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Microblading Pros and Cons

The treatment is available to both men and women – which is good, considering nearly 40 percent of all hair loss patients are female. Consider the following benefits:

  • Tattoo pigment matches natural hair color and skin tone.
  • Results appear immediately and fade gradually over time.
  • Microblading works well across the hairline for patients with progressed traction alopecia, a hair loss condition often caused by tight hairstyles such as braids and extensions.
  • When used beyond the hairlines, results look similar to a buzz cut. This can be suitable for men (or women) who already sport ultra-short hairstyles.
  • Pain is manageable – akin to a small rubber band snap or eyebrow plucking.
  • Results last for approximately 18 months (with intermittent touch-ups), but can vary depending on the patient and their lifestyle.

While this procedure is beneficial for some, not every hair loss patient is a good candidate. Microblading doesn’t counteract diffuse thinning – a common characteristic of female pattern hair loss (FPHL), a form of androgenetic (hereditary) alopecia. In addition, microblading does not work well on patients looking for increased volume. Microblading does not increase hair count or add thickness to thinning hair.

Both scalp micropigmentation and microblading are temporary treatments. These procedures do not prevent progressive hair loss or encourage new hair growth. To the touch, your hair won’t feel any different than it did prior to the treatment. This can be a major drawback for patients concerned about texture.

Finally, microblading does not offset baldness. To generate natural results, the tattoo must be concealed by surrounding hairs. For patients with advanced male pattern baldness or alopecia areata, microblading may not be a practical option.

At the Hair Transplant Institute of Miami, we work with patients looking for long-lasting, noticeable hair regrowth. We increase hair count and curb future hair loss through a range of procedures, including high-tech hair transplant surgery and low-level laser therapy. To book a consultation and discuss your options for authentic hair restoration, call us at 305-925-0222.

What Is Scalp Microblading? It Could Help Those With Hair Loss

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You’ve probably heard of eyebrow microblading—a.k.a. the process of disguising tiny, over-plucked eyebrows with ultra-thin hairlike tattoos—but what about scalp microblading? It’s the same technique, but applied to the hairline to fake the look of a full, lush head of hair. Wondering if it could work for you? We reached out to Ramon Padilla, the founder and creative director at EverTrue Microblading Salon in New York City, to get the answers to our most pressing questions (yes, including the all-important “is this going to hurt?”).

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What Exactly Is Scalp Microblading?

Similar to eyebrow microblading, scalp microblading involves scratching the surface of the skin to embed pigments, which is essentially just like getting a tattoo. However, because microblading is very thin and penetrates just the upper layers of skin, it generally doesn’t last as long as your typical tattoo. How long does it last? The results can vary, but generally between six to 18 months, depending upon pigment color, skin type, and lifestyle. Although it technically isn’t permanent, if you’ve heard the term “permanent makeup” tossed around recently, microblading falls under this category.

Who Is Hairline Microblading Best Suited For?

“The results for hairline microblading look best on clients who have some existing hair,” says Padilla. “The microbladed strokes extend the existing hairline or add an illusion of depth to thinning hair. With proper color matching, the hair strokes created through microblading blend in seamlessly, creating a lush, thick appearance. Microblading results are less successful if the client has large bald spots, as in those areas, the effect is more two-dimensional.” So if you have mild thinning or want to even out your hairline so you can rock a ponytail with pride, you could be the perfect candidate for microblading.

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Is the Process Painful?

“The hairline is numbed beforehand, and given the thickness of the skin at the treatment area, it is virtually painless,” explains Padilla. “To replicate hair, the microbladed strokes are created very lightly, barely penetrating the skin, and so there is no downtime/recovery period.”

Okay, Is There Really No Recovery Period?

“We do request clients to not wash the treatment area for a week following treatment, for best color retention results.” The EverTrue Salon also provides a healing cream for clients to apply twice a day for seven days following the treatment. As the skin heals, the pigment will start to fade, and there may be some initial redness or swelling.

How Popular Is Scalp Microblading?

“We introduced our Hairline Rescue treatment last year, and I was surprised that it’s become the second most requested treatment after brows,” says Padilla. Many of the clients are in their 50s and 60s experiencing hair thinning, while those in their 30s and 40s are also now using microblading to help with problem spots or hairline peak before it becomes obvious. For those dealing with only a couple small problem areas, microblading may be just the solution you’re looking for.

Has Microblading Gone Too Far?

Permanent makeup is more common than you might think. Microblading has erupted as a savior to anyone striving for perfect brows without the pencil, and the answer for over-plucked and thinning brows. So it should come as no surprise that the needle has moved from the brows to the hairline. Many are turning to scalp microblading to mask hair loss and baldness.

“There is a need for a solution for density,” says Caleb McGrew, owner of Miami salon SKIN by Caleb. “Microblading like a good idea because it’s a hot trend and is such a great solution for brows.” But don’t consider running to the salon just yet —McGrew wants people to think twice before booking a treatment. “In the right hands,” he says, “I think is the best thing to hit the cosmetic industry since Botox. In the wrong hands, it is tragic.”

What is Microblading?

Microblading is a technique that implants pigmentation into the skin through tiny incisions. Dating back thousands of years, this procedure is like a semi-permanent tattoo that can be applied to different parts of the body such as hairlines and eyebrows. Also known as embroidery or feather touch, microblading adds semi-permanent pigment to the skin which can help reduce the effects of hair loss, balding, thinning brows, and more.

According to the American Hair Loss Association, 40 percent of women and 95 percent of men experience hair loss, and in a world dominated by social media, where influencers are often perceived as perfect, hair loss can lead to anxiety and depression. But for McGrew, scalp microblading is not the solution. “It never heals well,” he says. “Especially with long hair. The ‘hairstrokes’ need to flow with the hair. The hair in this region has too much movement. How will it look when the hair is in a ponytail? When it’s down? When wet? The natural hair doesn’t stay stationary so it’s impossible to microblade a good pattern.”

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Scalp Micropigmentation

There are other options available, McGrew points out, for thinning hairlines or those looking to create the illusion of fuller, thicker hair. Instead of microblading, look into micropigmentation, which mimics hair follicles. So, what does this mean? Instead of mimicking a strand of hair like microblading —which will not be able to imitate the movement of hair —micropigmentation can create an impression of density with an appearance of more follicles on the scalp, he says. Like microblading, micropigmentation is a type of tattoo, but instead of creating hairlike strokes, with micropigmentation the pigment is injected into the scalp so tiny dots are placed under the epidermal layer of the skin.

For those needing more convincing, McGrew encourages a search on healed pictures. “Ask the artist to show you how it looks healed,” he says. “I suspect seeing those images will change your mind.”

Derek Russell hardly went anywhere without a hat on. He’d try to sneak caps any place he went, even weddings, and he would often try to coordinate his outfits accordingly. “Most people , ‘What should I match my shoes with?’” the 29-year-old says. “But the first thing I thought about was my hat.”

While the Washington native still occasionally wears his beloved green and navy Seattle Mariners cap, he no longer feels uncomfortable taking it off or “getting a little sun on his head”. He also doesn’t need to throw on a beanie just to get the mail. In fact, sometimes when he goes out he doesn’t bring a hat at all.

That’s because three months ago Russell underwent scalp micropigmentation, a cosmetic hair loss solution that started in England and is on the rise in the United States.

“I can’t even tell what’s real or what’s not sometimes,” says Russell.

Scalp micropigmentation is a non-invasive treatment for people who are balding, thinning or have receding hair. Using a specialized pigment and a digital permanent makeup machine equipped with a microneedle, scalp micropigmentation practitioners penetrate the skin and create tiny follicles in the scalp, essentially producing little dots to mimic the look of stubble.

Manhattan-based practitioner Matt Iulo says nearly 80% of his clients are men. “Any time a man comes in here and reveals his hair loss and talks about his situation, it’s usually one of the first times he’s really doing so,” Iulo says.

According to the American Hair Loss Association, two-thirds of men experience some degree of hair loss by age 35. By 50, about 85% of men have significantly thinner hair. The most common cause is androgenetic alopecia, also called male (or female) pattern baldness, typically marked in men by receding hairlines and a thinning crown.

It’s a condition that Iulo knows all too well; he, too, suffered hair loss at an early age before eventually finding solace in scalp micropigmentation. Iulo empathizes with his clients because he knows how one’s self-confidence tends to disappear with one’s hair. In the four years since opening his clinic, Iulo has had many conversations with men about their deepest insecurities.

Some men weren’t dating “because they felt about their looks, or they avoided going after certain jobs or interviews where they couldn’t wear a hat”.

Iulo even recalls one man who, despite being religious, wouldn’t go to church. “He didn’t want people staring at his bald head,” Iulo says. “Hair can affect someone’s life in little ways, but it can really add up.”

Matt Iulo says nearly 80% of his clients are men. Photograph: Matt Iulo

Hiding his hair loss was always a painstaking and time-consuming endeavour for Eric D’Appolonia, a 31-year-old New Jerseyan who received scalp micropigmentation in 2015.

No matter where he was going, D’Appolonia took at least an hour to get ready, spending 45 of those minutes trying to make it look like he had more hair than he actually did. He used Caboki – a shake-on concealer made of plant-based fibers that cling to and fill in a person’s hair, plus hair sprays, glues and a hair dryer to put each hair in the perfect spot, making a mess of the bathroom in the process. Before leaving, he would ask his now wife: “Is the Caboki showing?”

D’Appolonia avoided any activity where he might sweat too much, for fear the black ink from the Caboki would start dripping down his face. He says there were not only social but professional challenges as well: D’Appolonia is a physical education teacher. “It was constant that I’d have to run to the bathroom to make sure black stuff wasn’t all on my forehead.”

D’Appolonia was about 18 when he started losing his hair. His once thick hair was transforming into what his friend coined a “mansion-head”: two entrances in the front, where the hairline was receding into a peninsula shape, and a pool at the back, where the hair was vanishing from his crown.

“I know it sounds vain, but I didn’t feel as attractive, and I was losing a lot of confidence based on that,” D’Appolonia says.

He didn’t talk about his struggle much with his friends or his family; because he was a master at hiding it, he says, no one really knew what he was dealing with. Once while on a vacation at Hershey Park with his now in-laws, D’Appolonia and his wife left the park early so he could get ready for dinner without her family seeing his routine.

“If I didn’t get this done, I would still be doing that kind of thing,” D’Appolonia says. “It was horrible. It really was such a constrained lifestyle of what I could and could not do.”

D’Appolonia and Derek Russell both acknowledge that some might consider their actions vain or shallow, but both men say that’s not the point. Getting the procedure isn’t about what people think, they say – it’s about what makes them feel good.

“The majority of the population is taking action to feel good about themselves, even if that means buying an outfit they think will look better,” D’Appolonia says.

Still, the procedure isn’t for everyone.

“I didn’t try to fight it in the beginning,” says 28-year-old Vinny Gallo, who starting completely shaving his head after he began to go bald almost a decade ago.

When a friend underwent scalp micropigmentation last fall, Gallo tossed around the idea of getting the procedure done. As of now, he has decided not to; being bald doesn’t bother him that much. In fact, he doesn’t think his shorn head looks that bad on him. It hasn’t limited his dating life in any way, he notes.

“I’m not bragging, saying I look amazing, but not everyone looks good bald, so I get why people would feel insecure and why people would want to get done,” he says.

Ultimately, though, Gallo wonders whether, for some people, it’s about more than the scalp micropigmentation.

“I have days or times when I don’t feel as confident, but I think it comes down to being confident about who you are,” Gallo adds. “If you are insecure , you are always going to be looking to change something.”

The Complete Guide to Scalp Micropigmentation

How micro hair tattoos have restored the confidence of thousands

If you want guaranteed results that look natural and actually relieve the frustrating effects of hair loss, Scalp Micropigmentation is the choice for you.

Scalp Micropigmentation Treatment Overview

Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) is a highly advanced method of cosmetic pigmentation (tattoo). While similar to traditional tattooing, it is also unique in a variety of ways.

SMP involves the use of specialized equipment (needles, machines, and pigments) along with special techniques to inject pigment into the scalp, in order to create the look of a hair follicle.

Scalp Micropigmentation is an extremely intricate procedure, and because it is a form of tattooing, you leave our office with guaranteed, permanent results.

Each client’s needs are unique. At Hairline Ink, during each treatment our pigment is tailored to your exact skin color and type.

The treatment at Hairline Ink is administered softly, in a gentle approach, and results look unbelievably natural.

