Several weeks ago, I got a haircut and really disliked seeing an increasingly visible small bald spot in my frontal scalp region where my thinning hair was highly visible. Therefore, for the first time in my life I decided to try out a hair loss concealer seriously. I was doing this more for experimentation purposes rather than for any serious regular long-term usage goal. If I was more of a risk taker, I might have tried scalp micropigmentation, which is more of a a permanent concealer.
Initially I had major reservations about my experiment and possible side effects such as rashes and itchiness. I feared that it would be a messy application process; perhaps rain and even wind would cause some of the powder/fibers, if not waterproof, to run onto my forehead; perhaps the color of the concealer would not exactly match my hair color; perhaps the dye would discolor my pillow; perhaps I would become addicted to the product. Nevertheless, I decided to proceed.
My Experiences with a Hair Loss Concealer
I chose to try out a product called Toppik, largely because it was one of three popular highly rated products (the other two being Dermmatch and Caboki) that I had heard of over and over for many years. For around five consecutive days after my haircut (every morning after a shower once my hair was totally dry), I sprinkled a small quantity of the product onto the small barren portion of my frontal scalp region. I was quite impressed at the ease of the process of applying Toppik. It was not messy whatsoever.
More importantly, the results were excellent. Just a few shakes/ sprinkles of Toppik were sufficient to totally cover my small bald region. Moreover, the product never came off during the course of the day (even in significant wind) unless I happened to sleep on a bed and rub my scalp against a pillow for a significant period of time. Even then, the pillow did not become dirty and some of the product just came off without discoloring anything it fell on. Showering definitely removed all the product from my hair completely, but thankfully without getting the bathtub dirty. All in all, I was quite impressed with Toppik and immediately decided to write this post covering the most reviewed hair loss concealer products on Amazon
The Most Popular Hair Loss Concealer Products in the World
While obviously far from being a cure for hair loss, for many people concealers will be a great solution to tackle their hair loss problem until an actual cure is realized. Although best results and greatest satisfaction will be attained by people with minimal totally bald patches on their scalps, there are many videos on youtube where concealers are even very helpful for people with extensive hair loss. Amazon.com reviews of virtually all concealers are generally favorable. Women are also very pleased with concealer products.
Below I list and compare the most popular hair loss concealer products out there based on number of Amazon reviews (if there are many versions of a product that are sold separately on Amazon, I only consider the most reviewed one). Keep in mind that there are many fake reviews on Amazon and you should pay most attention to the ones that come from verified users who have reviewed a diverse range or products for at least a few years. Virtually all concealer products are deemed to work well for people of all ethnicities as well as for both men and women, so I do not delve too much into those details and you need to read customer reviews in detail to figure out what would work best for you.
Hair Loss Concealer Reviews 2018
This is the bestselling hair loss concealer product on Amazon with 1,929 reviews averaging 4.4/5 stars at the time of writing this post. As discussed earlier, I used this product and was very pleased with it. Be careful that you pick the correct color (nine choices) and size options before buying Toppik. As you can tell from the Amazon reviews, a lot of women love this product too. My own salt shaker type container of Toppik says that it is made in the US by a company called Spencer Forrest. The main ingredients are keratin, silica, ammonium chloride and DMDM Hydantoin (plus added artificial colors). The keratin is sourced from wool according to the Toppik website’s FAQ section. Each small bottle will last for a month or two depending on extent of daily use and extent of balding area. Note that I did not use a Toppik FiberHold Spray that is recommended for concurrent use with the fibers for best results, and neither did I use the Toppik Spray Applicator that is supposed to help make the application process more precise. Also note that while the company’s website states that rain will not remove the Toppik from your scalp, I have my doubts, and some reviewers suggest that this is not always true. You probably want to avoid heavy rain when using Toppik or for that matter when using any concealer products.
This is a product that I had never heard about before I started writing this post. Apparently, despite having its own website, XFusion is made by the same US-based company (Spencer Forrest) that makes Toppik and contains the same wool based keratin ingredient. On Amazon, the product currently has 670 reviews averaging 4.4/5 stars. XFusion is significantly cheaper in comparison to Toppik for the same quantity of product. It is available in nine different colors, although each option is sold on separate Amazon product pages. (Note that Spencer Forrest also produces a third line of hair concealer products called Couvre).
I have seen Caboki ads all over the internet during the past several years. On Amazon, the product has 544 reviews averaging 4.1/5 stars as of today. The great thing about this product is that it seems to be totally natural per the list of ingredients: “Moroccan Gossypium Herbaceum and mineral-based colorants (natural iron oxide)”. On the company’s website they are currently offering a free sample. The company is headquartered in the US. Caboki is offered in seven different color choices.
Hair Illusions’s very unique and interesting 100 percent natural human hair fiber product currently has 533 reviews averaging 3.9/5 stars. The product has eight color options for both men and women. However, on the company’s website, they do not have much information on where the human hair is sourced from. Hair Illusion is based in the US, but no actual address is shown on their website. The company’s CEO is pretty confident about his product.
Yet another keratin based product, although unlike the earlier wool-based ones, this one does not disclose the exact type of keratin used. Currently 527 reviews averaging 4.1/5 stars on Amazon. Available in ten unique colors. The company is based in the US.
As of today, this product had 505 reviews averaging 3.9/5 stars on Amazon. However, I could not find anything about location/address of company or product ingredients on the company’s website during the ten or so minutes that I tried. They do have a FAQ section and easily visible options on ways to contact them. On Amazon, the ingredients of Infinity are listed as “Rayon; may contain: CI 47000, CI 14700, CI 42102.” The latter three are various artificial colors. Infinity comes in ten color options.
A similar product to Caboki, with the main ingredient being a type of cotton named Gossypium Herbaceum. On Amazon, Art Naturals Hair Fusion product currently has 325 reviews averaging 4.1/5 stars and is available in four different colors. On the company’s website, the full list of ingredients is written as: “Gossypium Herbaceum fibre, castor oil hydrogenated, spice berry, ethanol, mineral based colorants (natural iron oxide).” Art Naturals is headquartered in the US.
While several of the earlier mentioned keratin fiber products were made from wool, US-based Cuvva does not disclose that information and just states the following on its site: “Cuvva hair fibers are made up of pure, organic keratin protein, just like all human hair. They are charged with a precise level of electrostatic energy in order to form the maximum magnetic attraction to your thinnest hair. There are no harmful chemicals or additives whatsoever.” Available in four colors on Amazon, with 194 reviews averaging an excellent 4.5/5 stars at the moment.
Long-time hair loss forum visitors will be aware that DermMatch has been one of the 3-4 most popular products out there when it comes to hair loss concealers. However, on Amazon, the product has surprisingly fewer reviews than would be expected: 108 reviews averaging 4.2/5 stars as of today. The product is available in eight colors. Each DermMatch disc container lasts for an average of eight months according to the company’s website. Ingredients are all natural and include various emollients and botanicals. The US-based company that makes this product has been in business since 1992. Note that this product is not a fiber, but more like a scalp makeup product.
Hair Loss Concealer Colors
Hair loss concealers come in the following colors in order of darkest to lightest:
- Light, medium and dark brown.
- Light, medium and dark blonde.