The foundation to any great style is healthy looking, full and strong hair. With a huge amount of heat styling, straightening abuse and over-zealous application of product occurring in every bedroom across the country, there’s no doubt that it’s playing havoc with our barnets. The level of damage has never been higher, with the demand for fuller and more voluminous hair being top of our wish lists. Combined with poor diets, high levels of stress, hormonal imbalances and busy lifestyles, our hair is the first thing that suffers. Healthy hair grows in a continuous cyclic pattern and if this is disturbed for any reason it can impact on the health of the hair; Viviscal offers a three-step hair programme that aims to nourish from within, prepare the scalp and protect at the source to ensure this cycle is not interrupted. As the number one selling hair growth supplement in the USA (and voted as the Best Hair Supplement in the UK by Harper’s Bazaar magazine,) it was about time I put it to the test myself to see if it could make a difference to me.
The system is based upon daily supplements which can be taken morning and night, as well as a serum that can be applied directly to the scalp. Partnered with their Gentle Shampoo and Moisturizing Conditioner, the aim is to help hair look as fabulous as possible both in the short and long-term. Backed by over 20 years of scientific research, the Viviscal Maximum Strength supplements contain an exclusive rich compound of marine extracts (blended with other naturally derived ingredients including zinc and biotin,) to specifically contribute to the maintenance of healthy hair from within. The light brown tablets aren’t particularly glamorous, nor do they taste fantastic, but they’re sizeable enough to manage and easy to integrate into your morning routine; I’ve been taking them for around three weeks and have already started to see a difference in the ‘baby hair’ around the top of my forehead – although you do need to take the tablets in the region of three to six months to see a massive change.
The shampoo and conditioner can be used as normal and definitely leave hair feeling nourished. The shampoo provides a light lather without stripping the hair, while the conditioner can be massaged all over to leave the surface feeling smooth and shiny without excess weight. Although these aren’t essential steps (you can use your normal shampoo and conditioner,) they have been formulated to enhance the performance of the other Viviscal products. The final stage is the Hair And Scalp Serum: a transparent runny gel-like formula which includes a precision nozzle to ensure you can get right to the roots and massage into the skin. This is also supposed to be used daily, but unless you’re washing your hair every morning it can be a little troublesome to use – I’ve started using this as an overnight treatment when I know I’m going to wash my hair the next day, as well as applying in small doses to wet hair and blowdrying as normal.
I love the cooling sensation it provides, almost like a minty fresh feeling for your scalp… Unusual but invigorating. (Apparently the inclusion of menthol invigorates the scalp and aids absorption of the serum!) It’s been specifically developed to support healthy growth and help hair appear fuller and thicker. In addition to maintaining a healthy scalp, the serum prevents damage due to heat-styling while promoting the hair’s anti-aging defences – as we age our hair naturally becomes thinner as we’re unable to replenish shedding as quickly, while the texture of hair becomes rougher. 99% naturally derived, the Hair and Scalp Serum leaves no residue or greasiness on the surface of the scalp, nor does it weigh hair down or cause it to look limp.
Viviscal is definitely a long-term solution and three weeks is by no means long-enough to thoroughly report back, but the products are pleasant and I’ve definitely started to see a slight improvement in my wispy bits already. I’m going to keep with it over the coming weeks and hope to see a visible difference in the thickness of my hair… Who knows, it could be the answer to my hair dreams! Would you give a three-step programme such as this a go in the search for perfect barnet?
The Viviscal Hair and Scalp Serum (£24.95), Gentle Shampoo (£9.95), Moisturizing Conditioner (£9.95) and Maximum Strength Supplements (£49.95 for one month’s supply) are available online and in Boots stores. You can also get a trial pack (£74.99) which includes one month supply of the supplements, the Hair and Scalp Serum, plus two minis of the shampoo and conditioner.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Viviscal, but all opinions are my own.