Sometimes you want to stand out: with those killer heels, that statement lipstick, the interesting hair that invites questions. Other times, you don’t want any fuss – you just want to blend in. In which case, a spray to cover bald spots and thinning hair is VERY handy.
Hair loss can reduce self-esteem, trigger anxiety/depression and make you scared to socialize, even with close friends. And no matter how great the thinning hair products you’re using to treat it, it can be a while before you see visible results.
So any hair care products that can alleviate the fear and shame of alopecia and bald spots – if only for an hour – can be a real gift.
Here’s how a fine and thinning hair concealer spray helped me get through the festive period a few years back, plus some other popular cover-ups for bald spots…whatever your hair type.
A few years ago, I needed to blend in at some Christmas gatherings – a work party, a girls’ night out, a family reunion… y’know, festive stuff. I still had a relatively full head of hair then, aside from one medium-sized patch at the back.
I hadn’t yet worked up the courage to tell people about my alopecia areata; so I was relying on strategically placed hairclips across my thinning hair to keep my secret safe. Of course, at that time of year, the weather had other ideas.
As soon as I stepped out the door, a gust of wind would send my hard work out with it. If I wore a hat, I couldn’t take it off when I arrived at the restaurant like a hair-bearer could. Instead, I’d have to beeline it to the bathroom, where I could remove the hat in peace before carefully rearranging my clips.
Sometimes, I ended up sitting through the entire evening in my party dress and woolly hat. Bit of a strange look.
Christmas came early when I found hair thickener in a can: a L’Oréal spray that’s made to cover grey hair between coloring treatments or to cover hair extension tracks with the customer’s natural hair color.
As well as covering gray roots, it’s also designed to help those with a fine and thinning hair type and to conceal bald spots: starting at the ‘root’ of the problem and giving the appearance of thicker hair…and real hair!
I wondered if I could use this hair thickener to hide my bald patches, too. It seemed different from the cover-up sprays of red-faced men in cheesy Rogaine ads. This was a thinning hair care product that lots of women used – and praised – so I was willing to give it a try.
Rest assured, this clever concealer and hair thickener is much more than spray paint for your head. It’s a lightweight formula of dyes and nanofibres, for seamless blending with the hair and the hair color you’ve already got.
This plumps up and thickens your thinning hair, providing coverage over your bald spots when you need it most. It’s instant. And effective. And pretty subtle, if you use the right amount – it actually looks like real hair!
Note: Since the hair thickener clings to existing strands, it’s probably best for those with hair thinning rather than those with widespread bald spots. But if you’ve got smallish bald patches, this natural looking concealer can work wonders for the illusion of thicker hair. At least, it did for me.
BTW, I’ve no connection to L’Oréal other than cringing at all those “You’re Worth It” ads with Jennifer Aniston and their made-up “science bit” when I was growing up. I just found this thinning hair spray to be really useful to cover bald spots.
But the other hair thickener products in this post could be equally as effective, if not more so.
L’Oréal’s range of patch-covering fine and thinning hair sprays give you:
+ It’s very effective. The dark brown color I chose didn’t quite match my auburn natural hair color, but it still did a great job of camouflaging my bald spot – even when my thinning hair was too short to layer over it.
– It’s fine from far away but… if you don’t use the right amount, close up it might look a bit like you’ve turned to dark brown shoe polish for help. Plus, although it has a lightweight formula, it also can also be a bit flaky on dry hair. So if you have very short hair and are covering larger bald spots with the hair spray, don’t let people get too near your noggin!
+ It lasts for ages. Until the next time you shampoo your hair, in fact – so if you don’t wash it every day, you can enjoy the hair spray benefits for longer. Especially useful for summer festivals!
– Unless it’s a rainy festival, of course. Because the hair thickener spray is more “water resistant” than “waterproof” and if your head gets soaked, you could be dealing with a streaky dark brown mascara effect. All down your face and neck. Not the look you intended for those party pics.
+ It comes off easily. Fortunately, there’s not much scrubbing involved when you do want to remove it. A quick shampoo or a dab with some baby wipes and it’s bye, bye dye.
