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 long 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 (anaemia).
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 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. Minimising 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


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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 harbouring 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 vitamins, minerals 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 a 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 moisturising 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.

21 Jan 2019

Vitamin Deficiency and Hair Loss in Women

Treat Vitamin Deficiency and Hair Loss

Did you know there’s a strong link between vitamin deficiency and hair loss? If your diet lacks certain nutrients, especially over an extended period of time, it can cause cells like hair follicles to stop working properly.
When this occurs, it can interrupt the normal hair growth cycle, preventing follicles from growing new hair and even cause hair loss. Identify the most common signs of vitamin deficiency, and get remedies for vitamin deficiency and hair loss.
Hair loss caused by nutritional deficiency is called telogen effluvium. This temporary hair loss condition causes hairs that are ordinarily in the anagen (growth) phase of the hair growth cycle to be prematurely pushed into the telogen (resting) stage, causing the hairs to fall out. Telogen effluvium can be treated over several months by eating more vitamins and minerals for hair growth.

Vitamin deficiency and hair loss in women

There is strong clinical support for the connection between vitamin deficiency and hair loss. So be sure you get enough minerals for hair loss and vitamins for hair loss, as well as hair growth supplements to promote hair growth. Below, check out our guide to vitamin deficiency symptoms and the strong connection between vitamin deficiency and hair loss.
  • Vitamin D and hair loss – Bone pain and muscle weakness could be a sign of vitamin D deficiency. Though lacking this essential vitamin is commonly associated with life-threatening conditions such as cardiovascular disease, cognitive impairment in older adults and even cancer, researchers at Cairo University have now found a strong link between vitamin D deficiency and hair loss among women. So get your hair growth vitamins or get out in the sun to avoid the link between vitamin D and hair loss.
  • Vitamin C – This antioxidant is needed for the growth and repair of many different tissues throughout the body. It forms proteins used to make skin, tendons and blood vessels, it helps heal wounds and form scar tissue. Vitamin C also maintains healthy hair growth because it helps produce red blood cells, which keep hair follicles blood-enriched and vital. A few symptoms of vitamin C deficiency are anaemia (iron deficiency), an inability to fight infections, and hair loss.
  • Biotin – Beauty experts and devotees know about the connection between biotin and hair loss. Biotin, or vitamin B7 or H, promotes hair growth, thickens hair shafts, and prevents hair loss. If your diet lacks this B vitamin, it can result in thinning hair. Some other signs of biotin deficiency are dry scaly skin, a swollen and painful dark pink tongue, loss of appetite, severe fatigue, depression and insomnia. Biotin’s other roles in the body are to help metabolize fats and protein and to maintain good nervous system functioning.

Avocado and Hair Growth

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Avocado and hair growth often seem to turn up together in the endless stream of natural remediespromoting the benefits of avocado oil for hair, skin, salads and just about everything. The internet is full of articles about how avocado helps hair growth, but the reasons behind the benefits seem to differ wildly.
Some blogs are promoting the benefits of avocado for hair growth in its fruit form, while others claim that distillation is best using avocado oil for natural hair treatment. In this article, I want to cover some of the problems and potential benefits of using avocado for hair.
Much of the explanation behind how to use avocado oil for hair growth is that it provides a much-needed source of fat and protein that helps to encourage healthy hair. Some also mention the important vitamins that help fight against hair loss. The reality is that during the extraction of the oil, much of the natural protein and some of the vitamins from the fruit are lost due to the pressing process. The remaining product does contain some good nutrients that fuel the reputation that is used to promote avocado treatment for hair, but these are only a small part of the bigger picture.
So is avocado good for hair? In some ways yes, but perhaps not the wonder cure that you might have hoped for. You see, our bodies require more than just essential oils and fatty acids to nourish hair. It may just be that rather than using avocado for natural hair growth by mashing it up and slathering it on your hair, it would be better off in your salad for lunch!
Healthy hair goes hand-in-hand with healthy nutrition, and nobody would argue that eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables is a bad idea. Avocado does additionally have some fatty acids, but not as many as are found in fish oils and marine extracts. Where these may not seem like an appealing snack to many, the healthy hair benefits often associated with ocean dwellers can be harnessed into a marine complex such as the AminoMar® found in Viviscal supplements. This drug free supplement nourishes hair from within, and it is believed to promote hair growth by prolonging the anagen stage of the hair growth cycle. You can read more about this process of how Viviscal works.
In summary, if you feel like trying out avocado for hair treatment, then do so knowing the science behind its proposed benefits. However, for targeted nourishment from within through the proper balance of vitamins, minerals, iron, zinc and much more, I recommend to try a drug-free specialist supplement for healthy hair. If you are worried that your hair is dry or brittle you can pair these nutritional supplements with Viviscal shampoo and conditioner that will help to provide the ideal environment for healthy hair growth.