The quality of your treatment depends on two things:

  1. Using the correct machines, micro-needles and pigments
  2. Getting your treatment from the most skilled and experienced practitioners.

The All-Star Team at Hairline Ink has a combined experience in SMP of more than 25 years.

Our incredibly passionate staff, their years of experience, and high company-wide standards give us an advantage over many SMP providers who have taken only 1 to 2 weeks of training, in many cases not even working on lives models before opening up a clinic of their own.

Because we were founded with a mission to be leaders in the Scalp Micropigmentation industry, all of our practitioners undergo extensive 3-month apprenticeships led by trainers whose expertise is undeniable and have a record of proven results, and continue to learn through cross-training with each other, colleagues, and by attending SMP conferences around the globe.

Who SMP (Hair Tattoo) is For and What it Solves

One common misconception is that this only helps people seeking that “freshly-shaved” look. That is simply not true. With the process of micropigmentation at Hairline Ink, you can expect us to help:

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What to Expect at Your Micropigmentation Sessions

Treatment is typically completed across 2-3 sessions. Below, we’ll take you through the process step-by-step:

  1. Your initial consultation appointment is first. Consultations can be done in-person, over the phone, or over video chat via Skype, FaceTime, etc, in order to gain an understanding of what results you want to achieve from your treatment. Our experts will guide you through the process and help you decide which style is best for you. We then create a plan of action, mapping out what is required to reach your goal and get the results you desire.
  2. Next, treatment begins. Years of experience have taught us that it’s best to be conservative on your first treatment in order to achieve the optimal end result. This initial session is to lay the foundation of your new look. After the first treatment, your scalp will be a little red, but within a single day this typically returns to normal.
  3. The second treatment allows us to fill in more detail and go a shade darker than your initial session. This session is where your treatment really comes to life, and your new look is perfected. Any concerns, questions or requests will be handled during this meeting
  4. Occasionally, but not always, a third procedure may take place. Third treatments are typically done by the request of the client, if they would like to go even darker.

During your consultation, we will talk to you about exactly what results you want to get, and ensure a custom procedure, designed to give you the desired effects that you’re looking for.

When we implant our ink into the affected area, we carefully match our pigment your natural hair color with skillful precision.

Many clients report minimal discomfort during the procedure, and an immediate lift in self-confidence after only a single session.

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SMP Styles and Hairline Options

There are a variety of options/styles available. We have outlined some of the most popular below:

The Permanent Edge Up

The “Edge Up”, which is also known as the “Jamie Foxx”, is an extremely popular choice. With this particular procedure, it is very important to begin conservatively with the hairline. There is a lot of preparation required before starting to create the hairline and a side temple area first. We carefully match the color and density precisely during these procedures to create the illusion of a head full of hair with a sharp hairline, in addition to a robust and youthful edge-up. Hairline Ink creates the very best edge-up styles which are often sought after by celebrities.

Soft Hairline and Widowed Peak

Many people want their current hairline lowered, replenishing where it has receded over time, and giving the appearance of fuller hair and a clean hairline. We follow the natural hairline by layering the impressions, thus giving the realistic appearance of hair with no hard line. We make sure to match the ink color perfectly to that of the client, resulting in an incredibly effective and strikingly natural result.

Adding Density to Thinning Hair

Men and women of all ages have found Scalp Micropigmentation as their solution to cover or fill in thinning hair. Thinning can result in a wide, undesirable scalp area showing through the hair. Typically, the person will have an even coverage across the scalp, but the density drops as the hair loss progresses. Scalp Micropigmentation replaces the lost density, resulting in the appearance of an even, full head of hair.

With this focused and specialized approach, we treat the front hairline and let blend into your existing density with a natural look. The initial treatment is gentle and soft, increasing density throughout the rest of the thinning hair. Over multiple sessions, we also create a three-dimensional effect, giving the appearance of a natural shadow. This technique is a great choice for you if you have had a hair transplant but didn’t end up with the desired density.

Covering Up Hair Restoration Surgery Scars

If you have had a hair transplant, you may have been left with scars as a result of this procedure. Some of our clients have come to us after having as many as FIFTEEN hair transplants!

In general, it is our opinion that most hair transplants are not as effective as Scalp Micropigmentation due to the limitations on a person’s available donor hair. Many do not even qualify for any hair restoration surgery for lack of enough donor hair.

After undergoing FUE or strip scar surgery, people are commonly left with severe scarring, plug holes on their heads, and a resulting sense of insecurity.

People are often left with only two choices: They can continue having multiple hair restoration treatments that leave patients with more scars and cost even more money, or proceed with Scalp Micropigmentation, which gives you a guaranteed result, putting an end to frequent hair transplant surgeries, all while covering up the scars from previous surgeries.

Seems like a pretty easy choice, right?

The technique we use at Hairline Ink doesn’t just cover the scars, but also gives the appearance of a fuller head of hair by adding density to places on the scalp where the hair restoration was not effective, giving you the renewed sense of confidence you were looking for at your initial hair restoration surgery.

Because of the ability to camouflage surgical scars and to add density to failed hair transplants, scalp micropigmentation is the perfect solution for the effective concealment of scars of all kinds: FUT strip scars, FUE (Follicular Unit Extraction) scars, scalp reduction scars, and Historic Plug or Cobblestone scars from old-fashioned hair restoration procedures.

For scar cover up there are two options:

  1. Keep your hair long, in this case we will go under the hair to camouflage the scar.
  2. The second option, is to shave your hair down in order to blend it into the follicles and completely camouflage the scars. This option is the recommended choice and takes between 2-3 sessions for the optimal results to be achieved.

(Clients experience redness immediately following treatment, from anywhere from 30 minutes to 8 hours, depending on their skin type.)

Adding Density to Hair Transplant Procedures

Many hair replacement physicians will refer their clients to Hairline Ink to augment a hair transplant. Scalp Micropigmentation can work with hair transplant as a pre-planned combination procedure.

By combining traditional hair restoration and Hairline Ink’s highly advanced technique, the client has double the benefits: real texturized hair, with the appearance of thickness and fullness that only Scalp Micropigmentation can provide — a truly innovative way to achieve real results.

It is best to visit us in person for a consultation to decide at which stage of your hair transplant Scalp Micropigmentation should be performed. In the majority of cases, the hair transplant procedure should be done in the first instance. However, there may be cases in which the Scalp Micropigmentation should begin before the medical procedures. A consultation with Hairline Ink is always recommended, as we love speaking with potential clients to answer any and all questions you may have.

Scalp Micropigmentation Treatments for Women

Many women suffer from hair loss and thinning hair. Even though most people associate hair loss with male pattern baldness, a surprising 40% of balding Americans are women.

Hairline Ink specializes in creating an underlying effect, which creates the appearance of a natural, full head of hair. If you can see scalp, we cover this up to allow for it to look healthy and full.

Scalp Micropigmentation is perfect if you are a woman who is thinning on the top or across the crown section of your head. We have worked with and treated many female alopecia and surgery scar clients.

Why People Choose Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp Micropigmentation will give you a look of a full head of hair, just after a fresh – close cut hairstyle. No one will notice that it is an ink treatment, you can return to work the day after your procedure and people will think you look great, but they will have no idea that you underwent treatment. The look of our Scalp Micropigmentation is so real that no person or camera will ever pick up on your secret.

There are a wide range of reasons you may be looking into Scalp Micropigmentation as your hair loss solution. We have treated thousands of clients, each with differing reasons and causes of hair loss. Whatever the reason, Scalp Micropigmentation is your best option.

Unlimited Density

With regular hair transplant procedures, particularly FUE, most hair-density will be lost within the first few months, so it can often take up to a year to get the best results out of those procedures.

With the Scalp Micropigmentation technique, density will be added, and the desired results start to appear immediately after treatment commences.

Ongoing Maintenance

The length at which your hair can be kept after the completion of both procedures is entirely dependent on your individual hairstyle. With the combined approach, you can have more density and fullness without the need to shave. After several months or years, you may want to have your treatment touched up.

Hair-Related Diseases and Treatment

There are many different types of hair related diseases. Sometimes as a side effect of medication, you may start to lose your hair and experience a thinning of the hair.

  • Lupus is becoming increasingly common in diagnosis globally and one of the biggest side effects that sufferers of this disease have to contend with is hair loss.
  • Thyroid problems, specifically in a woman can lead to a scattered loss of hair, caused by both under and overactive thyroids.
  • Alopecia is a hair loss disease that affects many men and women of all ages. It can begin to appear unexpectedly with no initial symptoms, and currently, there is no definitive cure that has been discovered.
  • Cancer and HIV are also two major diseases which can lead to thinning or a complete loss of hair as well.

Typical treatment options that are commonly available for those affected by hair loss are expensive, ineffective, and simply do not work. These options sometimes include painful corticosteroid injections, topical corticosteroid creams and lotions, minoxidil, dithranol creams, and surgeries.

Hairline Ink offers a simple, cost-effective, guaranteed solution, using the Scalp Micropigmentation treatment to defy hair loss and completely end the frustration of Alopecia Areata, Totalis, Universalis, Lupus and many other hair loss related illnesses.

Traditional Alternatives to SMP

While there are many available options for treating hair loss, most are unreasonably expensive, unreliable, and add to your frustration instead of relieving it.

  • Hair transplants often leave nasty scars and typically cost far more than the value you receive.
  • Hair Clubs are also very expensive and can require literally a lifetime of returning and maintaining.
  • Wigs are another option, but most men simply don’t feel comfortable with the potential embarrassment which can be caused by a displacement.
  • Wigs also need continual maintenance, and the reality of it is this: wigs rarely do a convincing job of covering up hair loss.

The Price of SMP & Financing Options

After reading about everything that goes into micropigmentation, from the different ways treatment can help to the way treatment works, our average client with male pattern baldness falls within a pricing range of $1,800 to $3,200. (A simple scar cover-up may be less, and severe forms of hair loss may be more.) Of course, pricing for this kind of treatment isn’t going to be a one-size-fits-all kind of deal. Instead, there are a number of factors that will help us determine exactly how much your treatment is going to cost you:

  • Treatment Area: whether you’re facing male pattern baldness, alopecia, or complete baldness, the total amount of area we have to cover will be a large factor in your pricing. If the human head has an average of 100,000 hair follicles, how many follicles do we have to replicate?
  • Skin Type: If you have particularly dry or sensitive skin, additional considerations will have to be made by our team in how to treat you without hurting your skin. If you have lots of scar tissue or thick skin, we might need more treatments than someone without those things.
  • Scarring: scar tissue takes a special kind of attention. If you have light scarring, then everything may proceed as normal, but if there is a lot of scarring or they are dark or thick, then there are a number of options to choose from on how to realistically hide that tissue.
  • Hair Density and Style: This will determine many things, from the colors we have to use to the number of follicles we have to replicate to the actual style of micropigmentation treatment you want to go with.

The most reliable way for us to give you a pricing amount is to come in person for a consultation, but if you send us a few pictures of yourself along with a description, we can get back to you in one to two days with a quote.

A Message from the Team:

We understand that we’re not the cheapest option, but we pride ourselves on having a highly-trained team of technicians, a fast and friendly customer support team, and state-of-the-art offices in iconic, easy-to-access locations. Before you start to shop around for a cheaper option from a provider who may cut corners or lack experience in SMP, we encourage you to talk with us about our current promotions and financing options.

Once you’ve talked with our team to discuss your treatment plan and received a quote, you’ll be able to apply for financing with one of our third-party lenders. You’ll apply with them directly, and upon approval, they release the funds to us before your treatment so there are no issues when you arrive at our office. It’s fast and easy to apply.

About Hairline Ink

Whatever your circumstances may be, the entire team at Hairline Ink are passionate about helping individuals suffering from all forms of hair loss. Each member of our All-Star Team has personally dealt with hair loss / hair loss related confidence issues and eventually turned to Scalp Micropigmentation. Our goal- to help people suffering from any and all forms of hair loss to look and feel their absolute best.

We at Hairline Ink truly view our practitioners’ work as a form of art, and our talented technicians pour their passion into each and every client they work with. All of our practitioners not only preform SMP, but have also found SMP as the solution in their own lives. Having experienced hair loss themselves, our practitioners know just how emotional this issue is for individuals, and want you to know that we understand exactly what you’re going through.

Currently, Hairline Ink’s offices are located in three of the most iconic, historical cities in America; Chicago, Illinois, New York City, New York, and San Antonio, Texas.

