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NFL Player Testimonial – Laser Hair Therapy

Ryan Pontbriand – Cleveland Browns

Ryan Pontbriand was the long snapper for the Cleveland Browns for 9 years.  He retired officially in 2013.  Ryan has also been using Laser Hair Therapy for about five years.  He used both the hooded in-office device during off season and the igrow and comb during the season.  Here is what he has to say about his experience with laser hair therapy.


“Anyone who has ever played football knows that constantly wearing a helmet is uncomfortable. And anyone who hasn’t, imagine an extreme case of hat hair compressed to the scalp awkwardly. An irritating annoyance bordering on pain. But for me, the decision to keep my helmet on for the majority of the game was easy. I didn’t want fans sitting behind and above me to see my balding crown, or as my teammates called it, my sunroof.

I can joke about it now because I had an opportunity to do something about it. I started laser therapy with the sole intent of stopping my hair loss and keeping what little hair I had left. In the beginning, creating a good habit took commitment and an investment of time for the future. Now, putting on my laser helmet three times a week is as natural as brushing my teeth. It’s just part of my routine. 

Over the last few years of laser therapy, I have not only stopped my hair loss but started to grow new hairs. Make no mistake; I’m no chinchilla back there, but to be less bald is totally worth twenty minutes 3 times a week. I’m grateful for this technology and look forward to the next laser advancements in hair recovery.”

Laser hair therapy is safe and effective.  For more information, please visit or call us at 713-838-1880.


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Use Better Hair Products – Get Better Results

If you’ve been struggling with the look and feel of your hair – it may be the hair products you are using.  I like to remind my readers that what you put on your hair matters.  I recommend and endorse the Welker RePHreshed line of hair care products.  I just received a notice of their 20% off Spring Special.  I encourage you to give their products a try for six weeks.

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Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Clinical Study

Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) Clinical Study


A Basic Science Investigation Designed to Elucidate the Mechanism of Action,
at the Cellular Level, for Red Laser Light Therapy and Hair Growth


The physiological effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) on human follicular cells surrounding dermal tissue structures.


This study on LLLT aimed to define the safety and physiologic effects that occur when the human hair follicle and surrounding tissue structures are exposed to this type of radiation. The data available has been the result of testing murine models, not human. To properly identify the effects in human subjects, exposure to LLLT is not sufficient. The analysis of the non-radiated and radiated tissues is required to elucidate the tissue response and efficacy of the laser therapy. The theory that is widely accepted is that the mitochondria are the powerhouse of the stem cells that cause hair growth. The LLLT ‘turns on’ the nutrient pump process that energizes the mitochondria, which leads to an increase in ATP and subsequent reversal of hair follicles from the dormant stage of growth called telogen, to the active growth stage called anagen.


This was a single site study. The length of time required to complete the study, under this protocol, inclusive of all subject therapy and tissue harvesting did not exceed 16 weeks. All subjects, of which there were five in total, were recruited by the Principal Investigator from his pool of medical colleagues and associates. No advertising of any type was required to recruit the five subjects.

Material and Methods

Subjects experiencing Androgenetic Alopecia. The total number of subjects numbered five. Age range was 19 to 59 years. Apparent good health. Each participant was subjected to a brief physical examination and the taking of a medical history including information on current treatment and prescription drugs. No blood work was required unless the cause of the loss of hair was in question. No previous involvement in other hair studies. No use of any hair growth agent within the last six months.

Treatment Protocol

The LLLT device that was used is called the REVAGE670™. It is a low-level diode laser system, operating at 670 nanometers, containing thirty 4-milliwatt diode lasers affixed in a rotating helmet. The subject’s head was positioned within the helmet, which is similar to a hair dryer, until a sensor triggered the start of therapy. There was no contact between the subject and the device; only the laser light reached the subject’s scalp. Treatment lasted for approximately 15 minutes, but was dependent on skin type classifications. The laser automatically shut off after the treatment session was complete. There was no pre or post treatment care required, only that the subject’s hair was clean and did not contain spray or gel fixative agents. No safety eyewear was required during the treatment session.

After recruitment was complete, the five subjects were evaluated to determine Fitzpatrick skin type, which is required for prescribing the appropriate length of each laser treatment session. Each subject received two treatments per week for six weeks and one treatment per week for six weeks, totaling 18 laser treatments. The area of treatment was the vertex of the scalp. The initial visit included the harvesting of pre-treatment tissue samples. After the 18th treatment, tissue samples were harvested again from the designated area of laser treatment. It is proposed that this algorithm caused the physiologic changes to occur at the cellular level, which was theorized by experts in the field of Photomedicine and LLLT.

There were no validated questionnaires available for querying subjects about hair loss treatments and subsequent outcomes. Therefore, no questionnaires or subject diaries were employed for this study.

