Have you noticed gaps in your hairline and want to know how you can conceal them?
Maybe a mate has recommended a dabber and you aren’t sure what it is or how to use it?
Or are you looking for some tips to create a realistic-looking hairline today?
No matter what question brought you here today, we have the answer for you!
Dabbers have become increasingly popular recently thanks to their ability to conceal areas of thin or no hair.
Whether there are gaps in your hairline or you’ve noticed a thinning patch on the side of your head, you would have previously been met with two choices: shave it all off, or try to hide it with an inventive comb-over.
But now, there is a new option, you can conceal it with a dabber.
Now you are met with a new challenge: figuring out how you are supposed to use the dabber!
You head online to see what you can find out, but are met instead with conflicting advice, or articles that are only geared towards women! What do you do now?
Well, you can stick with us! Today we have a complete guide that will walk you through how you can use a dabber today!
Just keep reading for a step-by-step guide that will give you the appearance of a full hairline once more.
What Is Dabber?
Before we dive into today’s article, let’s have a quick recap for those that need it.
A dabber, or hair loss concealer, is a product that can be used to fill in the gaps of a thinning hairline or bald spot.
Dabbers usually come in a tube with a sponge-like applicator on top.
The product is applied with the sponge directly to the desired area to add some color and/or fibers, creating the appearance of hair in the otherwise thinning or empty area.
Dabbers come in a range of colors, allowing you to find one that best suits the color of your hair.
Some dabbers will simply decant a powder that can be added to your hairline and blended, like powder cosmetics.
Others are more of a liquid consistency and will contain fibers.
These fibers will cling to any hairs in the area you are applying the product to create the appearance of a thicker and fuller hairline.
These are similar to eyebrow gels you can purchase to create the appearance of fuller and bushier brows.
For dabbers with fibers to be successful, there needs to be some hair present for the fibers to cling onto.
If you are using the dabber to conceal a bald spot, you won’t have much luck with a fiber based dabber.
However, if you have a thinning patch along your hairline, you can blend the fibers in with your existing hair to create the appearance of a full hairline.
Make sure you consider this and select the dabber that will best work with your hair color and whether you are covering a bald spot or thinning patch.
Now that we have established what a dabber is, let’s move on to see how you can use it on your hair today!
How To Use Dabber?
Below we have a step-by-step guide that you can follow to use your hair dabber today. Keep reading to see how you can use the dabber now!
Step 1 – Choose Your Color
Before you put the dabber to your hair, you need to select the right color for you! Hair dabbers come in a range of colors these days, so you are likely to find the right one for you.
Make sure to pay attention to the shade name and match it as best as possible to your hair.
If your hair is quite tonal, you might need to get two different shades and use them together to create your perfect shade.
Don’t forget if you are purchasing a dabber in-store to take advantage of any testers to ensure that the shade is perfect for you!
If there are no testers around, check the store’s return policy to see if you can return an open hair dabber if the shade is incorrect.
Whether you can do this will vary depending on the store’s policy.
Step 2 – Patch Test
Once you have your color, you should perform a patch test to ensure you don’t have a negative reaction to the dabber.
Place a small amount of product behind your ear or on your inner elbow, 24 to 48 hours before you intend to use it.
If there are no irritation, redness, or spots, then the dabber is safe for you to use!
However, if you feel any discomfort, inflammation, itching, or spots, rinse the product off immediately and do not use the dabber on your head.
If the irritation persists be sure to seek medical help as you might need some anti-allergy cream or medication.
Step 3 – Apply
If the patch test was successful, you can use the dabber!
You can use the dabber on freshly washed hair or hair that hasn’t been washed for a few days.
Simply add some dry shampoo if your hair is looking a little greasy, following the instructions on the bottle.
When you are ready to use the dabber remove the lid. You will either twist the tube or squeeze it to release the product into the sponge.
Place the applicator on the area you wish to cover and use a patting motion to dab the product onto the thin or bald spot.
Start with a light tapping motion to gently apply the product.
It is better to start with a small amount and add more than have too much and struggle to distribute it.
Step 4 – Blend
To blend the product in with the rest of your hair, you can use the sponge or your fingers.
You can work in strokes matching the direction of your hair or keep dabbing to blend the product out.
This can take a few minutes depending on how much product you have added to your hairline.
If there are fibers in your dabber, make sure these are moving in the same direction of your hairline as this creates a natural look!
Step 5 – Set
To finish, spray the area with a little hairspray. This will help to lock the product in place and stop it from running throughout the day.
Once you are ready to remove the product you can either take a wet cloth if you aren’t showering, or simply wash your hair as normal if you are!
And there you have it, five easy steps that allow you to transform your hairline with a dabber!
Don’t forget to check the instructions on the dabber in case they differ from our guide today and you are sure to have a full and handsome head of hair again once more!