25 Jan 2019

4 Retro Hairstyles to Try Now

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Experimenting with vintage hairstyles is a great way to change up your look without altering your hair colour or cutting your hair. Whether you’re looking for a hairstyle to complete a vintage costume, or you just want to try something a little different for your next event — we have you covered!

How to DIY Our Favorite Vintage Hairstyles

Pin Curls

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Pin curls are the quintessential classic pin-up hairstyle. This ’50s hairstyling technique is a great way to add long-lasting curls to any hair type – even pin-straight hair! And since there’s absolutely no heat involved, pin curls won’t damage your hair.
  1. This type of vintage hairstyle works best with clean hair, so start by washing hair with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. Towel dry hair. Comb a pea-size amount of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir through hair.
  2. Using a rat tail comb, separate a 1-square-inch section of hair. Make a loop around your finger with the ends of the hair. Then roll the hair towards your scalp, being extra careful to keep the ends tucked into the curl.
  3. Use two bobby pins to pin the curl at the scalp in an “X” shape. Repeat with the rest of your hair.
  4. Let the curls sit for several hours until hair is completely dry, or wrap your hair in a headscarf and sleep in the pins overnight.
  5. When your hair is dry, take out all of the pins and brush through hair using a boar-bristle brush. Use your fingers to help shape the curls into the shape of your choice.
  6. After the curls are brushed out, spritz with hairspray.

French Girl Half Updo

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This ’60s hairstyle is inspired by those worn by actresses in French films. We love this retro hairstyle because it looks just as cute in 2018 as it did in in the ’60s!
This hairstyle works best the day after you wash your hair, so that the hair has a little extra texture. If you’re starting with clean hair, spritz your roots with dry shampoo to add extra grip.
  1. Start by teasing the crown section of your hair. Then use a brush to smooth the top layer of the teased section.
  2. Pull the top section of your hair into a half ponytail and secure with a hair tie.
  3. To finish the look, pull out some face-framing pieces then use hairspray for hold.
Pairing this retro hairstyle with winged cateye eyeliner is totally optional, but definitely recommended!

Old Hollywood Waves

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This ’40s and ’50s hairstyle features glamorous, sweeping waves that are perfect for formal events and date nights.
  1. Start by combing Viviscal Densifying Elixir through damp hair for extra shine, body and light hold.
  2. Blow dry hair in sections, pointing the hair dryer nozzle down towards your ends to minimize frizz.
  3. Once hair is dry, create a deep side part with a rat tail comb.
  4. Using a curling iron, curl hair in 1-inch sections towards the face. Try to keep the sections consistent sizes for the best results. As you release each curl from the curling iron, catch it in your hand and pin it to your head. Allow the pinned section to cool in the curl shape before releasing to ensure longer-lasting curls.
  5. After hair is cool, remove the hair pins and brush through the curls using a boar bristle brush. The curls will merge together, forming that gorgeous wave pattern. Use a small amount of Viviscal Elixirto smooth any frizz. Then finish with hairspray.
Heat-Free Tip: If you don’t want to use heat on your hair, you can also achieve this look by using pin curls. Just make the pin curls larger than usual for softer waves, and pin all the curls going in the same direction.

Victory Rolls

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This ’40s hairstyle is another classic pin-up hairstyle. To style at home, follow the directions above for creating Old Hollywood Waves. Then follow these steps…
  1. Use a rat tail comb to create a triangular section of hair from the top of your ear up to your part.
  2. Use a teasing comb to tease the back of the section. Then set it with hairspray.
  3. Smooth the top layer with a brush, then create a large curl (just like a pin curl).
  4. Use pins that match your hair color to hold the curl in place.
  5. Repeat on the other side. Finish the look with hairspray and you’re finished!
Whichever vintage hairstyle you choose, healthy, shiny hair makes every hairstyle look better. That’s why we recommend taking Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements twice a day to promote strong, healthy hair.*
Have you ever tried a vintage hairstyle? Let us know in the comments!

22 Jan 2019

Trick of the Week: How to Grow Your Hair Overnight

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Most hair grows at an average of ¼” to ½” per month, but some beauty bloggers claim that visible growth overnight is possible. How to grow your hair overnight? The claims usually involve kitchen-made concoctions and sitting in uncomfortable positions to make blood rush to your head, with dubious results. No, thanks.
The truth is, there is no magical cream or process that will make your hair grow overnight. Some of these unproven methods can even be dangerous.
Rather than wishing for results from unproven methods, this week’s trick will show you how to grow your hair overnight — for real. But not that way. Your hair will grow consistently, over many nights, by focusing on the three key factors of hair growth: your diet, your scalp, and your hair care.

