The Luftek Natural Hair System Claim
Regrow hair naturally through meditation?!? Really? That’s what the Luftek Natural Hair system founder, Lou Gauthier, claims.
The system is said to reverse the cause of baldness through relaxation, meditation and a method which creates a positive pressure beneath the scalp to loosen the skin, increase circulation, open the pores and allow hair to grow.
Lou claims his method can ‘stop hair loss within three to four weeks, with hair growth taking place from six months to three years, depending on a person’s dedication’.
Note: As at time of writing I can no longer find a retailer for The Luftek Natural Hair system (trademarked as “Use Your Head to Grow Hair”®).
How It Works
The treatment is based on the premise that hair loss is a result of the tightening of the scalp causing constriction and poor circulation. This tightening occurs as a result of negative emotions such as anger and worry which causes physical tension in our bodies, including the scalp. There are two key elements to the technique:
- 20 minutes of meditation practiced each day to create a feeling of ‘calm, peaceful, joy’, thereby directly addressing the negative emotions which lead to scalp tension.
- Creating a ‘positive scalp pressure’ by keeping your mouth closed, teeth slightly separated, tongue loose and breathing lightly through your cheeks to create a ‘lite and clear’ feeling in the scalp.
You’ll find it hard to achieve success through the second technique without having first achieved it in the first. Depending on your stress levels this can require almost constant vigilance to ensure that everyday stressors don’t compromise your desired emotional state. The requirement to monitor and control your emotions is by far the greatest challenge to achieving promised results.
Inner peace, man.
Best Suited For
Those with a low stress life, are able to change their lifestyle to significantly reduce their stressors, or are blessed with an ability to control their emotional state.
I’m guessing there’ll be maybe only 1 or 2% of the population who could relax their scalp to the extent, and for the period, required to see (and maintain) the promised results. That said, biofeedback techniques may help you develop this skill.
Approximate Cost Per Annum
One-off, upfront cost of USD $197 (inc. S&H) for the home treatment kit (when it was available).
What You Get
The kit consists of a 53-minute cd-rom, supplementary booklet, a biofeedback sensor and online support.
The cd-rom and booklet explain the meditation technique and method for creating positive pressure under the scalp. The biofeedback sensor is a ‘credit-card sized’ device which, when held, indicates your current level of stress as a prompt to reassert your calm. The online support consisted of personal assistance direct from Lou via e-mail.
]If you’re keen to try the technique there is enough information freely available on the web to piece the method together. I’m also happy to share further details with anyone interested in pursuing this avenue. Clearly, the online support won’t be available.
If you like your treatments natural, non-invasive and private, they don’t fit the bill much better than this. There is also significant anecdotal evidence which suggests a link between scalp tension and hair loss.
You may have observed the upper portion of the forehead in Male Pattern Baldness (MPB) sufferers appears fixed and will often drain of colour as the person raises their eyebrows. Equally, you’ll have noticed that people with an abundance of hair have ‘forehead expression lines’ that can crease almost up to their hairline. They also often have noticeable movement in the hair bed – moving towards the front of the head as the eyebrows are raised and settling back into position once the eyebrows are lowered.
The Luftek Natural Hair system is intended to assist you in achieving a similar level of scalp elasticity.
- The scalp tension theory is far from proven and has been dismissed as a fundamental cause of hair loss by most specialists. Although there is undoubtedly a positive correlation between a tight scalp and hair loss, correlation does not necessarily mean causation.
- Depending on your personality, and your personal circumstances, you may need to spend almost every waking minute mitigating the innumerable stress triggers which arise during the course of a standard day.
- For those intrigued by the idea, the biggest negative is undoubtedly product unavailability. I searched high and low and couldn’t find a way to purchase it as at May 2013.
This was one of the first techniques I tried back in 1999 / 2000. At the time the theory behind the program was appealing – there is no doubt in my mind that I have a tight scalp. My hair bed moves rather less fluidly than that of my well-endowed hairy friends.
At one point I did manage to achieve the degree of scalp elasticity that I believe Lou was describing. When I raised my eyebrows it felt like I was creating a wave under my hair! However I only managed to achieve this state for about two weeks before life overtook me. A high-stress job, a wife and kids (not to mention the in-laws) will do that to you.
As far as ‘mastering’ the technique was concerned, Lou was also always very responsive to my questions. That said, his answers were typically vague since the meditation practice itself, although very straightforward, is highly experiential and often particular to the individual. Guidelines can be easily provided but I found instruction regarding one’s personal journey difficult over e-mail.
Given Lou’s program is no longer available you may wish to explore other methods for achieving the same outcome. As it wasn’t exactly revolutionary – essentially a combination of established techniques applied to hair loss – this may not be that hard to do.
There was no particular science behind Lou’s meditation video, other than that you couple the meditation practice with step 2 under the ‘How It Works Section’ to ensure the scalp ‘floats’. You can find good explanations on simple meditation techniques here and some good guided meditation programs here.
The other key area of focus should be on using biofeedback to ensure you can maintain the ‘floating scalp’ sensation. Understanding your stressors (triggers), as well as appropriate personalised responses to mitigate those stressors are key to achieving this, both in and outside of your meditation sessions. Each of these activities potentiates the other.
A good description of what biofeedback is and how it’s used can be found on the WebMD website here. For a more detailed explanation the Biofeedback: An Introduction for Consumers is a good place to start.
There are extremely sophisticated (and costly) biofeedback methods involving sessions with medical and psychology professionals as well as sophisticated equipment such as real-time EEG (electroencephalography) displays. Luckily, there are also much cheaper methods that can be used in the comfort of your own home … or taken with you wherever you go.
These range from the simple, to the more sophisticated. I can recommend the following, ordered from lowest to highest cost (and sophistication):
- This Stress Test Biofeedback Card is similar to the one Lou included in his pack
- A good portable, digital sensor to try is the Stress Thermometer
- For something more sophisticated, and more portable, try the Mindfield eSense Skin Response sensor
- Another highly portable smartphone alternative is the Heart Math 6400 Inner Balance Sensor for iPhone 5 and iPad air
- At the sophisticated end of the spectrum the Wild Divine computer ‘game’ (but it aint cheap)
The Luftek Natural Hair System didn’t work for me. I used the technique for almost 18 months and whilst I recall briefly thinking my hair loss had slowed, it was short-lived, and likely coincidental. It was virtually impossible to maintain the required level of relaxation throughout a normal day. Unless you’re a monk (strange how most of those guys are bald!), or manage to master the biofeedback technique, I suspect you’ll have a similar experience. That said, the only ill-effects from giving it a go is greater calm.
To see what worked for me go here.
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