Wednesday, January 7th 2015 Hair care
My mum Lulu has been taking Viviscal hair growth supplements* for 3 months now, and time has come for an update on her progress. When she started taking these supplements, her hair was thinning and generally lacklustre. It had been damaged by bleaching and too many chemical treatments, and she was also experiencing the natural thinning of hair that comes with aging. Halfway through the recommend six month period of Viviscal supplements is usually when users start to see an improvement in their hair – and is this the case for mum? Let’s see!
On the left is a very sad looking mum with thin hair, from the pre-Viviscal post that she wrote in October, and on the right is a much happier looking mum with fuller hair taken in January.
In general, mum has really noticed overall improvement in the condition of her hair. It has more body, and looks a lot fuller. The Viviscal website says that during months 2 and 3, Viviscal strengthens and promotes the growth of existing hair. This definitely seems to be the case with mum’s hair – she has much less breakage occuring when brushing and washing her hair. She says her hairdresser said that her hair is in much better condition and looks much healthier. The hairdresser had previously said that her hair had ‘no hope’ and really needed to be cut short into what mum called a ‘boy haircut’ and to start over – which was NOT what mum wanted to do! The hairdresser is watching with interest to see how the rest of the six month course of Viviscal supplements goes, to see if he should recommend it to other clients with thinning hair.
For most women, how their hair looks impacts their confidence about their appearance. If it’s good, or if it’s bad, it’s one of the first things people tend to notice about you. Mum says she feels a lot more confident about how her hair looks, and has been wearing it out a lot more as opposed to tucking it all up into a bun.
Viviscal also kindly supplied the Viviscal Gentle Shampoo and Viviscal Moisturising Conditioner for mum to use as well. She has used it a few times, but to be perfectly honest, it hasn’t worked very well for her. Mum says because her hair is just SO damaged and fragile, she really needs a lot more moisture in her shampoo and conditioner. She suggested it may work well for people whose hair is thin/thinning but isn’t as damaged or dry.
In conclusion, mum says so far, so good! The Viviscal FAQ says she can expect the following:
- Stage 3 (months 4 and 5) – Promotes growth of hair where it has temporarily slowed down or stopped. These hairs may be wispy at first, like baby hair. (Users may notice fine baby hairs growing, initially these may look like broken hairs, they are not, they are new growth. Users will also notice that their nails have continued to grow faster and stronger)
- Stage 4 – In the 6th month the hair becomes stronger, thicker, healthier and more vibrant.
If you’re interested in Viviscal, you can order it from their website. A 6 month supply of Viviscal supplements is $398, which is pretty expensive. However, you could easily spend that much (or more!) on hair treatments, products, and visits to the hairdresser and still have lacklustre hair.
Mum will be back in another three months with an update about how her hair is going – so stay tuned! Edit: Check out mum’s update at the end of her 6 month course here