Toppik Protein Hair Building Fibers is the first thinning hair “cover-up” product that I’ve tried. It gives you the illusion of more hair, and minimizes your hair’s thin and balding areas. I’ve been using it almost every day for the last month, and it does a good job of hiding my ever-widening scalp.
What is Toppik? It feels like a powder, but technically it’s little fibers made from keratin. The product application is super easy – you just shake the jar over your dry head and the fibers magically stick to your hair, masking thinning areas. I only use it on my wide part, and thinning areas in the front. In before and after pictures, people are shown with really large bald areas that are able to be filled in with Toppik. I wonder how realistic this would actually look – but I know most people with varying degrees of hair loss do give Toppik rave reviews.
I would definitely recommend trying Toppik to disguise any thinning areas. It comes in 8 different colors, to match a variety of hair colors. I got the light brown, and it blends in really well with my hair, and I don’t feel it at all once it’s in my hair. After reading the Toppik instructions, I realized it also recommends use of Toppik FiberHold Spray, which is essentially hairspray. I wasn’t able to track down the ingredients of this product to see if it’s any better for your hair than regular hairspray. Lately I’ve become desperate and started to use hairspray to give my hair some volume, and keep everything in place. I know hairspray is bad for hair, but I started balding years ago, and it wasn’t from styling products, because I hardly ever used any. Anyway, without using hairspray, Toppik still seems to stay in your hair.
I have really dark, flattering lighting in my bathroom, and I try not to look at other mirrors too often! Toppik looks super natural when I look at myself at home, but I was at Target today trying on hats, and I noticed my scalp looked a little reddish-brown. It wasn’t that noticeable, but it did look slightly unnatural. So now I wonder if I shouldn’t use as much Toppik? Otherwise, there’s no way to tell I was wearing anything on my hair – the fibers are undetectable.
Using Toppik can get annoying if you are also using Rogaine, or another topical product, and you don’t wash your hair once a day. When you apply Rogaine, it negates the disguising features of Toppik, so you have to apply Toppik again after the Rogaine. And if you don’t wash your hair every day – it will surely start to get extra dirty.
If you don’t use a topical hair growing product, most of the Toppik will stay on overnight while you’re sleeping. I haven’t noticed it rubbing off on my pillows at all, but I don’t use that much of it. Here’s the psychological problem with Toppik – when you take a shower, and you then look at yourself in the mirror without your masked balding areas, you sort of freak out. When I’m wearing Toppik and I look at my reflection, I start to think maybe I don’t have as big of a problem as I thought, but the minute the Toppik is washed out, I totally freak out again. In reality, though, Toppik just makes you freak out half as often!
What happens when you wear Toppik in the rain?? I have no idea because I live in Vegas and it never rains here. Toppik claims that it can withstand the rain, wind, and sweat without running, smearing, or staining. I have a feeling it will dissolve in the rain, because adding a little Rogaine makes it disappear, but I don’t know for sure yet. I would definitely test it in a small area before wearing it on my entire head in the rain. I’m also sure you can’t swim with it, which is too bad, because swimming is one of my favorite activities.
Toppik isn’t that cheap, but it’s worth the price. I got the .36 oz size for about $22, and I expect it to last a few months since I don’t use a lot. It also comes in larger sizes, which makes it cheaper per use, and it comes in an even smaller trial size.
Toppik is definitely worth trying if you’re embarrassed by your thin areas or widening hair part. It won’t cure your hair loss, but it will make it appear better. Have you tried it? What do you think? *Buy Toppik Protein Hair Building Fibers*