– It comes off a little too easily. Like all over your bed sheets and pillow cases. Because even though the thinning hair spray lasts a couple of days, the hair color residue still rubs off on pillow cases at night. So take it off before bed, and wash your hands free from hair color after each use.
Shake the can of hair spray well. At first, hold it 8 inches from the patch and spray the lightweight formula over your bald spots or thinning areas before patting dry any excess residue.
If you want thicker hair coverage, hold the can an inch or two closer and cover bald spots as directly as you can. Practice makes perfect…you’ll figure out the right amount eventually! Best applied on dry hair for visible results.
Again, apply the hair thickener to dry hair. Shake the can, then hold it 4–6 inches from the thinning areas of your scalp. Spray both the root and partly up the length of the hair to blend the colors. Pat dry.
Et voilà, as those Parisians say – L’Oréal to the rescue for your thinning hair!
If you don’t fancy L’Oréal thinning hair spray, bear the following in mind when shopping for a hair thinning or bald spot concealer.
You don’t want the world to know you’re wearing a spray concealer to cover bald spots, just like you don’t want people to know you’re wearing a wig to hide your hair loss.
This one ties into the above point. Because if you’re a pale blonde with a big ol’ patch of dark brown spray on your head, you ain’t taking the subtle approach! A lighter skin tone will match lighter sprays and so on. So look for a spray to cover bald spots that gives you a wider palette for blending with your existing hair.
To avoid damaging your existing hair strands, look for a thinning hair spray that’s made from all natural ingredients. The best ones have natural fibres in them (like human hair and Keratin fibers) that blend easily with the rest of your thinning hair.
The best sprays to cover bald spots and hair thinning will do so for an entire day… or even two. You want to have to scrub it off at night rather than it disappearing in the midst of seducing your crush from work. So always look for one that’s long-lasting, and waterproof.
Magic Root Cover Up is the only bald patch concealer I’ve used. And for me, it was a great product; it worked out just fine.
But there are other plenty of other hair thinning products available for men and women, some of which get glowing reviews for their ability to cover bald spots and add volume to thin hair.
Hair loss powders get a good rep nowadays for disguising bald spots, thanks to some serious static electricity bonding by negatively or positively charged hair fibers for thinning hair. (Ooh, magic!) Most brands have several shades to match your natural shade – from dark brown to grey hair and for men and women.
According to this small study, participants reported “improved hair volume and increased perceptions of confidence and attractiveness” after applying natural hair fibers for thinning hair, while 92.5% of the men and women were highly satisfied with the hair fibers’ color match capacities and scalp coverage.
Toppik is one of the leading hair building fibers to cover bald spots and I’ve written a full review about Toppik fibers here. Or, for more natural hair fiber brands, like Boldify hair fibers, and to read how hair fibers for thinning hair actually work, check out this post.
These hair thickener products usually dye the patch and also contain real hair fibers to give the appearance of instantly thicker hair. I think they rub off a little too easily though, so I’d choose hair fibers that you can sprinkle over your roots or thinning hairline instead.
If you’re worrying about thinning hair and a visible scalp, mineral makeup could be your key to covering those bald spots and areas of thinning hair. Its ingredients help it to stick to the skin better, even if you’re sweating – so goodbye, streaks and flakes! Simply apply it to cover bald spots using a makeup sponge. Boldify hairline powder is a popular choice.
Oh, and some hair loss forums rave about using dark brown or black eyeshadow to hide bald patches of alopecia, too. Although I’m not sure how waterproof it would be… so skip this if you live in a very rainy or sweat-inducing climate – no one wants dark brown streaks running down their face!
Check out these top hair thickener products and say “bye bye Baldielocks”!
Toppik tops the list in many alopecia forums, alongide Boldify hair fibres. It’s super easy to apply and cover bald spots – just sprinkle the Keratin natural hair fibres directly onto your bald patches or around your thinning hairline – and watch your new dark brown roots sprout (or whatever color you’ve chosen!)
