Last Updated: May 22, 2016
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Toppik Hair Loss Concealer Review
Popular brands such as Toppik have mastered the art of taking small keratin fibers and charging them with electro-static energy. This technique makes it possible to cover up thinning areas of hair by using a “salt and pepper” shaker like application. Since these tiny keratin fibers are “charged” and made up of the same protein that hair is, it creates the perfect natural hair concealer if applied correctly. Opposed to make-up based concealers such as Dermmatch, products like Toppik actually replenish thinning hair areas with a closer natural match to actual human hair.
How Does Hair Fiber Technology Work?
Keratin fibers are chopped up into fine fibers with an electrostatic charge that instantly bond to existing hair follicles. Each fiber attaches itself to thinning stands until a “thickening” appearance takes effect. The fibers are applied just like you would shake salt or pepper on your favorite food. When the fibers are shaken over the thinning areas, they collect and bind to make the hair fuller in problem areas. One of the biggest keys for this to work well is you need to have at least some hair for it to work at all. If an area of the scalp is completely bald, there is nowhere for the fibers to catch. However, if done correctly, hair fiber concealers can be 100% unnoticed under lighting. Unfortunately, these types of concealers are not water friendly and will wash out after swimming. Here are some tips below for using products such as Toppik:
- Match the hair fiber color to the hair on the sides of your head.
- Use additional application aids such as the Toppik spray applicator and the hairline optimizer tool.
- Make sure Toppik hair fibers are “brushed” in so the fibers blend with existing hair.
- Use the hair fiber locking spray to ensure Toppik stays in place.
Toppik Before and After
How to Apply Toppik
Dermmatch Hair Loss Concealer Review
Dermmatch is probably one of the best hair loss concealers on the market for several reasons. First, if Dermmatch is used correctly, it can provide natural looking coverage with its unique “topical shading” technique. What is topical shading? Topical shading is using a compound colored concealer to shade areas of the scalp that are thin to blend in with the fuller parts of your existing healthy hair. Secondly, Dermmatch has an incredible return on investment because each disk can be used for up to three months. Thirdly, Dermmatch is probably one of the only hair loss concealers where you can actually “swim” with confidence. Lastly, if Dermmatch is used properly, it can be very hard to detect under most lighting. You will find with some types of lighting that concealers can be your worst nightmare. Overall, concealers such as Dermmatch are an excellent way to “buy you time” while you are waiting for results from your current hair loss regimen. Here are some vital tips that must be followed when using Dermmatch:
- The level of your hair loss: Dermmatch works best with people who are experiencing thinning areas of hair opposed to bald patches. Dermmatch actually coats existing hair follicles to make them thicker. Therefore, having bald areas would make Dermmatch appear to be “painted” on and not natural to the naked eye.
- Selecting the right color: A great way to select the right color is to look at the color of your existing hair on the sides of the head. The color may not be perfect but matching it as close as possible will help with the appearance of the application.
How to Apply Dermmatch
The application process can make or break the appearance of Dermmatch. Once this is mastered, each application will become easier as you find the right balance of product to apply to the hair. When you first buy Dermmatch, the compacted powder in the disk will generally be dryer than it should be. The directions state to wet the applicator and quickly rub the applicator in small circles. The first week or so you may have to slightly wet the applicator more than usual to compensate for the dryness of the powder. A tip to help the dryness is to gently moisten the top layer of the disk with a spray bottle. Distilled water is what you want to use for this method because tap water can contain elements that may reduce the quality of the product. After you have the right consistency of the compacted powder, the fun part begins when you first start out. Figuring out how moist the applicator should be and how much concealer to put on the applicator will be the biggest challenge. Remember the old saying “less is more”? This is exactly what want to practice. The applicator should not be dripping wet and the amount of concealer should not be too creamy (this will create a “dusty” look which we will discuss below). After you have the applicator “balanced,” you are ready to apply the concealer to your hair. Your initial thought will be to immediately go straight to the thinning areas but we have found applying right around the area first will enable you to figure out how much pressure to place on the scalp with the applicator working from the “outside in” will be more forgiving. When you get to the thinning areas you will already have the “magic touch” so it is not under or overdone. Remember if you are applying toward the front of your hairline to apply gently just behind the hairline so it looks more natural. This method really defines the “shadowing” effect of the product. Using Dermmatch is all about balancing the application on the scalp to make the “thinning areas” undetectable to the human eye. Since Dermmatch is damp when applied, the drying process is also another important part to master. We have found that before brushing your hair or putting on clothing, it is best practice to let the Dermmatch dry for at least 5-10 minutes. If the application is still damp, it can stain your clothing and also rub off your hair which can ruin parts of the application. A tip to expedite the drying process is to reduce the amount of humidity if you are applying in bathroom (Dermmatch application is not “humid” friendly) and you can also use a hair dryer with a “cool” setting.
Styling with Dermmatch:
Since Dermmatch is applied directly to the scalp, it is not a good idea to use heavy styling products such as gels and waxes.
The best styling products to use after the application dries is a light spray. The great thing about sprays (gel, hairspray, wax) is you do not directly touch the application of Dermmatch and yet is still gives the “texture” look that helps make the hair look more natural. In addition, a coat of spray can offset the dryness or powdery look that some people are concerned about.
- Before applying Dermmatch, rinse the hair with distilled water or use distilled on the applicator when applying. This will help Dermmatch apply to the hair and scalp easier.
- Use a hair loss treatment spray that can help treat your hair loss while providing texture and moisture after the application. Hairsprays and spray gels/root lifters are also good for styling after Dermmatch is applied to reduce any smearing of the product.
- Try using darker pillow cases if sleeping or laying down with Dermmatch. This will help hide stains if the product is rubbed off the hair. A white pillow case is a magnet for dirt and stains!
- Mega Bonus, use Dermmatch in conjunction with a hair fiber concealer like Toppik to get the most coverage you can possible get out of all hair loss concealers alone.
Scalp Micropigmentation (Hairline Tattoo)
One of the latest techniques for concealing a receding hairline is a process called scalp micropigmentation. Similar to the shading technique that Dermmatch creates with its compact water-resistant concealer, scalp micropigmentation also uses a shading technique to create a natural hairline but this concealer is permanent. This technique uses a process similar to getting a regular tattoo except this type of tattoo would be considered a “medical hairline tattoo”.
How Does Scalp Micropigmentation Work?
Administered by trained technicians, tiny pigment deposits that correctly match the clients natural hair color is distributed within the upper dermis of the scalp which creates a resemblance of what a full head of hair would look like with a “buzz cut” (resembling the tiny dots where hair follicles would grow). The results are achieved by combining thousands of these pigment deposits in an optimal pattern that would naturally cover the affected areas (including hairline) to give the scalp an appearance of a thicker head of hair. In reality, this technique simply creates the illusion of having a full head of hair from thousands of distinct pigment deposit patterns. This form of concealing hair loss is considered to be cutting edge but there are reports of several satisfied clients. Typically this treatment would benefit mostly men that don’t mind sporting a “buzzed” hair style. However, due to advancements in pattern techniques, there are clinics that are able to help conceal several types of hair loss patterns in both men and women.