Just this week I came across something I found fascinating when I was shopping for some hair products and styling tools (gotta get snatched when I get off maternity leave 🙂 ). I may be way behind some of you on this but have you ever heard of hair building fibers? This might be your quick fix for thinning hair.
They come in different shades to suit all hair types and colors but essentially it is powdered keratin that acts as a camouflage or makeup for your hair. What it does is give the appearance of thicker hair.
In order for it to work you must have a little bit of hair at the spot for the powder to attach itself to. It works whether you have straight or curly hair.
These fibers are not going to miraculously make hair grow in. No, you would need hair transplant surgeries for that overnight miracle besides that option is permanent but darn expensive. Getting a bottle of hair building fibers is a little more within reach but it is only a temporary fix since it washes off when you wash your hair.
To apply you just dab a small amount of the powder at the affected site – no need to be heavy handed as a little goes a long way- if you use too much you will end up with blotches on your scalp instead of a believably looking finish. To set use regular hair spray or the fiber hold spray that comes with the product.
At the very least it is an elaborate illusion but it gets great reviews. But being as inquisitive as I am*, I went in search of the cons to using these fibers.
What I found out is that some brands contain Ammonium chloride which is a hazardous chemical. With repeated exposure this chemical can lead to poisoning which may manifest through symptoms such as:
Irritated skin and damaged eyes as a result of contact.
Irritated nose, throat and lungs which may pose breathing challenges when inhaled.
An allergic response much like asthma.
Irregular or slow heartbeat.
One product manufacturer had this to say to a concerned consumer when asked about the contents:
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.
Check out YouTuber Mlle.CafeAuLait in the video below to see how it looks. Would you try hair building fibers?