Do hair fillers work for thinning hair? We asked experts

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Discover all the techniques that can make your hair thicker, from powders to PRP.



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If you’re on a seemingly endless quest for thicker locks, you might want to consider one of the hottest new hair categories invading the beauty sphere: hair fillers. The term refers to a host of salon treatments and DIY products to make your hair look and feel thicker. Think: masks and treatments, beauty industry favourites, Olaplex.

Because hair fillers run the gamut in terms of products and services, prices too. While a powder root coverage may cost you $30, a more advanced procedure, such as platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injectables, may cost you thousands. Ahead, we break down the most popular types of hair fillers to help you figure out which option is best for you, along with insights from the pros.

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hair powders

If you’re looking for a quick and easy solution to make your locks look fuller, hair powders are the most maintainable option, says Brandi Voorhees, hairstylist at Sharon Dorram Color at Sally Hershberger. “Certain colors can cover grays and add fullness to the hairline.” She recommends ColorWow because it’s “precise and easy to apply” and Balmain Hair Couture Styling Powder for your roots to add fullness and volume.

Color Wow Root Cover Up

This powder formula does it all: it conceals grays, touches up highlights and, most importantly, fills in sparse areas while looking natural. It comes in eight different colors to match your unique hair color and lasts until you wash it out. Depending on the brand, you can even swim with it in your hair.

Balmain Hair Couture Styling Powder

If you’re looking to bulk up your colorless mane, this lightweight formula is for you. All it takes is a little powder at the roots for a major lift.

Link building treatments

Link building treatments are one of the most common types of hair fillers, and you’ve probably come across them at your local beauty supply store, or perhaps a TikTok beauty store. “They repair damage and breakage,” says Voorhees. “Think of it as connecting the dots where there is a break in each strand. It will make your hair look thicker, stronger and easier to style.”

Olaplex No. 3 Hair Repair Perfector

This pre-shampoo hair treatment works overtime to repair broken bonds damaged by heat styling, coloring your hair, or other environmental factors. With continued use, countless buyers attest that it has made their hair thicker and fuller.

K18 Molecular Repair Leave-In Hair Mask

This famous formula from TikTok prides itself on the fact that it can start rebuilding hair from the inside out in just four (!) minutes. The brand cleverly compares the repair process to makeup versus skincare. “Concealers (i.e. most hair products) temporarily mask a problem, [but] K18 works like retinol, highly concentrated, working on a deeper level to renew that base health so you can wear less concealer in the future,” the brand explains.

hair extensions

The most literal type of hair filler is hair extensions – and when it comes to this category, you have options. Those looking for a short-term fix can consider semi-permanent extensions, clip-ins, or halo extensions,” says Jan-Marie Lozada, colorist at Sally Hershberger NoMad. But if you’re looking for a long-term solution, she says, another option is keratin bonding extensions that last up to three months, or hair fibers. The latter are microscopic keratin filaments applied to your hair to create a fuller look while staying from shampoo to shampoo.

Injections of platelet-rich plasma (PRP)

Another treatment that may be worth considering, although expensive, is the injection of platelet-rich plasma. The medical treatment consists of taking blood and reinjecting it into the scalp. “Because some studies have shown increased hair growth, this procedure is sometimes colloquially referred to as ‘hair filler,'” says Shirley Madhere, holistic plastic surgeon and founder of Jet Set Beauty Rx. However, it is important to note that PRP is not, categorically, a filler.

Although many studies on the effectiveness of PRP are inconclusive and more research is needed, many consider it an effective option for treating hair loss, if you can afford the $2,500-6,000 price tag. (per session). “A March 2020 meta-analysis showed overall agreement that PRP led to a “significant increase in hair count…after PRP injections compared to control,” says Madhère. “This is very encouraging and supports the use of PRP as an add-on modality in the treatment of hair loss. »

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