If you’re not quite ready to embrace baldness, and still holding off on surgery, your next best option is to find a reliable non-surgical hair loss treatment. With today’s advances in technology, it’s highly likely that you’ll find one that will suit your needs and preferences.
There can be a long list of options, but we’ve narrowed them down to three. Check out what these quick-fixes are and why you should consider them.
Hair Loss Concealers
Hair loss concealers are products that are designed to hide bald spots and thinning hair. Just as women dab facial concealers onto blemishes and uneven skin tone to create that seamless look, hair loss concealers do just that but for the scalp! For example, if you’re losing hair over the crown of your head, hair loss concealers can make these problem spots less visible by creating the illusion of a fuller head of hair.
These products come in different forms like fibers, liquid, and powders. Liquid and powders can change the color of your scalp, while fibers attach to existing hair to create that appearance of thickness. But even though they make it look like you have a full head of hair, it cannot reverse hair loss.
(1) Fiber Concealers
These hair-building fibers are particles made of protein with a consistency that is similar to coarse powder. Some fiber concealers, like Toppik, are made of natural keratin (the main component of human hair), while others are made of synthetic fibers. When sprinkled all over your head, it clings to existing hairs through static energy. The results give an illusion of thickness in areas that are affected by hair loss.
Fiber concealers come in a variety of colors to match your natural hair, and are packaged in shaker containers for easy application. When applied properly, these fibers can stay firmly attached to your hair in most conditions, unless you shampoo or wash it off. Until then, the fibers will remain on your hair overnight, with minimal need for touch-ups the next day.
(2) Liquid Concealers
Liquid concealers come in three forms—water-based, gel form, and cream form. Water-based concealers often come in spray form. You need to set it to dry first so that the coverage becomes waterproof. Besides covering up thinning areas, these products are also used to hide grey hairs, root regrowth, or root extension tracks.
(3) Powder Concealers
These types of concealers also color the scalp. They are prepared like make-up concealers which are designed to hide skin blemishes. The powder is applied directly to the scalp to add artificial color and reduce the level of contrast between your hair and the color of your skin. It’s similar to a mascara where you coat the hair shafts, which gives better color pay-off than liquid or gel concealers.
What are the Benefits of Hair Loss Concealers?
Hair loss medications can take months to show results, and a lot of guys would rather skip or use an interim measure. Hair loss concealers can do the job by covering up your bald spots instantly because they’re quick and easy to apply for that easily noticeable improvement.
Besides convenience, they’re also cheap and easy-to-use. It also makes them a great option for those who aren’t quite decided yet about what to do with their hair loss, but needs a quick fix. It can be styled in many different ways too.
What are the Drawbacks of Hair Loss Concealers?
The biggest strengths behind hair loss concealers are also its main weakness. As long as they’re easy to apply, they can come off easily too. A shower is all it takes to go back where you started.
Hair concealers focus more on the surface, but there’s another non-surgical option that goes a bit deeper with semi-permanent results.
If you’ve heard of microblading to get those perfect brows, there’s also a similar practice for thinning hair on the scalp. While microblading is done with a manual blade, micropigmentation is performed using an electric tattoo device. The reason being that more force is needed to penetrate the skin of your scalp, which is thicker than the skin under your brows.
Instead of creating hair-like strokes, which is typical in microblading, scalp micropigmentation uses tiny, layered dots. This is a technique called pointillism. The pigments deposited into the scalp are also made in different hues to replicate a shadow effect on your scalp. Overall, the results create the appearance of tiny hair follicles, similar to a short buzz cut. These can easily blend into your existing hair for that seamless look.
When done right, it can camouflage hair thinning and hairline recession by creating an undetectable illusion of density to these areas. The process requires several sessions spaced 10-14 days apart, and if necessary, it is followed by “touch ups” done every 4-6 years.
What are the Benefits of Scalp Micropigmentation
Besides individuals with thinning hair, this process is also beneficial for individuals with male pattern baldness, diffuse thinning, keloids, and cancer. It can also conceal surgical scars after a hair transplant.
Scalp micropigmentation is also a safe treatment because it is minimally invasive. For that, it is also an affordable treatment since it comes at a fraction of the cost compared to hair transplants.
What are the Drawbacks of Scalp Micropigmentation
This option basically means getting inked, and with that, you don’t get the flexibility to choose other hairstyles. You can only expect a buzz cut, which some people may not mind at all, but it may not be for everyone.
To get the most out of the look, men need to shave their heads regularly. Any remaining hairs that grow may have to be shaven down, ideally to a grade of 0.5. In addition, a fading pigmentation can also be expected, and this can happen faster for some people.
Hair Replacement System
Lastly, a hair replacement system is a non-surgical hair restoration procedure that provides quick and customisable results. It uses mesh fabric or polymer materials with real or synthetic hair attachments to cover areas that are affected by thinning or a receding hairline.
The membrane of the hair replacement system is attached to your scalp and is secured in place. It’s not like your typical wigs or toupees, because these hairpieces can be used anywhere, anytime! That means you can dance, swim, and enjoy sports without having to worry that it will accidentally fly off.
What are the Advantages of Hair Replacement Systems?
The major selling point about hair replacement systems is that they provide quick and natural-looking results. Compared to a hair transplant and medications, this non-surgical option gives you the results you want at the earliest time, minus the surgical risks and drug side effects.
The hair replacement systems available today, especially the ones produced by Aremyhair, are made to be convincing. Beside ready-to-wear pieces, we also take pride in our bespoke creations. We make an effort to craft realistic hairlines, natural-looking hair distribution, and the perfect color to match the client’s existing hair.
For those who have not decided to undergo a hair transplant, or are not considered to be good candidates for surgery, a hair replacement is a reliable alternative. The outcome you can get with this option is comparable to surgical hair restoration, only that you can get our customised pieces at a much shorter time.
What are the Drawbacks of Hair Replacement Systems?
As a temporary solution, hair replacement systems require regular maintenance to ensure that it stays at the best possible quality. We can also expect that after quite some time, you’ll need to replace your hair system especially with signs of wear and tear.
Another drawback is that hair replacement systems can sometimes be low-quality. According to the American Hair Loss Association, about 70 percent of those who used hair replacement products were unsatisfied. This is inevitable especially in places that offer substandard work.
Always remember that before you make a purchase, see to it that you check their portfolio. Unfortunately, not everyone can give you customised results, so you must be careful in choosing these services. Otherwise, you could end up with a hairpiece that obviously looks fake.
Even though these are convenient options, they’re not foolproof. You need to do the necessary research to find a suitable solution and which among these products and providers can deliver the results you deserve.