Toppik Side Effects and Ingredients Revealed:
Is This Product Safe?


This Toppik review gives the answer to that question to help you make the right choice about how or whether to use concealer products.

Here’s the background information about this product:

Product Details


Toppik is very similar to Nanogen (reviewed on the previous page) – tiny keratin fibers are shaken onto your hair where they attach, firmly staying put thanks to electrostatic charge (but you still need to use Fiberhold Spray to keep them in place though).

Other products include a Hair Fattener (which aims to do just that by penetrating deep into the hair shaft) and a Hairline Optimizer (used as you shake the fibers onto the hairline, the aim is to get a more natural look rather than a straight line which might otherwise occur - see image below).

Use the Hairline Optimizer to avoid a straight hairline!
Use the Hairline Optimizer to avoid a straight hairline!

Any side effects?

Yes. Research from forum comments state that the ingredients of Toppik's hair building fibers 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:

  • Contact can irritate the skin and damage the eyes.

  • Inhalation can irritate the nose, throat and lungs.

  • There can be an allergic response much like asthma.

  • Muscle spasms.

  • Irregular breathing.

  • Irregular or slow heartbeat.

  • Coma!!!


So, 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.

Some users also find the smell a bit strong!

As for the official Toppik 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 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...

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Problem #7 – Colour Can Run!


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 fibres their colour, will leak out into the water as you sweat (green in the case of Toppik as you’ve just read). And that's not a good look!

Problem #8 – "Don’t Touch My Hair!!!"


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 keys to restoring and maintaining strong healthy hair growth.

But, clearly, 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.

Quick Summary of All Four Concealer Products Reviewed


Essentially then, DermMatch is a powder you dab on, Mane is a powder you spray on, and both Nanogen and Toppik are fibres you shake on.

But, regardless of the product type or method of application, I believe all hair loss concealers have shortcomings involving 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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