If you struggle with hair thinning or hair loss, you’re far from alone. Studies show that by the age of 35, two-thirds of American men experience noticeable hair loss, and by age 50, 85% have significantly thinning hair. And it’s not just men – an estimated 40% of hair loss sufferers are women.
Hair loss may not be a significant health risk, but it does bear consequences. Among both men and women suffering from hair thinning, most report feelings of depression, increased social anxiety, and diminished self-image.
There are many different avenues to take in approaching hair loss, from topical treatments to medications to supplements to laser caps, but even successful therapies can have side effects. We decided to try out Toppik Hair Building Fibers to see if they might be a safer alternate path to fuller hair. Read our full review below to see if Toppik might work for you.
- Fewer side effects than medications or invasive treatments
- Blends seamlessly into hair to cover thinning patches and bald spots
- Weather and perspiration resistant
- Can be used to cover roots between hair dyeing sessions
- 30-day money-back guarantee
- Save 10% with auto delivery
- Can be time-consuming to apply
- Can cause allergic reactions for some individuals
- Not as effective on total baldness or large areas with no hair
We recommend Toppik Hair Building Fibers and accessories for those with hair thinning and loss who want to avoid pharmaceutical treatments or expensive and risky hair replacement options. Toppik products will not promote hair growth – and won’t cover a completely bald area of scalp – but they effectively conceal areas of thinning around the part or hairline. Toppik products are affordable, relatively easy to use, and appear natural. Additionally, Toppik honors a 30-day satisfaction guarantee, demonstrating confidence in its products.
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Toppik makes topical hair fiber products that conceal thinning and balding patches and create the illusion of fuller, thicker hair. The keratin microfibers that comprise Toppik Hair Building Fibers cling to and blend with your natural hair, adding bulk and retaining a natural appearance. It promises the following benefits:
- Conceals hair loss
- Works as a root touch-up between colorings
- Resistant to wind, rain, and perspiration
- Easily washes out with shampoo
In addition to its main product, Hair Building Fibers, Toppik also creates several accessories for application, styling, and maintenance.
Toppik Hair Building Fibers are made from high-quality keratin protein derived from wool and dyed in one of nine colors for the closest match to your hair. These fibers have a natural static charge, allowing them to magnetically bond to your own hair, no matter how thin it may be. The result is the appearance of thicker hair and hidden bald spots.
The use of high-quality natural keratin sets Toppik apart from many of its competitors. Products with microfibers derived from cotton, rayon, and other plant-derived or synthetic sources do not share the same static charge and thus react differently when applied. They may clump or drift onto the scalp, creating an unnatural effect. Toppik Hair Building Fibers hold onto your hair through rain, wind, and perspiration, yet wash out when you next shampoo.
Toppik fibers do not encourage or discourage hair growth and should not clog pores. In addition to keratin, Toppik Hair Building Fibers include the following ingredients, primarily as cosmetic preservatives:
- Ammonium chloride
Colors, sizes, and pricing
Toppik Hair Building Fibers come in nine different colors. If you cannot find a shade that adequately matches your hair color (particularly with blonde and gray shades), Toppik recommends mixing colors as needed. Colors include:
- Dark Brown
- Medium Brown
- Light Brown
- Medium Blonde
- Light Blonde
You can purchase Toppik Hair Building Fibers from big-box retailers, online retailers, and through the company website. One advantage of buying directly from Toppik is that you can set up a subscription service for 10% off all products. The subscription membership is free to join, and you can cancel at any time. One-off purchases of Hair Building Fibers on the Toppik website cost:
- Travel size (0.11 oz): $7.95
- Regular size (0.42 oz): $24.95
- Economy size (0.97 oz): $46.95
- Giant size (1.94 oz): $79.95
Does Toppik work?
Toppik does not promote, restore, or deter hair growth. It works as a concealment product, effectively hiding bald or thinning spots and creating the illusion of thicker hair. Toppik was very effective in our testing and appeared natural in both sunlight and artificial light. However, we do not recommend using it on areas with complete balding, as the fibers will have nothing to cling to and appear artificial on bare skin.
To assist with the application and upkeep of its Hair Building Fibers, Toppik offers two accessories, two additional products, and a few combination kits. We’ve briefly detailed these below:
- Spray Applicator ($19.95) - This patented spray applicator tool attaches to the Regular and Economy size bottles of Toppik Hair Fibers, allowing for a more precise application, particularly near the hairline and other delicate areas.
- Hairline Optimizer ($4.95) - The Hairline Optimizer is a small comb with uniquely designed, irregular teeth to help you mimic a natural hairline when applying Toppik Hair Fibers.
- FiberHold Spray ($9.95) - This fine-mist hairspray strengthens the bond between Toppik Hair Fibers and your existing hair.
- Colored Hair Thickener ($19.95) - This color spray solution was designed to disguise areas of thin or thinning hair and can be used with Toppik Hair Building Fibers for additional coverage and texture.
- Hair Perfecting Duo ($19.95) - This accessory set includes the Toppik Spray Applicator and the Hairline Optimizer.
- Hair Fibers Starter Set ($34.95) - This three-piece starter kit consists of a Regular size Toppik Hair Fibers, the Toppik Hairline Optimizer, and the Toppik Spray Applicator.
- Hair Perfecting Tool Kit ($24.95) - This accessory kit includes a Travel size Toppik FiberHold Spray, the Hairline Optimizer, and the Spray Applicator.
Overall, Toppik ranks among the safer options of hair thinning products on the market, especially compared with medications, supplements, and surgeries. All Toppik products are considered safe for adults. However, at least two of the ingredients in Toppik Hair Building Fibers (phenoxyethanol and chlorphenesin) might cause adverse reactions such as rash due to allergic response. If you notice any allergic reactions, we advise you to discontinue use and consult with a dermatologist or general practitioner.
Toppik is the most popular among hair-loss concealment products on the market and stands high above the competition regarding user ratings and reviews. Pricewise, it falls within a close range as well, with most products averaging between $35 - 50 per 30g container.
For added savings, we recommend setting up the subscription service through the Toppik website to earn 10% off all products.
The shaker bottle is adequate to apply Toppik Hair Building Fibers on larger areas of thinning hair, but for more intricate areas like the front hairline, we suggest using the Hairline Optimizer and the Spray Applicator in conjunction.
Once the product has been sprinkled or sprayed over areas requiring coverage, lightly pat on the hair to set it. If desired, you can mist the FiberHold Spray on the surface for extended hold.
If you decide to purchase Toppik, we recommend watching its useful tutorial videos featured on the company’s website. These videos demonstrate the application of Hair Building Fibers on men and women with varying hairstyles and offer helpful tips and tricks.
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