A Diet for Healthy Hair Growth

At any given time, every hair is at a different stage of the hair growth cycle. The key to longer hair is to lengthen the anagen stage, also known as the growing stage. This is accomplished by having the right balance of vitamins and nutrients, with protein being the primary source.
To produce keratin, the protein that makes up 90% of your hair, nutritionists say that at least 15% of your daily caloric intake should come from proteins. Research supports this, but we go a step further. We recommend marine proteins from foods like oysters, salmon, and clams because they contain essential fatty acids to support a healthy hydrated scalp that other proteins don’t have. In addition to fatty acids, marine proteins also contain the following key nutrients for hair growth:
Zinc to nourish hair by regulating the production of the hormones, androgens. Low levels of androgens are associated with hair loss, slowed hair growth and dandruff.
Iron to help red blood cells carry oxygen around the body to all cells, including those in hair follicles. Hair loss is often one of the visible symptoms of iron deficiency (anemia).
Vitamin B3 (Niacin) to facilitate hair growth by preventing hair shedding, dullness or brittleness.
A diet rich in marine proteins will make sure your body is effectively producing keratin for hair growth.
If it’s hard for you to add key nutrients to your diet, try a clinically proven daily supplement that helps nourish your follicles for thicker, healthier looking growth.

Maintain a Healthy Scalp

Once you’re sure that your body is receiving the nutrients needed for fast hair growth, you need to create an environment that allows for the nutrients to work their magic on your hair follicles. To create this environment, you need to increase the blood flow and circulation to your scalp.
Use the tips of your fingers (or get someone else to help you) and massage your scalp for 20 minutes each day using circular motions. Adding essential oils can further stimulate your scalp. There are at least 7 essential oils that, when added to a scalp massage, help improve blood circulation and create a healthy environment for your hair follicles to grow. You can feel a tingling sensation when the oils are working and your scalp is being stimulated.
Other ways people have found to improve their scalp circulation are by getting a good workout to get the blood flowing, and then taking a cold shower. The cold stimulates increased blood flow as your body sends warm blood to heat up the cold body parts. So, as the cold water hits your head, that jolt of energy is your increased blood circulation.
Yoga can also be a fun way to improve circulation. Inversion poses where your head hangs lower than the rest of your body can help promote a healthy blood flow, but you must be careful about dizziness from staying in one position for too long.

Maintain Healthy Ends

If your diet is under control and you’re stimulating your scalp, the last way to promote overnight hair growth (remember — over many nights) is to maintain healthy ends.
Even if your hair is well-nourished, it won’t look as long and full as it should if it’s prone to breakage and damage. Visit the hairdresser for regular trims every 6-8 weeks to get rid of damaged ends. Your hair will look thicker when not weighed down by dry, split ends.
Another key to maintaining healthy ends is to minimize heat styling. Keep heat tools below 340 degrees. When your hair is too hot (400 degrees and hotter), the heat breaks down the keratin in your hair strands, weakening them and making them much more prone to breakage.

How to Grow Your Hair Overnight — A Reality Check

Remember that genetics play a huge role in how fast your hair grows. Some people simply have it in their DNA to grow hair very quickly. Instead of worrying about how to grow hair faster overnight, create a consistent plan to make sure your hair follicles are consistently nourished. Minimizing the damage and supporting it with a healthy diet and scalp stimulation will encourage maximum hair growth.
If you can accept the fact that your hair will not grow overnight, but that it can grow over many nights at a faster rate with the proper support, you’ll be very happy with the results.

