Capillus vs. iRestore

Capillus vs. iRestore

Dealing with thinning hair or hair loss? You're likely looking for an effective way to restore your hair's thickness and fullness. With no end of hair products on the market, finding a proven solution isn’t easy. However, with the advent of laser caps for hair growth, your search has narrowed.

Two of the top brands for in-home laser hair growth devices are Capillus and iRestore. Both companies offer laser caps that use low-level laser therapy to stimulate hair follicles and promote regrowth.

As an FDA-cleared leader in at-home laser therapy for androgenetic alopecia, we stand behind our technology and its ability to revitalize follicles and promote regrowth. However, In this comparison, we are going to take an unbiased look at both our Capillus products and iRestore's to help you make up your mind about which to choose.

How Laser Light Therapy Revitalizes Your Hair Follicles

Before we continue with our Capillus and iRestore comparison, let's briefly explain in simple terms how low-level laser therapy (LLLT) works to revive hair follicles.

LLLT uses laser diodes to deliver red light energy to the scalp. This safe and effective treatment stimulates cellular activity and improves blood flow to hair follicles. The light wavelengths penetrate deep to energize the base of the follicles. As the red light absorbs into the cells, it boosts ATP production and metabolic activity.

This fuels and strengthens the hair follicles, leading to regrowth of thicker, fuller hair. In essence, LLLT jumpstarts dormant follicles to reverse hair loss and thinning hair.

Capillus and iRestore Device Options

Capillus and iRestore offer various options to meet different needs and budgets.

Capillus has an extensive selection of 9 laser caps and devices, including our most advanced CapillusPro S1 cap, which packs an unbeatable 304 medical-grade laser diodes to stimulate follicles across the entire scalp. We also carry versions like the Capillus Plus and Capillus One with 202 and 112 lasers, respectively.

In addition to our full caps, Capillus also offers targeted laser hair therapy systems designed to treat specific areas of hair loss or thinning.

These devices use 84 medical-grade lasers focused on crown or temple regions. This gives you the option to intensively stimulate hair follicles in problem spots rather than the whole scalp.

These convenient 84-laser devices let you pinpoint treatment where you need it most. The CapillusFocal line offers an affordable alternative to our full caps for spot stimulation.

The iRestore lineup is more limited but does come in both professional and essential models. Their flagship iRestore Professional has 282 medical lasers and LEDs, while the iRestore Essential only has 120 LED lights and lasers.

One key difference is that Capillus caps only use medical-grade lasers rather than LEDs. Laser technology is able to penetrate deeper into the scalp for better results. Our devices deliver concentrated, consistent laser energy for optimal hair regrowth.

Both brands offer payment plans, which makes these effective but often pricey systems more affordable and convenient for clients. Investing in thicker, healthier hair is worth it, whatever you decide, but the financing options make it easier on your wallet.

Our caps at Capillus are designed to resemble a discreet baseball cap that lets you use the device on the go. The low-profile, lightweight cap doesn't draw attention, so you can conveniently stimulate growth while carrying on with your daily activities.

Meanwhile, the iRestore caps have a bulkier helmet-like design that you may not want to wear in public. But they still deliver the clinically proven low-level light therapy you need.

Treatment Time

The good news is that both Capillus and iRestore offer quick, simple daily treatments.

For Capillus caps, a 6-minute session per day is what we suggest. Our ultrathin, lightweight caps are designed for easy, comfortable use. Simply put on the cap and let the medical-grade lasers work their magic, stimulating follicles as you go about your morning.

The iRestore timeline calls for slightly longer but less frequent use. They recommend one 25-minute session every other day. While their laser helmets are more bulky than Capillus caps, they still provide hands-free treatment, so you are free to multitask.

Comfort and Portability

Capillus pulls ahead in this regard with caps designed for all-day wearability. Our baseball cap-style devices are lightweight, breathable, and contour perfectly to your head. With its low-profile design, you can wear a Capillus cap comfortably at home, in the office, or while running errands.

Both devices feature rechargeable battery packs for cordless use. However, the bulkier iRestore helmet doesn't have quite the same flexibility for active lifestyles. The helmet structure can feel cumbersome. An iRestore device is also not likely something you'd want to wear out and about.

For true portability and flexibility, Capillus caps are the clear winner. Our treatments are short, and the caps themselves are hardly noticeable when worn.


Capillus laser caps come with limited warranties covering defects in materials and workmanship. Warranty periods range from 1-3 years, depending on the model. The CapillusPro has the longest 3-year device coverage.

All Capillus battery packs and chargers are protected for 1-year, and there's a satisfaction guarantee, so if you are unhappy with the results, you can return your Capillus laser cap.

The iRestore Professional laser helmet includes a standard 2-year manufacturer's warranty. The iRestore Essential has a 1-year warranty. Extended plans are available to stretch coverage up to 3-4 years for an additional cost at purchase.

iRestore provides a 12-month money-back guarantee if customers are dissatisfied with hair growth from either the Professional or Essential systems.

Other Hair Growth Products

Capillus and iRestore don't stop at laser caps and helmets to treat hair loss. Both brands have a good selection of products to round out their hair regrowth systems. Capillus has hair care kits specially formulated for men and women, supplements, Minoxidil, an FDA-approved treatment to promote hair growth, and The Capillus Derma Roller, an ingenious and effective device to stimulate hair regrowth.

iRestore also has a suite of products on its website to supplement the iRestore laser cap. iRestore's Hair Gummy Vitamins offer a tasty, fruity way to get hair-enhancing nutrients. Their 3-in-1 Hair Growth Formula packs a triple-action punch combining biotin, saw palmetto, and other DHT blockers in one oral supplement to combat hair thinning. Other products include hair growth shampoo, Anti-Thinning Conditioner, and Anti-Hair Loss Serum.

Clinical Studies, Results, and FDA Clearance

Extensive clinical studies back the science behind Capillus and iRestore, and having an FDA clearance means a lot. Capillus has undertaken clinical trials evaluating its laser hair growth system that demonstrates a real, validated commitment to safety, transparency, and results.

The results published in peer-reviewed medical journals verify that Capillus technology effectively treat thinning hair and androgenic alopecia for both men and women.

In addition to clinical trials, the flagship products from both brands have earned FDA 510(k) clearance. This illustrates that they meet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's safety and performance claims criteria.

For those understandably skeptical about at-home hair growth devices, the clinical studies and regulatory approval show that these devices are safe and proven effective.

To Wrap Up

Now that you've evaluated Capillus versus iRestore, it is time to weigh up the two brands - a challenging choice! Both devices will arm you with an FDA-cleared technology to stimulate hair growth. Ultimately, incorporating regular at-home laser therapy, whether Capillus or iRestore, positions anyone contending with hair loss to take back control. 

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