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Scalp Microblading Is the Latest “It” Treatment for Hair Loss

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Noticing more hair in your brush than before? If your ponytail isn’t as robust as it once was, you’re not alone. While we associate the issue more with men, nearly half of Americans dealing with hair thinning are women, according to the American Hair Loss Association. Though treatments for thinning hair abound, most don’t produce immediate results. (See: Everything You Need to Know About Hair Loss)

That’s why scalp microblading, which provides an instant change in your hair’s appearance, is quickly gaining popularity. (ICYMI, so is tattooing concealer your under eyes.)

You’ve probably heard the hype about brow microblading-the semi-permanent tattoo technique that mimics the look of real hairs to add thickness to sparse brows. Well, over the last few years, the same procedure has been adapted for the scalp area to camouflage hair loss. We talked to experts to get the deets. Read on for everything you need to know about this new treatment.

How does it work?

Like brow microblading, scalp microblading is a temporary tattooing procedure that embeds cosmetic pigments into the dermis (unlike a permanent tattoo where ink is deposited below the dermis). The idea is to recreate natural-looking strokes that replicate the appearance of real hair and conceal any thinning areas on the scalp.

“Microblading can be useful for someone seeking cosmetic improvement for hair loss, but it’s important to understand that it won’t regrow hair,” says Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, M.D., a board-certified dermatologist and founder of Entière Dermatology. Conversely, the procedure won’t inhibit hair growth either, since the penetration of the ink is superficial-not as deep as the hair follicle itself.

According to Ramon Padilla, the founder and creative director at EverTrue Microblading Salon in New York City, the most dramatic results can be seen when the treatment, which requires two sessions-an initial one, plus a “perfecting” session six weeks later-is applied to the hairline, the part, and the temples.

A tattoo on my scalp? Won’t it hurt like hell?

Padilla swears the procedure involves minimal discomfort. “We apply a topical numbing, so there is virtually no sensation.” Phew.

So, is it safe?

“The risk of scalp microblading is similar to the risk of a tattoo,” says Dr. Kanchanapoomi Levin. “Any foreign substance placed into the skin can potentially cause an allergic reaction, infection, or inflammatory reaction.” (Related: This Woman Says She Got a “Life-Threatening” Infection After a Microblading Treatment)

Since dermatologists don’t usually perform microblading, it’s important to choose a highly trained provider. Inquire about their credentials: Where did they train? How long have they been performing scalp microblading? If possible, find a technician who works in a dermatologist’s office in the case of any potential complications, says Dr. Kanchanapoomi Levin.

Above all, your provider should work in a clean, sterile environment. “As with any tattoos, hygiene standards need to be at the highest level in order to eliminate microbial contamination from the needles, devices, and utilities,” says Dr. Kanchanapoomi Levin. Having a consultation is a great low-stakes way to gather info about a microblading professional’s safety practices. Consider asking: Will you do a patch test to check for any possible allergic reaction? Do you wear gloves during the procedure? Do you use sterile, single-use disposable tools and discard them after the treatment?

It’s also a good idea to inquire about the pigments they work with-all ingredients should be FDA-approved for cosmetic use. Plus, be on the lookout for pigments that contain vegetable dyes, which may shift color over time and turn into a shade that doesn’t match your natural hair.

Who should get scalp microblading?

“If you have an underlying skin condition such as eczema, psoriasis, or vitiligo, it’s important to consult with your dermatologist as microblading can exacerbate these conditions,” says Dr. Kanchanapoomi Levin. There are also possible risks for people with the herpes simplex virus, she adds, since microblading can potentially reactivate the virus responsible for outbreaks. Anyone with a history of hypertrophic or keloid scarring should avoid microblading altogether.

Apart from these concerns, the treatment produces the best results for those with some existing hair, according to Padilla. Microblading involves artfully blending tattooed strokes with your natural hair, so you’re more likely to recreate the realistic effect of a lush, healthy mane in areas where you still have hair growth. If your hair loss is more severe with larger bald patches, scalp microblading may not be your best bet.

“Clients who have very oily skin are not good candidates for the treatment,” Padilla adds. With oily skin, the pigment tends to smudge, making it difficult to achieve the illusion of individual strands of hair.

What’s the recovery process like?

“There’s no downtime,” says Padilla, so you can go to work, to the gym, or out for a keto-friendly cocktail the same day. Keep in mind, though, that you’ll need to avoid washing your hair for a week to let the color settle. And on the subject of color, don’t freak out if the treated areas of your scalp appear darker at first. This is a totally normal part of the healing process-the color will lighten to your desired hue. “Since the ink is placed superficially into the dermis layer of the skin, your immune system will naturally remove the pigment over time,” explains Dr. Kanchanapoomi Levin. (Related: People Are Tattooing Their Under-Eyes As a Way to Cover Up Dark Circles)

To ensure proper healing post-tat, Dr. Kanchanapoomi Levin recommends using a water-based lotion or cream. And, if you’re going to be in the sun, don’t forget to apply broad-spectrum, water-resistant sunscreen to protect your scalp (and to prevent the dye from fading).

How long do results last?

Up to a year, says Padilla, adding that results may vary depending on skin type, sun exposure, and how often you wash your hair.

How much does it cost?

You might need to crack open the piggy bank you were saving for a rainy day. Treatments can run you anywhere from $700 to $1,100 depending on the size and scope of the scalp area. But if you’re feeling really discouraged about your hair loss, splurging on scalp microblading might be worth the cost-there’s nothing more valuable than feeling confident and comfortable in your own skin, tattooed or not.

  • By By Jaime Osnato

Dermatology Online Journal

A review of scalp camouflaging agents and prostheses for individuals with hair loss
Jeff C H Donovan1,2,3 MD PhD, Ron L Shapiro4,5 MD, Paul Shapiro4 MD, Matt Zupan4, Margareth Pierre-Louis5 MD, Maria K Hordinsky5 MD
Dermatology Online Journal 18 (8): 1

1. Division of Dermatology, University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada
2. Hair Club Medical Group, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
3. Cleveland Clinic Canada, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
4. Shapiro Medical Group, Bloomington, Minnesota
5. Department of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Abstract

Hair loss is a common problem for both men and women and may impact negatively on self-esteem. A variety of medical and surgical treatment options are available depending on the type of alopecia. Many patients also seek the advice of their physicians about options to hide or reduce the appearance of hair loss with hair prostheses (wigs, hairpieces, and extensions) or hair camouflaging agents (hair fibers, powder cakes, lotions, sprays, hair crayons, and scalp tattooing). Herein, we review current methods to hide or reduce the appearance of hair loss and discuss their associated costs, advantages, and disadvantages. Knowledge of products available to cover scalp, eyebrow, and eyelash hair loss may not only better equip clinicians to respond to questions from concerned patients, but may provide additional options to help these patients best cope with their hair loss.

Introduction

Hair loss causes distress for many individuals and frequently prompts evaluation from a dermatologist. Although a variety of medical and surgical treatment options are available to treat hair loss, scalp camouflaging agents and scalp prostheses may also be used by individuals to reduce the appearance of hair loss. These products may be used concurrently with various medical and surgical treatments and some individuals may choose to use them in lieu of treatment. Herein, we review a variety of available scalp camouflaging methods and prostheses to camouflage hair loss.

Scalp camouflaging agents

An individual may initially become concerned about hair loss or “thinning” when the appearance of the scalp first becomes visible through the existing hair fibers. The degree of contrast between the color of the scalp and hair is correlated with how much “hair thinning” an individual is perceived to have. Scalp camouflaging agents reduce the color contrast between an individual’s current hair color and the color of the scalp and produce a less visible scalp and an overall perception of increased hair density.

There are five categories of temporary scalp camouflaging agents available to reduce the appearance of hair loss: hair fibers, powder cakes, scalp lotions, scalp sprays, and hair crayons. The names of products, advantages and disadvantages and costs are shown in Table 1. Scalp tattooing represents an additional technique but provides permanent rather than temporary camouflage.

Each type of camouflaging agent is marketed in a variety of colors to closely match an individual’s natural or desired hair color. Not uncommonly, an individual may choose to combine two different camouflaging agents to further reduce the color contrast between the scalp and hair and thus further decrease the appearance of hair loss.

Topical hair fibers

Topical hair fibers usually consist of positively charged particles of wool keratin that cling by electrostatic forces to negatively charged terminal and vellus hair fibers on the scalp and function to make hair look thicker and fuller (Table 1) . To apply these products, an individual sprinkles fibers from the supplied canister onto a dried, balding area of the scalp. If desired, a conventional hairspray may be used afterward to further increase the binding of the synthetic fibers to the individual’s scalp hairs. Topical hair fibers are not effective on areas of complete hair loss because the synthetic fibers require a minimal density of existing hair to bind. Application of hair fibers is usually done once daily; maintenance or “touch-up” applications throughout the day are usually not needed. In addition to wool keratin, other marketed hair fibers are derived from rice keratin, rayon, or human hair. The incidence of allergic or irritant contact dermatitis from topical fibers is unknown, but may be quite low. These products contain various FD&C and D&C dyes and some fibers contain DMDM hydantoin (a formaldehyde releaser) and iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (a cosmetic preservative) in addition to other ingredients.

Powder cakes

Figure 1

Figure 1. Scalp camouflage by use of a powder cake. (a) Before and (b) after photos of a man using a powder cake to camouflage hair loss. (c) Before and (d) after photos showing the use of a powder cake in a woman. Powder cake colors the scalp and binds to existing hair fibers. By reducing the contrast between the scalp and hair it gives the appearance of increased hair density. (Images from photo archives of Dr. R. Shapiro).

Powder cakes are sold as a circular disk of camouflaging product and they are applied to the scalp with a wet sponge applicator after an individual has showered and towel-dried the hair (Figure 1) . These products not only coat the scalp but coat thin, vellus-like hairs to help them to also appear thicker. Following application, the hair is repeatedly brushed to ensure even distribution of the product throughout the thinning areas. The hair may be blow-dried and gelled or sprayed with hairspray, although this is not necessary. Depending on the degree of hair loss and the lighting of the room, the artificial scalp coloring may or may not be noticeable to an observer. Powder cakes are water-resistant and individuals are able to swim with the product on the scalp; however the product is removed with each shampooing. The incidence of irritant and allergic contact dermatitis to powder cakes is unknown. Potential allergens include ethylenediamine, propylene glycol, methyldibromo glutaronitrile, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, fragrance, and FD& C and D&C dyes.

Camouflaging lotions

Camouflaging lotions function as scalp paint and act in a similar way to powder cakes to eliminate the color contrast between normal hair and scalp (Table 1). An individual needs to have some existing hair for these products to be useful. The incidence of allergic contact dermatitis to camouflaging lotions is unknown. Potential allergens include ingredients such as propylene glycol, triethanolamine, fragrance, imidazolidinyl urea, and parabens, but readers are encouraged to review product labels for specific information.

Camouflaging sprays

Individuals with hair loss may appreciate the ease and speed of application of various camouflaging sprays to cover thinning areas (Table 1). These products are applied to towel-dried, blow-dried, or completely dried hair. The sprays help to cover balding areas, to thicken hair, and to add texture. The hair is first styled and then the spray is applied 4-6 inches above the area to be thickened and allowed to dry for 30-60 seconds. Thereafter, a hairspray may be used to blend the product into existing hairs. These products are removed from hair with shampooing, although not as easily as hair fibers. Potential allergens in these sprays include such ingredients as propylene glycol and lanolin, but readers are encouraged to review labels for product specific details.

Scalp tattooing

Scalp tattooing continues to gain popularity as a more permanent option to camouflage hair loss. Small dots, resembling hair follicles in cross-section, are tattooed on the scalp. Tattooing can be used for men as well as women. Risks include allergic contact dermatitis, infection, granuloma formation, and color change over time.

Integrating scalp camouflaging agents into daily hair care and treatments regimes

Scalp camouflaging products can be safely used in conjunction with oral medications (i.e., finasteride), topical minoxidil, or following hair transplantation. For individuals using minoxidil, it is important that minoxidil is first applied to the scalp and allowed to dry before any of the camouflaging agents are applied . Furthermore, it is important that products such as scalp lotions, sprays, and powder cakes are removed prior to the next minoxidil application.

Individuals undergoing hair transplantation can safely apply hair fibers as early as 1 week post-transplantation . These products are useful to minimize the appearance of the transplant. Powder cakes, lotions, and sprays are also useful following hair transplantation to reduce the appearance of the post-transplant telogen effluvium. Because these products do not shampoo out of hair as easily as hair fibers, it is advised that individuals wait at least two weeks following hair transplantation before using powder cakes, lotions, or sprays .

