21 Dec 2018

8 Life-Changing Tips for Limp, Lifeless Hair



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Is your fine hair looking limp and lifeless? Don’t fret! Simple styling techniques can rejuvenate hair for voluminous, lush-looking locks. Fight flat hair with our list of the best hacks for fine, lifeless hair!

Why Do I Have Lifeless Hair?

Without the right styling, fine hair can be limp and lifeless. Fine hair means that each hair strand has a smaller diameter than most. People with fine hair tend to actually have more hair strands than average since each hair strand takes up less space. Each hair strand has an oil-producing follicle on the scalp. As a result, people with fine hair have more scalp sebum that can weigh down strands, making hair look flat and lifeless.
Luckily, you can follow a few easy tips to reverse this state of lifeless hair!

The 8 Best Hacks for Fine, Lifeless Hair:

Choose a Lightweight Conditioner

Every time you shampoo, use a hair conditioner for lightweight detangling of fine, lifeless hair. A conditioner designed for fine hair like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Conditioner will provide necessary moisture without extra weight. This lightweight conditioner is formulated with thickening, healthy-hair ingredients like biotin, keratin, and zinc for fuller-looking hair. For maximum volume, only apply conditioner from the ear level to the ends.

Detangle Like a Pro

Not only are tangles annoying, but the process of detangling knots can damage your hair. Skip the detangling process altogether with these tricks to avoid knotting up the easily tangled thin, lifeless hair:
  • Protect hair from knotting in your sleep by wearing it in a protective hairstyle like a loose top knot or braids.
  • Avoid hair products that contain alcohol as these can dry out hair and make it more prone to knotting.
  • Keep a small hairbrush in your bag to detangle on-the-go.
  • Wear hair in a protective hairstyle on windy days.
If your hair does get tangled, use the right detangling technique to prevent damage. To detangle hair properly, use a wide-toothed comb and gently brush hair starting at the ends and slowly working your way up.

Blow-Dry Roots Upside Down

While we typically recommend air drying hair to prevent breakage, a quick blast of air at the roots will give hair extra body without damage. Using a diffuser, concentrate air at the hair’s roots. Allow the rest of hair to air dry for a natural look with plenty of volume.
If you don’t have time to air dry, use the blow-dryer until hair is 90% dry, then use a brush. This “rough drying” technique will give hair extra body.

Visit Your Hairstylist

Long hair weighs down strands, which pulls at your roots and causes hair to look flat and lifeless. Chop off a couple extra inches at the salon to give your hair instant volume and remove any dry, lifeless split ends. Ask your hairstyle for a haircut for fine hair, such as a bob with bangs, that will make your hair look thicker.

Product Placement is Key

Smoothing serums and styling oils are great for protecting ends and preventing frizzy flyaways. However, if these products are too heavy, they can weigh down roots, resulting in limp, lifeless hair. For best results, apply these hair-styling products from mid-length to ends. And opt for lightweight leave-ins and serums, such as Viviscal Densifying Elixir.

Try Rollers

Those big, self-fastening, hook-and-loop rollers** may seem old-fashioned, but they’re actually an industry secret to getting big, bouncy waves. Wrap hair around these rollers and let them sit while you apply makeup or eat breakfast. After 20 minutes or so, take out the rollers and enjoy the added volume at your roots!
**Psst! We’re not allowed to use the trademark name for the material on these rollers. Here’s a hint: think your first pair of sneakers in kindergarten before you could tie shoelaces. Get it?!

Experiment with Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo not only is great for absorbing extra oil, but it’s also an amazing tool for adding texture and body to too-soft hair. Spritz dry shampoo into roots, dry with a quick blast of the blow-dryer, and then brush out to add volume and life to limp, fine hair.