Toppik’s cruelty free hair thickener for men and women, and for all hair types, doesn’t merely dye the patch like other products. Instead, the electrically charged hair building fibers bond with your natural hair upon contact.
Another leading hair thinning brand for men and women, Caboki uses natural plant fibres to cover bald spots – for a cruelty free, hypoallergenic product that saves you from an irritated or itchy scalp. Perfect for all hair types, including those with a sensitive scalp.
Apparently, these negatively charged fibers for thinning hair create a stronger bond and eliminate the risk of the flat, dull hair that positively charged fibers for thinning hair – found in other concealers – can create. It’s all terribly technical, really. But it sounds good to me!
Caboki reviews are really positive for its hair building fibers – but they recommend covering most of the applicator with tape for a smoother distribution. Alternatively, watch the cheesy product video to perfect the art of natural hair fiber application.
Another massively popular product in the world of hair fibers for thinning hair is XFusion Economy. Like Toppik, the Keratin fibers bond with existing thinning hair strands in some sort of romantic chemical plot.
You can sprinkle on hair building fibers to your heart’s content or use the spray applicator pump nozzle to cover bald spots if you prefer – just make sure to hold it at least 6 inches from your scalp.
Reviews from the men and women who use XFusion suggest that for even better results, get the finishing spray to help the Keratin fibers stick and to give a nice ‘n’ healthy sheen to your locks, whatever your hair type.
Of course, maybe you don’t feel like using a concealer for your bald spots or thinning hair at all. In these cases, I can offer up a few ideas:
Easier said than done, right? Obviously. Otherwise Lady Alopecia wouldn’t exist. But by making a few dietary changes (like avoiding inflammatory foods) and some lifestyle changes to lower stress, you might start to see regrowth.
And don’t neglect your scalp, either. Use the best products for its health, with all natural ingredients and essential oils, and go for a head massage as often as you can.
You can even make yourself up some DIY hair care treatments using natural oils like neem and a few drops of essential oils to boost scalp circulation further. Go on, you deserve it. (Or should I say, “Because you’re worth it”?!)
It’s what I did for years and although I eventually got sick of styling and wearing them, wigs gave me an enormous confidence boost at the time.
Whether you choose synthetic or human hair wigs, full headpieces or extensions, you can cover bald spots entirely with natural hair… even if it ain’t yours.
I now have a full drawer of headscarves, for when I need to cover my baldness all day long. They give me a splash of color and I always get compliments for them!
I love them so much, in fact, that I started making and selling my own. These scarves are now my best way to feeling confident in my alopecia.
If you’re sick of constantly worrying about your bald spots showing, do something that puts you back in control. Shave all your hair off, like I did. Nothing to hide, so no need for a concealer. ’Nuff said.
That study on hair fibers I mentioned stated there were no adverse effects for the men and women who applied them. However, I’m not sure I could say the same for thinning hair sprays – it’s an awful lot of strong and potentially harmful chemicals to be spritzing on your already damaged hair!
I guess it depends on what you hope you use it for, and how extensive your bald patches are. See my Buyer’s Guide section for more.
Yes, the products I’ve mentioned here are safe for all hair types, for men and women, and come with a range of natural hair color options, too.
My bald spot spray covered my bald spots and helped my confidence during the holiday season. But I made sure to nip it in the bud come January, as I didn’t want to rely on it too much.
Why? Well, just like I wouldn’t recommend teasing and freezing your hair into place with hairspray on a continuous basis, I can’t advocate daily use of these products, either.
Because with all those harmful chemicals, you’re not doing your existing thinning hair any favors. And although the Magic Root Cover Up is ammonia and peroxide-free, and the other options use natural fibres, I still don’t like what they could do to hair that’s already in a weakened state. (Psst…to protect chemically treated and colored hair, you could also try Nioxin.)
I wouldn’t recommend root touch-up spray as a more permanent solution for covering bald spots or thinning hair. But rest assured, it DOES make a great quick fix in times of crisis!
My advice? Keep a bottle in the bathroom for special occasions, when you don’t want to worry about your hair for a change. The rest of the time, let those bald spots breathe!
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