Hair loss is one of the most common aesthetic problems since time immemorial. The men and, to a lesser extent, the women, have suffered the consequences of a complex, and very difficult to manage, phenomenon.
Depending on fashions, social prejudices, ethical concepts, and ladies’ preferences, baldness has been seen as an attractive trait or as a terrible curse. However, the concern for hair loss has been and is universal.
An early, or much accentuated, hair loss, with much of the scalp exposed, can influence the mood, or self-esteem, of an individual, causing states of depression or a feeling of inferiority or non-belonging. Especially in women, hair loss is especially serious from a psychological point of view and its effects on self-image are much more serious.
Cosmetic science and technology have devoted a lot of time and resources to find feasible solutions to this problem. Approaches have been of various kinds such as surgery, hormonal treatment, grafts, and others. Everybody wants permanent solutions, which have been proverbially very difficult to achieve, but there are also a series of temporary solutions, of a cosmetic nature, that alleviate the problem, at least during the occasions when it is perceived as more important, such as social gatherings, parties, outings, etc.
Among the different temporary solutions, the use of fibers for the thickening of natural hair stands out. This technique acts on the hair that still remains in spaces where it is scarce and changes the general appearance of the hair by artificially increasing the effect of abundance, density, and total hair volume.
The science of electricity
The point of view behind this alternative is to improve the appearance, making the hair appear more numerous and thicker than, in reality, is.
All the methods of using fibers as a cosmetic solution are based on an electrical phenomenon with a curious name, the triboelectric effect. The name has its origin in the Greek word “tribein”, to rub, and describes the electrification of materials from their mutual contact.
We have all seen how, when rubbing an inflated balloon against our head, the hair bristles, this happens because the rubbing of the balloon imparts an electric charge to the hair. The same thing we can observe when we rub a piece of amber with wool. The magnitude of the electric charge and its polarity, being positive or negative, depend on several factors such as the physical characteristics of the materials, temperature, surface tension, roughness, etc.
This property of the materials is based on its ability to absorb and discard electrons by contact, so that, in many cases, it is not necessary to rub them against each other.
When the materials are electrically loaded in this way, they acquire an electric charge, positive or negative, becoming capable of adhering to each other, just as the opposite poles of a magnet do.
This is the physical principle behind the technology of artificial fibers for human hair.
Using artificial fibers to supplement human hair is nothing new; in fact a wig is made of fibers, used to hide some kind of problem in our head.
Without going into discussing the advantages and disadvantages of wigs in this article, the impressive results of the new techniques have relegated the wigs to special occasions such as costume parties, theater, etc. Or for extreme, and unrecoverable, cases of baldness.
There are many different types of fibers but, for the purposes of this discussion, we will consider the following:
a. Synthetic fibers. They are fibers made mainly of polyester, acrylic and PVC, and have been used for a long time in wigs and hair extensions. They are relatively cheap and can be designed with permanent styles. Usually its quality is measured depending on the brightness that the fibers show. These types of fibers have been in the market for a long time.
b. Synthetic fibers resistant to heat. They are produced in the same way and with the same materials as the previous ones, but with one difference: they are treated to resist the application of heat. This allows molding them in different styles according to the preference of the moment. They can be worked on with a hair dryer, ironed, etc.
c. Composite fibers. They are the result of mixing different synthetics fibers or the mixing synthetics with natural human hair in an attempt to get the best of two worlds.
d. Natural fibers. They constitute a new generation of fibers made entirely of natural materials, both animal o vegetal based, that permit new approaches to the hair loss temporary solution.
In the case of the fibers used in the techniques to conceal cosmetically the areas of scarce hair the great majority of products in the market use two types of artificial fibers of new generation, those that have a vegetable base and those that have an animal base.
Vegetable fibers are usually made of cotton. Among its main features and advantages are the following:
a. They are environmentally friendly products.
b. Hypoallergenic, do not cause allergic reactions or irritations on the scalp.
c. According to the available reports, they form a union with natural hair stronger than animal based fibers.
d. They are more receptive to natural pigments for their coloration.
e. They have an especially natural and lustrous appearance.
f. They do not produce side effects of any kind.
g. They are a bit cheaper (but not by much) than fibers with animal content.
The animal fibers are made with keratin. Its characteristics are summarized as follows:
a. They are made essentially of the same material that natural hair is made of, keratin. Keratin is a protein that forms the structural support of many elements in animals such as hair, nails, feathers, horns and hooves.
b. The link with human hair therefore, according to the above and their developers, is more natural than that of vegetable fibers.
c. They are produced in most cases from wool.
d. Because they are made of the same keratin as natural hair, their appearance, texture and feel are completely similar to human hair.
Each of these types of fibers has its defenders and detractors and, later in the article, we will compare two fiber products representative of each type. Both need a protective spray that is added after the application of the fibers to strengthen their bond with the natural hair.
