Toppik Review of Side Effects and Ingredients: Is This Product Safe?

This Toppik review answers that question and so should help you make the right choice about whether or not to use hair loss concealer products.

Product Details

Toppik is very similar to Nanogen (reviewed on the previous page). Tiny keratin fibers are shaken onto your hair where they attach and then firmly stay put thanks to electrostatic charge.

However, you still need to use their Fiberhold Spray product to keep the fibers in place.

There's also a Hair Fattener product which aims to do just that by penetrating deep into the hair shaft and so add more thickness and body to your hair.

Finally, a Hairline Optimizer can be used as you shake the fibers onto the hairline. The aim is to get a more natural look rather than the straight line which might otherwise occur (see image below).

Hair loss concealerModel used for illustrative purposes only.

Any Toppik side effects?


Research from forum comments state that Toppik hair building fiber ingredients contain ammonium chloride, and that this substance has caused side effects in some people.

Like many chemicals, ammonium chloride can be hazardous if a significant amount were to enter your body. So, potentially, repeated exposure over time might lead to ammonia poisoning, with the following possible symptoms:

  • Muscle spasm.
  • Irregular breathing.
  • Irregular or slow heartbeat.
  • Contact can irritate skin and damage eyes.
  • Inhalation can irritate the nose, throat and lungs.
  • There can be an allergic response much like asthma.
  • Coma!

As you can see, ammonium chloride is not something you really want to keep putting into, or onto, your body in large amounts. Your risk probably depends upon:

  • How often you use the product.
  • How much you apply each time.
  • Individual sensitivity or allergy.
  • Whether your diet includes any other source of ammonium chloride (e.g., some spirits, fizzy drinks, confectionery, meat, etc.) which can cause the dose you get to accumulate.

Forum posts have also reported: aching muscles, heart palpitations and persistent headaches. And for what it's worth, some users also said they find the smell a bit strong!

So you might prefer a safe, simple and natural solution to hair loss instead?

As for the official website, the only details they give on fiber ingredients is that they contain pure, organic keratin and are completely safe. There’s no mention of ammonium chloride. This, of course, strongly suggests that there shouldn’t be any side effects from Toppik at all, but also strongly contradicts those forum comments I found.

So I wrote to the manufacturer about the fiber ingredients. Here’s their reply:

"The ammonium chloride is a very small % of the product and used as a preservative for the product. It’s a topical solution that will not be inhaled or digested in large quantities."

Even so, the website itself does have some mixed product reviews (including the report of an allergic reaction from the Hair Fattener product causing a rash on the skin). And another problem is that, whilst the Fiberhold Spray is supposed to hold fast when you sweat, some reviewers state that this isn’t always the case – the fibers can fall out, mix with water and turn green, etc.

This leads on to my final reason not to use hair loss concealer products.

Following on from the previous page:

Problem #7 – Color Can Run

Suppose you go for a run. Well, unfortunately, some concealer products can start running with you.

In other words, the dye used to give the spray, powder or fibers their color, will leak out into your sweat (green in the case of Toppik as you’ve just read) and can then run down your face. And that's not a good look!

Problem #8 – "Don’t Touch My Hair!"

Hair loss concealer problemModel used for illustrative purposes only.

Some men and women who use concealers might be a bit scared to touch their hair after they've applied the product.

Whilst some manufacturers say that you can touch, comb and style your hair, I think people will still be reluctant to do so for fear of combing out or dislodging the product.

If you've read question 2 on my FAQ page you'll already know that I believe regular daily massage (and other practical techniques I developed) are the key to restoring natural hair regrowth and then maintaining strong healthy hair.

But that's not going to happen if you "wear" artificial hair fibers on your head for hours on end every day and totally avoid touching your hair or scalp.

But There Is Another Way

Instead of simply covering up the problem, why not tackle the root cause instead?

My own natural techniques to help kick-start hair regrowth which successfully beat hair loss for me is now helping many other people too, as you can see from the email below:

"Hi Paul,

I recently purchased your ebook on how to reverse and cure hair loss. I found it very interesting and am using the techniques prescribed. Some hair loss does run in my family. I noticed out of the blue about a year ago that the hair at my hairline was getting incredibly thin. Then started to notice an overall thinning at the back and now crown. I am hoping your exercises will restore this hair and help keep thick healthy hair.

After about 4 weeks performing them I have noticed that I am not shedding hair on my pillow any more and not losing in the shower. I believe your skull expansion theory has merit. It makes sense. Thanks."

And later update:


...I have already started to see some new growth and thickening after 7 weeks. Thanks."

Scott Stinnett

Note: The review above mentions skull expansion - this the true cause of hair loss (androgenetic alopecia).

Summary of All Four Concealer Product Reviews

Essentially, DermMatch is a powder you dab on, Mane is a powder you spray on, and both Nanogen and Toppik are fibers you shake on.

But regardless of the product type or method of application, I believe all hair loss concealers have shortcomings due to one or more of the eight reasons I gave in this review (spread over four pages).

These products might be sophisticated enough to give a natural looking result, but this approach to hair loss couldn't be less natural in my opinion. So if you’re thinking about using one of these concealer products, I hope you found this review helpful.

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