Zinc for Healthy Hair Growth


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Zinc is a vital mineral for healthy hair, skin and nails. Learn why dermatologists recommend zinc for hair growth and how zinc consumption can prevent hair loss.
A good zinc supplement for hair loss will supply a good amount of the mineral, as well as other key hair nutrients such as biotinvitamin C and iron. Clinical studies show that a good dosage of zinc for hair growth in women  is 22 mg., depending on their age and if they are pregnant or nursing.

How is Zinc Good for Hair Growth?

To understand the link between zinc and hair growth, you should first know the connection between deficiency in zinc and hair loss. Some experts believe that zinc deficiency actually can lead to deterioration of the protein structure that makes up the hair follicle. This weakening of follicles can in turn cause hair shedding and hair loss.
Zinc is also believed to play a crucial role in DNA and RNA production. This is required for the normal division of hair follicle cells, leading to healthier hair growth.
Zinc also may help keep hormone levels balanced, which could be one of the reasons why it is so effective in preventing hair loss. There are even a few outlying studies in which people’s grayed, aged hair returned to its original color when nourished with zinc-rich diets or hair growth supplements. As a bonus, zinc for hair growth may help eliminate dandruff on the scalp as well.

Zinc Deficiency and Hair Loss

First of all, it should go without saying: do not diagnose yourself solely with a blog post. See a medical professional for medical diagnoses. That said, if you believe your hair loss is caused by zinc deficiency, examine your nails. In some cases white lines on your nails can signal zinc deficiency.
Zinc deficiency, and deficiencies of other healthy hair nutrients, may be associated with low-calorie diets and crash dieting. If you believe you’re suffering from zinc deficiency, balanced diet to cure thinning hair and hair loss is the key.

6 Foods with Zinc for Hair Growth

1. Oysters – Best known as aphrodisiacs, oysters are a rich source of zinc for hair growth. Just 3 ounces of this nutritious shellfish boast a whopping 493% of your daily allowance of zinc. Zinc also helps support the oil glands that fill the hair follicles with sebum maintaining moisture in hair and preventing dryness. Oysters are also a great source of protein. Without enough protein, your body can’t replace the hairs that you shed every day.
2. Nuts – Make nuts a regular on your healthy hair menu. Nuts are regarded as an excellent food source to protect the hair and help it keep its color. Nuts also contain alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 fatty acid that may help condition hair. Walnuts are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, biotin and Vitamin E as well as copper, and are a terrific source of zinc. Also try cashews, pecans and almonds.
3. Eggs – Eggs are a great source of high quality protein as well as biotin, B vitamins, zinc, selenium, sulfur and iron. An excellent source of nutrients for hair growth and hair strength, enjoy one scrambled, boiled, poached or added to your favorite dishes on a regular basis.
4. Chickpeas – Garbanzo beans are a very good source of protein, vitamin B6 and zinc. The protein is needed for hair growth, plus zinc and vitamin A work together to prevent dandruff and hair loss. Add to curries, vegetarian dishes or make your own hummus for a nutritious super-boost of zinc for hair growth. Hint: other beans like lentils are also packed with protein, iron, zinc and biotin.
5. Sweet potatoes – With a well-deserved reputation as a superfood, sweet potatoes contain omega-3 fatty acids, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and vitamins A, B, C, K and E. Sweet potatoes are also an excellent natural source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that your body turns into vitamin A. In hair, vitamin A promotes the secretion of sebum by hair follicles to protect them from drying out.
6. Spinach – The nutritional profile of spinach makes it an excellent superfood for anyone longing for lovely locks. Popeye’s favorite green is rich in iron, beta carotene, folate and also a good source of zinc for hair growth. Replace the lettuce in your salad with baby spinach for an easy way to get more of the leafy green in your daily diet.

