Toppik on 23 February 2015

Thicken Your Hair. Restore Your Confidence.

Sometimes it can feel like we live with time bombs slowly but surely ticking away on our scalps.

While for many men and women, the passing of the years plays a leading role in the recession of the hairline, there are many other causes of thinning hair that can pop up unexpectedly throughout the course of a lifetime.

No matter the cause, the effects are usually the same: a loss of confidence and a feeling of helplessness stemming from the feeling of having lost control over your physical appearance.

If you are experiencing a loss of confidence as a result of thinning hair, you are not alone. Hair thinning is a common problem among men and women. While this may not make you feel better, what might is the fact that there are countless people who have taken up arms in the struggle against hair loss.

Better yet, a number of these people have actually been successful in developing hair thinning solutions that work.

"Most treatments targeting thinning hair are only truly effective during the beginning stages of hair loss. So, when it comes to hair thinning, it pays to take action sooner rather than later."

Rogaine

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How it Works

If you’ve even scratched the surface of research into hair thinning solutions, then you will have heard of Rogaine.

Rogaine is a topical product targeted at men and women experiencing mild symptoms of hair loss and hair thinning. By way of a ‘hair foam’ applied directly to the scalp twice daily, this hair thinning solution aims to reactivate your hair’s natural growth cycle. The supposed benefits of Rogaine are twofold: not only does it give your remaining hair a thicker, fuller appearance, but it also promotes renewed hair growth.

Rogaine’s active ingredient, minoxodil, is thought to be a vasodilator (a product which works to widen the blood vessels and promote blood flow to the hair follicles). While minoxodil has been proven to effectively slow down the process of hair loss, the majority of users will not experience renewed hair growth. As such, this hair thinning solution is only truly beneficial for people in the beginning stages of hair loss.

Side Effects

During the first two weeks of use, many minoxodil users will actually experience hair loss at an increased rate. The treatment effectively works to eliminate older, thinner hairs to make way for new, thick hairs. However, for the majority of people who do not experience new hair growth as a result of this product, this is a definite downside.

Other things to consider before using this method of treatment include:

  • The high purchase price;
  • The potential to cause hair growth in unwanted areas;
  • Skin irritation for some users;
  • May take a long time to see results;
  • The need for continued use to maintain results.

Nioxin

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How it Works

Nioxin has become increasingly popular in recent years as an effective hair thinning solution. Available in several forms – shampoos, serums and other topical applications – this treatment uses a cocktail of vitamins, botanicals and antioxidants to promote thicker, fuller hair.

Shampoos, however, are extremely limited in terms of their benefits for people with thinning hair. While Nioxin provides nourishment to hair follicles and keeps the remaining hairs on your head in great shape, there is little to nothing this product can do to reverse hair loss or promote new growth. For this reason, it is only beneficial to those in the beginning stages of hair loss, or those for whom hair thinning is a temporary concern (e.g. new mothers).

Side Effects

One of the benefits of using Nioxin is that it has little to no side effects. Since this hair thinning product uses all natural ingredients, there is little risk of adverse side effects from harsh chemicals.

Propecia

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How it Works

Propecia – also known as finasteride – is recognised as an effective hair thinning solution for men suffering hair loss as a result of androgenetic alopecia (hereditary hair loss).

Usually taken in the form of a prescription-only tablet, this drug works to prevent the conversion of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone in the body. This hormonal conversion is one of the primary reasons men experience hair loss. By preventing it, users can effectively slow down the rate of hair loss and regrow some of their lost hair.

Side Effects

Though Propecia is one of the more promising hair thinning solutions, it is also a drug that carries significant risks. It is emphatically not to be used by women or children under the age of 18 under any circumstances, as it is proven to cause birth defects as well as abnormalities in undeveloped male sex organs.

For men, the most common side effects of Propecia include a loss of sexual drive, infertility, testicular pain and genital shrinkage.

Before deciding whether to use Propecia to combat thinning hair, it is highly recommended to consult a medical professional.

Toppik Hair Fibres

toppik hair fibers for thinning hair

How it Works

Toppik Hair Fibres constitute an entirely new category of options for thinning hair. Composed of pure keratin protein – the same protein hair is made of – Toppik Hair Fibres are almost identical to the hair that grows on your head, allowing the product to blend naturally with your own biretta.

One of the many benefits of Toppik Hair Fibres as a hair thinning solution is the ease of application. Available in a ‘salt shaker’ container, the fibres are sprinkled over the scalp until a full, thick head of hair has been achieved. This process takes around 30 seconds.

A magnetic charge allows Toppik’s keratin fibres to form a strong bond to your own hair, providing reliable coverage through wind, rain and sweat.

Since Toppik Fibres build on existing hair, it is a recommended hair thickening solution for people experiencing various stages of hair thinning. However, it is not a viable solution for those with no hair left for the fibres to cling to.

Side Effects

Though it is extremely unlikely, inhalation of keratin hair fibres may cause the onset of irregular breathing for asthma sufferers. It is also advised to keep the fibres away from the eye area. However, side effects from Toppik products are mild and uncommon.

"The products available to combat thinning hair are many and varied. While some aim to conceal hair loss, others aim to stop the process and even promote new growth. Each hair thinning solution carries with it various positives and negatives which must be weighed up before use."

Summary

If you are experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, the first thing to know is that you are not alone. Many men and women will experience hair thinning at some point in their lives; it is nothing to be ashamed of. However, if you feel the need to take action, there are solutions available to effectively conceal and combat hair thinning.

The products available to combat thinning hair are many and varied. While some aim to conceal hair loss, others aim to stop the process and even promote new growth. Each hair thinning solution carries with it various positives and negatives which must be weighed up before use.

One thing to keep in mind is that most treatments targeting thinning hair are only truly effective during the beginning stages of hair loss. So, when it comes to hair thinning, it pays to take action sooner rather than later.

Depending on the reasons for your hair thinning (whether a temporary issue or hereditary and ongoing) and the extent of your hair loss, solutions will vary. For the beginning stages of hair loss, topical applications such as Toppik Hair Fibres are extremely effective. For those with more serious, ongoing hair loss, drugs such as Propecia and even hair transplant surgery may be worth considering.

To speak to a hair loss expert, call Toppik on 1300 867 745