Wigs

The term wig is an all-encompassing term that includes both the medical and non-medical uses of wigs. In contrast, the term cranial prosthesis is a more specific term to describe a wig worn to cover alopecia secondary to various hair disorders, medical conditions, or chemotherapy. We will use the term wig to refer to a scalp prosthesis, but recognize that some insurance companies will consider reimbursement for prescription of a scalp prosthesis, but not a wig.

A general understanding of the types of wigs, advantages and disadvantages, and associated costs can be helpful to clinicians who care for patients with hair loss (Table 2). Furthermore, a general knowledge of local wig salons can be helpful so that individuals can be directed to those with specific wig expertise. Other options for scalp cover which are becoming increasingly popular among individuals with more extensive hair loss include scarves, hats, and bandanas.

Basic wig terminology and design

Figure 2

Figure 2. Synthetic and Human Hair Wigs displayed on mannequins. The top panel shows the wig “top” and the bottom panel shows the wig “cap.” (a) Machine made, synthetic fiber standard weft wig. Wefted wigs consist of a cap made of rows (wefts) of synthetic hair and are typically the least expensive wigs. (b) Hand tied, synthetic fiber wig with monofilament top. The hand tying of fibers into a fine lace material known as a monofilament top imparts a natural look to the wig and enables hair to be brushed in any direction. (c) Hand tied human hair (Russian hair) wig with monofilament top. An attempt may be made to match the patient’s natural hair to the wig hair. Hair from Russia is less course and typically much lighter than more easily obtained hair from India or China. It is also more expensive. (d) Hand tied human hair integration wig. An individual’s existing hair is pulled through the cap and integrated with the fibers from the wig. (e) Hand tied, human hair vacuum wig with polyurethane base. These wigs are custom made and typically used by patients with more extensive alopecia. (f) Hand tied human hair men’s wig with monofilament top. (Images from photo archives of Dr. J. Donovan).

The wig “cap” refers to the foundation of the wig into which the human or synthetic fibers are weaved. Wigs either have either a “wefted” foundation (i.e. wefted wigs) or a “net” foundation (i.e. knotted wigs) . As the most common type of wig foundation, wefted foundations (Figure 2a) consist of a cap made out of “wefts” or rows of synthetic hair and are usually the least expensive wig ($60-$300 USD) . These wigs may be purchased online, in a department store, or at a wig shop. The wig is held on the scalp by an elastic band in the back of the wig. In contrast to wefted foundations, net foundations consist of a cap made out of mesh into which synthetic or human hair is knotted by hand. In general, hand-tied wigs give a much more natural look to the wig but are also more expensive ($300-$1000 USD). These wigs are more likely to be found in a specialty wig shop than in a department store. These wigs are usually attached to the scalp with double sided tape or barrette combs.

Many wigs, regardless of whether they have a wefted or a net foundation, have a top portion made out of a very fine lace material known as a “monofilament” (Figure 2b). Synthetic fibers or human hairs are individually hand-tied into the lace. This allows each of the tied hairs to be parted and brushed in any direction and this gives the wig a very natural look. Monofilament wigs are considered to be a high quality wig product and are considerably more expensive than a standard wefted cap. A well-constructed monofilament synthetic wig will range in price from $250 to over $1000 (Figure 2b) and a monofilament human hair wig may be considerably more costly (Figure 2c) . Another type of wig, known as a lace front wig, differs from a standard wig in that a thin piece of lace extends from ear to ear across the frontal hairline. The lace is glued to the forehead and helps to give the appearance that hair is growing naturally from the frontal hairline. Finally, integration wigs are a special type of wig cap design that allows an individual’s own hair to be pulled through openings in the wig to blend with hair fibers from the wig (Figure 2d).

Most wigs have adjustment straps at the nape of the neck, which enable a snug fit. These adjustment straps usually have Velcro attachments, but instead may have hooks that fit into pockets. Some wigs have combs that allow the wig to fit snugly to the scalp. The combs are placed on existing hairs near the scalp to help secure the wig. Individuals with extensive alopecia cannot wear wigs with combs because there is not sufficient hair for the wig to attach. Other common methods of wig attachment include bonding and taping. Rarely, allergic contact dermatitis may develop to the components of wig adhesives, such as acrylates .

Custom-made wigs

Custom-made wigs may be purchased to ensure a precise fit. Although wigs can be custom-made with any of the wig bases discussed above, custom-made wigs are often constructed with a vacuum base. This involves making a custom plaster mold of an individual’s scalp and then manufacturing a wig with either a silicone or polyurethane vacuum base (Figure 2e). In order to achieve a good fit and maintain a good seal, it is important that the individual be bald or be willing to keep the scalp shaved . To secure a vacuum wig to the scalp, an individual places the wig on the scalp and pushes down to expel air and form a seal. Vacuum base wigs are very secure and unless the seal is broken, the wig will remain tightly attached to the scalp. An individual may swim and engage in physical activities without concern that the vacuum seal will be broken. The vacuum wig can be removed by breaking the seal near the nape of the neck with one’s fingers. Custom-made vacuum wigs are among the most expensive wigs and may take up to 6 months to acquire.

Synthetic and human hair wigs

The types of fibers used in synthetic wigs have changed considerably over the past few decades in order to better approximate the look and feel of human hair. The fibers of a synthetic wig may be either machine-sewn or hand-sewn into the wig cap. Hand sewing makes the wig lighter and easier to style but also makes it more expensive. The advantages and disadvantages of synthetic wigs are listed in Table 2.

Most hair imported into the United States for the manufacture of human hair wigs comes from China, Thailand, Indonesia, and India. A very small proportion comes from Europe and Russia . European and Russian hair is typically less coarse and much lighter than Indian and Chinese hair and is much more difficult to acquire. Consequently, wigs made from these fibers tend to be considerably more expensive. In order to blend texture and color and give a more realistic wig appearance, many wigs today are blended from a mix of different human hair sources and even a mix of human and synthetic fibers. The advantages and disadvantages of human hair wigs are listed in Table 2.

Wig care and wig replacement

The length of time that a wig will last before needing to be replaced is highly correlated with the level of care that is given to the wig and whether the hair is synthetic or human. Wigs are normally washed every 4-14 days. However, the frequency of wearing, the use of styling products, and the degree of sweating all influence the frequency that a wig should be washed. It is recommended that wigs be washed with lukewarm water according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Many wig experts recommend the use of a specifically designed wig cleaning solution. Many types of wig cleaners are available for purchase on the internet or at specialty wig stores. In general, the wig should be dipped in and out of the wig cleaning solution several times, rinsed well, and allowed to dry on a wig block or wig stand. Once the wig is dry it can be conditioned with a commercial conditioner and brushed with a wide-toothed comb to minimize damage to the wig. To extend the life of a wig and help the wig keep its shape, it is important to store the wig on a wig stand or styrofoam head. The individual’s scalp should be cleaned with a mild cleanser and rinsed well with each shower. Individuals may find that keeping the scalp as grease-free as possible may reduce the frequency with which a wig needs to be washed.

In general, the price of the wig is proportional to its quality and wig quality determines how long the wig will be expected to last before a replacement is needed. For a standard inexpensive synthetic wefted wig that is worn daily, a replacement may be needed every 3 to 6 months. However, this is only an approximation and a well cared-for synthetic wig has the potential to last much longer . A hand-tied synthetic wig will last about 1 year and a well-made human hair wig will last 3-4 years. For a human wig, yearly repair of lost hair fibers can be arranged by a specialty wig store.

National organizations supporting wig purchases

Specific organizations offer wigs at no charge to children in the United States and Canada with alopecia secondary to a hair disorder or chemotherapy. These organizations include “Wigs for Kids,” “Locks of Love,” and “Hair Club for Kids” (Table 3). “Heavenly Hats” provides hats to children losing hair for medical reasons. There are several other groups that provide wigs specifically to individuals with cancer who could not otherwise afford them. These include Cancer Care, American Cancer Society, Headcovers, Wigs Unlimited, Cinderella Wigs, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, and the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Scalp covering for patchy hair loss

Hairpieces

Hair-pieces are ideal for localized areas of hair loss and are attached to hair via clip, falls, wefts, tape, or glue. Hairpieces available for purchase in many varieties including bandeaus, cascades, falls, wiglets, cascades, ¾ cap wigs, and toupees . Hairpieces are often made from animal hair, including hair from horse, sheep, agora, and yak. After purchasing a hairpiece, a hairstylist or barber will often need to cut and style the hair so that it blends in with existing hair. Integration wigs, as discussed above, can also be helpful to camouflage patchy hair loss.

Hair extensions

Hair extensions are strands or collections of synthetic or human hair products that are glued, braided, twisted, sewn, clipped, or fused onto existing hair fibers. In contrast to wigs, hair extensions require attachment to an individual’s existing natural hair. This type of camouflage is temporary but does not require daily maintenance as is needed with use of powder cakes, hair fibers, sprays, and certain wigs. Extensions can be worn daily or for an extended period of several months if given appropriate care. The prices for extensions vary considerably, with clip-on type extensions costing as little as $10 and single strand or fusion extensions costing upwards of several thousand dollars based on the quality of the human hair.

In the carefully selected patient with hair loss, extensions can be helpful, providing individuals with periods of hair and scalp rest from daily grooming. However, one must be aware that it is possible that the intertwined hair extension could further aggravate certain types of alopecia and increase traction and tension on existing hair. Therefore, hair extensions are not recommended for patients with hair loss associated with active inflammatory-related symptoms and signs (erythema, pruritus, burning, scaling) or active alopecia areata . Although many individuals with hair loss have successfully used extensions to reduce the appearance of hair loss, the use of extensions should be discussed on an individual basis.

Crepe hair

Localized areas of hair loss can also be camouflaged using crepe wool hair. Crepe hair is artificial hair commonly used by theatrical performers to create moustaches, beards and eyebrows, and these techniques can also be used by those with localized areas of hair loss. Spirit gum is most commonly used as an adhesive. The crepe hair and adhesive can later be removed with alcohol.

Camouflage via hair styling

For patients with patchy hair loss, the chosen hairstyle may also have an important role in camouflaging hair loss. For some, this may require growing existing hair longer, whereas for others, the choice of a shorter hairstyle may give more lift to hair and facilitate camouflage. In addition, placing a hair part at the side rather than in the center of the scalp may provide a simple means to camouflage central hair loss. An experienced hair stylist can provide helpful advice for hairstyles most likely to be helpful.

Camouflage for eyebrows and eyelashes

Figure 3

Figure 3. Options for camouflage of eyebrow alopecia. (a) Before and (b) after photos showing results of permanent eyebrow tattooing in a woman with eyebrow alopecia. (Photos courtesy of Linda Dixon MD)

Loss of the eyebrows and eyelashes can be emotionally devastating for many individuals. To create realistic looking eyebrows, an array of pencils, stencils, and tattoos can be used. Tattooing may include both temporary and permanent tattoos (Figures 3a and 3b). Individuals seeking advice on permanent tattooing should be aware of the possibility of the tattoo changing color over time and the rare possibility of allergic contact dermatitis and infection. Eyebrow wigs with an adhesive backing can also be used to camouflage eyebrow loss; crepe hair can also be used in a similar manner. These products may need to be shaped with scissors to blend in with the patient’s eye structure. Eyelashes can also be attached with adhesives.

Conclusions

Scalp camouflaging agents and hair prostheses provide a cosmetically effective means for individuals with alopecia to improve their physical appearance. We find it helpful to discuss the many options of cover up with patients with alopecia. We find that they are often relieved to have these discussions and be guided to online resources or local experts to help them camouflage the hair loss.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: The authors are indebted to Ms. Twila Donley of Fantasia Salon and Image Consultants, Crystal, MN, for helpful advice on wigs and wig care. Dr. Donovan gratefully acknowledges the Medical Dermatology Society for a Mentorship Award.

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Hair loss is a fact of life for many men, as well as a source of frustration. There are a lot of reasons why men suffer hair loss, many of them through no fault of their own, while an abundance of products and procedures address the issue with varying degrees of success.

One such solution is the hair loss concealer, a quick and easy fix that gives the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. We’ll look at the best hair loss concealers in this post, including our top choice, the DermMatch Waterproof Hair Loss Concealer .

We’ll offer some hair concealer tips, such as what to look for when purchasing a concealer and how to apply it.

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Before you buy: 6 Things to consider when purchasing a hair loss concealer

No one wants to make a bad choice when purchasing any product or service. Making the wrong choice when buying a hair loss concealer may lead to some embarrassment, however, and you don’t want to be that person at the party – the one people talk about for all the wrong reasons.

