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What can I put on my scalp to cover bald spots?

Bald spots and thinning hair can be frustrating and embarrassing for many people. While there are treatments available to help regrow hair, they can take time to work. In the meantime, finding ways to disguise or cover bald spots can provide an immediate cosmetic solution.

Causes of Bald Spots

There are a few common causes of bald spots or thinning hair:

  • Male or female pattern baldness – This is the most common type of hair loss, caused by genetics, aging, and hormones.
  • Alopecia areata – An autoimmune disease that causes patches of baldness.
  • Traction alopecia – Hair loss from tight hairstyles that pull on the hair over time.
  • Trichotillomania – Compulsive hair pulling.
  • Scarring from injuries, burns, radiation therapy.
  • Nutritional deficiencies.
  • Hormonal imbalances.

It’s important to see a dermatologist if you are experiencing unexplained hair loss, as the cause needs to be addressed. But in the meantime, covering bald spots can help.

Concealing Options

Here are some options to conceal bald spots or thin areas:

Hair Fibers

Hair fibers are tiny keratin fibers that statically cling to existing hair, creating the appearance of thicker, fuller hair. They come in shades to match different hair colors and can either be shaken or sprayed onto balding areas. Hair fibers are inexpensive, easy to apply, and provide instant cosmetic results by making hair look thicker, but they don’t address the underlying cause of hair loss.

Hairpieces and Toupees

Hairpieces and toupees are small wigs that attach to existing hair near bald spots. They provide more coverage than hair fibers and can look extremely natural. However, they need to be professionally fitted and applied for the best results. Adhesives are used to hold them in place. Regular maintenance is also required.

Hair Powders and Thickeners

Colored hair powders and thickening sprays can help create the appearance of fuller hair. They cling to the hair and scalp, making bald spots less visible. Results are temporary and work best on smaller bald areas. Frequent reapplication is needed.


Hats, headwraps, turbans, and other headwear can conceal thinning hair or baldness. Options are widely available in different fabrics, colors, and styles to suit personal preference.

Scalp Micropigmentation

Scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is a cosmetic tattooing treatment that creates the look of short hair stubble on the scalp. Tiny ink dots are deposited into the scalp by a technician to mimic the look of buzzed hair and help disguise bald spots. Results appear natural and last 1-3 years before needing a touch up. Multiple sessions are required initially.

Hair Transplants

Hair transplant surgery is a treatment that permanently restores hair to balding areas. Healthy follicles are transplanted from the back and sides of the scalp to bald spots. Transplanted hair continues to grow naturally for life. Hair transplants produce permanent, natural-looking results. However, they are expensive, take several months for full results, and don’t prevent future hair loss.

Tips for Applying Concealers

Here are some tips for getting the best results from hair loss concealing products:

  • Clean and exfoliate the scalp before application. This will remove oil, product buildup, and dead skin cells so concealer adheres best.
  • Avoid heavy conditioners or oils that can make concealer slide off.
  • Apply concealer only to dry hair – dampness will hinder adhesion.
  • Follow product instructions carefully. Don’t overapply; start with a small amount and build coverage.
  • Use short, gentle strokes to mimic natural hair growth patterns and avoid streaking.
  • Blend edges of concealer seamlessly into existing hair for a natural look.
  • Set concealer with a light hairspray to increase hold.
  • Shampoo gently when washing hair to keep concealer intact longer.
  • Reapply concealer whenever needed; daily maintenance is likely required.

Pros and Cons of Scalp Concealers

Scalp concealers offer some advantages but do have downsides to consider:

Pros Cons
  • Provide immediate cosmetic results
  • Relatively inexpensive options like hair fibers available
  • Wide range of solutions for different needs
  • Can use along with medical treatments for hair regrowth
  • Non-permanent; can stop using anytime
  • Do not stimulate hair regrowth
  • Require daily maintenance and reapplication
  • Can rub off onto clothing or with contact
  • May not withstand wind, rain, sweating
  • Take practice to apply well for natural look

Choosing the Best Concealer for You

With the variety of concealers available, consider these factors when choosing options to cover bald spots:

  • Budget – Hair fibers and colored sprays are most affordable. Hairpieces, micropigmentation and transplants are pricier.
  • Coverage needed – Fibers and sprays help fill small, scattered areas. Hairpieces and SMP provide more complete coverage.
  • Realism – Fibers, SMP, hairpieces can mimic natural hair most realistically.
  • Convenience – Fibers, sprays, powders are quickest and easiest to apply and reapply as needed.
  • Permanence – Only transplants and SMP offer semi-permanent solutions. The rest require daily use.
  • Hair type – Thick, dense hair holds concealers best. Fine or sparse hair is harder to conceal.
  • Lifestyle – Active lifestyles may limit some options not weather/sweat-resistant.

Speak with a hair loss specialist for personalized recommendations based on your specific situation and needs. Try different solutions until you find the ones that work best for you.


Dealing with bald spots can be disheartening, but many effective and affordable concealing solutions exist. Fibers, sprays, hairpieces, SMP, and headwear are some examples that provide immediate cosmetic improvement. While not permanent fixes, concealers buy time while hair regrowth treatments can start working. With some trial and error, natural-looking results are possible for temporarily masking bald spots.

The key is finding an option suited for your budget, hair type, lifestyle and desired realism. Consistency is also important – daily concealment maintenance helps ensure results last all day. If hair loss persists or worsens, see a doctor to address any underlying factors. But concealers remain a simple, non-invasive way to boost confidence when dealing with bald spots.