Hair concealers, or hair thickeners, are products designed to “conceal” thinning hair, or thicken it. A lot of people suffering from hair loss use them, and sometimes even people who had just gotten hair transplantation use them to conceal the inflamed pores on their scalp. Some of these products come in spray cans; some come as sprinkles that usually come in Talcum powder containers; and some of them you’d have to directly apply to the scalp.
Different products achieve different results, but there’s one general rule that applies to all of them – always wash them off your head at the end of the day, every day, especially if you’re using the latter kind that you have to apply directly to your scalp. If you’re not willing to do this, maybe you should avoid buying hair concealers in the first place? Unwillingness to follow the instructions that come with these products will certainly do more harm than good.
The “make-up” kind of hair concealers work the same way as women’s face foundation does. It starts out as liquid when being applied to the skin and eventually dry up the longer it’s exposed to air. If this is the kind of hair concealer you’re using, the reason why it’s crucial to wash it off your head at the end of each day is because you don’t want to further clog your pores. This is specifically why women tend to never go to bed without having done their “pre-bed beauty routine,” where they wash all of the gunk off their face to avoid clogging their pores. If you want to avoid further hair loss, which clogged pores will most definitely do, then make sure to wash your head before you go to bed at night if you’re using the make-up kind of hair concealer.
The type of hair concealer that may be a little safer compared to the make-up kind is the sprinkle-type. Even some patients who have recently received hair transplants use this type of hair concealer as their scalp heals, which takes months. After a hair transplant, the scalp tends to get red dots all over it. While this is normal and definitely to be expected after a hair transplant procedure, there’s no denying that it’s not pretty to look at, which is why some patients resort to “masking” their scalp by using hair concealer as they wait for it to heal.
The last kind of hair concealer is the spray kind, which comes in spray cans like that of spray paints. There was a product in the 90’s called “Ronco’s Great Looking Hair” that was all over the late night infomercials. The product still exists today. It’s designed to give you “great looking hair in a flash.” It supposedly won’t harm your existing hair, and it’s also designed to wash out easily using any type of shampoo.
There are probably more types of hair concealers out there that we didn’t include in this article. If you do decide to use hair concealers, whatever type you end up using, make sure to spot-test first to make sure you’re not allergic to it, otherwise all your hair might end up falling out due to an allergic reaction. Test a small amount of the product behind your ears, wash it out after about 8 hours, then wait for at least 24 hours to see if your skin develops allergic reactions.
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