This Toppik review answers that question to help you make the right choice about whether or not to use hair loss concealer products.
First, some product information you need to know...
Toppik is very similar to Nanogen (reviewed on the previous page) – tiny keratin fibers are shaken onto your hair where they attach and then firmly stay put thanks to electrostatic charge.
However, you will still need to use their Fiberhold Spray product to keep the fibers in place.
There's also a Hair Fattener product which aims to do just that by penetrating deep into the hair shaft and so add more thickness and body to your hair.
Finally, a Hairline Optimizer can be used as you shake the fibers onto the hairline. The aim is to get a more natural look rather than the straight line which might otherwise occur (see image below).
Research from forum comments state that Toppik hair building fiber ingredients contain ammonium chloride, and that this substance has caused side effects in some people.
Ammonium chloride is a hazardous chemical and repeated exposure to it can lead to poisoning with the following possible symptoms:
As you can see, ammonium chloride is not something you want to keep putting into or onto your body!
Forum posts have reported: aching muscles, heart palpitations and persistent headaches. (And some users also find the smell a bit strong).
As for the official website, the only details they give on fiber ingredients is that they contain pure, organic keratin and are completely safe. There’s no mention of ammonium chloride. This, of course, strongly suggests that there shouldn’t be any side effects from Toppik at all, but also strongly contradicts those forum comments I found.
So, I wrote to the manufacturer about the fiber ingredients.
Here’s their reply:
"The ammonium chloride is a very small % of the product and used
as a preservative for the product. It’s a topical solution that will not
be inhaled or digested in large quantities."
Even so, the website itself does have some mixed product reviews (including the report of an allergic reaction from the Hair Fattener product causing a rash on the skin).
And another problem is that, whilst the Fiberhold Spray is supposed to hold fast when you sweat, some reviewers state that this isn’t always the case – the fibers can fall out, mix with water and turn green, etc.
This leads on to my final reasons not to use hair loss concealer products...
Suppose you go for a run. Well, unfortunately, some concealer products will also run with you.
In other words, the dye used to give the spray, powder or fibers their color, will leak out into your sweat (green in the case of Toppik as you’ve just read) and can then run down your face. And that's not a good look!
Some men and women who use concealers might be a bit scared to touch their hair after they've applied the product.
Whilst some manufacturers say that you can touch, comb and style your hair, I think people will still be reluctant to do so for fear of combing out or dislodging the product.
If you've read question 2 on my FAQ page you'll already know that I believe regular daily massage (and other physical techniques I developed) are the key to restoring and maintaining strong healthy hair growth.
But that's not going to happen if you "wear" artificial hair fibers on your head for hours on end every day and totally avoid touching your hair or scalp.
But, regardless of the product type or method of application, I believe all hair loss concealers have shortcomings due to one or more of the eight reasons I gave in this review (spread over the last four pages).
These products might be sophisticated enough these days to give a natural looking result, but this approach to hair loss couldn't be less natural in my opinion.
So if you’re thinking about using one of these products, I hope you found this review useful.
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