In this article you’ll learn the truth about using Caboki, and why it might be a good short term ‘cover-up’ but in the long term it probably isn’t your best option for getting the hair you really want.
This article will include a look at what it is and how it works. I’ll then explain what users think of the product, as well as how to use it and side effects to be aware of.
Lastly, I’ll share with you a natural alternative to scalp concealers and natural ways to thicken, strengthen and ultimately regrow your real hair.
What Is Caboki?
Unlike other products I’ve mentioned here – including minoxidil and finasteride – Caboki isn’t actually a product that regrows hair. Instead, it’s one that claims to cover up areas of thinning and loss by making the hair appear thicker.
The product is made of natural plant fibers from the Moroccan Gossypium Herbaceum. This is a type of cotton (Levant) that grows only in arid regions of Morocco.
How Does It Work?
While most other concealers contain keratin (such as Toppik), Caboki uses plant fibers. However, the company claims it sticks to the hair strands just as keratin would.
Essentially, Caboki and other such concealers use static charge to ensure the fibers stick to the hair. When applied, the fibers cling to the hair strands and can only be removed in the shower.
Caboki, then, ‘bulks’ up the strands and makes it appear as if you have more hair. This covers balding spots, and it prevents your scalp from peeking through in thinning areas.
Of course, this only works if you have hair to work with.
List Of Ingredients
Caboki contains just two ingredients: Gossyplum Herbaceous (levant cotton) fiber and mineral-based colorants (iron oxide). This makes it one of the more natural hair building fiber products on the market.
In addition to what it does have, Caboki is also sure to state what it doesn’t have. The website claims the product is free of:
- Synthetic dyes
- Animal ingredients
As such, it appears that this would be a good alternative product for anyone who has had reactions to other hair building fiber products.
Are Its Claims True?
The big question is, does Caboki actually work?
For those with mild hair loss and thinning, yes.
However, it doesn’t treat hair loss and only covers up the issue. This can mean that, over time, Caboki may stop working for you as your hair loss progresses.
Customer Reviews: What Consumers Have to Say
One of the best ways to determine how a product works is to find out what real users have to say. This gives you a clear idea of the benefits and drawbacks so you can make an informed decision.
In the majority of instances, users seem to have a positive take on the product. Many customers even claim they wouldn’t leave their home without Caboki, and the product works wonders on their thinning hair.
However, common complaints include rubbing off, streaking, and messy application. This may cause reluctance for many would-be users, as you don’t want it to be obvious that you’re wearing such a product.
As with any product, there were also some less than happy customers. Many of these customers complain that the product is hard to apply, it doesn’t blend well, or it looks unnatural.
The only way to truly understand how the product works is to try it yourself. In fact, Caboki offers a free sample which you can order on their website.
Before and After
Before purchasing a product, or deciding it’s right for you, it helps to see how others have fared. Of course, before and afters only show the best results, but they still offer a glimpse into a possible reality. Let’s take a look at a few Caboki before and afters.
How to Use It for Maximum Effect
Caboki is easy to use, even if you’re new to hair concealers. All you need to do is sprinkle the product over thinning areas of the scalp, and the fibers will cling.
This process can be a bit messy, but users have come up with their own way to apply. The process involves sprinkling Caboki on a comb and brushing into the hair. This reduces product waste and makes it possible to direct the product more accurately.
Tips for Use
To improve the effectiveness of application and use, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Less is more. When using hair building fibers, less really is more. This means you should apply as little as possible, and build up until you have the required amount. Doing so will prevent caking and unnatural clumping.
Set with hairspray. Some users of hair building fibers, including Caboki, complain of run off and flaking throughout the day. One way to combat this is by setting the powder with hairspray. Apply the powder as you usually would, and use your fingers (or a comb) to style your hair.
Wait a few minutes, and then spritz hairspray to lock the powder in place.
Rinse daily. The long-term use of any product, including hair building fibers, can cause issues for your scalp. It’s crucial that you remove the product at the end of each day, and only wear as necessary.
This enables your scalp to ‘breathe’, which is especially important if you hope to regrow your hair.
Cost and Availability
The product is available online, both on the official website and elsewhere (such as Amazon). It comes in 14 different colors and three sizes – 6 grams, 16 grams, and 30 grams.
The 6 gram product is estimated to last 8-14 days, while the 16 grams and 30 grams is estimated to last 25-40 days and 50-90 days, respectively.
The cost for the 30 gram product on the Caboki website is $50, but it can also be found on Amazon (for $39.95).
Side Effects and Consideration
For many users of Caboki, the product turned out too good to be true. This is due, in large part, to the side effects suffered by many.
Foremost, scalp irritation and rash are common among long-term users of the product. This could be an allergy to the main ingredient (cotton).
Other side effects include itching, redness, and development of red bumps. These may be signs of an allergy reaction, which means you should stop using the product immediately. If you begin to experience worsening symptoms, or symptoms of anaphylaxis, seek medical attention right away.
Some users have also reported color flaking and rub off.
One thing to consider before purchasing the product is the amount of balding that you have to over up. Caboki works in mild cases of thinning and balding, but it may struggle to cover moderate cases. It cannot be used unless hair is present.
Who Should Use Caboki?
There are many reasons an individual may be looking for a temporary solution to cover their hair loss. So, who are the ‘ideal’ candidates for this hair loss concealer?