Hair, Yes! 6 Hacks for Operation Anti-Breakage

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Hair breakage: it’s something that nearly everyone has and no one wants. There are several reasons for hair breakage, whether it be chemical hair treatments or even rough handling of the hair. Regardless of the cause, here are 6 easy ways to prevent hair breakage.

6 Anti-Breakage Hair Hacks

1. Take a break from chemicals.
One of the most common sources of hair breakage is too many chemicals—usually over-coloring. Just because a person can change hair colors often doesn’t mean that it’s always a good idea. Different hair types are prone to different levels of damage too. Some people have more damage-prone hair and perhaps should not color at all.
Of course, there are other potentially damaging chemical treatments to keep in mind: relaxers, keratin treatments, perms, Brazilian blowouts. Regardless of the innovations in chemical technology, hair is weakened by these treatments and breakage can occur.
2. Take a break from heat styling.
Heat styling is another common cause of breakage—flat irons, curling irons, hot rollers. Technology has evolved both for styling tools and heat-protectant products, which help reduce damage. However, these do not combat weak hair on their own. Occasionally, take a break from any and all heat styling (including blow drying) to help restore hair health.
3. Do not brush wet hair.
Even if your hair is healthy, another simple way to prevent breakage is to never brush wet hair. When wet, hair stretches up to 50% of its length before returning to its original length. While dry hair only stretches about 20%. This means that it’s much easier to break hair when it’s wet, so avoid the brush and just use a wide-tooth comb. Better yet, comb your hair in the shower after applying conditioner. The conditioner acts like a barrier, preventing breakage, and the comb allows you to distribute it more evenly.
4. Switch to anti-breakage and strengthening hair products.
The products you use on your hair can make a world of difference. Anti-breakage hair products have special ingredients that help seal, protect and strengthen the hair, fortifying it against the ever-present problems of weakness and breakage. You may not realize that the hair products you use actually can do your hair more harm than good. Products such as Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo help to improve the condition of your hair. Viviscal Shampoo gently cleanses, leaving hair looking naturally thicker and fuller. Our formula also has BiotinKeratin and Zinc to promote healthy looking hair growth. Pair it with the lightweight Viviscal Densifying Conditioner to help protect hair from further damage so it can restore its health. Whether your breakage is from dryness, over-styling abuse, or your hair is simply damage-prone, revitalize your hair with anti-breakage products that promote strength.
5. Do a deep-conditioning treatment.
Depending on the level and frequency of your breakage, deep conditioners and reconstructors may help your hair’s health. Deep conditioners provide intensive moisture, which helps to protect hair from further damage. Reconstructors help to repair the damage, feeding the internal structure of the hair with some type of protein. Both are essential to preventing further breakage. But don’t use a protein reconstructor too often or protein will build up on the hair and make it brittle. Twice a month to start is perfect if your hair has a lot of damage, transitioning to once a month after a couple of months.
6. Eat right for optimum health.
A healthy, balanced diet also will help strengthen hair against breakage, fortifying it from the inside out. Dryness is often a big cause of breakage, so drinking lots of water can help. In addition, veggies, fruits, sprouts, nuts, oats, fatty acids, and proteins help fuel and strengthen the hair from the inside. A hair supplement like Viviscal that supports healthy existing hair growth can fill in the gaps in your diet that could be affecting your hair.*
One last thing to remember: even if you want your hair to grow, get regular trims to help prevent breakage by cutting off any split ends before they become a problem. There’s no way around that. But if you follow all of these hair tips, you will be breakage-free in no time.