Give Teasing a Shot

For special occasions when you need a little extra boost, good old-fashioned hair teasing may do the trick. Use a rattail comb to separate a two-to-three-inch section of hair away from the crown. Gently backcomb hair, starting four inches from the scalp. Spritz with hairspray, then gently smooth over the top layer of hair using a comb.
Frequent hair teasing can damage locks, so use this trick sparingly.
If you follow these tips for thin lifeless hair, let us know the results! Leave a comment below or tag us on Instagram (@viviscalhairuk).

20 Dec 2018

Stay Hydrated: Fight Dehydration and Hair Loss


The root of hair loss is often treatable. In some cases, by improving diethair care techniques, or reducing stress, thinning hair is reversible. But did you know that dehydration also can cause hair loss? Hair loss from dehydration is one of the easiest hair loss causes to fix. Read on to find out how hair loss and dehydration are related, and tips for how to stay hydrated.

What is Dehydration?

Water is essential to cell health and growth, delivering nutrients and removing waste from the body. The average human loses two to three quarts of water every day. If we don’t drink enough water to replace what’s lost, we become dehydrated. Since water is required for so many bodily functions, a dehydrated body can no longer function at optimal levels. Dehydration has many negative effects. Signs of even milddehydration can include dizziness, headaches, muscle weakness, and fatigue.

Hair Loss Due to Dehydration

Just as nutrition is vital to hair health, so too is drinking enough water. Your hair structure and water are interrelated. Water makes up one-fourth of the hair strand, and hair follicles require adequate amounts of water in order to grow new hair.
So how does dehydration lead to bald spots? While short-term dehydration will not harm your hair, chronic dehydration can cause hair loss. Your body considers the integumentary system (i.e. your hair, skin, and nails) to be non-essential. When you don’t drink enough water, your body reroutes any much-needed water to your more vital organs. Since your hair follicles lack water, they will stop producing new hair. If you’re chronically dehydrated, your follicles won’t grow enough hair to replace the strands that are shed naturally, resulting in hair thinning.

What’s the Best Water for Hair Health — Distilled, Mineral, Tap, or Carbon-Filtered Water?

The best water for hair health is natural spring or mineral water. Natural spring water contains many vital minerals and is the best way to hydrate your hair and body. While distilled water still provides hydration, it does not contain as many vital minerals as mineral water.
If you only have tap water on hand, tap water is perfectly fine to drink. Although a simple carbon filter will greatly improve the quality of your tap water. The most important thing is to make sure that you get enough water per day!

5 Tips for Staying Hydrated

According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, women should consume 2.7 liters (91 oz.) of water per day, and men should could consume 3.7 liters (125 oz.). If that sounds like a lot to you, follow these simple tips to drink more water and stay hydrated.

1. Try Flavored Water

If drinking multiple liters of water sounds boring to you, try adding sliced fruit or veggies. Make your own hair-healthy infusions by combining mineral or tap water with lemon, strawberries or cucumbers in a pitcher and chilling.

2. Use an App to Keep Track

Having a difficult time keeping track of how much water you’ve had? Let your phone do the work for you! Apps like Daily Water Free and Carbodroid allow you to calculate your water intake easily.

3. Keep Water On Hand

You’ll be more likely to drink water if you keep it close at hand. Keep a liter bottle on your desk at work or in your bag to make sure you always have water with you.

4. Mark Your Bottle

Mark up a water bottle with ounces or hours to help you keep track of your progress. Alternatively, you can buy pre-marked bottles to help you reach your hydration goals.

5. Avoid Dehydrating Foods and Drinks

Some foods and drinks can lead to dehydration for the body and hair by causing the body to lose more fluids. These include alcohol, sodas, fruit juices, sugar, and coffee. If you do indulge in one of these dehydrating foods or drinks, make sure you drink extra water to replace the fluid lost.
If you’re serious about reversing thinning hair, staying hydrated is critical. For optimal results, reduce stress, get enough sleep, and take a supplement designed for hair health like Viviscal Extra Strength. Consume the daily requirements of vitamins and water for hydrated hair strands to give yourself the best chances for hair regrowth.*
Do you have any tips for drinking more water? Let us know in the comments!

