Almost two months ago, I said I would personally try the HairMax LaserComb to see if it worked. Try it I did. Did it work? Not so much.
Since the blog was posted, I have received multiple e-mails from CNET readers asking if I would personally recommend the product.
My quick answer is no. And there are a couple of reasons.
First, it is expensive (I have the Premium edition of the comb that costs $545), yet feels very cheap. The whole comb's chassis is made out of third-rate-looking plastic.
During the course of using the device, sometimes when I turned it off, a high pitched mosquito-like noise still came out of it. (This could be good news, as it means I am not too old, but that's a different story entirely.) I then would need to unplug the comb from the wall for the noise to go off. I am not sure if the noise is a feature or a defect, but it sure was annoying.
Second, it doesn't seem to work. I left the comb plugged in at my desk and used it almost every workday, except for one week in September, when I worked in the New York office for four days. When it was on my head--supposedly stimulating the follicles and making the hair grow thicker and fuller--I did feel a little sensation at the spot where it passed by, possibly from the laser beams.
It was really a painless experience and pretty convenient. It almost became a habit when I needed to talk on the phone or watched a clip of CNETTV. My hair has been mainly thinning in the front, and the result? It was like that three months ago, and it still is now. My colleague, Eric Franklin, said he saw no difference.
Last but not least, I believe it's a misconception that your hair should affect your confidence. It shouldn't, at least for men, though that is what companies that make hair-treating products sure want you to believe. Hey, I would love to have my hair back to what it was when I was in my early 20s. It is how it is now, however, and come check me out on the Inside CNET Labs podcast if you ever want to question my manliness.
At least this little device helped me realize I should just come to terms with how I am made to look. Confidence is what you, not your LabserComb, make of it. That lesson was a small price to pay, considering I got to use the gadget for free.