My name is Lesley Mirza and I have thinning hair. 🙁
I could blame my “mane” challenge on genetics (my mother has very fine, thinning hair); I could blame it on my bout of uterine cancer in 2008; Or, my thinning hair condition could just be the way it is, with nothing or no one to blame. Whatever the reason, I, of course, wanted to try and fight it.
When I was approached by Viviscal at the beginning of this year and asked if I’d like to test-drive their highly talked about hair growth supplement for six months, I immediately said “YES!” Hello, who wouldn’t want to try it?
In March, I posted about my hair hopes and dreams, and how I prayed that Viviscal would produce the luscious locks I longed for — I’ve been pining for a glossy lob (long bob) for ages.
What is Viviscal?
For several years, celebrities such as Liv Tyler, Reese Witherspoon and Mila Kunis have been raving about this 100 percent drug-free, hair-transforming product. But what is Viviscal?
Viviscal is a natural-based oral supplement that has been specially formulated to tackle the problem of hair loss/thinning hair. The key ingredient is AminoMar C – a rich protein compound of marine extracts, along with a natural form of silica (from Horsetail extract) and vitamin C (from Acerola Cherry). Viviscal works from within, nourishing the hair follicles naturally and the efficacy of Viviscal has been documented in 7 published scientific studies.
Viviscal works in four stages over a six-month period (although most people will notice a difference after just 3-4 months, in line with the natural hair growth cycle).
Stage 1: Nourishes the hair follicles.
Stage 2: Strengthens and promotes the growth of existing hair.
Stage 3: Promotes the growth of existing hair where it has slowed down or temporarily stopped. These hairs can be thin and wispy at first.
Stage 4: Hair becomes stronger, healthier and more vibrant.
Recommended daily intake: Take 2 tablets daily for a minimum of 3-6 months (one in the morning and one in the evening taken with water after food). Thereafter, to maintain healthy hair growth take 1-2 tablets daily as required. Viviscal contains fish proteins and is therefore not advisable for those allergic to fish or seafood, pregnant or breastfeeding women.
My Viviscal Journey
I am notorious for forgetting to take medication, so I was a tad concerned that I would indeed forget to take these supplements. My plan was to take one with breakfast and the other with dinner – how hard could that be to remember?
Yes, I did miss taking a few tablets in the first two weeks, but then I got into the habit. (Note: Setting out your tablets the night before, putting post-it notes on your fridge, or using your iPhone’s alarm to schedule taking you tablets are all great reminders.)
Of course, I wanted to see results immediately — I’m an impatient kinda gal. But with almost any product…it takes time to work.
After approximately three months, I noticed that a bald spot I had by my forehead was beginning to fill in! I couldn’t believe it. And, I was pretty sure that I was losing less hair in the shower after each hair cleansing.
At four months, I had to get a trim, due to the mullet-esque hairstyle that was happening. I really didn’t want to cut my hair, but my trusted hairdresser thought it was a good idea to get my mane shaped into a more agreeable look. She was right.
At six months, I was thrilled to see my hair looking waaayyy thicker and fuller, and it was growing at the speed of light — or so it seemed!
I did not encounter any side effects — I had read online rumours that Viviscal caused weight gain and acne. I actually thought my skin was looking even better than normal during my Viviscal journey, and if I did put on a pound (or three), it was most certainly not from the supplements, but rather, due to my love of sweet treats!
Another added bonus I experienced while taking Viviscal: My nails are super-strong and grow like weeds! Yay!
I can report that I am a very satisfied Viviscal customer.
Check out my before and after photos below.
My Hair Just Before Taking Viviscal
My Hair Just After Taking Viviscal for 6 Months
Though my six-month Viviscal journey has come to an end, I feel that I would benefit switching over to the maintenance dose, which is one tablet a day — my new goal is to achieve some fab length. Bring on the lob!
Viviscal is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and online at www.viviscal.ca. The cost is $59.99 for a box of 60 tablets.