Want to know which hair filler is best out of Toppik and Caboki?
If you are looking at hair building fibers then there is no doubt that your search results will have thrown up both Toppik and Caboki. Two of the world’s leading manufacturers of hair filler fibers, both offer excellent, but very different, products.
In this guide, we take a look at what differentiates the two brands and compare everything about them from how well they work, the range they offer and price.
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Caboki: The Company at a Glance
Caboki was created in 2005 by a team of make-up artists who were researching the hair loss market. Originally blogging about products available, founder Linda Caboki began the business supplying hair fibers to professional hair and make-up artists in the television, film and stage industry. The demand for the product was so great that they eventually released Caboki to the general public.
Based in New Jersey, Caboki has over 6 million customers worldwide.
Toppik: The Company at a Glance
One of the world’s leading manufacturers of hair building fibers, Toppik Inc. is a trading name for Spencer Forrest. A Los Angeles based company founded in 1981, Toppik has 3 million customers worldwide and operates a franchised network of distributors in different countries.
Spencer Forrest also manufactures another hair building fiber product, branded under the name XFusion.
Caboki’s fibres are produced using 100% natural ingredients with no synthetic dyes, preservatives, chemicals or fillers. The product itself is created using plant proteins extracted from the Gossypium Herbaceum plant (levant cotton). This type of cotton has a naturally occurring negative charge that bonds well to the positive charge of human hair. The product is popular with those people who have skin allergies. However, cotton fibers do not have the same properties as human hair and can look and feel different, particularly up close.
Toppik’s fibers are also natural but are sourced from wool and are a close match to the keratin which makes up our own hair. As a result, the fibers look and feel more natural and they behave in a similar way to actual hair. Toppik’s fibers also have a negative charge and create a firm bond with existing hair to provide a durable application.
How Well Do They Work?
Both companies purport their products to have excellent durability in both wind and rain as well as during exercise. In reality, there is some loss of fibers during the course of a day due to varying factors including moisture, friction and loss of static charge as a result of environmental conditions. The performance of both fibers is deemed to be very good and mostly comes down to three factors; preparation, application and extent of hair loss.
Neither Toppik or Caboki work well to conceal balding as hair fibers can only accentuate the density and volume of existing hair. They cannot create hair where none exists.
To get the best results from both Toppik and Caboki, you should ensure that your hair is washed and dry before applying the fibers. Whilst you may want to treat your hair to some styling or conditioning, both of these can affect the ability of the fibers to bond with your hair. After applying the fibers and they have been patted or smoothed into place, you should apply a fixative to help maintain the bond for longer. Both Caboki and Toppik make their own spray on holding lotions.
Caboki offers one of the widest ranges of colors of hair fiber on the market with 14 different choices whilst Toppik comes in 9. Both brands enable you to mix their colors together to blend a more naturally matched hue for your own hair.
Blonde, Natural Blonde, Golden Blonde, Light brown, Medium brown, Dark brown, Black, Salt Pepper dark, Salt Pepper light, Silver White, Dark Gray, Gray Auburn and Light Auburn.
Black, Dark Brown, Medium Brown, Light Brown, Medium Blonde, Light Blonde, Auburn, Gray and White.
Price and Size Range
Caboki comes in a range of three different sizes whilst Toppik comes in a choice of four. Depending on the choice of pack size purchased (and where you purchase them), the price per g ranges from $1.17-$1.49 for Caboki’s hair fibers and $1.45-$2.65 for Toppik’s.
Prices listed below have been taken directly from the manufacturers own pages. There are deals available on their sites which results in greater savings when buying in bulk or you can find these products available on other channels.
|Giant||55||$79.95||$1.45||Up to 6 Months|
Caboki has several additional products available to use with their hair fibers including Volume Control Mist which is recommended after applying the fibers to lock the bond. A 118ml bottle will last you 70 days and costs $8.00.
You can also purchase a panoramic mirror to allow you to evenly apply the fibers to your hair without any assistance. A flexible four panel mirror, you can purchase one directly from Caboki for $12.00. You can also find a hairline optimizer for helping to apply the fibers around the hairline as well as an eyebrow pack for thinning brows.
Toppik also supplies additional accessories for using with their hair building fibers and also recommend using a fiber hold spray to seal the bond. A 118ml bottle costs $9.95 and will last around 60-70 days.
Like Caboki, Toppik manufactures a kit for eyebrows, a hairline perfector and a spray applicator for more even distribution of the fibers. Toppik also produce a range of serums, shampoos and conditioners to improve the health of your hair and to encourage new growth.
Caboki sells its products directly as well as via third party markets like Amazon. A trusted Google Store, Caboki has over 2000 reviews on Google with a 92% positive rating. Customer feedback across other channels is also positive with Amazon customers rating their fibers highly with 75% being four or five stars.
Here are a couple of recent reviews of Caboki’s product:
“I love this stuff! I’ve had radiation once and Chemo twice (2 different cancers) and it helps cover the thin areas where it is very noticeable that my hair didn’t grow back thick enough to cover my scalp. It helps with my self-confidence. Thank you Caboki.”
“I’ve been buying Caboki for about 6 months. I’m very pleased with the product (it works great – I’ve gotten some self-esteem back!) The product has always arrived when expected.”
“Product, communication and shipping were all excellent!! Question was answered quickly, and sample arrived VERY quickly!! Product works even better than advertised – when does that ever happen!??”
There are some negative reviews online mainly relating to the choice of color not matching the users hairs with the main complaint being that the product didn’t work as well as expected.
Toppik also receives mainly positive results with a slightly better overall positive rating on Amazon than Caboki of 77.3%.
One of Toppik’s female customers (age 65 and a customer for three years with moderate thinning) has this to say:
“There isn’t a product on the market that compares with Toppik Hair Building Fibers. My thin hair looks thick again without any scalp showing! I couldn’t recommend it more highly. Easy to use and not messy, I use it every time I wash my hair.”
This review comes from another female user via Amazon:
“The hair fibers are a godsend. I use the dark brown with the spray applicator. You’d be able to see if you got up close to look, and it works better where there’s some hair than areas that are completely bare, but even on bare patches it’s much better.
The fibers will come off on your fingers or get under your nails if you scratch your head, and it comes off if it gets wet. Getting caught in light rain hasn’t been a problem as long as you don’t get soaked. “
In Conclusion: Which is Best?
Toppik and Caboki share some common features; ease of application, durability of hold and range of accessories. However, what differentiates these two big brands comes down to individual preference. Slightly more expensive, Toppik has a far more natural look and, though it comes in a slightly less comprehensive color range, can be matched to suit your hair type.
Featured image via toppick.com and caboki.com.