How to Grow Hair Faster and Longer

How to grow hair faster and longer

Hair growth can be a painfully slow process, especially for those of you that feel that your hair isn’t all it could be. Unfortunately, there is no secret society harboring knowledge on how to make your hair grow longer overnight. We can safely say that there is nothing that will transform your Demi Moore “GI Jane” look into Rapunzel in 24 hours except a wig. However, don’t give up just yet, as I can give you a few scientific ideas that can help in the pursuit of how to grow hair faster and longer!
First of all, let’s clear something up. Everyone’s hair grows longer overnight. The real question here is how to make your hair grow longer faster overnight. So first we should look at what makes hair grow at all.
As I’m sure you know, your hair is a living part of you. It is made of keratin (like your fingernails), and like the rest of the body it requires a source of energy to develop into those long and luscious locks that may or may not hang on your shoulders. The fuel for the process behind hair growth includes healthy blood flow to the scalp area and nourishing follicles with a range of nutrients. These can be found in specialist supplements targeted at hair growth. Of course, they are also found in lower concentration in a range of foods.
While not much can be done about circulation other than living an active lifestyle and maybe a scalp massage, you can certainly control which nutrients you put into your body. So with these nutrients, is it possible to grow hair longer overnight at a faster rate?
The part of the hair growth cycle that involves lengthening is called the anagen stage. Providing your body with the key vitaminsminerals and proteins has been proven to lengthen this stage of growing existing hair, but making sure that you get the right balance can be tough. Luckily there is a simpler way to feed your follicles with all this wonderful stuff.
Now that we have well and truly arrived in the 21st century, completely drug free supplements like Viviscal Extra Strength have been developed to nourish hair from within. The main ingredient, the marine complex AminoMar®, is a blend of marine extracts and other ingredients, which works to promote existing hair growth from within.
In my experience, this approach of supplementing your diet with all it needs to create a great environment for healthy hair growth is far more sustainable and realistic than any wonder lotion or tantric rubbing procedure. No, it will not make you grow an Foxy Brown Afro overnight, but it may provide the results you’re really looking for in the long run.

Scalp Massages for Hair Growth

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If you’re looking for a home treatment to help invigorate the scalp, consider scalp massages for hair growth. A healthy, invigorated scalp is an important part of healthier looking hair and provides the ideal environment for hair growth.
To promote existing hair growth and reduce shedding, you should take a clinically proven hair growth supplement with a scientifically formulated blend of marine extracts, vitamins and minerals. Plus, use a gentle shampoo that exfoliates and conditions, a good moisturizing conditioner with Argan Oil, and a hair serum for men or women with Menthol to invigorate the scalp. But if you’d like to do more to promote healthy looking hair, add a scalp massage for hair growth to your daily hair routine.

How to Massage Scalp for Hair Growth

Not only can a scalp massage invigorate the scalp and help promote good blood circulation to hair follicles, but it also will help you relax. Stress relief is key to your overall health and extreme stress has been linked to excessive hair loss. So it is important to reduce stress wherever possible. Though you can use a soft-bristled brush to massage the scalp, scalp massages can be done quite effectively with just your fingertips. Here is your how-to guide to doing scalp massages for hair growth.
  1. Clean and detangle hair with a gentle shampoo and moisturizing conditioner. Hair can be either wet or dry when massaging, depending on your preference. However, if your hair is wet, you will want to massage more gently because hair is more fragile and prone to breakage when wet.
  2. Place the pads of two fingers on your scalp (avoid using your nails to minimize hair damage). Keeping fingertips on the scalp, extend and retract fingers several times, making a ‘V’ or ‘check mark’ symbol on the scalp.
  3. Gently move your two fingers around, massaging slowly in a circular motion, covering all parts of the scalp. Do this gently but continuously for at least 3-5 minutes, at least once a day.

Using Essential Oils with Scalp Massages for Hair Growth

Some studies have shown that adding pure, natural herbal oils when massaging the scalp can increase circulation and thus could be essential to how to stimulate hair growth with massages. If your scalp and skin are sensitive, consult with a dermatologist before using essential oils for the first time. He or she can advise on the best type of oil for your skin type. Peppermint and rosemary oils help invigorate the scalp. Lavender oil can help promote overall relaxation. Rose and chamomile oils help moisturize and soothe dry, sensitive skin. Following your massage, if you wish to absorb more of the oil into your hair and scalp, wrap a warm, damp towel around your head for approximately 10 minutes. After massaging with oil, always wash hair thoroughly with a gentle shampoo to remove excess oils, especially if you are naturally prone to oily hair and scalp.
Hair follicles in the dermal papilla of the scalp need essential nutrients in order to grow healthy-looking, thick and strong hair from within. If you are trying to use scalp massages to get nutrients to follicles more quickly, your results will be inconclusive. However, the benefits of scalp massage for hair loss are that improved blood circulation to follicles will help promote the ideal environment for healthy hair growth. This is how regular scalp massages help to prevent hair loss and excessive hair shedding.