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Tips on Thinning Hair and Covering Bald Patches

Markayla has been an online writer for over 10 years. Her articles often focus on hair loss and hair care.

Here are some great tips for how to thicken thinning hair and cover bald patches.

Here are some great tips for how to thicken thinning hair and cover bald patches.

Thinning Hair? Here's How You Fix It!

I have already written two articles on how to thicken thinning hair. As time goes on, I keep finding new products (affordable products) that have helped me with my thinning hair. As I have explained in the other articles, there are things that you can do (long-term things) to help you with thinning hair, such as vitamins, adjusting your diet, and even certain products sold on the market. For women, the loss of hair is devastating. Getting tips from different people can be encouraging and helpful all at the same time.

As always, I would encourage you to read the article that I have on "How to make your hair thicker," as there is some excellent advice on long-term things you can do to help.

But, of course, we all want a quick fix. I state that there is no quick fix in my previous article. However, there are a few tips that I wanted to share that have helped me conquer a bald patch. I also offer tips on how to manage thin hair.

Covering Up a Bald Patch

It is one thing to have thin hair to begin with. It can really take a toll on how you feel about yourself overall. But when you add a bald patch into the mix, then you've really got a problem on your hands.

I was dealing with a completely bald patch on the side of my head—in front of my ear. I was lucky enough to have hair above it that (mostly) covered it up. But I wear my hair up most of the time. I pulled hair down on the sides and teased hair over the bald patch and used an enormous amount of hairspray to hold it.

The problem is wind. No matter how well I teased and sprayed, if the wind was blowing, then you could see my scalp from a mile away.

Now, like I said, my hair is pretty thin to begin with and baby fine. There were some places on top of my head that bothered me a bit too. They weren't completely bald, but my scalp was visible. Knowing that I was working on getting my hair to grow back with minoxidil, (which works by the way) I needed a quick fix to "camouflage" my scalp with my hair.

So I decided to use eye shadow! Why not just make my scalp blend in, right!?

Now, you have to kind of play around with this according to you hair color at the roots. My roots are dark brown and they blend in to a medium blonde color. I figured brown eye shadow would be perfect. But, it was not. Believe it or not, black eye shadow was the best. Using the black, you might think it would be too dark and noticeable. What I found was that it basically made a shadow on my scalp, and when I combed my hair down over it, and even when the wind blew my hair, it was no longer noticeable at all. I tested this with a friend asking her if I was correct in using the black, and it was a definite yes!

The Matte black eye shadow was my favorite. I tried a couple of cheap kinds, and I tried a couple more expensive kinds. The reason I suggest this brand is because it held up to my sweat. I sweat a lot, and the only problem I ran into with the eye shadow trick was that it sometimes ran. The Matte did not. It stayed put, and this was important to me.

This particular brand can be used dry or as a cream. This way, you can control how dark you want the shade if need be.

L'Oreal Root Cover Up Spray, Use on Your Bald Patch(es)

If you don't exactly like the idea of using eye shadow, another great option is root cover up spray. But use it on the bald patch itself, rather than to cover up gray or just your roots.

I love the L'Oreal spray, in particular the black. Even on light colored hair! The black always seems to blend in better for some reason.

This does not run and will stay for days and days if you don't wash your hair everyday, and with very little need for touching up.

This option in my opinion is much more expensive, but it is also more reliable.

So, my opinion is that if you are looking for a daily option that is cheaper- go with the eye shadow. If you are going out somewhere important and you want the most reliable option- go with the root cover up spray. Like I said, it will stay for days and days! You don't need much- and it covers absolutely flawlessly. No one will ever know your balding secret. And I personally know how very important this is to a woman.

My personal pick is the L'Oreal brand. I have tried countless brands including more expensive. In my opinion, this is the best value for your money. It does exactly what it needs to do, and isn't expensive if you use it only on those special occasions. I've heard some people say it was worth the money to even use as part of their everyday regimen. That is all up to you!

Hairspray That Actually Works

Samy Fat Hair Amplifying Hair Spray is hairspray that actually works. Let me tell you about this stuff.

