Nanogen vs Toppik comparison


In the search for the best hair fibres, the comparison of Toppik vs Nanogen is made more often than most. It can be tricky to work out which brand will give you the best results, particularly for those new to hair fibres, so we’ve broken down the most important factors of each brand so you can decide which fibres are best for you.

Hair fibres are one of the quickest and easiest ways to add thickness and coverage to thinning and fine hair. For those of us without the time or money (or the pain tolerance!) for a full hair transplant, fibres are a perfect solution to cover up thinning patches and disguise the appearance of hair loss instantly.

But don’t be fooled into thinking they are only for hair loss sufferers! Fibres can also be used as an addition to your styling routine to fill in the hairline, boost its volume and improve the overall appearance hair. They can also be used to hide hair extension clips and wide partings, making them a great multi-tasking hair essential.

The Nanogen Hair Thickening Fibres and Toppik Hair Building Fibres are very similar, especially to the uninitiated, but how do they really stack up against each other? Read on to find out...

Toppik vs Nanogen: Ease of application

To new users, applying fibres can be a messy process. Achieving a clean and tidy application takes a bit of practice, particularly when using darker shades, and while Toppik users rely solely on their own application techniques, Nanogen’s unique Kinetic™ strip technology ensures the fibres are drawn directly to the hair and locks them in place, limiting the mess and fall out.

Toppik vs Nanogen: Appearance

This is possibly the most important factor in finding great hair fibres. Both Toppik and Nanogen fibres are made of natural keratin, the same protein that makes up human hair. Nanogen is made of the highest possible grade of 100% natural keratin which gives an almost invisible result and blends seamlessly with your natural hair. Toppik fibres can be slightly more visible.

“After application, Nanogen’s Nanofibres also seems fuller and more healthy than Toppik. Also fewer Nanofibres are needed to achieve a full head of hair"

Nanogen vs Toppik: Staying power

While both fibres are wind and rain resistant, Nanogen boasts a revolutionary patented Kinetic™ strip, which allows for 400%* better binding than its competitors. The metal strip on the jar generates an electrostatic charge which ensures that the fibres blend seamlessly and stay in place, regardless of where the each one falls.

Nanogen vs Toppik: Lasting time

High quality fibres will last all day until you wash them out. Both Toppik and Nanogen boast long lasting results, however, Nanogen’s Kinetic strip technology means that the fibres form a stronger, magnetic bond when first applied, resulting in natural coverage that lasts all day.

Toppik vs Nanogen: Locking sprays

While we’re on the subject of staying power, both brands also offer locking sprays to add extra security and keep the hair fibres in place. Toppik’s Fibrehold Spray strengthens the bond between the hair and the fibres, whereas Nanogen’s Hair Fibre Locking Spray includes patented waterproofing styling polymers to keep the fibres in place all day long, even underwater**! Nanogen’s offering also includes translucent shine enhancers to give a natural-looking shine, as well as colour protecting UV filters that shield the fibres from colour damage.

Nanogen vs Toppik: Thickening effect

Toppik fibres are not formulated to give an instant thickening effect, however Nanogen’s fibres provide visible lift at the roots, making them an excellent product for boosting volume and enhancing the overall look of your hair.

“When I applied the Nanogen this morning, the first thing I noticed is that it actually appeared to give my hair ‘lift’ right away. It looks fuller, to boot.”

Toppik vs Nanogen: Colour range

Choosing the right shade for your hair can be make or break in terms of making your fibres look natural. While Toppik has nine shades, Nanogen has ten different shades, including multiple options for brunette and blondes, as well as a grey and a white colour. To achieve the perfect match for your hair, the fibres can be easily mixed to create a bespoke colour just for you. Nanogen also boasts its Colour Lock Technology, which locks colour of the fibres in place and makes it much less likely to run or stain.

Toppik vs Nanogen: Washability

All too often, fibre comparisons forget to review how easy the fibres are to wash out at the end of the day. The last thing anyone wants is unnecessary build up, which can clog follicles and restrict healthy hair growth. While Toppik fibres can be removed with varying degrees of success depending on the shampoo you use, Nanogen’s complete system of thickening shampoos and conditioners are specifically formulated to completely dissolve and remove Nanogen fibres. As well as easily preventing build up, the formulas also contain unique Hair Growth Factors that encourage hair growth and thickness from the first wash.

Nanogen vs Toppik: Price

While price is far from the most important aspect of choosing the right fibres, it can help sway a difficult decision. Toppik offers three sizes: 12g for £19.95, 27.5g for £34.95 and 55g for £54.95. Nanogen’s fibres are available in two sizes that work out slightly cheaper than its competitor: 15g for £18.95 and 30g for £29.95. Both brands also offer a travel trial size fibres jar so you can give it a go without investing.

From the extra thickening benefits to its unique staying power and better shade range, the benefits of Nanogen over Toppik are undeniable. We’ve definitely made our mind up, but which one will you be choosing?

*Proven in an independent study carried out by the University of Southampton.

**In clinical tests, 90% of Fibres remained in place after 5 minutes immersion in water.