Health ReportDealing by Concealing: How to Cover Up Male Pattern Baldness
If medication and surgery aren't right for you, there are plenty of cosmetic options to mitigate the appearance of MPB. We tried a few for you.
If your hair is fading but you can't stand the doctor, here are three ways to conceal the patch:
“The 30-second hair transplant” is actually electrostatically charged microfibers made out of the same keratin protein as your own hair. Apply it by shaking the color-matched fibers over your thinning areas. It intertwines with your own hair, is undetectable even at intimate range, and washes out easily with shampoo. Our tester said, “It gave me an immediate appearance of fullness and looks totally natural.” Don’t use it if you’re going to sweat a lot, and carry an umbrella if the forecast calls for rain. Cost: $43.95 for a 75-day supply.
This lotion works by eliminating the contrast between thinning hair and scalp. Although pool water and sweat won’t wash it off, don’t run your fingers (or let anyone else run hers) through your hair, as it will come off on your skin. The same is true for pillowcases, so wash it out with shampoo before bedtime. Cost: $21.95 for a 60-day supply.
This is a hard-packed, powdered formula that matches the scalp color to the hair, and also coats thin hair with thickening agents to give the appearance of fullness. You can swim and sweat in it, and it washes out with shampoo. Cost $47 for an eight-month supply.