This page reviews Nanogen hair fibers and casts a critical point of view on hair loss concealers. Hopefully it will help you decide which, if any, hair thickener product to use.
First, here are a few quick details about this product range:
Nanogen fibers (or fibres in the UK) are the main product. These are tiny keratin fibers which will magically stick to your hair through an electrostatic charge when you shake them onto your head. This electrostatic charge is strong enough to prevent 90%*¹ of the fibers from falling out for at least five minutes*² if you were to go for a swim or do some other form of vigorous exercise.
*¹ The official website doesn't say what happens to the other 10%. But, presumably, they just float around in the water or atmosphere. And, since keratin is a type of protein, that should hopefully mean they eventually get broken down harmlessly.
*² I'm not too sure how many people would actually consider five minutes long enough for a swim. But I imagine most would probably avoid swimming when using Nanogen fibers anyway.
You would also need to use "Fibre Locking Spray" (sometimes called "Fibre Locking Mist"). Whatever you call it though, four sprays from the product will hold hair in place, and eight will waterproof it.
Finally, there’s Aquamatch. Aquamatch is like a big crayon that you use like an eyebrow pencil to color in to conceal any wide parting you have. And it also comes with a pencil sharpener to use when the crayon gets blunt.
Well, I suppose one possible side effect of Nanogen’s Aquamatch product is that you might feel a bit silly using a giant crayon to color in your scalp!
Other than that, you should be OK. All product ingredients have been tested as safe, so you shouldn’t experience any side effects from Nanogen at all.
But, there are other issues you need to know about.
So, continuing on from the previous page (Mane Hair Spray)...
Suppose you've been using a concealer for a few months (or even years?) and finally had enough. Perhaps your continued hair loss had reached a point of no return where your concealer fails to hide your hair loss any more.
It would be so obvious to everyone you know if you
were to wear a concealer every day to work, only to suddenly turn up
one day without it, and next to no hair at all.
And leading up to this, perhaps, traumatic event, as you lose more and more hair, an ever-increasing amount of your scalp will show through your thinning hair. And that obviously means you’ll have to use more and more product to cover it up.
So, clearly this idea will only "work" for so long: concealer products are not going to stop your hair loss.
Eventually, you simply won't have enough of your own hair left to
which the fibers can attach (unless, of course, you manage to stabilize
your hair loss in the meantime). So, in my opinion, you’d be much better off trying to tackle the underlying cause*³ of your hair loss in the first place.
*³ For male pattern baldness, the underlying cause is skull expansion.
I do, however, think that the one exception where hair loss concealers might have a role to play for some people is to use them on an ad hoc basis.
Clearly, if you were to go out to a big bash or glitzy party, you’ll want to look your best. And if that means covering up your hair loss so you don't have to worry about friends, relatives, etc. noticing it for a few hours, then so be it. Plus, any photos taken will look that much better.
And on that point, many concealer products are also very popular with celebrities of TV, movies, music, etc. who obviously want (and need) to look their best in front of the camera.
So, for this reason, I'd say these types of products can have a part to play in dealing with hair loss.
But, only under exceptional circumstances.
On the final page, the remaining problems #7 and #8 are explained.
This is page 3 of 4.
Read final page? Toppik Side Effects.
Read previous page? The Main Problems with Mane.
Note: Images for illustrative purposes only - e.g., actual Aquamatch pencil not shown.
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