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What are hair thickening fibers and are they all the same?

What are hair thickening fibers and are they all the same?

There is no doubt that there are many options when it comes to hair thickening fibers and hair fillers. Hair thickening fibers are a great way to cover and conceal thinning hair and bald spots, but are all hair fibers created equally? When creating a new generation of Hair Thickening Fibers, we surveyed hair fiber customers. Our goal was to engineer a hair fiber that improved three main concerns. Color Separation, Texture and Clumping of hair fibers. To see what sets SureThik® apart from other hair thickening fibers, keep reading!

Hair thickening fibers are applied by shaking on or spraying into balding areas, to give the instant appearance of thicker and fuller hair. The premium hair fibers are made from natural Keratin, and less expensive fibers are made of plant fibers or synthetic fiber products. The premium natural Keratin fibers have a greater static charge that securely attach the fibers to your hair and scalp, whereas other fibers just sit on the scalp leaving a bulky, clumpy, and unnatural look.

Color Separation

The # 1 concern of customers surveyed was “Are the fibers sweat and rain proof?”.  This is important for customers as they don’t want to be embarrassed by a streak of hair dye running down their face or neck All fibers will wash away in the pool or shower, but a quality hair fiber should stand the test of rain and sweat.  Most hair fibers make this claim, so we tested SureThik and 2 other leading brands. A simple test was to get room temperature cups of water and just shake some hair fibers in and see what happens. Results are below and quite remarkable.

Hair Fiber #1

Within 5 seconds of coming into contact with water this fiber quickly dropped to the bottom of the glass and the color of fibers started to separate within seconds. Within 20 seconds, all of the fibers were on the bottom of the glass and the water had completely changed color.

Hair Fiber #2

Customers that tried this fiber brand were also expecting it to be sweat and leakproof.  Clearly this was not the case and this brand was the least resistant to water of the three. Almost immediately when coming onto contact with water, the fibers ran, and the water changed color.

SureThik®

SureThik® actively advertises that the hair fibers do not run or smudge when they get wet, and while many were skeptical, we encouraged them to test it out for themselves! SureThik® did not leak, bleed or color sperate. Even after 48 hours, the fibers were still floating on the top of the water and no color had separated at all.

Texture

In review of the texture, it became obvious that the thinner or lighter the fiber, the more natural looking it appears, especially when the hair is very sparse.

Hair Fiber #1

A thicker fiber, claiming to be Keratin, left a powdery looking texture on the hair and up close, a very un-natural appearance.  Since the fibers were heavier, the fibers did not remain in the hair very well.

Hair Fiber #2

This hair fiber is comprised from plants or plant waste. Hair fiber # 2 did not seem the same quality as natural keratin. All the hair fibers were cut to the same length, coarser and seemed somewhat artificial in appearance, even prior to being applied in the hair.  It was uncomfortable for many users who felt restricted in their hair styles and movement.

SureThik®

Users found the SureThik fibers to be about 20-30% finer than any of the other hair fibers reviewed. They did not clump, flake off or feel irritating to any of the recipients. Made from 100% natural Keratin, SureThik fibers looked more natural and possessed a higher static charge that bonds nicely with the surrounding hair.

Clumping

Similar to texture above, minimal clumping is especially important in the hairline and in the areas where there is less hair and more scalp showing. When clumping occurs, the fibers will fall to your scalp, look patchy and not blend with your hair.

Hair Fiber #1

Although the fibers did cover up the thinning spot, many customers found that if you looked closely you could see some of the fibers in their hair. The brown colour of the fibers had a reddish hue, didn’t match the colour of the hair and looked unnatural.

Hair Fiber #2

This sample was very clumpy and the least natural of the hair fibers reviewed.  This fiber matched the color better than hair fiber #1 but looked more like a powder than a hair fiber. The feeling of the fibers on the scalp became an issue as customers found these fibers itchy and bulky.

SureThik®

Surethik hair fibers immediately blended with the surrounding hair and the thinning spots blended to look very natural. Even up close, the SureThik hair fibers were undetectable.

Our Hair fiber review demonstrates that for many customers, hair thickening fibers can be a great cosmetic solution to camouflage thinning hair and add volume where needed most.  A quality hair fiber however, not all fibers are made equally. After reviewing these 3 different fibers brands, it was clear that SureThik was favourable in terms of texture, clumpiness and most importantly, when coming in contact with water.