So, before you buy a hair concealer, we think it’s important to keep the following things in mind:

1. Make sure it matches your hair color

It only makes sense, but it’s worthwhile advice, nonetheless: your hair loss concealer must match the current color of your hair. Otherwise, well, you’ll stand out like a sore thumb, or at least like a sore thumb with unnatural-looking hair.

2. Ease of application

One of the things we look for in the best hair loss concealers is how easy they are to apply. If you’re like a lot of people, your time is precious, and you don’t want to spend an inordinate amount of it applying your concealer. Applying your concealer should be easy and not take forever.

3. Does it work on every hairstyle?

The best concealers should work with any hairstyle and hair type. Your hair may be straight, curly, thin, short black, brown (or another color), and your hair loss concealer should work with whatever you have going on up top.

4. The materials used to make hair loss fibers

Hair loss concealers consist of natural or non-natural fibers that can affect how realistic your hair looks after you’ve applied your concealer.

  • Natural human hair fibers

Most experts agree that the best hair fibers used in concealers are those made of natural human hair. They’re safe to use and successfully cover your bald spots and thinning hair. In short, there’s nothing more natural.

  • Keratin fibers

Keratin is another type of fiber commonly found in hair loss concealers and effectively covers bald and thinning patches without irritating the scalp. All of us have keratin in our bodies; it’s the type of protein that makes up our skin, hair, and nails, but you’ll also find it in internal organs and glands. Perhaps most importantly, at least for our purposes for this article, keratin is the structural building block of hair.

  • Cotton fibers

The cotton fibers used in hair loss concealers most often come from Moroccan cotton. These fibers stick easily to your hair and scalp and help to create the full-head-of-hair look that you desire. Something to keep in mind, however, is that cotton fiber doesn’t stick as well to existing hair as human hair or keratin fibers, and it’s more effective when used on bald patches.

  • Wool fibers

Even animal fiber, such as wool fiber, is fair game for use in hair concealers. Because animal hair structure differs from ours, wool fiber doesn’t conform to all hair types and may lead to allergies or scalp irritations. That’s certainly something to consider, although side effects aren’t all that common, and you’ll find wool derivatives in several high-quality concealer brands.

5. Resistance factors

Look for concealers that have high resistance to water, heat, and humidity. You should feel confident that your concealer won’t backfire on you when exposed to the sun and rain or as you dive into a pool, ocean, or lake for a good swim.

6. Is it skin friendly?

As noted, some hair loss concealers are gentler on the skin than others. Always choose a concealer that won’t irritate your scalp and hair.

Here’s a look at what we think are the best Hair Loss Concealers and Fibers for 2020.

The 7 best hair loss concealers & hair fibers 2020

1. DermMatch Waterproof Hair Loss Concealer

The folks at DermMatch are convinced that they have a better alternative to hair fibers. The latter, they say, come off too easily after application. We have nothing against hair fibers for thinning hair – and include several hair loss concealers in our reviews – but we also think DermMatch has an excellent alternative.

DermMatch comes in a cream form, which you apply all over the scalp with a specially-designed applicator. It also consists of botanical ingredients – not hairs or fibers – and its colorants come from mineral and plant sources. It comes in eight blend-able shades made to match a wide variety of natural hair and skin colors.

There’s simply a lot to like about DermMatch’s Hair Loss Concealer and reasons why we include it on our reviews of the best products. Let’s dig deeper:

  • The DermMatch formula is waterproof and won’t run off when exposed to excessive moisture, unlike many sprays and powders. You don’t have to worry about it when you sweat, and it’s the best hair concealer for swimming.
  • DermMatch relies on a “topical shading” process in which a compound color concealer shades areas of the scalp that are thin. In turn, it blends into existing hair easily.
  • We also like that DermMatch is a nice return on your investment. It comes in a disk, and DermMatch says one disk lasts three times longer than fibers and sprays.
  • Its natural thickening agents coat the entire hair shaft to help limp hairs stand out and spread out to help achieve that naturally “full” look.
  • If applied correctly, DermMatch is very hard to detect under normal lighting. That’s a definite plus, because no one wants their hair loss concealer to stand out for the wrong reasons.
  • DermMatch also includes emollients that moisturize, soothe, and soften your skin.
  • We also think that DermMatch offers the best hair fiber applicator, which looks like a small brush. It’s easy to use and doesn’t cause a mess.

While DermMatch is the best scalp dye for thinning hair and bald spots, you should keep in mind several tips for using it correctly to attain the maximum results:

  • Don’t use heavy styling products, such as gels, waxes, and pomades after you’ve applied DermMatch to your scalp (because you apply DermMatch directly to the scalp). Instead, use a light spray post-application, because it won’t come in direct contact with the scalp.
  • Rinsing your hair with distilled water, or using the distilled water on the applicator, will make it easier to apply DermMatch to your scalp.
  • People who most benefit from DermMatch are those who have thinning areas of hair, rather than bald patches.
  • DermMatch goes on “damp,” and it’s important to let it dry before you put on your clothes. It only takes five to 10 minutes to dry, but plan accordingly, because you don’t want the product to rub off after you’ve applied it.

Pros

  • Waterproof formula
  • Gives the look of thicker, fuller hair
  • Excellent for filling in thinning patches of hair

Cons

  • May dry out existing hair

Bottom Line

DermMatch is unlike many other hair-loss concealers, but its uniqueness is a good thing. We think you’ll like how it gives your hair a thicker, fuller look.

2. Caboki Hair Loss Concealer

The purpose of hair loss concealers is to hide thinning and balding areas of the scalp while looking natural. “Natural” is essential, because poor-quality concealers can reveal themselves in the worst ways at the worst possible times.

Not Caboki Hair Loss Concealer, however. It gives you such a natural look that it seems as if you aren’t using a concealer at all. That’s a good reason why we include it on our list, but not the only one.

Caboki’s formula includes natural fibers from plants that are safe to use but also bond effectively to hair follicles. That means they’ll stay put, even in the wind, rain, and even when you sweat, all without smearing or staining your clothing like liquid-type concealers.

Effective for use by men and women, Caboki’s concealer helps make even the thinnest of hair thicker while helping to fill out noticeable areas of thinning. How does it work? In scientific terms, the negatively-charged particles – such as those in Caboki’s formula – create an enhanced bond, unlike positively-charged ones that resist, and even repel, each other.

And, again, Caboki doesn’t use harmful fillers or synthetic dyes in their products (or artificial preservatives, for that matter), which can cause skin irritations and other issues for users. It also uses mineral-based colorants, not stuff that’s cooked up in a lab, and includes no animal ingredients. That said, it’s safe to use on sensitive skin.

You’ll also like how quickly the Caboki concealer works to cover up thinning and balding spots. All you need is one relatively quick application, and you’re out the door.

There are a few things to keep in mind about the Caboki hair loss concealer and how to use it:

  • Like all hair loss concealers, the Caboki concealer doesn’t regrow hair but creates the appearance of thicker, fuller hair.
  • It works on any type of hair, from normal to coarse to thick and thin, and also for African-American hair.
  • Many reviewers say Caboki works best during the early stages of hair loss, not when significant bald spots appear. If you have a small receding hairline, mild thinning, or even hair loss caused by stress, Caboki is a go-to product.
  • It comes in three sizes, which will last you from two weeks to up to 90 days with the largest version (30 grams).

Apply the Caboki Hair concealer on dry hair. Shake the fibers on your thinning areas and smaller bald spots. You can disperse them with your hand, with a comb, or with a brush.

  • Suitable for men and women of all hair types
  • Easy on sensitive skin
  • Doesn’t stain the skin or clothing
  • A bit messy

It’s no surprise that Caboki’s Hair Loss Concealer shows up on a lot of best-of reviews. It’s a favorite of many customers, but it also works to treat thinning hair and make it look fuller again.

3. Toppik Hair Building Fibers

Toppik is another name that pops up frequently in discussions about the best hair loss concealers – not a huge surprise when you consider that Toppik is one of the biggest manufacturers of products for men and women with thin or thinning hair.

It also doesn’t hurt that the stuff they make – such as their Hair Building Fibers – have generated positive results for thousands of satisfied customers.

Their hair building fibers give your hair a natural look and also the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. Furthermore, they’re resistant to the wind, rain, and sweat, but you can easily wash them out with shampoo.

Toppik’s Hair Building Fibers consist of keratin protein (derived from wool) of the highest grade and are naturally-colored. They come in nine shades, which you can mix and match to any hair color – even gray roots and color-treated regrowth.

These fibers help to create the look of fuller hair by attaching themselves to strands of hair. This “bonding” helps to cover up thinning areas of the scalp efficiently, without the mess and fuss you may get with some other concealers.

To delve a bit deeper, the keratin fibers have a static charge that ensures that they’ll attach to any hair, even the thinnest of hair. Moreover, the fibers are colorfast and won’t run or rub off on your clothes or pillows, remaining in place until you shampoo your hair.

While each shade, including those you create, is designed to match a variety of hair colors, Toppik recommends that you compare your hair’s natural color with the color swatches listed on their website. They also recommend that you apply the fibers after you’ve used styling tools, such as hair dryers, and after applying styling products, such as gels, pastes, and serums.

With Toppik’s hair fibers, you’ll get a product from a reputable, recognizable company which backs its product with a 30-day refund policy, in case you’re not satisfied with the results.

  • Many color options
  • Fibers bond tightly with hair
  • Give the appearance of thicker, fuller hair
  • Takes a little longer to apply than some other hair loss concealers

Toppik’s Hair Fibers make it easier to match your natural hair color while also giving you the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. Like many, many satisfied customers, the chances are good that you’ll like how you look.

4. Cuvva Hair Fibers

Many people contend with the daily “mad dash to get out the door in the morning.” There’s a lot to get done in a short period, whether it’s getting the kids ready for school, making breakfast, showering and shaving, or dozens of other daily tasks.

If you’re one of those people, Cuvva has you in mind. Their highly-rated hair loss concealer fibers offer a quick fix – they say an application takes only 20 seconds – while giving your hair the thicker appearance that you desire and others notice.

But conquering the morning rush means little if the product doesn’t work, so Cuvva has you covered in that regard, as well. The formula used in their hair fibers is designed to:

  • Make fine and thinner hair appear thicker
  • Fill in spot baldness and wide part lines
  • Add texture to any hairstyle
  • Touch-up roots between colorings

Like many other hair concealers, Cuvva’s Hair Fibers rely on the power of keratin protein to produce the kind of results that satisfy customers with thinning or balding hair. They’re also effective for men and women.

Cuvva recommends that you use their fibers on hair that’s at least an inch long. Patting down the fibers after application allows them to settle, while you’ll get an even better hold if you use a top quality hairspray after you’ve applied them, as well. You can easily remove them by washing your hair.

Something else to like about Cuvva’s hair fibers is that they come with a 100% money-back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with their product, simply send it back for a full refund.

  • Quick and easy to use
  • Gives hair the look of thickness and texture
  • Suitable for men and women
  • Doesn’t work that well on gray hair

Cuvva has you covered with a quick and easy solution for treating thinning or balding hair. Like with the other best hair concealers on our list, they’re almost impossible to detect – even at close range.

5. Samson Best Hair Loss Concealer Building Fibers

Samson offers a more natural approach than many other hair loss concealers, thanks to a process in which they use keratin fibers that aren’t derived from animal fibers. That’s good news for anyone who avoids animal products for ethical reasons or who sides with the opinion that animal-derived fibers have a greater risk of causing irritation.

Here’s something else: Samson’s hair fibers don’t contain keratin, which they say has no value in fiber form. That’s open to debate, for sure, but Samson stands by their beliefs – and their results.

Samson’s manufacturing process includes cutting hair fibers until they’re as small and light as possible and then running them through an electro-static energizing process to help bond them tightly to hair shafts.

The result is hair that appears several times thicker and fuller than before as the tiny fibers cling to hair. They’re also undetectable to the human eye while giving your hair a more natural, less contrived appearance.

You can apply Samson’s hair fibers quickly and easily, as if shaking salt or pepper on your food, and you’ll notice positive results almost immediately. Samson also offers an electronic sprayer and Hair Fiber Lock Spray that helps keep the fibers in place with less waste. The spray dries quickly, and Samson says it’s non-irritating.

No matter how you use their fibers, however, they’ll remain in place until you wash them out with shampoo.