Prior to the first laser treatment session, but on the same day, a 3mm punch biopsy was harvested from the area designated as the treatment area for the laser. The procedure for harvesting the tissue was as follows:

A sterile field was prepared

1% lidocaine with epinephrine, (1-100,000) was injected to provide anesthesia
A single use, 3mm punch was used to harvest the tissue sample
A 6/0 dermal, polypropylene suture was used to make a primary closure of the site
The suture was removed between 7 to 10 days post-closure
The tissue sample was labeled with a number ONLY. A reference was maintained in the subject’s medical record identifying the tissue sample and the subject
The tissue sample was immersed in a preservative container and shipped to a research laboratory where the tissue analysis was performed under a different IRB approval. The laboratory was Wellman Center of Photomedicine. After analysis was completed by Wellman, the tissue samples were incinerated
A statement of findings from the Wellman Center researchers was submitted to the IRB upon completion of the study in its entirety

Adverse Effects

There were no known risks or discomforts associated with the laser treatments administered with the REVAGE670. Although it was not anticipated, there was a very slight risk of bruising, scarring and infection from the tissue harvesting and blood drawing procedures. All possible precautions were taken to prevent these unwanted effects. No other risks were anticipated. All subjects were monitored for changes in health status or for indications of any form of infection in the areas where tissue was harvested. The monitoring was performed, on each visit, by the physician investigator and his staff.

Summary of Results

There were eight before and after biopsies taken from four subjects to compare. There were four outcome measures: (a) number of hairs, (b) presence of anagen hairs, (c) number of hairs containing Melanin, (d) presence of Ki67, a marker of proliferating cells in the hair follicles. ALL FOUR subjects showed improvement in at least one of these measures in at least one pair of biopsies. Subject 5 had the most impressive overall improvement.

Each of the four subjects demonstrated an increase of melanogenesis. Based upon work published by Tobin, Hordinsky and Bernardz in the J. Investig Dermatolo Symp Proc 10:275 – 279, 2005, melanogenesis in the hair shaft, bulge and outer root sheath occurs only in Anagen I-IV. Such published research supports the theory that if red laser light causes an increase of melanogenesis, it must be stimulating the production of Anagen hairs, which would lead to more terminal hairs.

Before / After
Photos show typical results at 6 months of LLLT treatment.


For more information or to learn how to begin your treatment, call 713-838-1880 or visit the TM Hair Additions Website

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An Excerpt from my eBook – Why am I Losing My Hair

ebookCh. 1: Why Am I Losing My Hair?

The causes of hair loss for both men and women vary. It’s crucial to understand what’s causing your hair loss so you can make an informed decision about the best treatment for you. Some of these causes only lead to temporary hair loss – while others are more permanent.

Hair Disorders

  • Hereditary Thinning or Baldness (Androgenetic Alopecia): Inherited male-pattern or female- pattern hair loss is the most common cause of hair loss. Male-pattern hair loss can result in a receding hair line and bald patches, mainly on the top of the head. Female-pattern hair loss can result in noticeably thinning hair throughout the scalp; the first sign being a widening part. The hormone dihydrotestosterone or DHT (a derivative of the male hormone testosterone) is associated with this.
  • Alopecia Areata and Other Types: Classified as an autoimmune disorder, alopecia areata causes the body’s own immune system to attack healthy hair follicles. This causes patches of hair loss on the scalp and other areas of the body. There are many other different types of alopecia that have different effects on people.
  • Trichotillomania: This impulse-control disorder causes people to repeatedly and compulsively pull out their own hair.

Medical Conditions and Disease

  • Disease: There are about 30 diseases overall that can lead to hair loss. Thyroid and other ailments that affect your hormones can cause loss of hair. Skin and auto-immune disorders like anemia and types of lupus can result in hair loss as well. By treating the disease, hair loss often can be stopped or reversed.
  • Illness: A major surgery, high fever or even the flu can cause hair loss. Your dermatologist may call this telogen effluvium. In most cases complete remission is probable.
  • Infections: Scalp infections, such as ringworm, can invade the hair and skin of your scalp, leading to hair loss. Once infections are treated, hair generally grows back.


  • Some prescription medicines can cause hair loss. These include:

-Blood thinners.

-High-dose Vitamin A.

-Medicines that treat arthritis, depression, gout, heart problems, and high blood pressure.

-Birth control pills

-Anabolic steroids

Stress and Shock

  • Experiencing a traumatic event (e.g., death of a loved one or divorce) can cause hair loss.

Anytime your body experiences high stress or shock emotionally or physically hair loss can occur.
Diet and Poor Nutrition

  • Poor diet can definitely affect the health of your hair. Eating regiments lacking sufficient protein or iron, too much Vitamin A, drastic weight loss programs, and eating disorders can all affect the growth cycle and the condition of your hair.


