I remember bumping into a good friend on his way to see his Professor at University. He was called in because the faculty were questioning whether the essay he had submitted was his own work or whether it had been plagiarised. Despite 95% of his content coming directly from Wikipedia, he confidently postured: “deny, deny, until you die!”
Men suffering from male pattern baldness often adopt a similar approach of denial, attempting to treat the condition only when it is too late. Male pattern baldness results in our scalp hairs going through a process known as hair miniaturisation. During this process, hairs that fall out through the shedding process are replaced by a lesser (finer) version of the hair before. Over the lifetime of a hair, this process happens repeatedly, eventually leaving only fine vellus hairs on the scalp. The objective of hair fibres is to bind to these vellus hairs, making them appear thick.
So, what are hair-building fibres? How do they work? And what should you expect?
Most hair fibres are made of keratin protein - the same material as your hair. Because the fibres are naturally charged with static electricity, a magnetic attraction merges the fibres to your existing hairs.
If you are looking for a short-term solution to camouflage your thinning hair, fibres do work. Although they do not treat the underlying hair loss, hair-building fibres conceal the problem, improving the appearance of thinning hair (almost like a wig). Most products claim to be water and sweat resistant, so you can expect your hair to appear thick until you wash the keratin fibres out.
If you are looking for a more permanent hair loss solution and a treatment option that addresses the underlying cause – which is our recommendation – make sure that you question the scientific grounding of your chosen product. &BAM offers a scientific hair loss treatment that is available in 1-month or 3-month packages. Start your fuss-free online doctor's consult here.