Samson’s Hair Fiber kit is refillable and comes in the form of bags and dispensing containers. You can even carry an extra container in your car, in your office desk, or anywhere in which you may need a touch-up during the day.

Make sure that you spread the fibers uniformly on all areas of your scalp in which the hair is thinning. You can use a soft brush to help distribute them evenly, but there’s no need to brush it through the scalp as if you were styling your hair. Samson advises that you only apply their hair loss fibers on dry hair.

You also can rub an oil – such as argan oil – on your scalp to help the fibers stick to your hair; it’s also a great way to pamper your scalp’s skin, but only do this after you’ve washed your hair, which may deplete the natural oils of your skin.

Note: you shouldn’t use Samson’s hair fibers to cover bald spots – which is true of many hair loss concealers – as they work best on thinning areas of the scalp by making them appear thicker and fuller. You also can use them when you’re undergoing hair loss treatments while waiting for hair to grow.

  • Non-irritating natural fibers
  • Great for enhancing thin hair
  • Adhere tightly to hair follicles
  • Has a slight scent that some users don’t like

Samson’s hair loss fibers offer a natural, safe way to treat thinning hair to make it appear thicker and fuller. They’re easy to use and extremely hard to detect – if possible at all.

6. Strand Maximizer Hair Fibers

Strand Maximizer’s signature product rates among the best hair filler powder for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is that it works wonders for treating thinning hair.

Furthermore, it’s a go-to product for anyone who is undergoing hair loss treatments, such as Rogaine or Propecia applications. It comes in powder form, as mentioned, and adds the appearance of thickness to your hair while giving it a lighter texture. Better yet, you’ll achieve this result almost immediately.

You’ll also appreciate how well Strand Maximizer’s fibers blend with natural hair while leaving a finish that’s undetectable. The chances are very, very good that no one will notice that you’re using hair loss concealing fibers when you use Strand Maximizer.

Strand Maximizer relies on keratin fibers made of structural proteins that become charged with electrostatic energy. The fibers bond tightly with the hair follicles while blending easily into your natural hair and its color, and they will stay in place until the next time you wash your hair.

Like most hair concealers, Strand Maximizer advises that you apply their fibers before you use styling products, such as hair gel, hair spray, mousse, etc., but you should apply the fibers after using styling tools, such as hair dryers.

Strand Maximizer’s hair fibers come in 12g and 28g bottles. The latter should last you about two months.

  • Blend naturally with existing hair
  • Work well for men and women undergoing hair loss treatments
  • Made from natural plant fiber
  • Can be messy if you don’t apply them correctly

Strand Maximizer is an ideal choice for anyone undergoing hair loss treatments, as well as for anyone who has thinning hair. It blends easily with your current hair color and provides a look of fullness that’s hard to beat.

7. BOLDIFY Hair Fibers for Thinning Hair

You shouldn’t have to check the weather report before you apply hair concealer fibers. You want a product that won’t wash off or become obvious in the rain and wind.

Boldify’s Hair Fibers for Thinning Hair aren’t affected by unpredictable weather conditions, or by sweat either. You won’t need to reapply them until your next shampoo.

It should also give you confidence that Boldify’s Hair Fibers were designed originally for the entertainment industry – which means they remain undetected even under stage lights and cameras. It’s a safe bet that no one will know you’re wearing them, unless you tell them, that is.

Boldify says its hair fibers (made from keratin) are shinier than others and that makes them look more like real hair than many other products. There’s not a dull, powdery look that can make them more noticeable.

Boldify’s Hair Fibers work on all types and colors of hair and the company is confident that they can match your hair color precisely. If you’re not satisfied, send the bottle back and they’ll continue to send you free bottles until you’re satisfied with the color match.
The Boldify fibers are also lightweight and easy to style, and they won’t clump together. Instead, they’ll stick to hair follicles securely without falling off.

They also work for anyone with hair loss and offer an ideal solution for treating all areas of thinning, when it’s on the crown, or the sides and back of the head.

  • They provide a realistic look and aren’t easily detectable.
  • They wash out easily with shampoo.
  • Boldify offers a 100% lifetime money-back guarantee.
  • Ease of application; it may create a mess.

Bottom line

Boldify promises that its hair fibers will stay in place in all conditions, but also provide a realistic look without being noticeable.

The how-to of applying a hair concealer

Before we delve into this section, it’s important to note that there’s no “one” way to apply hair loss concealers, because how you apply it depends on the product composition and type. With that in mind, here’s a basic framework for applying concealers of all types.

1. Start with dry hair

No matter which type of concealer you use, it’s best to start with dry hair. You want the product to cover your hair evenly and, besides, you never want to use a hair dryer or other styling tool after you’ve applied your concealer.

Even if you use a liquid-based concealer on wet hair – which may be easier – it can leave your hair with a dull and chalky appearance.

2. Apply concealer where hair already exists

Remember, hair loss concealer doesn’t generate hair growth but rather gives hair the appearance of being thicker and fuller. That’s one reason you’ll get the optimal results if you apply to areas of the scalp where hair is growing, albeit hair that’s thin, but there’s no reason to apply concealers to areas of the scalp that are bald already.

3. Choose the right color

Your goal in using a hair loss concealer is to create the impression of depth and thickness, and it’s crucial that you choose a concealer shade that matches your hair’s natural color. Also, think in terms of darkness and light; for instance, make sure that the concealer has the same degree of darkness, maybe even a bit darker. A shade that’s too light will look powdery and unnatural.

4. Applying a hair loss concealer to a thinning hairline and temples

Many men experience hair loss and thinning at the hairline and temples. The best way to apply hair concealers to those areas is to start from just behind the hairline (where plenty of hair remains) and then blend in the concealer with short strokes in all directions. Try to stay within the hairline at the temples, but it’s OK to go a bit over if there’s enough hair to comb over the excess product.

5. Applying hair loss concealer on a thinning crown

You may have hair that’s thinning at the crown or towards the back of your scalp. In that case, blend your concealer from the center of the thinning area in all directions towards the thicker hair surrounding it. You may need to use a hand mirror.

6. Comb or brush your hair

Comb or brush your hair into shape after you’ve applied your concealer. Combing your hair also helps to distribute the fibers evenly across your scalp. Feel free to use hair spray – it’s often encouraged – to help fix the fibers and concealers into place.

The main types of hair loss concealers

When it comes right down to it, you can divide hair loss concealers into two types: liquid and powder.

Hair loss concealer sprays

You apply hair concealer sprays, as you’d expect, in the same way that you apply hair spray. Concealer sprays often contain color dyes and chemicals that enable you to get the same color shade as your natural hair. Sprays are by far the most common form of liquid concealers.

But some liquid concealers also come in gel and crème form and are stored in tubs or packets.

Hair loss concealer powders

Powder, or “dry,” hair loss concealers contain fibers that form a static electricity bond with the scalp and existing hair to give the hair a thicker, more voluminous look. Like hair loss concealer sprays, powders work instantly upon application.

How we chose the best hair loss concealers and hair fibers

While there isn’t a ton of players in the world of hair concealers and fibers, there’s enough to make things competitive. Several names pop up in a multitude of other reviews (Toppik, DermMatch, etc.), but we considered a wide range of products.

We considered a variety of factors in making our picks, including the material used to make the fibers, the ease of application, whether the product holds up in less-than-ideal weather conditions, and – last but not least – whether or not it delivered realistic results.

Conclusion

There are plenty of good concealers and hair fibers out there, so choose wisely. We think our list can help guide you in your decision making.

Do you use hair concealers and fibers? What product do you use? Have you used any of the hair loss concealers on our list? We’d love to hear from you and always welcome your feedback.

Until next time, friends.

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    • 10 Best Hair Loss Concealers: Ultimate 2019 Buying Guide

      Last Updated on September 2, 2019

      What if there was a way to dramatically improve the appearance of your hair without paying thousands of dollars and undergoing surgery for a hair transplant? If that got your attention, you’re in the right place. While it wasn’t always the case, hair concealers actually work nowadays. Some of the best hair loss concealer products even deliver great results and are easy to apply.

      See the before and after pictures below for an idea of the kind of results you can expect.

      Scientific studies have brought a variety of hair loss treatments to the table but taking pills or applying minoxidil is a pain. Certainly, hair transplants are still the most hands-off solution but not everyone can afford them.

      There has been high demand for less expensive options. Believe it or not, some of the best hair loss concealers give similar looking results.

      Hair loss concealers aren’t a perfect solution. You’ve still got to apply it every morning (or have someone help you).

      That being said, hair loss concealers are a smart way to buy yourself a few more years of great, full looking hair. Furthermore, due to the competition in this product category, prices are better than ever.

      This makes long term refills and application even more affordable.

      Note that the products discussed here are independently chosen by our editors. At no extra cost to you, Hold the Hairline may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site.

      Comparison Table: 10 Top Rated Hair Loss Concealers

      Here is our comparison table of the best hair loss concealers. In our closer look section further down the page, we take a closer look at these 10 popular options.

      We’re keeping this page up to date to reflect current prices, quality, and popularity.

      Image Products Colors Sizes Cost Popularity
      Finally Hair Building Fibers Refill Kit 21 3
      Samson Hair Building Fibers 6 1
      EFFICIENT Keratin Hair Building Fibers 4 4
      Nanogen Keratin Hair Fibers 10 2
      BOLDIFY Undetectable Keratin Hair Fibers 9 1
      Cuvva Keratin Hair Fibers 4 1
      XFusion Economy Keratin Hair Fibers 5 1
      Infinity Hair Loss Concealing Fibers 10 4
      Caboki Hair Loss Concealer 7 1
      TOPPIK Hair Building Fibers 9 4

      A Closer Look: 10 Best Hair Loss Concealers

      This section goes more in depth about the products in the comparison table. We have listed them below from lowest to highest priced.

      It’s always wise to use a quality hair loss concealer. Not only are quality hair loss concealers the safest option but also have the best results. These products have passed safety tests. They will not affect the tissues of your scalp or the health of your existing hair.

      Use a hair loss concealer with keratin based fibers. These fibers combine with hair using static electricity. This gives you the most natural look.

      Keep in mind that the choice of the best hair building fibers for you is a process of trial and error. It’s also important to match the color of the concealer with the color of your hair to prevent major goof ups. The tiger hair look is never the way to go.

      Without further ado, let’s get into our picks for the best hair loss concealer products ever.

      1. Finally Hair Keratin Hair Building Fibers

      Finally Hair is like Costco’s Kirkland of hair loss concealers. If you want to buy in bulk, you can get hair fibers for less and in any color you can dream of.

      Available in over 20-shades, you have the power to customize your look. Find the right color that best suits your hair. Hair loss concealers are notorious for clumping.

      This hair loss product has anti-clump properties to offset the issue.
      It does not clump, absorb moisture, or make your hair look flat.

      This product offers a completly natural look. You’ll be able to maintain volume and style your hair as normal.

      Finally Hair is a hair loss concealer made up of hair building fibers. These fibers cover your thinning hair or bald spots in an instant. The hair fibers use a base of protein based keratin.

      They’re designed to match the color of your hair. They also cover any thinning spots or embarrassing baldness with a natural look. The fibers work great for both women and men of all ages.

      Finally Hair is 100 percent safe. This drug free hair loss product offers a cost-effective, prudent alternative. Why take the risk on expensive hair transplant procedures that may or may not turn out right? Try a more affordable alternative first.

      This product has no known side effects. Finally Hair can combat the look of both male and female hair loss. This helps folks suffering from female or male pattern baldness. Finally Hair is an instant solution to balding.

      It’s advisable to use the product only on dry hair. Pat it well to even out. It’s advised to use a hair spray to hold the fibers in place.

      Remember to close the lid of the product after use. The fibers dry out fast and you don’t want to flush money down the toilet.

      Also, watch the weather forecast and carry an umbrella in case of rain. This product can run in wet hair.

      2. Samson Hair Loss Building Fibers

      Samson makes some great hair fibers for a fair price.

      Looking for a refill for your used Toppik bottle? They also sell standalone refills pouches.

      If you have been wishing for a natural, voluminous look then buy this product today. The product does not use any type of wool, irritants, or other messy ingredients. It has original hair fibers to provide you with a real look that is undetectable.

      This is not a spray bottle. You need to sprinkle the fibers on all the affected spots. Continue doing this until you have full coverage.

      You may use a soft brush to aid in evenly spreading the hair fibers. Do not brush it through the scalp.

      It’s advisable to only apply Samson hair fiber to dry hair. Hold the container like a salt shaker above your head. Start sprinkling the fibers uniformly over the affected areas.

