Products to Hide Women’s Hair Loss

There are actually a ton of products to hide women’s hair loss out there, it’s just a matter of finding which ones work for you. If you need to cover a larger area, many women opt for for hair fibers. These are small (they almost look like dust) hair fibers that you shake into the area that you need coverage and then pat down. They cling to your own natural hair and have a similar texture, so they look fairly realistic. The hair fibers I’ve used in the past are Toppik hair fibers. They come in a few colors and are pretty believable (I take “Light Brown”)!

One of my favorite products to hide women’s hair loss is Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder…I get it from Amazon. It’s always worth a click to see if Sephora has it, too. I think it’s actually touted as a dry shampoo, but what it does is conceal your scalp and thicken up the root area.

Now you all know what my hair loss looks like with freshly-shampooed hair:

female losing hairMe, no product, no concealer

 

And here I am with NO concealers, but with volumizing products for thin hair:

volumizing products for thin hairWith hair products — yay!

 

Now, if you add in my Bumble & Bumble concealer (color: Brown), you have this:

products to hide womens hair lossWith Hair Loss Concelear

 

Any one final one that shows it a bit more close-up with the hair loss spray powder. I don’t think I had product overload here; it looks a bit darker on either side of my part about 1 inch up from my forehead. I’m wondering if it’s a shadow from the light fixture above? Not sure…it’s really hard taking these picture sometimes! Plus, the lighting in my bathroom is never great.

 

products to hide women's hair lossWith Hair Loss Concealer–Close Up

 

So there you have it–me at my very worst to what I look like every day. Now you know the major products I use…be sure to check out my complete volumizing and disguising routine, too.

What products to hide women’s hair loss do you use? Anyone use Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder like me?

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–Ralph Waldo Emerson

Comments

  1. Hi, your results are really impressive!! I am going to try Bumble & Bumble concealer too, I was very impressed with the last picture. Thank you for sharing!

    • Let me know what you think when you try it! I’ve mastered the technique (all sprays take practice); let me know if you need help! It’s best to put UNDER a bit of hair — so you have a tiny bit to cover the spray with.

  2. Thanks for sharing this! This gives me so much hope right now. I am 24 and my hair looks pretty much the same. It is so hard to go out like this every day when people keep staring at your hair (or rather what remained of it) all the time. I’m not sure if I can purchase the Bumble & Bumble Hair Powder in Germany, but I think I will definitely give it a try as Toppik is not working for me at all, lol :)

    • I hope you can find it! The link above is to Amazon–not sure if they ship internationally or not! There’s a bit of a learning curve with the spray, but as long as you have a bit of hair to lay on top of where you spray I’ve found it looks pretty well to cover hair loss. Good luck–let me know how it goes, or if you’ve found anything else! Why don’t you like the Toppik?

  3. Hey Lauren,
    I may have asked you these questions already but I forget. How durable is the Bumble and Bumble spray? I have read a lot of reviews about it being messy, staining clothes and pillow cases, and running if you get caught in the rain. And how long does your bottle typically last you? I am currently using a combo of Dermmatch/Joan Rivers and Toppik. For the most part, it’s the Dermmatch/Joan Rivers that I count on. I brush it all over my scalp, then style my hair, then sprinkle on some Toppik in the spots that need it. None of my products have run off my head in the rain. In fact when I get in the shower I have found that even putting my head under the water doesn’t really make it run. I have to really wash/scrub. Anyway I am wondering if Bumble and Bumble will give me more/better coverage. For the price I want to be sure it’s not a big old mess. The powders I use are messy…fibers get all over my bathroom like a coat of dust, which drives me INSANE, but other than that they last a long time and I couldn’t live without them.

    • When I used Toppik, I could never get an even application–I always sprinkled too much or too little. I’ve heard good things about Dermmatch–how much is that? The B&B spray typically will last me at least 6 months. I don’t experience any problems with it getting on sheets, etc., because I put it on my scalp and then put a section of hair OVER it. So, if it were to rub on anything there is a small layer in between to help buffer. Also, as you can tell from my pics, it’s on the top of my head and not the sides, so there’s less of a chance of rub-off when I sleep just given its position). I’ve never been caught in the rain (at least not without an umbrella!) but I have noticed that if I have a really hard workout that causes my scalp to get damp that it can show a bit at the hairline. It’s easy enough to fix (and only noticeable to me) but this stuff isn’t waterproof. So, hard decision–so much depends on your lifestyle, climate and overall tolerance, I guess!

      Oh, and concerning the mess…it does get in my sink, some, when I spray it. It easily washes away, but it’s not mess-proof.

  4. Holy wow! Your results are indeed impressive. My mom is much older and she is suffering from hairloss so I am going to reccomend your advice to her and show her the results. Thank you for sharin!

