1. Twisting and shaping hair to strategically cover up any particularly thin patches.
On Twitter, Becky (from @BeckyBedbug) said "I know someone who uses pretty hair clips to twist hair over thin patches." Not only does the thin area of hair look like it has a bit more volume, the hair clips secure the hair in place so you don't have to worry about your 'do falling out of place throughout the day. Decorative hair clips can also serve as a distraction from the patch itself, drawing attention away from the hair being used to cover up thin areas. On Instagram, Rylie from
Specifically designed as a thinning solution, this isn't purely a cover up or disguise, but a way to get your hair growing back faster and thicker. Consisting of tiny 'microfibre' hairs made with natural Keratin protein, the formula attaches and combines with your own hair (no matter how much of it there is) giving the illusion of thicker locks while simultaneously boosting regrowth. Simply shake the product onto any thin patches, then pat or brush through to disperse the formula. It's available in a number of colours too, meaning it blends into your own hair colour seamlessly. Melissa Lee (@melissalee619 on Instagram) swears by this tip, and shows the difference it makes in her photos below.
3. Use a hat as a simple cover up.
This tip, submitted by Colleen McLaughlin (@trichsterinrecovery on Instagram), may seem simple but hats and headbands can be one of the most effective ways to disguise hair loss. She says: "hats are your best friend in winter! Headbands from American eagle work wonders too. Pretty much the entire top of my head is bald so I have extensions I wear under hats or headbands to give volume or I wear my hair in a ponytail with a headband." While you may feel uncomfortable wearing hats at other times, these cold months give the perfect opportunity to use it as a minimal effort cover-up. Colleen also suggests wearing a hat to bed if you get particularly strong urges to pull at this time, or if you tend to pull unwittingly in your sleep.
4. Biota shampoo and biotin pills.
Another wonderful tip from Colleen, the Biota Botanicals shampoo has been proven to help your hair grow back stronger and thicker. While it may not be an immediate cover up, when you've got hair growing back this is a great way to ensure if comes through undamaged. Like with my experience with eyelashes, the hairs tend to grow back weak and fragile after years of pulling, so this formula will help re-enforce the emerging follicles. While you should always be cautious when taking any tablet supplement, many others have sworn by the biotin pills. Just make sure they are a safe and reasonable option for you before trying them.
5. Use eyeshadow for the illusion of thicker hair.
More words of wisdom from Rylie, she advises to "put a light dust of dark power (like eyeshadow) over the bald spots then put a layer of hair over top of it. It sounds weird, but it works!". The darker shadow gives the impression of thicker hair at the root, growing from the scalp, especially when hair is placed over the top. While it may be fiddly to start with, this kind of trick would get easier with practise.
Many thanks to all the contributors to this post. They are listed, along with their social media, below if you fancy following them for more advice or tricks.
Becky: @beckybedbug on Twitter
Rylie: @mytrichrecovery on Instagram
Colleen: @trichsterinrecovery on Instagram
Melissa: @melissalee619 on Instagram
I hope these have helped! What are your top tips for covering hair pulling from the scalp? Add to the list by leaving a comment below, tweeting me, or commenting on Instagram.