      Unsure of how much to pour or how hard to shake the bottle? Practice above a white sink with a few test shakes. This will give you a very good idea of how to use it.

      Shake well and sprinkle slowly until you have achieved the desired coverage. Style your hair using a soft brush. Brush gently.

      Try not to let the brush touch your bald scalp. This soft brushing motion helps distribute the fibers. It helps the fibers move across the thinning hair spots evenly.

      3. EFFICIENT Keratin Hair Building Fibers

      EFFICIENT offers four colors of hair building fibers. Dark brown, light brown, black, and medium brown.

      It is one of the less expensive options when it comes to hair loss concealers. Some customer feedback indicates this product doesn’t have quite the same quality as a brand like Toppik.

      There are some reports of clumping and needing to reapply a second time during the day. Still, if your hair has started thinning and you’re looking for a budget conscious option, EFFICIENT is worth a try.

      4. Nanogen Keratin Hair Fibers

      Nanogen hair fibers are 100% natural Keratin to help build volume and thickness to your hair. The fibers are currently available in 10 different hair color shades. They also offer two different sizes.

      They are safe for minoxidil users and sensitive skin. They easily made the cut for best baldness concealers. The Nanogen Shampoo pairs with it to remove the Keratin fibers from your hair.

      Buy them as a set to achieve that full hair look you’ve missed.

      5. BOLDIFY Hair Building Fibers

      This formula is one of the most popular and well reviewed hair fiber products on Amazon. As far as hair loss concealer reviews go, this has some of the best word of mouth recommendations out there.

      These ultra light weight fibers blend effortlessly with your own natural hair. Boldify claims, “NO ONE will ever know you’re using them”.

      Wind, sweat, and rain resistant, Boldify fibers will last until your next shower. Make sure your hair is completely dry and doesn’t have any product like wax or gel in it before application.

      Done right, it will have a trans-formative effect on your appearance.

      6. CUVVA Keratin Hair Fibers

      CUVVA is a step up in quality (and price) from the other best hair loss concealers so far in this list.

      They offer the usual colors: dark brown, light brown, medium brown, and black. Their formula uses high quality organic proteins that attach to hair follicles.

      Another thing we like about CUVVA is there 100% money back guarantee. If you’re not happy with the results after trying it out for 2-3 days, get your money back.

      7. XFusion Economy Keratin Hair Fibers

      XFusion is the more affordable sister product to the more well known TOPPIK. This reputable hair concealer production company goes by the name of Spencer Forrest. XFusion is our pick for the best hair loss concealer spray.

      XFusion costs less than Toppik but is an excellent product with the same standard of quality.

      XFusion excels when it comes to customer choice. They offer 9 colors and 8 sizes, so you can get exactly what color you need and buy in bulk if you so choose.

      8. Infinity Hair Loss Concealing Nano Fibers

      Created by Nano Fiber Technology, Infinity Hair Loss Concealing Fibers has topped the list. They offer 10 different colors of hair fibers.

      Once you start using this hair loss concealer product, you’ll likely settle with this one. There are few other hair loss concealers that will offer the same results.

      This product builds amazing density into your existing hair. It’s effective in offering unnoticeable coverage to your balding spots. All you have to do is shake the bottle well, apply it on the baldness spots, style, and go! This product has plenty of positive hair loss concealer reviews.

      Infinity Hair Loss Concealing Fibers comes close to completely eliminating the appearance of thinning hair. It’s a great choice for both men and women.

      These fibers last! This product is our pick for hte best waterproof hair loss concealer. Apply the hair fibers in the morning and they hold up through sweat, wind, and rain. It’s completely unnoticeable, even within inches. All you will notice is thicker looking hair.

      The product makes thinning hair look thick and full. Fibers stick to existing hair and fills in balding and thinning spots.

      The Infinity Hair Loss Fibers comes in a 28 Gram supply. It will last six to eight weeks or 40-80 applications. This will depend on the amount and severity of the thinning areas.

      The advantages of using Infinity’s Hair Concealer product includes:

      • Instant solution to thinning hair
      • Gives the appearance of thicker, fuller hair in few seconds
      • Safe and easy to apply
      • Rain, wind, and sweat resistant

      It is at least worth trying out in the bathroom mirror to see the results for yourself.

      9. Caboki Hair Loss Concealer

      Caboki is a series of charged micro-fibers that bind to the hair shafts. This creates a denser, fuller appearance. According to the manufacturer, these micro-fibers have two different elements. Iron oxide based natural colorants and Moroccan Gossypium Herbaceum fiber. If you’re just starting to get a bald spot on top, this is one of the best bald spot concealers out there.

      These elements allow the product to create a natural, healthy appearance. They also make it capable of withstanding sweat, rain, and windy
      conditions.

      According to the manufacturers, this hair loss product differs from others in the following ways:

      Caboki particles, different from other micro-fiber concealers, are negatively charged, not positively charged. Negatively charged particles experience a firmer bond with the hair follicle.

      Their solid charged bond won’t break apart like a positively charged product is prone to.

      Caboki’s negatively charged fibers are more apt to stay bonded with the hair shaft. This makes clumping a non-issue. This combination also eliminates the dull, or flat appearance associated with other hair loss concealer products.

      One downside to this product is it’s not approved for 24 hour use. It’s advised that you don’t keep your hair styled with this product for more than ten hours

      This is because the air will not circulate through your hair and may result in damage to your hair.

      By only using natural elements, Caboki avoids problematic ingredients. You won’t find any harmful fillers, synthetic dyes, or artificial preservatives here. Other hair loss concealer products use these to lower costs.

      10. TOPPIK Hair Building Fibers

      TOPPIK is the most well known hair concealer product on the market. The price reflects the notoriety. But, if you’re looking for the gold standard, this is it. It is our pick for the best hair concealer for thinning hair.

      TOPPIK utilizes a shaker bottle for application of it’s fibers. These fibers are Keratin proteins, which always keep a natural static charge.

      This helps them form stronger bonds to your thinning hair follicles. This makes your hair appear full and healthy. It’s easy to remove with any shampoo.

      These fibers are water and wind resistant. But, if heavy rain is in the forecast we would suggest bringing an umbrella.

      This product is very effective. Sprinkle a bunch of fibers on your remaining hair follicles, it will look like you have a full head of hair. You may even get some compliments in which you can respond, “Just my good genetics I guess.”

      In all seriousness, this is a good product that will buy you a few more years of good looking hair.

      This is also a great product for women. It works as a quick touch up for hair, masking grey roots in-between appointments, and other such uses.

      TOPPIK comes in 9 color shades so you can get an exact match and make it look completely natural.

      Hair Loss Concealer Guide Part I: What is a Hair Loss Concealer & How To Use

      Hair loss concealers have become an alternative or supplement to hair transplants. They are instant, effective, and very affordable. There are many options and color styles available. All work to help cover up those balding spots.

      Avoiding surgery is a positive aspect of using a hair loss concealer. The other benefit is the fibers ability to blend in with existing hair. This prevents drawing unnecessary attention to your solution.

      When going out or spending time with friends and family, you don’t want to worry about your hair loss.

      These hair building fibers offer a more natural solution than a cheap looking wig. It’s also a better option than that unsightly comb over.

      It Is Not Your Fault and Can Happen At Any Age

      Millions of people across the world both young and old suffer from hair loss. Hair loss can be embarrassing to anybody. It even affects an individual’s self-confidence. There are many different reasons for hair loss and balding. They can include age, styling damage, genetic make-up, lifestyle, and stress. These are only a handful of the many causes. Unfortunately, no one is safe, both men and women can experience hair loss.

      Balding and hair loss is a problem that is commonly seen in old age.

      For some individuals, unfortunately, hair loss is a problem that has to be dealt with in their early years. It can be much more embarrassing to experience balding at a young age.

      No matter what the reasons are, there are several ways you can approach hair loss. Some attempt to maintain or even trigger re-growth of their natural hair with drugs. Alternatively, many individuals opt for cosmetics like thickening shampoos and concealers.

      When the root of the cause is genetic, the only way to have the hair grow back on its own is by stimulating the hair follicles. This sends the signal that they must regrow hair. Minoxidil and Finasteride are two proven drugs that can have this effect.

      Hair loss isn’t a result of poor nutrition or lifestyle choices. Genetics play a major role in hair loss and when it begins to occur. Though it is more common in men, balding and hair loss affects both men and women.

      Hair loss can sometimes lead to issues like depression, anxiety, and lower self-esteem.

      Finding a Solution: Hair Transplants Aren’t for Everyone

      To deal with this condition people often try many hair loss products on the market. Rogaine, getting a hair transplant, spray paint. There are countless options available.

      Hair transplants are by far the most effective and longest lasting treatment option. But, hair transplants aren’t for everyone. They are a better idea for men than women. Men have more donor areas compared to women.

      On average, the surgical session is 1000-2000 grafts with a cost of five dollars to six dollars per graph. That’s not chump change.

      After completing the entire process, new hair will start to grow in around three to four months. The new hair will be mature only after a year. This is a long, expensive, and tiresome process.

      Hair Loss Concealer Guide Part II: Types of Hair Loss Concealers

      Eliminating baldness without a surgical process is a preferable option for many people. This is where hair loss concealers come into play.

      For the last few years, hair loss concealers have become one of the most popular options to hide hair loss. Hence, you’ll find dozens of options and suppliers when shopping for a hair loss concealer.

      Hair loss concealers hide the effect hair loss has on your scalp. They do not prohibit growth of the remaining follicles.

      Some of the best hair loss concealers make a person’s existing hair appear fuller. Even much healthier looking. The thickened hair shafts reduce the visibility of the bald parts of an individual’s scalp.

      Hair concealers are available in many forms. The powder solids are now the most common. These types of products have come a long way. They are now providing excellent results.

      The powder like formula sticks to the hair by means of static electricity. Hair loss concealers are also available in a cream form. They thicken the hair temporarily and cover the scalp with heavy types of dyes.

      Sometimes sprays are a combination of dyes and fibers. The effect of these concealers washes off after the individual shampoos his or her hair. Also, they do not stain your clothes or pillows.

      The ones that made our list have the best durability. They hold up better against external agents like the rain and wind.

      Best Hair Concealer Types

      It is a good idea to be aware of your options before you make a purchase decision.

      Sprays

      These types of hair concealers are the best products to cover bald spots. They are easy to apply and are effective to color the bald spots on the head. They contain chemicals and color dyes. These give your scalp the same shade as your hair, giving fuller hair look.

      These sprays can look artificial and over the top if applied in a hurry. Their ability to resist environmental conditions like heat, wind and rain is debatable. It’s a good idea to avoid the elements as much as possible with these.

      Sprinkles and Powder Solids

      These types of hair concealers are the best products to cover thinning hair. We recommend these types of concealer products over sprays. These are micro-hair building fibers. Like little magnets, they bind firmly to the existing hair. They are very strong due to static electricity bonding.

      They are available in powder form and need to be generously applied. Shake from a dispenser directly on the bald areas, giving a natural finish and hair volume.

      Infinity Hair Fibers

      Repeating the process several times gives full coverage of the affected spot. It takes seconds to complete this process. These hair loss concealers can are easy to remove by use of everyday shampoo.

      Hair Loss Concealer Guide Part III: Video about How Hair Concealers Work and How to Apply

      Here’s an example of one of our recommendations, Toppik Hair Fibers, in action!

      Hair Loss Concealer Guide Part IV: How to Apply Hair Loss Concealers

      1. Choose the shade that matches the best with your natural hair.
      2. Use the included application tools as instructed.
      3. Be as precise as you can to get the most natural look.
      4. Most fibers are wind and rain resistant. Read materials to see if there’s anything you should be aware of as you go about your day.
      5. Enjoy your new look and feel confident about your appearance. 90% of users say they are very pleased with the results.

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      Join our mailing list and receive the latest news about developments in hair loss prevention technology. We keep our readers updated on what’s working, what’s not, and what’s on the horizon. Whether it be the a review on the latest hair loss product or progress towards a hair loss cure, you’ll be the first to know.

      Sarah Ratchford had naturally fluffy brows before getting microblading

      I knew I could no longer deny it when my aunt peered into my face and said “Oh yeah, I see what you mean. Those little orange lines?”

      One year post microblading and my brows are ruined. Under my actual hairs, which are naturally brown and fluffy, I now have these ghastly orange shadowbrows. What I thought of as a good, minimalist-in-the-making decision—never spend precious time filling your brows again!—has left me even more tightly shackled to my Brow Wiz than before.