12 Hair-Thickening Tips to Pump Up the Volume on Fine, Thin Hair

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Whether you were born with thin hair OR your hair is fine and damaged because of over-styling damage or other factors, you can take action to pump up the volume. Below, see 12 styling tricks, lifestyle tips and products to help plump up your fine, thin hair now!
For more hair-thickening tips, see the complete post originally published in Allure.

Take Your Vitamins

Get to the root of the problem: you know by now that insufficient nutrients can cause thinning hair in women. “Most women know the importance of fish oil and biotin in their diets, but a great supplement like Viviscal includes all the essential ingredients for healthy hair in one pill,” says hairstylist Jennifer Yepez. “It was the only thing that saved my hair from damage and breakage caused by extensions.”

Use Volumizing Products

Big hair requires double the amount of volumizers. Start by prepping damp hair from roots to ends with a volumizing spray and a lightweight mousse, suggests hairstylist Nunzio Saviano, owner of Nunzio Saviano Salon in New York City. Or apply Viviscal’s lightweight leave-in serum, the Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir, to add volume to wet or dry hair.

Embrace the Upside-Down

To add ultimate volume, flip your head upside down and tousle your hair while you blow-dry, says hairstylist Garren of the Garren New York salon. If you’re using an ionic blow-dryer, turn off the ionic setting. Ions make your hair sleek but can also kill volume.

Now… Flip Back Up

After drying your hair upside down, flip your head back up and then use your blow-dryer and a big round brush to smooth hair while adding body. Use medium heat — hot air damages hair cuticles, making them lie flatter — and only use wood or cork-core brushes. Metal actually can scorch fine hair (yikes).

And Do It Again!

Repeat the upside-down, flip-up routine again. On day two, flip your head over and mist your dry hair roots with a light-hold hairspray. Then wait about 30 seconds before you turn right-side up to allow the hairspray to dry.

Do a Scalp Treatment

Did you know that hair shedding is at its highest in early fall? “It’s evolutionary,” says New York City dermatologist Francesca Fusco of Wexler Dermatology. “The scalp holds onto hair during the summer as a protection from UV — the shedding occurs about three months later.” No matter what time of the year, be sure to cleanse and exfoliate your scalp regularly.

Step Up The Essentials

Use a shampoo and conditioner specifically meant to thicken hair in order to increase volume, such as Viviscal’s Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. Avoid washing your hair every day as that can strip away hair’s natural oils. Instead, go for a dry shampoo, such as Batiste.

Add Coconut Oil

“Of all the oils, it turns out that coconut oil is the most effective at reducing protein loss (and subsequent thinning) of hair,” says Dr. Fusco. Coconut oil is full of fatty acids that penetrate the hair shaft, smoothing and conditioning strands. Add a few drops to your regular shampoo or add it in a DIY deep-conditioning mask.

Change Up Your Style

Hairstylist Matt Fugate notes that short, blunt haircuts can minimize the look of thin strands. These cuts give hair the look of more body and they are super-easy to style.

Speak to a Trichologist (a Specialist in Hair and Scalp Care)

“If you want to go deeper into knowing what is causing your thinning hair, visit a trichologist to see what nutrients and vitamins your scalp is lacking,” says Yepez. Yepez says many of her clients see Dr. Ricardo Vila Nova to help restore and revitalize hair.

