Thickeners & Camouflagers
Thickeners & Camouflagers
Cosmetically Improving your hair
There are no magic solutions to hair restoration but there are a variety of techniques that work. We aim to give you the information so that you can make the decision that suits you.
Sometimes, in the early stages, all you need to do is to change your hairstyle. We’d also recommend considering medication to stop further hair loss, potentially in 90% of men. It’s also useful to try hair thickeners. Buy products
Hair Styling for Hair Loss
This can be trial and error because different hair textures do look and respond differently. A good hairdresser and your own preference is key but things to consider are:
Hair length often gets shorter as hair loss increases. This does decrease the contrast between bald skin, thinning hair and the much thicker donor areas and is quite fashionable at the moment (unlike the 1970’s!). It is worth trying the buzz cut before committing to a hair transplant, simply to see if it suits. Some look good with this (Yul Bryner, Vin Diesel, Patrick Stewart) but others just don’t.
In fact, most people are probably better off with a medium cut as hair length does provide coverage by overlapping the hairs as they grow. Hair that is too long can just look straggly or turn into a “combover”. This advice is also true for transplanted hair.
Hair Thickening Products
Camouflage products can be very useful, particularly for thinning hair. They help by coating the hair physically, making it look thicker and denser. They also cover the scalp underneath, which helps reduce the contrast between lighter skin and darker hair. There are different types which suit some people better than others, so it is often best to try a few different makes.
This includes Nanogen, Toppik, Sure Thik
These are dry, short fibres which come in different colours to match your hair. Although similar, they differ in fibre lengths and thicknesses, so worth experimenting with different brands.
Dermatch is probably the best known and is very similar to facial foundation creme. It’s applied with a sponge applicator and colours both your hair and your scalp, reducing the contrast and “shine though” look. It can be used with the dry fibres as the fibres give “volume” which the creme doesn’t – it can look flat and painted on.
Mane, Cover Up
These are similar to scalp creme but obviously sprayed on.
We recommend the dry fibre types, such as Nanogen which give a more natural coverage as the spray on types tend to look too heavy, dark and give a “painted on” hairline. We also suggest that a little is better than a lot! If you overdo any of these products, they will look fake, not natural. Best to accept some hair thinning but naturally so, rather than too thick.
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What our patients say
Dr Rogers Compliment Letter 2015 – SG
When I arrived at the clinic on Harley Street I was welcomed warmly by the staff and did not have to wait long before the Surgeon (Dr Richard Rogers) came and introduced himself. I then sat down with Dr Rogers who spent time getting to know me, asking very detailed questions. He then spent some time with me penciling on different hairlines giving me plenty of time to think, whilst giving his expert opinion and advice on what would look the most realistic. When I had decided on the placement of my new hair line Dr Rogers made sure that I was happy with the outline drawn one last time walking round showing me it from different angles using a mirror.
Through Dr Rogers being so intent on making sure I was 100% happy with the procedure before going ahead really helped me feel comfortable and sure with my decision. With my hairline drawn and having been made to feel completely relaxed by Dr Rogers I was walked to the surgery. Even then Dr Rogers continued to make me feel comfortable introducing me to each of his nurses and explaining each step to me in detail of what they would be doing whilst he performed the procedure.
Having talked through the procedure with me and going over everything in extreme detail Dr Rogers asked me to place myself on the chair and then began to adjust the position making sure that I was completely comfortable. Now that I was sat comfortably and ready for the procedure to begin Dr Rogers began to guide me through each step before doing so. To begin with he explained that he would be administering general anesthetic to numb the surrounding area, and told me that it may hurt a little like a pinch. However, I did not feel a thing! In fact I didn’t even realise Dr Rogers had begun, he was so gentle and light handed I was shocked and of course extremely pleased!
With the first part out of the way and the surrounding area completely numb, Dr Rogers told me that he would now begin to remove the strip of skin. At this stage I could honestly not believe how it was possible that I could not feel my skin being cut away. Throughout the procedure I was not once in pain and Dr Rogers continually made sure that I was ok and checked that I was in no kind of pain.
Better still Dr Rogers talked to me throughout the procedure and joined in with conversations between the nurses and myself. This really made me feel at ease and at times I nearly forgot that I was having a hair transplant. With my strip of skin removed and the nurses now taking each hair follicle from the skin, Dr Rogers began to stitch my skin back together. Even now I could not feel a thing and before I knew it Dr Rogers had finished.
Whilst the nurses continued to separate the hair follicles Dr Rogers offered me some water and asked if I had any food to eat to help boost my sugar levels. Once I had eaten a snack and topped myself up with water Dr Rogers made sure that I was comfortable before the procedure continued. He then explained that he would be administering some local anesthetic to the surrounding area for the hair follicles to be placed. With the area numbed and having been told what was to happen next Dr Rogers began to make tiny pin pricks into my skin for the hair follicles to be placed in by his nurses. I cannot stress enough how I did not feel a thing and it was over with so quickly, he was a magician with his hands! It was now time for the final part of the procedure; the nurses began to delicately place my hair follicles in one by one.
With the procedure now finished and my new hairline complete, I was given plenty of time to slowly sit myself up. Dr Rogers then offered me some water and food to help boost my sugar levels. Now that I had my bearings back, Dr Rogers walked me into a quiet room and showed me to a mirror. He then said that he would leave me for a few minutes to look at the hairline. After a few minutes had passed he knocked on the door and asked if I was happy with the outcome, to which I found myself near on speechless! I told him how happy I was with it and continually thanked him for doing such an amazing job.
He then asked me to take a seat and began to explain in detail how to care for my new hair each day and gave me a detailed plan on paper. He then gave me a spray that he explained would help to clean any blood away from the surrounding area. After making sure that I was completely happy with the outcome and asking if I had any questions Dr Rogers shook my hand and wished me the best of luck with my new hairline.