BX3.4 Hair Loss Helmet: Can Aromatherapy and EMF Therapy Help?

By Paul Taylor

Hair loss helmet

The BX3.4 hair loss helmet (also called the hair regrowth helmet) has been available since about 2001. If you’ve not heard of it before, that may be because it’s been developed from labs in Switzerland and France, and is largely marketed in Europe.

This review examines the BX3.4 helmet as well as the two ways it aims to work: aromatherapy and electromagnetic field (EMF) therapy.

Snapshot Look

You start this two-pronged approach to hair loss by first massaging five or six drops of certain essential oils into the affected region. You then wear the hair loss helmet for 30 minutes as it sends electromagnetic pulses into your scalp. Repeat this procedure three times a week for eight months. If it works, you can then reduce down to one or two times a week.

Over ten years of research has been completed, including clinical trials, the results of which suggest that the hair loss helmet could stop excessive shedding in 95% of the test subjects within three months of use.

However, the device has not been FDA approved (due to the high cost and complexity that such testing entails). The helmet is said to be suitable for men and women with mild to moderate hair loss (caused by androgenetic alopecia) and no side effects have been reported.

It runs on rechargeable batteries, has an inbuilt timer to let you know when 30 minutes has elapsed, and also counts the number of sessions you’ve done.

Essential oil ingredients

The essential oils it uses have been developed specifically for hair loss caused by androgenetic alopecia. These include:

  • Bay Saint-Thomas
  • Cedar
  • Clary Sage
  • Laurel leaf
  • Myrtle
  • Patchouli
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Thyme Borneol
  • Ylang ylang

They’ve been blended together using sunflower seed oil.

Aromatherapy oils for hair loss


On the UK website, there are a few positive testimonials from both men (with some before and after photos) and women. Another reviewer elsewhere praised the helmet but said he didn’t think the essential oils did much.

The Geeky, Science Stuff

Here's the science behind using electromagnetic therapy and aromatherapy for hair loss:


On its own, aromatherapy might be able to slow down or stop hair loss for some people, and may even produce a small amount of hair regrowth as well. The extent of any such positive effects will obviously be dependent upon which essential oils are used and the severity of the hair loss (read this aromatherapy for hair loss review to learn which essential oils are the best ones to try).

According to the official (UK) website, the essential oils for hair loss that were chosen can:

1. Increase scalp circulation.

2. Balance the amount of sebum produced by the sebaceous glands.

3. Increase the rate of hair cell multiplication within hair follicles.

However, on their own, essential oils can’t really regrow a significant amount of hair. But, in combination with pulsed electromagnetic treatment from the hair loss helmet, results can be improved, as was suggested by the clinical trials that took place. In one trial, it was reported that up to 81% of the human guinea pigs experienced 20% new hair growth after six months.

Pulsed electromagnetic therapy

All electric currents produce electromagnetic fields (EMFs). And, at certain frequencies, these can have a positive effect on human cells and tissues. Such benefits can include:

1. Cellular growth.

2. Increased production of proteins.

3. Speeding up the healing process.

And several forms of electromagnetic therapy are already being used to treat a variety of conditions, from ulcers to cancer.

However, it’s also quite well known that there’s been some concern about excessive exposure to "electro smog" during our day to day lives, and that this might be associated with some health disorders. This is known as EMF syndrome.

But, whichever way you look at EMF therapy, the science and clinical trials do indicate that there is some therapeutic value to it, although no one really knows exactly why.

A Much Cheaper Way to Test This Type of Therapy?

When it first came out, the BX3.4 hair loss helmet cost several hundred pounds. It’s now about half that. I also once saw one listed on Ebay for £1, although there were no bids for it!

You also get three bottles of the blended essential oils, which should last about six months. But, you do need to order more, and at £30 per bottle (which contains just 15 ml) plus shipping, it isn’t cheap. Particularly because the top ingredient is simply the carrier - sunflower seed oil!

So, rather than investing hundreds into a product that might not even work, you could always try a DIY (do-it-yourself) approach first. There are plenty of other pulsed EMF devices you can get hold of (like the one shown below) but it might be a problem finding one that can easily be applied to your scalp.

Pulsed electromagnetic therapy device

Ideally, you would also get one with a similar output to the hair loss helmet: which produces a low frequency of pulses, and emits EMF at a high frequency (a high frequency is considered to be between 3 and 30 megahertz (MHz) by the way). The output of the hair loss helmet is about a thousand times less than what you would receive from using a mobile phone.

As for aromatherapy, it should be easy enough to find the exact same essential oils and then create a similar blend using a suitable carrier oil - and this doesn’t have to be sunflower seed oil (as stated above). Almond oil, olive oil, etc. should be very affordable alternatives.

Then, if it showed some positive signs (like slowing down your rate of hair loss) you could maybe start thinking about the BX3.4 helmet.

An Alternative to the Hair Loss Helmet

Before I finally arrived at my own solution to hair loss, I tried essential oils myself. And I have to say I found it all a very messy, smelly waste of time, effort and money.

However, I didn’t use any pulsed EMF device alongside. So it would be wrong for me to completely dismiss this approach to hair loss. But, "zapping" yourself with EMF radiation seems potentially hazardous, as mentioned earlier. So I would say it’s best to steer clear of this type of treatment for hair loss.

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