  • Pregnancy and Child Birth: After giving birth, some women have noticeable hair loss due to falling estrogen levels. This is usually temporary.
  • Menopause: Thinning hair is very common during menopause. This loss is often temporary and the hair will re-grow with time. Aging affects hair loss because hormones are involved; if a woman is 40 years or older, she unfortunately should not expect her hair to have the same fullness that it did when she was younger.
  • Birth control: Birth control and other hormone-related medicines can lead to thinning hair.

Hair Care – Styling and Treatments

  • Chemical Processing: Frequent bleaching, perms and relaxers can cause breakage and other damage to your hair. Improper or excessive use of other hair products (dyes, gels, hairsprays) can also cause damage.
  • Heat Damage: Frequent use of high-heat styling tools (blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons,) can dry out the hair shaft, leaving hair brittle and prone to breakage. Limiting use and if possible lowering the heat settings are ways to help avoid damage. Letting your hair air dry before styling is also recommended.
  • Traction Alopecia: Wearing your hair in a style that pulls on the hair (tight braids or tight ponytails) can cause hair loss. This is known as traction alopecia. If done repetitively, it can lead to gradual hair loss, specifically, along the hair line.


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Medical & Chemotherapy Hair Loss

Unfortunately, another cause of hair loss is cancer.  More specifically, the treatment of cancer with chemotherapy and radiation.  My heart goes out to those suffering from the effects of the complications of cancer and I’ve dedicated a great deal of my professional life doing what I can to help diminish the devastating effects.  For years I have been working with patients and donating time to children undergoing chemotherapy in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas.  With everything that goes into the cancer fight, hair loss is one thing that we can easily overcome.

Last October, our work with cancer patients was highlighted on local talk show Great Day Houston.  The video below has a lot of good information for those facing medical hair loss:

Below are some other frequently asked questions concerning the treatment of medical hair loss.  And – as always – if you have any more questions, please feel free to contact my team at 713-838-1880 or fill out our confidential consultation form at

Frequently Asked Questions
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What is the difference between a custom hair system and a wig?

The custom systems are 100% human hair, hand-made, light-weight and very breathable; while wigs are synthetic, heavy and bulky. The custom system is made specifically to fit your scalp, as opposed to a machine-made, stock wig that may be too tight or loose.

How do I start the process?

The patient comes in for a complimentary, personal consultation to go over the protocol. We will do a fitting to fill out the custom order form, to make sure their hair system is customized exactly to the patient’s natural hair. We match the patient’s color, texture and density to achieve the natural appearance.

What is the procedure like?

We have our own private rooms with male and female waiting rooms to make the patient very comfortable. We take the client back and style the system just like any other salon visit. We have experienced stylists who are licensed cosmetologists and friendly staff members to make the visit simple, easy and enjoyable.

Is it painful to take off?

It is not painful at all. We use a medical adhesive to hold the system in place which is very easy to take off and on.

Do I get to keep my hair underneath?

The custom hair system is designed to fit like a glove to give the most natural look. In order for it to fit properly the patient does have to forfeit any existing hair on the day of the actual procedure (if the natural hair has not already come out due to chemotherapy).

What about when my natural hair starts to grow back?

The hair system is versatile and designed to still be worn after treatment is completed and the patient’s natural hair starts to grow back. We make modifications to the system so that when the patients’hair does grow back they can continue wearing the system and make the change gradual.

How long does the system last?

Depending on how the system is taken care of, and the normal wear and tear of daily activity, they normally are designed to last one year.

How long does it take the hair system to come in after ordering?

Depending on the specific order, it generally takes 2 weeks for the order to come in. The sooner the patient comes in for the consultation to place the order, the better.

Are there any limits to my daily activities?

There are no limitations to your daily activity. The hair system becomes a part of you, and you will be able to live your life as if it was your natural hair. You can swim, work out, etc.

How long does the system stay on(days, weeks, etc.)?

We have different strengths of medical adhesives that range from a 24-hour day to a full two weeks. Depending on the patient’s preference we will determine how long the system will stay on.

Do I come to your office to get my hair done or can I go somewhere else?

Your custom hair system comes with 17 service visits. We are available to do shampoo/styles, coloring, up-dos, etc. whenever needed. The patient is more than welcome to go see their own personal stylist as well. *If a patient chooses to have service done elsewhere we are not liable for any damages to the system that took place outside of our salon.

Does my insurance cover it?

Majority of the time insurance will cover all/most/or part of the balance, and we show the patient how to find out.

***We offer a 100% Appearance Guarantee. Meaning if the patient is not 100% satisfied with the appearance of the system we will give them a full refund – no strings attached.

While patients are undergoing chemotherapy, the last thing they need to worry about is hair loss.  Our mission is to help them look normal while they are undergoing treatment, and work with them on their way back to recovery.

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