On-Trend Haircuts for Women with Thin Hair 2018

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Make the best of your natural texture by asking your hairstylist for one of these trendy haircuts for thin hair. Having fine or thinning hair doesn’t necessarily mean having limp and lifeless locks. There are several haircut trends for 2018 that will help boost fine, thin locks with extra volume and bounce. Of course, if you want truly thicker, fuller hair from the inside, take your daily Viviscal supplement.* But while the Viviscal supplement gets to work, try one of 2018’s best haircuts for thin hair and learn style tips for thin hair to see thicker-looking hair now.

The Best Haircuts for Women with Thinning Hair

The first step to embracing thin hair is to get a haircut that works for your unique hair texture and hair type. Ask your hairstylist for one of these haircuts for thinning hair.
Shoulder-Length Blunt Lob
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A blunt “lob”, or a long bob, is a great option for women with thin hair. Shorter hair means less weight on your roots, giving hair much-needed volume and bounce. Plus, a blunt cut at your ends will make your hair appear thicker and healthier.
Angled Bob
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Ask your stylist for a bob with longer pieces in the front. These long pieces will frame your face, adding volume around your face, and drawing the eye down and away from thin hair.
Shaggy Lob
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Light, long layers create movement in thin hair. This is an especially great haircut trend for women with wavy hair. Just make sure to be specific that you want light layers — too many short layers will make hair look even thinner than it is.
Long with Wispy Front Layers
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This is a great option if you prefer having longer hair. Ask your hairstylist to cut wispy layers at the front of your hair starting from the chin. These layers will frame your face, and can easily be curled back to create extra volume. But avoid layers in the back as these can look too stringy.
Pixie with Choppy Layers
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Shaggy pixie cut with choppy layers
pixie cut is a great option for women with thin or damaged hair, since cropped hair is healthier and stronger than longer locks. This cut chops off any damaged ends giving you a fresh start for healthy hair. Short, choppy layers also give the illusion of thicker hair. Plus, this look is super easy to style! Just add some pomade and go.

Style Tips for Thin Hair

These simple styling tips will make thin hair look thicker, fuller and healthier.
1. Play with color
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Ask your stylist to color your hair with deeper, darker roots and subtle highlights. This coloring technique will create the illusion of depth, making hair look thicker.
2. Try a new part
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Side part
Switching your part will naturally create volume at the roots by lifting up hair that has fallen flat at your usual part. Try a deep side part to create the illusion of volume by putting all the hair on one side. Or try a subtly zigzagged part, which will add volume give hair the look of thickness and bounce.
3. Experiment with rollers
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Your grandma was onto something: foam rollers are actually amazing for creating volume. Add a few rollers at your crown while you apply makeup or drink coffee, then remove and brush for gorgeously full hair. We also love that foam rollers don’t use heat, so they minimize damage to fine hair.
4. Use a thickening serum
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Lay the foundation for fuller hair by using a thickening serum like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir. Apply a small amount to wet hair, then style as normal for thicker, fuller-looking hair.
As an added benefit, nine out of 10 women who used Densifying Elixir in conjunction with Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Shampoo and Conditioner noticed thicker-looking hair in just a week.**
5. Master the blow drying technique
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While we typically recommend air drying hair to keep it as healthy as possible, blow drying hair upside down is a great way to get some extra oomph before special occasions.
Always rough dry hair until it’s almost completely dry before blow drying with a brush. Not only will this prevent damage, but it will also make your hair look thicker.
6. Add texture with dry shampoo
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Fine and thin hair tends to be softer, and soft hair has a harder time holding a style. You can add texture to hair by spritzing it with a dry shampoo, like Batiste dry shampoo, even if it’s clean. The powder finish of dry shampoo will make hair look thicker without weighing it down.
How do you style your hair to make it look thicker? Let us know in the comments!