Toppik - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff


By: Amy Jacquin

Toppik is a dry substance you put on your head, to make hair look thicker. Makers promise it instantly eliminates the appearance of baldness and thinning hair.

"So this is just like a powder you shake on?" Amy Jacquin asks her volunteer. "I guess," he answers. "We'll find out!"

Heartland News reporter Tony Hensley is confident enough to help us test Toppik.Directions are easy to follow. Just sprinkle onto your thinning spots."And then we're going to take the hair spray, which is this, and glue it into place?" jokes Tony. "Yes, ha! Glue it into place!"

Tony's thinning around the crown of his head. So he's eager to see what Toppik can do... He begins shaking it onto his hair, much like seasoning a good steak."I wonder if pepper would do the same thing for me, here?" he laughs.

But it doesn't take long until we see some results."It's kind of working!" he says incredulously. "But of course, look at my hairline. It's all screwed up."Ah, you can buy another product to help with that. The Hairline Optimizer for six bucks.

"You know, so far from the mirror, it looks pretty good!" Tony smiles.

He still has some work to do. But you can see Tony's hopes rising with every shake."You know this is really... It does look fuller," he nods."It does from right here, yea," Amy agrees. "But I have to say you have to do the back, because I can see you have some close sprinkles and some not too close. It's uneven."

But that's easier said than done."I really can't see, so how am I doing?" Tony asks, as he attempts to cover the back of his head.It takes a while to get complete coverage but you can tell Tony likes having hair to primp."I haven't had a hairline in so long... I'm going to kind-of make one up!"

From a few feet away, Tony's hair looks thicker. But up close, especially in the thinnest areas, you can see a powdery look.Now it's time to use the Toppik hair spray, to hold it in place. He applies a generous amount, and lets it dry.

Then Tony surprises me by shaking his head suddenly."Oooh! Ha ha ha ha!" Amy laughs as a brown cloud cascades off Tony's head and all over his white shirt. "Okay, that is a cause for an F!" Tony declares.

Dark brown "hair" settles on his white shirt, and even clings to the back of his ears."My new hair is coming out in clumps!" laughs Tony.As he sprays his head again, Amy reads the manufacturer's claims. "Charged with static electricity, they bond so securely that they stay in place all day and night, even during wind and rain," she reads. "NO!" Tony says immediately.

Even after two doses of hair spray, it's still not enough to keep Tony's new hair in place."That's just a let down. It looks good, but what's the point?" he asks. "Now I'm getting mad, because I had my hopes up."

Directions say you can even brush your hair. But it leaves streaks on Tony's head and glumps on his shirt."This bottle was $25," Amy shares. "This was $25?!" Tony gasps. The bottle is only a third of an ounce.

Looking at Tony's head before and after, you can see the illusion of thicker hair. But you better not move quickly or attempt to go outside where a breeze might blow it away.The tiny $25 bottle of Toppik earns a dismal D.

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