Which Hair Color is Best For Women's Hair That is Thinning Or Balding at the Crown?

Written By Wilfredo Allen on Friday, April 25, 2014 | 11:00 PM


I get a lot of emails about that ask about how to best hide scalp that is showing through due to thinning or shedding hair issues.  Having hair that has lost its volume is troubling too, but when the white of scalp is contrasting and peaking through against your hair color, you will generally perceive and worry that the thinning is much more noticeable.  And often, with women, one prominent area where the scalp commonly peaks through is at the crown or in the back of the head.  People often ask me what is the best hair color to use when you are trying to blend your scalp with your hair.  I will address this in the following article.

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Consider Your Skin Tone And Coloring Before Lightening Your Thinning Hair To Blend With Your Scalp: It's commonly advised that blond or very light hair is the best color to blend in with your scalp since it is the closest in coloring to the white or pink of your scalp.  However, if your coloring is such that this lighter color is going to look fake or jarring, then all you are doing is drawing more attention to your hair and inviting for folks to take a closer look or to pause for even more inspection.  This is not what you want.  You want for people to either gloss quickly over what you are trying to detract from, or, optimally, to have a favorable response or reaction.  Anything that requires for them to take a closer look will often run counter to this.

People are often very afraid that brunette or dark hair only show cases the scalp more and this can be so sometimes.  But, if your coloring is such that you have pale skin and light eyes, then blonde is likely not going to look natural for you.  You would probably, in this scenario, be better off either putting in gradual highlights or using some powders that blends your scalp with your hair color.

Camouflaging Your Scalp When The Hair At Your Crown Is Thinning Or Balding: Often people just don't believe me when I saw that powders like toppik look very natural when applied correctly.  You really do have to see this for yourself to appreciate that this is true.  And, this is true for folks with blonde, brunette and red hair, so long as you chose the right color to match.  Of course, this is only a temporary fix but it can help to get you over the hump until you can regrow your hair.

Also, you may want to look at your cut.  Sometimes layers in the back of your hair will encourage that hair at that crown area to sort of lay open and expose itself for all to see.  People will often cut the hair back there short so that they can tease it, but often this is the wrong call.  Because the hair will just eventually separate and expose the scalp instead.

It's better to have some weight there so that the hair will lay down flat.  Or, you can try pulling it back in a high ponytail or head band.  This will give you many more layers to work with, but you want to make sure that you don't pull too tightly and cause more damage. There are also lifts for use to the crown, but again teasing often doesn't last all day.

Curls and waves can also to help give this area more volume and definition as can highlights.  Variations in color fool the eye into thinking there is more depth than there really is.  And, if you are really concerned that the dark color of your hair makes the scalp contrast too much, you can try a lighter version of your natural color and then you can gradually go for more dramatic changes gradually.

Of course, if the hair continues to thin, you might eventually get to a point where you don't have enough hair to work with.  In these cases, there are very high quality human hair pieces that can be designed to match both your color, style, and texture. 

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