Monday, July 4, 2011

Hair Loss Concealer Comparison


Hi all, so I have decided to write a review for caboki vs toppik. Now for all my fellow pps out there with similar concerns for hair thinning and balding spots, you probably have heard about those products. I have used Toppik before and still use the product from time to time for events, special occasions etc. My stylist just recommended a new hair loss concealer called Caboki, so I got a free sample bottle from caboki.com.

1. Packaging: Both products have very similar packaging bottles, Caboki comes with an outer box which is nice. I love the fact Caboki made the extra effort to create a detailed step by step instruction for application with images. Even for an experienced user like me, I found tips that I never even knew about. So definitely thumbs up for that.

2. Application: Again, both products are actually very similar in application steps, it is pretty straight forward. Simply shake the bottle while it is upside down to dispense the fibers. No difference there.

3. Color selection: Caboki has 7 color options while Toppik has 9. Both have all the common enough colors like black, browns, blonde, white, etc. But Toppik has a medium Blonde and Auburn which caboki does not offer. I called the customer service at Caboki just to make sure. I was told for people with medium to dark blonde hair, they recommend blonde since the darker shade will appear more natural. I don’t use blonde, so unless I hear otherwise from other users, I will take their words for it.

4. Color: I used medium brown from Toppik and the sample that I received from Caboki was medium brown as well. The two colors as far as I can tell when compared side by side, are exactly the same.

5. Staying Power: I think Caboki does edge out Toppik a bit in this category. I actually tried Caboki on the left side of my hair and Toppik on the right for two days straight. Thankfully both products are similar so I didn’t have to look like an idiot! Anyway, by the end of the first day, I didn’t really see any significant difference. But by second morning (I sleep face down usually), I do feel my left side appears to be slightly thinner.

6. Ingredients: This is the animal vs the plants! Toppik uses keratin as main ingredient which is derived from animal hair and Caboki uses 100% natural plant extract. I generally prefer plant based ingredients in any of my products because there is a lesser chance of skin irritation. But I really didn’t have any issues with Toppik when I used it. (Then again, I have a cat, cat hair is standard ingredient in my house everyday..lol)  

So I will be using caboki for now unless I find anything negative about it. 

You may also want to check out discussion threads:

Caboki? My first time hearing or reading ... (hairlosshelp.com)
Caboki concealer? (hairlosstalk.com)
Caboki pics (heralopecia.com)

Hope this helps!

26 comments:

  1. I didn't use Toppik. I just began using Caboki hair fibers recently after seeing the great videos on youtube.com. My hair looks so natural after application.

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  2. I am trying to decide between Toppik and Caboki. This is helpful. Thanks so much.

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  3. Never heard of caboki, but I have been using Toppik for years and I am really happy with it. It gives incredible volume to my hair.

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  4. I would like more information on it. Is Caboki water resistant?

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  5. Yes, well said. Toppik is really good but it is too expensive. Caboki is very fine and sticks better. It looks like real hair once I use the sprays on it. So I usually end up with caboki since it is cheaper and better.

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  6. What kind of spray should I use with Caboki? I am very new to all this, please give me some brand names of hair spray to use with Caboki.. thanks...

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  7. Unfortunately the Caboki blonde has a yellow tinge to its colour which makes it look unatural. A medium blonde like toppik do work better

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    1. Yes!! I think even better than straight hair

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  10. For how many days does the hair stand if you use caboki once, can any one tell me please...????

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    1. can we take head bath after applying it, while bathing do they loose..???

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  11. this is great review, thanks a lot

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  12. it will be there for atleast 3 days (including sleeping). after that it gets slowly light but i have been using it , its really good , makes it look completely natural , u will be happy with it..

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  13. Is each can one application or a few( how many)??

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    1. Usually it's like a months supply depending on how much of it you need. For me it would last more than a few months because I have like no bald spots just thin hair, but for my bro who's pretty much Bald ontop, it'd last 2 weeks or 3 weeks.

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  14. do they run off if you sweat? i shave my hair with a two guard do you think it would still work? thanks!

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  15. Tip: You can mix two Toppik (and I guess Caboki as well) colors to get the right shade for you. I mix half light brown with half medium brown and the result is right in the middle and matches my hair color perfectly!. Works great!

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  17. Thanks - that review DID help. I've been using Toppik but I'm vegetarian, so that's weird. I'll try Caboki, esp. since it's cheaper. Helpful review.

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  18. Can you use the Toppik spray with Caboki? I use Caboki, but my hairdresser had Toppik and used it on me with the fiber spray after cutting my hair. I liked the way the fiber spray made my hair feel and look, and gave it a little hold without making it stiff and inflexible. Can anyone comment on this? Thanks

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  19. Is caboki available in serum format.

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  20. I can't use Toppik as I have Lichen Planopilaris which means my scalp becomes inflamed at times. I have tried Caboki, Toppik and Nanogen fibres to dayte and the only one I can use daily is Caboki. I think the animal fibres are an irritant overall (like wearing a wool jumper can be itchy), so, even though Caboki is expensive, it's better (from my perspective) if irritation is to be avoided.

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  21. Where in Manhattan, NYC, are the haircut stores that use Caboki? This would be a terrific way of trying it out. Thanks to anyone who could answer the above for me?

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