Unless you’ve been living in an indigenous tribe in Papua Guinea, you’ve heard of the expression “a picture is worth a thousand words” many times before, and chances are you’ll hear it even more in the future. In the case of Theradome laser hair therapy, nothing could be truer.
Hopefully you look at yourself every day in the mirror. You’ll most likely notice small changes that have appeared overnight– maybe a new pimple, a bruise or even under-eye circles after an all-nighter. Beware: you won’t have the luxury of relying on your eyesight for perceiving changes meant to occur slowly but surely, such as hair restoration with Low-Level Laser Therapy (LLLT) treatments.
This is why photographic documentation is absolutely crucial when undergoing laser hair therapy. Are you really going to wake up and notice one day how much thicker, shinier and healthier your hair looks? No, you won’t. Just like you won’t notice hair loss overnight, hair growth is also a very gradual process.
So do your part and help Theradome work its savvy science and advanced technology by following these simple tips for photographing your progress.
1. USE A RELIABLE AND HIGH QUALITY CAMERA.
Your iPhone may be perfect for taking selfies but unless the selfie you’re taking is of that one, solo hair at the front of your scalp, don’t use it for “progress photos”. It doesn’t matter if it’s the latest version and its zooming capabilities seem more than adequate. Trust us, they’re not.
You’ll need a much more competent camera to provide clear results of your hair growth, which can’t be seen with the naked eye in the early stages of your treatment. So put the iPhone down and pick up a high resolution camera that’ll allow you to zoom properly on your scalp and catch your burgeoning hair follicles in full action.
2. MAKE SURE ROOM LIGHTING IS BRIGHT ENOUGH AND TURN OFF THE FLASH.
Now is not the time to think of romance and candlelight– you’ll need full-on, unflattering light that’ll illuminate your scalp to accomplish step 1.
Turn off the flash. This may seem contradictory to what we just said, but light emitted by a flash will reflect off your scalp and give it a glossy appearance, ruining all accurate evidence and documentation of your hair growth.
3. STYLE YOUR HAIR THE WAY YOU NORMALLY WOULD.
No need to hide in a cave because of hair loss and thinning. Style your hair the way you usually do, but try to avoid excessive brushing (especially when your hair is wet, as it’s more fragile), any pulling or tight hairdos. Use accessories, such as hats or hair bands, if they make you feel more comfortable until your LLLT treatments become noticeable to the naked eye.
Remember that you are on the way to achieving a full head of healthy hair and stay positive!
4. KEEP YOUR LIGHTING CONDITIONS CONSISTENT.
Remember our candlelight analogy? Yes, you want light, but also need the same light. If you take a photograph in bright daylight one day, and take another picture in a dark shadowy corner a month later, you might as well stop taking pictures all together or go back to your unreliable iPhone.
Light is absorbed, reflected, refracted and does a number of unspeakable things that you or your scalp are unaware of. You therefore need to recreate the exact same lighting conditions when you take your photos. Use light as an ally, not an adversary, and allow your pictures to track your progress accurately.
5. DON’T USE BLURRY OR POORLY LIT PHOTOS.
This is when your obsessive-compulsive perfectionist personality (or your friend’s– we all have at least one!) comes in handy. Don’t compromise the quality of your photos. Retake as many times as needed.
6. ASK A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER TO BE YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER.
Yes, bringing attention to bald spots is probably the last thing you want to do but you’ll need another person’s help, so swallow your pride. Another person will be able to take photos from different angles and help you in your journey to obtaining a full, healthy head of hair.
Even better, get a Theradome buddy. You can compare your progress, take turns being photographers and then go have a drink somewhere and toast to hair restoration (and to Theradome of course).
7. TAKE PROGRESS PHOTOS AT LEAST ONCE A MONTH.
Just like weight loss, you want to avoid stepping on the scale once a day, but you still want to keep an eye on things. Same goes for laser hair therapy. Your scalp and hair follicles are unique to you, hence your results using Theradome LH80 PRO will differ from someone else’s.
So take pictures at least once a month to see how you’re personally responding to LLLT and see if any changes to your treatment plan need to be made.
8. ALL SIDES NEED TO BE PHOTOGRAPHED – TOP, FRONT, SIDES AND BACK.
We’re not referring to the dance steps of tango but to the photos of your scalp. This is why you need a friend or a Theradome buddy. Since the Theradome LH80 PRO is a helmet that covers your entire scalp, it’s best to photograph all of its angles in order to accurately judge your progress and watch the powerful technology of lasers restore your hair to how it used to be.
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