While we are always looking for instant gratification, with medical treatments for hair loss the results can take time.  As hairs only grow around a centimeter per month, it takes at least a few months for new hairs to grow in and be visible.  With the holidays just around the corner, patients often ask if there is anything they can do today to provide immediate results.  While there are no medical treatments available that will work in time for the holidays, there are things you can do to mask the appearance of thinning hair.

Medical Micropigmentation & Microblading

Medical micropigmentation and microblading are semi-permanent procedures where pigment is placed into the epidermal layer of the skin to provide the illusion of hair.  Utilizing tools made specifically for this treatment, highly skilled micropigmentologists are able to create a natural look due to their refined technique.  At our Medi Tresse Boston office, our micropigmentologist Nellie uses the combined hand and digital machine method, which provides the most natural looking results.  Not only does Nellie help patients camouflage their scalp, but she also offers microblading, which is specific to the eyebrows. (Currently we only offer medical micropigmentation and microblading at our Boston office, but we are working to offer it at all locations in the near future.)

Hair Fibers

Hair fibers have come a long way over the past few years and look quite natural.  You would be surprised how many people, especially those on television, use hair fibers.  Hair fibers are a useful product for those who want to add instant volume to the hair or want to hide visible scalp. When you sprinkle hair fibers on your hair, the long-lasting fibers instantly cling to your hair like millions of tiny magnets, making each strand of hair look thicker.  At Medi Tresse we offer the XFusion Keratin Hair Fibers, which are made of all-natural keratin protein and are offered in 9 different colors.

Coloring Your Hair

Coloring your hair can help hide the appearance of thinning hairs in a couple of ways.  As a reminder it is important to make sure that you are always using an ammonia-free or low-ammonia formula.  Ask your stylist about the most follicle-friendly options they have available at your salon.  So how does coloring mask thinning hair?  While there are no hair health benefits to coloring your hair, coloring your hair can give the appearance of thicker hair.  First, if your hair is thin and there is some scalp visible, graying roots will often give the illusion of even more scalp.  Secondly, coloring your hair can also make your hair feel and appear slightly thicker as certain components of the hair dye can thicken the hair strands.

It is important to remember that none of these options will treat your hair loss or prevent further loss, but they are ways to help camouflage the problem with some relative immediacy.  Many patients utilize these options in the short term, while they wait for the results of the medical treatments.  All of these options are also safe for the scalp and follicle.  You will notice that we did not include hair extensions on this list.  While using hair extensions for a single evening would be OK, we strongly recommend against utilizing hair extensions long term due to the harm they cause to your hair.

Posted by your Medi Tresse team.