  5. Thank you SO MUCH for sharing this!!
    I myself have diffuse hairloss and i feel so bad about my look theese days.
    I have considered buying a wig, but since i still have some hair on my head, i will try this out instead.
    And also thank you for showing the Pictures and being honest about your hairloss, it makes girls like me feel a bit less alone with this :-)
    All my best.
    Nynne, Denmark

    • Always happy to share my misery with others! :) I feel the same way about the wig (or at least a topper) — I’m not *quite* there yet, but I feel I might be someday. For now, I’m going to use what I have!

  6. I just want to say thanks. I just happen to stumble onto your site and I have found some great information. I have been really ‘suffering’ with hair loss in the last couple of months. I never really realized I was losing my hair until I looked at some pics of me at Christmas. Now I know why no one ever commented when I had a new cut or dye. I guess others could see I was balding. I just got a perscription for spiro so I hope that works but I’m definitely going to try and find those products you mentioned. Your hair looks great!

    • Good luck with the Spiro! I’m sure if you poked around my blog you saw my pic of the Spiro “dread shed”, right? Just know that it could very possibly get worse, and then it will normalize to where you are now, and then *hopefully* it will get better. If you remember, pop back and let me know how it goes!

  7. Have you noticed any changes in your hair since going Paleo? I have seen some people post about it. I also have thin hair and cover it mostly by having extensions. I switched to Burts Bees shampoo and conditioner just recently after reading some posts about natural shampoo and conditioner helping.

  8. Your hair is so much like mine. Thank you so much for posting this. Its so hard to be female with this problem and look in the mirror. So tired of crying about it. I started Paleo in hopes to see results too. Going to check out the products you use.

  9. Traile Meyer says:

    Got a sample of the Shielo Volume shampoo and conditioner and I swear its the Best thing that ever happened to me!!! I have alot of naturally wavy hair, that I was told was thin…and doesn’t do well in humidity. Ive practically tried every shampoo and conditioner out there and Shielo was IT for me!!!!!! Makes my hair feel soft and silky! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!!

    • Awesome! Does it help with loss or is it helping your hair to appear fuller, only? Either way — great!

  10. No way!! It looks like you added hair! I think you finally persuaded me to try concealers in the back and crown. Thank you for being so open on your site – it’s wonderfully encouraging.

  11. I just found your site and have the same issues. I am 41, diagnosed with PCOS in my mid-20s and one of the many symptoms of that is male-patterned hairloss in females. So, here I am on the verge of considering a topper. But then I found your site and I think I will try out some concealers. Thank you for being so frank and honest. I feel so un-feminine with this hair of mine.

    • I hope you find one that works for you! Toppers are my next step, but I was so glad to be able to use concealers for several years!

  12. Thank you for this review! Plan to order this later today! I have some pretty awful traction alopecia from the mircobead extensions (which I only had in for 2.5 months) and am dealing with a lot of thinness in the hair I have left. I would rock a ponytail every day if I wasn’t so paranoid about my “bald” spots from the TA showing. I feel like I have been a whiny baby with all this when I see what others such as yourself are going through. That being said, I am grateful to have found this information! Much luck to you!

  13. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your techniques. This is the first post I found but I plan to read over your whole blog. I stumbled upon it via google and I’m so glad I did. I bounce between acceptance and pure anxiety over my thinning hair and it helps to know I’m not alone and there are ways to make it better. Thank you. So much!

  14. Thank you so much for this!! I’m in tears bc of my thinning hair and I’m only 27. I have tried everything possible but it still keeps getting thinner. I’m going to be looking this product up, it makes me sad that I have to use these kinds of products…but thankful they are there..

  15. Did you notice a ‘shed’ when you started rogaine? I am afraid to start because I don’t want to lose anymore! Did you ever consider a YouTube video of your concealing process? Thanks for doing this, I had a very full head of curly hair and then had chemo 2x and a hysterectomy because of cancer. Now I think I have about a fourth of what I used to have and now it’s bone straight! UGHHH!!

    • Hi Heather! I didn’t notice a shed when I started, thank goodness. Unfortunately, everyone is different. I HAVE thought of doing a YouTube video, I just don’t have a tripod for my phone…maybe one of these days!

  16. As many others have said, I’m so glad to have stumbled across this blog. So great to know I’m not the only one struggling with hair thinning and hair loss. Thanks for all you share on this blog!!