      Microblading is touted as a semi-permanent procedure. It’s accomplished by making a series of fine hair-like cuts with a tiny scalpel throughout the brow. These go about .5 to .75 mm into the skin, in what’s called the epidermal/dermal junction, and they are filled in with ink. Clients are told that the results will last for one to three years, then fade. But nobody talks about what it’ll fade into—and it turns out nobody can guarantee it’s semi-permanent, either.

      “I explain to clients that it is tattooing,” says Christine Palylyk, a woman I should have called before I made my decision. Palylyk is a laser technician, cosmetic tattoo artist and owner of lyly.ink, which operates out of Project Skin MD dermatology clinic in Vancouver. “And it doesn’t matter if it’s done by a machine or by blade. You have to assume there could be some aspect of permanency.”

      On most people, Palylyk says, it’s true that microblading will last about one to three years. But this can vary based on skin type, the type of pigment used and how deeply the pigment is inserted into the skin. Because there are so many variables, Palylyk warns against hopping on this trend before doing your diligence to determine whether you’re a good candidate.

      Joey Nicholson, a Toronto-based tattooer, agrees. “It’s really easy for people to see it as a superficial procedure, but it’s technically a face tattoo. It’s not eyelash extensions,” they (Nicholson uses gender-neutral pronouns) say.

      Related: The Best Brow Bars in Canada For On-Fleek Arches

      Because of the lack of predictability, Nicholson says they wouldn’t consider getting microblading at all. “I’m skeptical that it would ever disappear completely. This is a relatively new thing, so we haven’t seen what happens four years after.”

      We have, however, seen what happened to a huge collection of people who gave in en masse to the last major brow trend. Why haven’t we learned our lesson from those crazed tweezer-wielding days?

      “I lived through the nineties, and so I know that trends change,” Palylyk jokes. She says if someone’s desired brow shape is too trendy, she’ll be hesitant to do microblading on them. “If someone has delicate features and a naturally thin brow, putting a blocky Instagram brow on their face usually doesn’t suit them,” she says.

      After her microblading faded, Ratchford was left with orangey “shadowbrows”

      Palylyk hand-draws each design. She says those shopping for a brow artist should make sure they do this rather than relying solely on templates. They should also look for an artist that posts photos of healed as well as fresh work so they have an idea of what they will look like at all stages.

      But in our desperation to replace that morning time we spend on our brows with meditation, breakfast, hitting the snooze button or actually being on time for work, some of us (*ahem*) may leap into semi-permanent cosmetics without doing this kind of research. (Mine was limited to staring at pictures of beautiful women on Pinterest and googling “Brooke Shields nineties.”)

      It turns out I was a bad candidate for microblading from the beginning. I spend a lot of time in the sun, which, Palylyk explains can definitely contribute to fading.

      Other things to consider include whether you have low iron: The ink is an iron oxide-based pigment, so if your body is craving iron it can actually absorb it from the ink and leave you with…orange brows. Because your body isn’t using what’s left, Palylyk says the remaining colour may stay a long time. And if you have oilier skin with large pores, the ink can disappear completely.

      Natalie Kongmany teaches a four-day intensive microblading course at the Canadian Beauty College and, like Palylyk, is full of advice I wish I’d known when considering microblading.

      “You want to make sure you haven’t had any microdermabrasion in the past two weeks, no chemical peels or lasers,” she says. These procedures make skin raw and sensitive, and it needs time to heal before cuts are made.

      She also says that if you’re going through chemotherapy, you should wait a year before trying microblading. It’s still unknown whether treatments like chemo and radiation will affect the pigment, so patients looking for a way to deal with hair loss should consider other options.

      Related: Here’s How to Do Fishtail Brows—If You Want to Get in on the Latest WTF Beauty Trend

      Those on blood thinners should avoid the treatment, because the medications will cause them to bleed more profusely and the pigment might not stick as well as it should. For the same reason, Kongmany says you should avoid having a drink within 24 hours or smoking within a few hours before your appointment.

      If, like me, you didn’t do your research and are stuck with a look you don’t like, there are, Palylyk explains, ways to remove it. A concentrated form of saline can be tattooed over the ink strokes to erase them—but not before the whole area turns bright red, weeps fluid, scabs and peels off. Some of the pigment exfoliates off with healing, but the area can remain pink for up to four to six weeks after treatment and multiple treatments may be required. Alternately, glycolic acid can be used for smaller touchups, or a neutralizing colour can be tattooed over discoloration to even it out.

      Laser removal, too, is a possibility, but can also cause hair loss in the area. Also, Palylyk warns, any time there’s a concentration of heat in one area, scarring is a risk.

      For those looking for a less drastic approach, Kongmany recommends regular application of an exfoliating scrub. Face wash and toner with salicylic acid and retinol creams will fade microblading as well.

      Ultimately, scrubs and creams are the only methods I’m willing to try. When it comes to any permanent brow treatments, I’ve learned to be cautious. I want my old brows back, but I’ve seen first-hand how badly things can go when rashly jumping on what seems like a solution.

      So, once again I am married to my brow kit, doing the daily penance I was trying to avoid in the first place. Just don’t blame me next time I’m late, OK?

      On May 11, 2018, statements in this article were clarified to reflect the following:

      1/ Those shopping for a brow artist should look for someone who hand draws as opposed to someone who relies *solely* on templates.

      2/ In terms of using saline to erase ink strokes, some of the pigment exfoliates off with healing, but the area can remain pink for up to four to six weeks after treatment and multiple treatments may be required.

      This article was originally published on March 14, 2018.

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      It turns out, my thinning brows are probably just one more sign of aging. Experts say that gray hairs and crow’s feet aren’t the only thing we have to look forward to as we get older. When we blow out our birthday candles each year, our eyebrows age with us, too.

      Aging and hormonal issues may conspire to thin out your eyebrows.

      Board-certified dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Sejal Shah, M.D., a fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology, explains that simply the aging of hair follicles can lead to hair looking thinner and more sparse.

      Eyebrow hair loss is also a common symptom of thyroid deficiency. If you’re losing hair from your brows, board-certified dermatologist Sanusi Umar, M.D., founder of Dr. U Hair and Skin Clinic in Los Angeles, recommends making an appointment with your doctor to get your thyroid checked.

      Reproductive hormone changes can also play a part, and dermatologists believe the same factors that cause hair loss from the scalp, a common problem for women as they age, may contribute to thinning brows. Nanette Santoro, M.D., ob/gyn and professor of reproductive endocrinology at the University of Colorado at Denver, says, “Abrupt hormone changes can cause sudden hair loss (telogen effluvium) that recovers over about six months’ time. It happens postpartum to many women and can happen at menopause.”

      Thinning brows are also a common side effect of other conditions such as atopic dermatitis, or eczema, due to inflammation and itching around the brow area. A dermatologist can recommend medications and topical treatments to help.

      Sparse brows could also be caused be a nutritional deficiency—though that’s not usually a problem if you eat a relatively healthy, consistent diet.

      In extreme cases, such as disordered eating and anemia, an iron deficiency may be to blame for thinning brows. “Even if you don’t have anemia, and you have low levels of stored iron, that could contribute to hair loss,” says Rajani Katta, M.D., a dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, who studies the link between nutrition and hair loss. Iron is found in meat, fish, and other animal products, plus beans and legumes, so vegans and vegetarians might be more likely to be low in iron. Your derm can do a ferritin blood test to check your iron levels. But don’t start an iron supplement without medical recommendation. Too much iron can also have negative effects, says Dr. Katta.

      Low levels of zinc could also cause hair loss, but Dr. Katta says it’s not very likely (although more likely if you are vegetarian). Most Americans don’t have problems getting a sufficient amount of these vitamins in their diet.

      What’s more likely is that telogen effluvium is at play (again). In addition to hormone fluctuations, this type of hair loss happens when there is a drastic dip in protein in the diet or sudden weight loss. For example, if you are sick and can only consume liquids for a month. “If you have protein levels that drop dramatically, your hair follicles go into hibernation, and you can see sudden acute hair loss that shows up three to six months later,” says Dr. Katta.

      There’s a pretty good chance your grooming habits may be working against you.

      Overgrooming could also make all of these worse. “We also see thinning eyebrows, especially in women, as a result of too much tweezing or waxing earlier in life. If the hair follicles suffer trauma and die out as a result, a permanent thinning of the eyebrows can occur,” says New York City–based board-certified dermatologist Judith Hellman, M.D.

      I Got My Brows Microbladed And It’s Not What You Expect

      A post shared by Huda Kattan (@hudabeauty) on Sep 21, 2017 at 9:49am PDT

      I’d been thinking about microblading for a really long time, and it got to the point where my brows were becoming a frustrating part of my makeup routine. I was spending so much time on my brows every day, it would take me five to ten minutes, even 15 minutes sometimes, which is ridiculous – I mean who has time for that?! But I just had so many sparse patches, missing hairs, and with my love for bold brows, they were just too thin; I hated how they looked without makeup, and they made me look much older. So, I’d do my brows every day, but the more products I used, the more my hairs kept falling out, and it became a vicious cycle. I literally felt like I needed to get my brows microbladed to limit the amount of product I needed to use, and of course, to give me more precious minutes in the day. I’ll be honest, I had no idea how much work you need to put into the process, so I hope you can learn something from my experience if you’re considering microblading…

      What is microblading?

      Microblading is basically a permanent solution for full, flawless brows. The process is a little like tattooing, although microblading only lasts between 6 months to 18 months, depending on your skin (it stays longer in dry skin types). Using a unique microblading blade, special pigments are deposited just under the epidermis, above the dermis, in fine lines that mimic real brow hairs. The result is natural-looking brows made up of tiny little hair-like lines. The actual microblading process will usually take between 30 minutes and 1 hour, depending on how much filling in you need. If you use Roaccutane medication, you can’t be treated until 6 months after your treatment has finished. Similarly, if there is any bruising, cuts or pimples in the area on the day, the procedure should not be performed. Check out 5 things you never knew about microblading here.

      Finding the right artist!

      Brows are super important, so you want to go to the right person. I did loads of research online, scoured Instagram, and I came across the awesome Microblading LA team. The founder, Lindsey Ta, is amazing, I really liked her style, the shapes she did, and the fact that she did this gorgeous Ombré effect, so that the brow was lighter at the front, darkening towards the outer edge, which made the brow look so much more natural (check out her insta here). I got in touch, and she was super sweet and came to our house to do both my sisters, Mona and Alya’s brows, and mine as well.

      The Process:

      Honestly, I thought it was going to be super painful, but it was more like a scratching feeling, and I wasn’t too uncomfortable. Although we did the numbing process first, we spent a long time on the brows, so by the end, I could feel the strokes a lot more, and although it was bearable, it did start to hurt a little.

      Step 1: Numb the brows with topical anesthetic for 20 minutes.
      Step 2: Draw on your dream brows and perfect the shape.
      Step 3: The microblading pen is dipped in ink before each hair is drawn. This can take 30 to 45 minutes.
      Step 4: Once all the lines are drawn, the ink is applied all over the area to increase the pigment that can be absorbed into the skin. Let set and dry.
      Step 5: Wipe away the excess ink to reveal your beautiful brows.
      Step 6: If any touch-ups are necessary, the process will be repeated again.

      The Result:

      I was really particular (I’m a perfectionist), so we spent a long time working on the shape, the style of my brows, and touch-ups. Having my brows microbladed has honestly saved me SO much time, and even though I still use my brow products, I don’t need to use half as much! I’m so glad I got them done, because now that I have the shape done as a template, it’s just a case of adding definition and taming stray hairs, which takes me just a couple of minutes.

      Because we took so long, one of my brows started to swell a little, and I think because of that, one of my brows ended up looking a little bit higher. If you’re very particular with your brows, it’s better to start off with fewer hair strokes, and then you can always go back and fill them in. For me, I feel like some areas look a little too dense, and the pigment is a little harsh, so sometimes I add a bit of foundation on the areas to correct it.

      In most cases, you’re meant to go for a touch-up – I only did one application because I just wanted a very light brow, so that it was more natural looking, but I can go for a touch up in six months, and the effect will still be light and natural. Overall I love the fact that microblading makes getting ready so much quicker, and I’m definitely happy I had it done, but being so precise about the shape of my brows, I found it really hard allowing someone else to ‘design’ my own brows.

      If you have very thin brows and are looking to fill them out as naturally as possible, or simply don’t have time to fill in your brows every morning, I definitely recommend microblading. Make sure you do a thorough consultation with your brow artist first, and you’ll love the results!

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