Marlene Rego
Marlene Rego
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Thinning hair? How I hide my roots

You know those gimmicky beauty products that you’re super skeptical to try, but finally win you over? Toppix is the ultimate example of that. Designed to make hair look thicker, it’s basically a strange-looking contraption that sprays coloured keratin fibres onto roots to hide thinning patches.

It was sent to me unsolicited, and probably went unopened for a week. I’d never seen anything like it before so it immediately reminded me of those “Hair in a can” infomercials but I’m happy to report there’s no relation.

I regularly dye my hair black and a couple pumps of the powder along my roots can camouflage everything from greys to a widening part. The fibres – which remind me of fine loose powder – are statically charged to adhere mostly to the hair so it ends up looking surprisingly natural. The accessory kit comes with a pump that helps to evenly spray fibres onto the roots, and once I figured out the assembly I was a total convert.

Less is more in this case and if I accidentally overdo it, I just pat or rub any excess powder off. I wouldn’t recommend spraying this directly onto your part. Using the dark brown shade, I apply it in the direction hair grows – away from my middle part – and into my roots. I just aim a few inches away from my scalp as I lift sections of hair. I found the dark brown looked almost black, so it’s probably best to go one shade lighter with Toppix.

There’s a spray in the Toppix line specially designed to “lock in” the fibres, but I use the powder so sparingly that I felt I didn’t need it. I even ended up in the rain without an umbrella and it didn’t run at all. I was prepared for the worst, but it passed Mother Nature’s unplanned test. I wouldn’t recommend spraying it on right before a heavy workout (or forgetting your umbrella) but it performs well.

I’ve always been self-conscious about my thin hair, which has only worsened after hormonal changes and thyroid troubles. Obviously it could be so much worse, but I can see how this stuff would really benefit women who deal with hair loss for a whole host of reasons. Though it won’t work miracles, it’s really the best temporary solution I’ve found.

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Toppik Hair Perfecting Tool Kit

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Toppik Hair Perfecting Tool Kit

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