Around 50 million men suffer from some form of baldness by the age of 50; around 20 million women have significant hair loss at some point in their lives. Whether you have significant hair loss or are just starting to lose a bit of hair, this guide is for you. Not everyone can afford cosmetic procedures and expensive hair restoration treatment. So this guide is for all those who are looking for ways to cover bald spots or hide scalp with thin hair.
1. Hair thickening sprays
There are many products that can help hide thinning hair males and females. One of them is Fullmore by Toppik, a colored hair spray that covers thinning areas and makes the hair look naturally thicker. It is a spray on applicator that is very easy to use and adds texture and volume, making the bald spots naturally fuller. Another great product is ProThik which is an aerosol thickening spray that cosmetically eliminates bald spots and makes your hair look thicker and fuller. It contains a resin that is rub and water resistant. To use: hold the spray can about 8 inches from your head and spray thoroughly while moving the can around. Put a towel on your shoulders to protect your clothing.
2. Microfiber hair products
Another way to cover bald spots naturally is with microfiber hairs that look very similar to human hair. Toppik is a well known brand of microfiber hair derived from keratin wools. It is very similar to keratin protein that makes up human hairs. These fibers cover the thinning hair and make bald spots disappear. They are charged with static electricity so they cling to your real hair. You need to gently spread the product over your balding areas and the bond can last for up to 8 hours. Toppik is available in 8 different colors. Light rain won’t disturb the fibers but try not to get caught in a heavy downpour. Other than Toppik, you can also buy hair fiber products from brands like XFusion.
3. Bald spot spray concealer
You can cover bald spots with makeup and you need not be an artist to use these bald spot spray concealer products that are readily available in the market. Foundations are very similar to women’s cosmetic foundations and pressed powders. Scalp concealers and foundations are created from coloring and emollients/moisturizers. You can apply them to the scalp the same way you apply face foundation. They help mask your hairline and bring your scalp color closer to the hair color.
4. Natural and synthetic hair extensions
You can easily cover bald spots with hair extensions; choose from natural or synthetic hair extensions. The latter are naturally cheaper. Extensions are usually glued to your natural hair.
5. Hair weaves
This is another great way to cover bald patches naturally. A weave involves a hair system on a foundation and strands of your hair are naturally woven through the edges of the foundation to secure the weave. This gives a natural look to the hair and holds the hair system securely to your hair and scalp. Note that this is not a foolproof way to cover bald spots since the weaves will require adjustment from time to time as the hair grows.
6. Toupees and wigs
Wigs are another easy way to cover bald spots. Synthetic and natural wigs are readily available these days. You can also style them as you’d your natural hair. It might take a bit of getting used to, but these are awesome ways to cover thin hair and bald scalp.
7. Hair thickeners, shampoos, waxes and pomades
Hair thickeners include sprays, gels, oils or creams which make the hair look thicker. They give a slick look to the hair and make it appear fuller and thicker. Many shampoos and conditioners also make hair look thicker by leaving a thin film of nutrients and oils on each strand. This gives a bounce to the hair, making it look thicker. Hair thickeners work best only if you have early thinning and at least lots of thin hair.
Many clever hairstyles to cover bald spots can help you hide partial alopecia naturally. You can take cue from these YouTubers! Some other ways include using scarves and bandannas in a stylish manner.
9. Hair growth medicines
Many FDA approved medicines are readily available over the counter and can be used for new hair growth to cover bald spots naturally. Finasteride blocks the production of DHT and stimulates hair growth. Likewise, minoxidil is applied topically to bald areas to block DHT and stimulate hair follicles. Of the two finasteride is far more effective. Women who are pregnant or planning a pregnancy should not use these medicines to hide scalp with thin hair. You must use these medicines regularly for months or even years to see results. Another downside of using these medicines to hide bald spots is that in the beginning, they may aggravate the hair fall before you start seeing growth.
10. Surgical/laser procedures
Many invasive surgical procedures like hair transplant, laser hair restoration, PRP or platelet rich plasma hair growth treatments are readily available at cosmetic surgery clinics. However these can be expensive and tend to have some down time. Speak to a surgeon whether these procedures are right for you.
We hope these easy ways to cover up bald spots and thinning hair help you. Also check out our article on ways to grow hair and prevent hair fall.