Anyone with mild to moderate hair loss will likely benefit from the product, but only temporarily.
Caboki is a temporary solution to what may be a permanent problem. If you suffer from Male-Pattern Baldness (MPB) or other permanent types of alopecia, the caboki will only work as long as you still have enough hair.
As such, if you choose to use this or another concealer, I recommend you do so while also seeking out treatment. Otherwise, you’d be wasting precious time while your hair loss continues to worsen.
Are There Natural Alternatives?
For as long as hair loss has existed, sufferers have been trying to cover it up. However, are there any natural ways to cover up your hair loss?
But, even better than covering the loss, you may be able to reverse it.
In most instances, hair loss doesn’t have to be permanent. This is especially true when the hair loss is relatively recent, or when it has a known cause (such as male-pattern baldness).
So, how can you begin?
The best way is to stimulate blood flow to the scalp. You can do this in numerous ways, but here are the most effective.
Scalp Massages and Exercises
Many causes of hair loss lead to a process known as miniaturization. When the hair follicle is irritated and inflamed, the follicle begins to miniaturize. This leads to hair strands that become thinner and shorter until, eventually, they no longer reach the scalp.
One side effect of this process is a decrease in blood flow to the follicles. This reduces the oxygen and nutrients received by the follicle and hair strand.
One way to combat this is to naturally increase blood flow to the follicles. While this won’t treat the main cause of your hair loss, it makes it easier for your follicles and hair to survive in a hostile environment.
You can do this with both scalp massages and exercises.
How to Perform Scalp Massage
Place your thumb, index finger, and middle finger on each side of your head. They should be just above your ears.
Begin by applying gentle pressure to your scalp, and moving your fingers in a circular motion. Gently vary the levels of pressure you apply as you slowly work your way from the sides of your head to the top of the scalp.
Continue massaging the top of your scalp and use each hand to focus on different areas. As you do so, you can trace back to previous areas and then backtrack to your current position. Focus on this area for 2-3 minutes, and then slowly make your way towards the temples and hairline.
Begin at the temples, slowly working your hands towards each other at the center of the hairline. Trace back to areas of the scalp with pronounced thinning or loss, and then continue your journey towards the middle.
Finally, work your way back towards the temples and the sides of the scalp. You’ll now go to the base of the scalp, and massage gently applying varying levels of pressure. Continue for 2 minutes.
This process should take about 10 minutes, and it should be repeated at least once per day.
How to Perform Scalp Exercises
As with scalp massages, you’ll be using your fingers to stimulate the scalp. However, scalp exercises also require you to use major muscles in the area. Here’s how to do them:
- Lift your eyebrows as high as possible. Hold for 1-2 minutes, and then return them to their neutral position.
- Furrow your eyebrows as deep as possible. Hold for 1-2 minutes, and then return them to their neutral position.
- Lift your eyebrows as high as possible. Hold for 1-2 minutes, and then furrow them as deep as possible. Hold for 1-2 minutes, and finally return them to their neutral position.
To improve the effectiveness of these exercises, you can also use your fingertips. To do so, place your index and middle fingers firmly on your scalp. Use the pressure to ‘pull’ the skin of the scalp to one side (without pinching or digging).
You can then redo in each direction and in any area with noticeable thinning or hair loss.
A more ‘intense’ way to stimulate blood flow to the scalp is with the use of microneedling. Microneedling is a process that uses tiny needles to create micro wounds. As these wounds heal, your scalp will experience three distinct steps:
These steps help you to reduce the damage caused by hair miniaturization and create healthier follicles.
While it may seem counterproductive to wound yourself, microneedling has actually been proven to induce hair growth in men and women with hair loss. In fact, it’s even been shown to be more effective than Minoxidil:
One of the great things about microneedling is that it can be done at home. Two tools – the dermaroller and dermastamp – make this possible.
But which tool should you use?
I’ve recommended the dermaroller in the past, but my own research has guided me towards the dermastamp. This is because the dermastamp has less potential to cause damage to the scalp, and it’s also easier to target.
How to Use a Dermastamp
The dermastamp is a stamp-like device with tiny needles attached. You simply place it over the area of hair thinning and press down to ‘stamp’ the scalp.
However, there’s more to using the dermastamp than that. Here’s a look at the three steps I recommend you follow:
- Cleanse the scalp.
- Use the dermastamp.
- Apply a hair growth tonic.
These steps will ensure you’re getting the most from your microneedling and improve the results you see.
To learn more about the scalp cleanse and hair growth tonic, take a look at this post.
To use the dermastamp is simple. First, select your size. I recommend anywhere from 0.5 mm to 1.0 mm, but you can experiment yourself. Next, place the stamp against your scalp in the area you’d like to target. Gently press down on the stamp, and hold in place for 2-3 seconds.
While this may be uncomfortable, it should not be painful. If it is, reduce the size of your dermastamp and try again.
Caboki and similar products are intriguing indeed, but are they something I would recommend? No, but that doesn’t mean you won’t find them useful.
However, whether you choose to use it or not, I urge you to strongly consider taking a natural approach to hair regrowth. Caboki can only cover up the problem for so long, so in the long term it might be worth investing in the real future of your hair by reading about some of the methods and techniques we talk about here that help support the natural regrowth of your hair.
Feature image credit: Caboki.