  17. Hi Lauren, Thanks for sharing your story. Its funny how many women are having the same experience. I’m feeling anxiety always – especially at work. Its a big office and i always worry people are looking at my hair. I had heard of fiber products but never tried any. I think I was too scared they wouldnt be any good. Then I saw your posts and looked into it a bit. There is a charity called Alopecia UK and they recommend Nanogen and since I am from England and they carry the brand at the main pharmacy Boots, I went and got some there. Its brilliant and has really made me smile and feel confident for the first time in ages since all this hair loss started. People have noticed at work but all just ask if i have had my hair cut. Something which actually works. It is such an amazing little product. I tried the Toppik one from the website but the demo they sent me was not as good color as the Nanogen and its a little more expensive. Still it was very good also. I will try the Bumble and Bumble too. But thankfully I have found a small miracle. I’m also now using Regaine for Women and its been a few weeks only but i am thinking the hairs are thicker. All in all, the first good news hairwise I’ve had in a long time. I wish everyone reading this love from rainy England.

  18. My hair has thinned considerably this last year and I’m not exactly sure of the cause. However, the process has been very stressful and creates a lot of anxiety. Your web site is wonderful and makes me feel so much better. Thank you for taking the time to share your story and to offer helpful solutions!

  19. JaelynRae says:

    Hi there!

    I found your site looking for hair extension options for thinning/brittle PCOS hair. I saw this linked to a different article and was curious. I have been using Bumble powder for years as a dry shampoo so I only have to wash my hair once a week. I never considered it to be a concealer for thinning hair, though it does add a little thickness. I know this is old but I thought I would comment to possibly help future readers.

    Just an FYI – I don’t have any experience with the darker colors, but I do know for sure that the white and blondish (for platinum to natural blondes) do NOT work as a scalp concealer. Also if you use either over a sunburned scalp they both look like you have bad dandruff, or dumped flour on your head. Ironically I have found that spraying water on your crown and adding actual flour works well to hide a sunburned scalp if you have lighter blonde hair. I am guessing the blonde Bumble powders are just too light to use as a concealer. They are amazing as a dry shampoo though and work well to add a little body/thickness. I now alternate with Beyond the Zone Rock On dry shampoo because the B&B is very expensive(!!) and drys out my hair a bit more than Rock On. However Rock On only comes in the sheer white which could be visible in darker hair if not brushed in thoroughly.

    Hope that helps!

  20. Had to let you know how much your site has helped me. I was wearing a ball cap 18 hours a day 7 days a week to hide my “shame”. Trying Toppik based on your results has made such a difference in my life. Thank you!

  21. I bought a sample size of the Bumble and Bumble, and I want to love it, but I can’t seem to apply it correctly, or at least so it looks anything like yours. HELP! If I hold it as far away as the can suggests, it does nothing but add volume like a regular dry shampoo. If I hold it close, it looks like I used regular house paint on my scalp. My hair is med blonde, so I got the Blondish. I think the color is ok, but I can’t get it to look even remotely natural. I’m so frustrated. It’s starting to feel like nothing will work.

    • Have you mastered the half-spritz yet? I don’t depress the button fully, but only halfway or so. Also, do you have some hair to place over the area where you sprayed?

      • I haven’t tried the half spritz yet, I’ll have to try it when I get more in. I had to order more since I only had the tiny bottle to play with. I’m trying to cover the sparse hair where my part is, so I’m not sure how I would put hair over that? I wish I could just turn back time and have my old hair back :`(

        • How close do you hold it to your scalp? Have you ever though of doing a video? Your pictures are so wonderful, I can only imagine how helpful a video would be :)

          • I know, I know – I should. In fact, I think I will. I’ll just have to ignore my own voice (doesn’t everyone hate that?). Be on the lookout, soon.

            As far as how close I hold it – I am thinking about 8 inches or so.

        • Try this – make a new part about 1/8″ over from where your natural part is. Take that hair that you used to make the new part (no matter how spare but it’s helpful to have a tiny, tiny bit) and lay that over your natural part. Spray THAT area with the B&B, and then lay the hair that is laid over your natural pat over the sprayed area to help camouflage. I hope that makes sense…?

          • Mynde Crawford says:

            Yes, Lauren, please do make a video!! I’m going to order Bumble now, based on your experience with it. Thank you for your website and your honesty!

          • It’s on my to-do list!

  22. Toni L'Hommedieu says:

    I used a bumble and bumble tinted hair spray that covered my bald spot perfectly when my thinning hair was combed over it. I live in the Northeast and was told the product wasn’t available in that part of the country. I tried a powder. It not only didn’t work as well , it balled up on my scalp. I can’t use it no matter what I do. I need the Bumble and bumble spray back. Where can I get it or a product like it.

    • Hi, check Amazon as they usually have it. Or, you can find it at Sephora and maybe even places like Ulta.

      • Toni L'Hommedieu says:

        Thanks for the info.I appreciate it.

        I used a bumble and bumble tinted hair spray that covered my bald spot perfectly when my thinning hair was combed over it. I live in the Northeast and was told the product wasn’t available in that part of the country. I tried a powder. It not only didn’t work as well , it balled up on my scalp. I can’t use it no matter what I do. I need the Bumble and bumble spray back. Where can I get it or a product like it.

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