I will start off by saying that I have tried just about everything there is to try. And in no way is this the only product I use. I am obsessed with thickeners and volumizers. But as far as hairspray goes, this is what thin hair needs.

I have bought some very expensive sprays in hopes of finding that miracle that we all hope to find. I have cried when I dropped a lot of money on a product and it worked like I had just bought something very cheap. I mean balled my eyes out.

Here is what I have found with thin hair. Usually someone with thin hair is trying to add volume and hold the volume at the same time. It is hard to make that look natural. What we are trying to do is make the hair look a little bit bigger. Plumper. But in the end, we just want to look like someone with thick hair, naturally. But many times, we tease our hair and spray it with a spray that only makes you look like you've got helmet head.

The difference here with this hair spray is that it adds the volume and it holds all day. I have not found this with any other hairspray. In fact, I would usually use at least three different sprays to get this look. I would use a cheap brand to add some texture, then something a little better while I was curling my hair so that the curl would hold, and finally a freezing hair spray.

With this, it is all that you need. What I really love is that it is not expensive compared to so many that I have tried. I have seriously spent upwards of $40 on a can of hairspray trying to get the "miracle" spray. Please don't do that. It's just not necessary.

Hair Powder for Boosting

I Have gotten a lot of my hair to grow back. And I am so thankful for that. But like I've said, I naturally have thinner baby fine hair. And while I was dealing with my hair loss and trying every thing I could think of to cover it up, I came across an article that talked about using hair powder.

I had never heard of hair powder. So, I went out and bought some. Doing what I always do, I did not buy the cheapest thing first. I always think the higher price shows that it will be a better quality meaning a better outcome. It's just not always true. And what I have learned is that it definitely isn't always true for thin hair.

I think sometimes that the more expensive items are made for thicker hair. I don't know if this is true, but that is just always how it seems to be when I am buying products for my hair. It is never the most expensive item and it is never the cheapest. It always seems to be right there in the middle. That's just my opinion.

Not Your Mother's Girl Powder Volumizing Hair Powder is what I found to be the best hair powder for my thin hair. Now again, this is something that every person has to play around with because we all have different hair and some of us have oily, and some have dry hair.

I have a bit on the oily side. Now, personally I don't like to wash my hair every day. I wash it every other day. On the second day, I am dealing with some oil. This particular hair powder is light and it still adds volume. You just sprinkle a little bit onto your scalp where you are trying to get a little volume. Sprinkle sprinkle and lift the hair with a pick. That is it! But it is so light that you can still do anything with your hair that you want. You can not tell it's there, the hair is still manageable and the hair lifts right up.

It is right in the middle of price range, and it absolutely does the trick. If you are dealing with hair loss anywhere on your head, using the eye shadow on your scalp first and then sprinkling this powder on the hair around it and lifting (sometimes teasing as well) helps a whole heck of a lot. Finish with the hairspray and you have just made yourself feel a lot more confident.


Isabel Stone on June 07, 2018:

My husband has been recently suffering from hair thinning, so this is actually a really useful article! He’s been getting so panicked and stressed about it as he’s always been so hair proud, so I’ve been really worried for him! Personally I don’t mind it at all but I know it’s affecting his confidence massively! Has anyone else’s husband been experiencing this? If so is there any advice you might be able to give me? At the minute he’s been looking at different types of treatments and products which can help mask his balding. He’s currently been looking at a company called Optima Hair (this is them: http://www.optimahair.co.uk/ ) Has anyone else used them? They look good but I want to be doubly sure and get some recommendations before he goes for it! I want him to be happy but I also want him to be safe, so any advice anyone could give me would be amazing! Thanks everyone!

Miss Markayla (author) from Indiana on August 14, 2010:

Thanks for the comment... and YES! I love teasing :) I actually have a bald spot (my head was not done growing together when I had been born) And so I use a lot of teasing and back combing over the bald spot, and using the freezing hair spray to keep that covered.

FindMyTeenFashion on August 13, 2010:

Great tips. Back combing or "teasing" at the roots will also make your hair look fuller.