Keep in mind that both types of fibers work in collaboration with your natural hair, joining it to give an appearance of greater quantity and volume. In other words, the technique of electrically charged hair fibers requires the presence of strands of hair, thin and scarce as it could be, still in the head. They do not work on completely bald people.
Toppik vs Caboki REVIEW
Among the most popular brands of baldness-hiding fibers are those already mentioned above. Both Products comply with the FDA Standards for Hair Health in the United States click here to read more.
It is one of the most popular worldwide brands of fibers concealers. The base material is keratin protein. This product belongs to the shake-on category of products for the cosmetic management of hair loss, which means that the fibers come in a recipient like a salt or pepper shaker. You applied them on top of your head, on the areas were your hair thins out, and then secure the result with a hair spray.
Due to its nature, the fibers acquire an electrical charge strong enough to keep the contact with the natural hair for a long time, even in conditions of moderate physical demand, such as when you sweat or enjoy a day at the beach. The only usual way to remove them is through the use of shampoo.
However, as with any temporary solution, it cannot be exposed to extreme situations such as strong winds or contact sports.
It is also suitable for use by women who want to cover small areas of very fine hair. It is also useful to disguise annoying discolored roots of dyed hair between dye applications.
It is a relatively expensive product within this category but of excellent quality.
Among its disadvantages we mentioned that sometimes a slight allergic reaction to the animal components of its formula may occur.
Its application is very simple by using the fiber applicator on the areas that you want to cover, as if you were sprinkling your head with salt. With a little practice this procedure takes only a few seconds. The fibers will adhere to the natural hair with enough energy to be able to comb and give the hair the style of preference.
In its presentation for women Toppik supplies fibers for the head, fibers for eyebrows and an improving root volume spray.
The pack for men includes the fibers for the head, a coloring dye and shampoo remover.
Toppik can be applied on short, long, curly or graying hair.
It comes in 9 colors so the alternatives, when choosing the most suitable color for you, are very broad, and allows you to precisely match your natural color by using mixtures between two or more colors. This is what the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health had to say on the matter….
Hair is significant on multiple levels, including psychological, physical, social, and spiritual. Therefore, hair loss can have a substantial negative impact on an individual. Fortunately, a wide variety of hair loss concealment options exist for this common issue.
Another product of great popularity, Caboki, is made based on natural products of vegetable origin. Its fibers are made of cotton so there is no risk of any animal contamination.
Their sponsors say that their products are so good at providing hair thickening that it is not recommended to keep complicated hairstyles for more than 10 hours. Its capacity to increase the volume is so complete that it causes a decrease in the circulation of air between the individual hairs, which can generate certain danger of damage to the scalp.
Its manufacture uses two main elements, natural colors based on iron oxide and fibers of the same cotton that is used in medical applications.
All this helps to create that image of capillary density that extraordinarily conceals areas lacking appropriate hair covering.
In addition to all this, its manufacturers use some more reasons that, arguably, make their product more efficient than others. According to their specifications, Caboki micro fibers are charged with negative static electricity, and because the individual hairs of the human head are positively charged, the bond between natural hair and cotton fiber is a much stronger one.
The micro fibers are guaranteed to adhere even to the finest and smallest hair, hence their capacity for greater coverage.
Another benefit of this type of negative electric charge is that the vast majority of applied fibers adheres to the hair shaft and do not fall to uselessly stay on the scalp. This is another factor that contributes to the appearance of the hair, which, after the application of the fibers, is much more thick and dense.
Caboki is also suitable for men and women, and can be applied on any type of hair, smooth or very thick. Also this product is very flexible and suits any style, such as straight, shaved, colored, frosted, or even highlighted.
Certain precautions must be followed when using other complementary products together with the fibers. For example, the shaping gels should be applied before the fibers to avoid derangements in their distribution, but any kind of sprays should be used after the application of Caboki. In fact, doing so reinforces the overall effect of the product.
Caboki offers a water resistance similar to that of Toppik.
Caboki comes in 14 colors so its range of alternatives is huge if all the possible combinations are taken into account.
Whats the Final Conclusion?
If you do not have enough money, or you think other, more complex, procedures are not worth the bother, or you prefer the ease of application and speed of a more practical method, you should consider the alternatives of electrically charged microfibers.
Remember, these systems are not a cure for hair loss, they offer a cosmetic, aesthetic, solution to temporarily hide the incipient baldness.
The different products available in the market, such as those considered in this article, offer very similar characteristics and performances, which make the choice of one of them for personal use a very difficult one. In the end, the selection of the product that best suits you is a process of trial and error. Fortunately, their prices, relatively low, allow you to go about testing brands until you get the right one.
If you have little hair and want to be ready in less than a minute to go to a party, microfibers is your thing.
CLASH OF THE HAIR CONCEALER TITANS…. WHO CAME OUT ON TOP???
Lets get straight to the point….
- Slightly Cheaper per bottle
- Not a lot of fibres so you will need to buy a lot
- Does not last long so end up MORE expensive
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This is also a good alternative to use. We rate Caboki a lot better than Toppik.