When White House senior adviser Stephen Miller recently appeared on CBS Face the Nation, viewers quickly noticed something different about his appearance. The 33-year-old, whose hair is getting noticeably thinner on top, had tried to disguise his hair loss with “spray on hair”.

What is spray on hair and does it work?

Spray on hair, also known as hair building fibres or hair in a can, is made of a blend of small fibres and colour pigment. It is designed to be applied to areas of thinning to create a look of density and normal hair growth. Unfortunately, as Stephen Miller found out, the result produced with hair fibres looks anything but natural. The colour appears uneven, as it works by clinging to existing hair growth. Unlike real hair has no texture and looks flat. In fact, it seems to draw more attention to the bald areas!

Not only do hair building fibres create an unconvincing result, but they are also inconvenient to use. Many people who try these products complain that the application process is messy and time-consuming. Another major con is that hair building fibres are not usually water-resistant. If the hair gets wet, the colour and fibres are likely to run onto the skin. This could potentially lead to some rather embarrassing situations if you get caught in the rain or have a sweaty workout at the gym.

It should also be noted that hair fibres do not prevent hair loss. With the most common hair loss condition, androgenetic alopecia, shedding is progressive and the balding area will continue to expand unless treated.

Are there better solutions for dealing with hair loss?

Vinci Hair Clinic offer a range of hair restoration solutions that are more effective and practical than spray on hair fibres. Medical treatments including PRP, LLLT and the medicines minoxidil and finasteride can help to stop balding and stimulate hair growth. FUE and FUT hair transplants offer a permanent solution by rebuilding the areas of hair loss with grafts of the person’s own hair. A third alternative is non-surgical Micro Scalp Pigmentation, which is used to create the illusion of shaved hair growth or to create a look of improved density in longer hair.

Is Spray on Hair an Effective Treatment for Hair Loss?