Power Tools: The Toppik X5 HairLaser

Posted on November 17th, 2009 by Gina

blankX5twoIs it a pager? Is it a video game? Is it a tiny spaceship bringing alien lifeforms to our planet?

The Toppik X5 HairLaser looks like it could be any of the above, but it’s actually a  handheld laser that you rub on your head to stimulate hair growth. (Remember guys, we can’t make this stuff up.)

The X5 claims to be the “only device that delivers laser light directly to the scalp, bypassing any intervening hair,” and it just might be what it says it is.  Either that or it’s a new kind of military device.

Brought to you by Spencer Forrest Advanced Solutions, who are also known for Toppik Hair Building Fibers – a kind of sprinkle-on hair system using fiber that has built in static electricity.  But the X5 sprays lasers rather than fiber on to the head.  You simply rub it over your scalp for 10-15 minutes a session, three times a week, delivering 60 milliwatts of energy at a frequency of 650 nanometers.

We’re not quite sure what that means, but the Bernstein Medical Center for Hair Restoration explains that low-level laser therapy “is based on the scientific principle of photo-biotherapy.” What THAT means is “laser light is absorbed by cells and stimulates cell metabolism and protein synthesis.” And what THAT means is that “it appears to stimulate the follicles on the scalp by increasing energy production and by reversing miniaturization.”

Got it now?

According to the X5 manufacturer, you rub the red lights on your head as directed and after six weeks you’ll see stronger, thicker hair.

Touted as the next generation of laser hair therapy, the X5 doesn’t get hot, there are no side effects and it can be used in conjunction with other hair-growth therapies like Rogaine or Propecia. It’s also cordless (!), offers an ergonomic grip (!!), a real-time display that shows the precise elapsed time of your session and has an introductory price of $299, with a six-month money-back guarantee.

And hey, if it doesn’t work and you don’t want to return it, just display it on a side table and tell people it was prop in “War of the Worlds.”

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