Hiding Bald Spots Quickly and Effectively

When talking about non-surgical hair replacement it is hair systems and hair loss concealers that spring to most peoples’ minds. Various types of hair systems such as full wigs, hairpieces, toupees, hair extensions and weaves can look very authentic and have been used for ages to cover bald spots and typically with good rates of success. However, their traditional weaknesses are high maintenance costs and, in many situations, the discomfort of wearing them. Hair loss concealers on the other hand have been around for a much shorter period of time and have often been looked down upon for being incapable of withstanding adverse external conditions and for appearing unnatural. This no longer appears to be true as many of them have dramatically improved recently, both in terms of their authentic appearance and their resistance.

There three existing types of hair loss concealers include those that simply paint your scalp to reduce the contrast between your hair colour and the colour of your scalp, then there are hair thickeners that thicken your hair by coating and penetrating the hair and trapping moisture and volume-building proteins inside the hair shaft and, lastly, there are concealers that apply microfibers that cling to your hair like branches to the trunk of a tree, increasing the hair density. Some products combine two of the aforementioned approaches and paint your scalp and thicken your hair at the same time. All of these products come in various applications, such as a powder, cream or a spray. Hair loss concealers do not contain any active substance that would fight hair loss but some of them allow you to continue with a topical hair loss treatment such as minoxidil.

Microfiber-based hair loss concealers can be often applied in as little as 30 seconds versus a minimum of five minutes needed for hair thickeners. However, microfibers are less water-resistant and it can be quite tricky to apply them precisely and, therefore, they are not very suitable for creating an authentic-looking frontal hairline. Their greatest benefit is that they are unrecognisable in your hair, even with a very close inspection. Hair thickeners, especially those that also colour your scalp, are extremely water-resistant and excellent for frontal hairlines but they take longer to apply. But they cover your scalp with a layer of colouring substance, which makes it hard to apply any topical hair loss treatment. Their greatest weakness in comparison to microfibers is that in direct sunlight it can become visible to the sharp eye that the scalp has been painted.

The common drawback of all types of products for concealing hair loss is the limited choice of available shades to match everybody’s hair colour. Some hair loss sufferers use a combination of two products simultaneously to overcome the weaknesses of individual products and to achieve the most authentic shade and appearance. Usually a combination of a hair thickener and a micro-fibrous concealer is used. The results of such combinations are often excellent. If you decide to try any such combinations, make sure that you apply the scalp-painting, hair loss thickener first and then use the micro-fibres to mask the remaining imperfections. There are many products in all three categories of hair loss concealers and you may need to test a number of them in order to identify those that best match you hair colour and style of application.