty on the Capillus82 laser cap device and a 1 year limited warranty on the battery pack and AC Adapter|
|Price||approx. US$700||approx. US$900|
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REAL users’ testimonials
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Reviews from REAL users
Generally, both the iRestore and the Capillus82 have gotten four out of five stars from users.
While both devices have worked well for many users all over the world, your own choice would depend on :
- Your budget
- Your concern on device’s portability (or whether it can be taken with you when travelling)
- The belief that ONLY laser technology would work for hair loss (without the use of LEDs)
For Your Thought
While the Capillus82 seems easier to use, it employs solely laser technology, with the belief that the higher the number of diodes used (in other models), the better coverage there will be for the lasers to penetrate the scalp to enhance blood circulation and stimulate hair growth.
The iRestore is based on the premise that the lasers are to specifically penetrate the scalp depth-wise, increasing the cells’ metabolism while the LEDs are to provide a wider coverage of the scalp.
Capillus does not use any LEDs in its devices as it emphasizes that the use of laser technology in hair loss treatment devices is the one that receives clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ….. not LEDs (which is used in iRestore).
This is probably the reason why Capillus makes use of high number of diodes in its devices, especially in the higher-end models.
Is ‘More’ Really Better?
However, does more means better? In the video above, laser specialist Dr. Larsen clarified that the key to success in using phototherapy in hair loss treatment depends on the administration of appropriate power and wavelength. Too high power or inappropriate wavelength may lead to detrimental results, rather than reduction in hair loss or stimulation in hair growth.
The use of laser technology in managing hair loss has long received clearance from FDA and is employed in many devices today. Having said that however, the use of LEDs in such devices is also gaining traction as an effective means of treating hair loss, as seen in this research in Korea.