Take a Holiday From Heat

Yes, heat tools like blow-dryers, flat irons and curling wands are the best when it comes to styling. But overdoing it with heat tools can cause major breakage. Give your hair a breather every once in a while. And use a restoring deep conditioning treatment to strengthen strands, fix split ends, and even minimize breakage to allow hair to grow longer.

Get Your Moment of Zen

Stress is one of the biggest factors of hair thinning, according to Fugate. Keep your cool by getting enough sleep, following a balanced diet and getting regular exercise. Yes, you know these tips are important to your health, but it’s a good reminder that they can also affect your hair. So take a deep breath and relax, for your health and your hair.

Aging Hair: 5 Common Concerns & How to Solve Them


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Your hair, just like your skin, is susceptible to the natural ageing process. As you get older, you’ll gradually begin noticing significant differences in the colour, texture, thickness, health and manageability of your hair.
If your hair has lost a little thickness and vibrancy over the years, don’t worry. Try these editor-approved tricks to add volume, boost shine, restore colour and strengthen fine hair at any age.

How to… Volumize Fine & Thin Hair

The Problem: Fine, Thinning Hair
Dermatologists report that in our late 30s and 40s, individual hairs will start to grow in finer. Luckily, there are short- and long-term fixes to help add volume and thickness to ageing hair.
Short-Term Fix:
Work a pea-size amount of Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir into damp hair, then blow dry or air dry and style as usual. This body-boosting treatment makes fine and ageing hair look thicker and fuller.
Long-Term Help:
Hairstylists swear by Viviscal hair supplements to promote existing hair growth from within. Award-winning NYC stylist James Pecis raves, “It’s the only supplement that works!” and says that taking Viviscal regularly is the best way to get a model-worthy mane that is not only beautiful but healthy! Stylists see results in their clients after just a few months. Viviscal is proven to nourish hair follicles with B vitamins like biotin and niacin, plus iron, vitamin C and the proprietary marine complex AminoMar™ to help support the growth of thicker, fuller hair in 3-6 months. Remember that as with all hair supplements, consistency is key. Try to take the full dose of two tablets every day, and avoid skipping days or doses as that can delay your results.*
Another hairstylist-recommended solution? The right haircut, of course! For women with straight hair, stylists recommend a blunt cut to make hair look thicker. For curls, add layers to help them look bouncy and full.

How to… Stop Aging Hair Loss

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The Problem: Age-Related Hair Loss
Half of all women will experience some kind of hair loss by the time they hit age 50, according to the North American Hair Research Society. There are four stages that hair goes through in the hair growth cycle—a growing phase (anagen), a regression phase (catagen), a resting phase (telogen) and a shedding phase (exogen). As you get older, your hair spends more time in the resting phase of the cycle, which means you’re shedding hair faster than it’s growing back. Unlike male hair loss, which usually starts as a receding hairline and thinning crown, female hair loss occurs as a gradual thinning all over your scalp. In fact, many dermatologists advise that women often don’t immediately notice their hair coming out in the shower or in your brush. But then, over time, more of your scalp becomes visible.
Some of us may have drawn the short genetic straw when it comes to hair loss. In that case, age-related hair loss may be unavoidable.
For other women, a number of other factors could be taking a toll on hair growth. For some, the hormonal fluctuations of menopause or nutritional deficiencies may be the culprits. Other very common causes of women’s hair loss are underactive thyroid and stress.
Short-Term Fix:
Hair products also can affect how thinning, ageing hair looks. The wrong shampoo and conditioner can make ageing hair loss more apparent by weighing hair down or over-drying ageing hair that’s already more fragile and prone to damage. Switch to lightweight, nourishing shampoo and conditioner formulas designed to make thinning hair look thicker, such as Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner. As an added bonus, these products are fortified with hair-strengthening nutrients to improve the condition of your hair on the outside.
Long-Term Help:
One long-term drug treatment is over-the-counter minoxidil, which stimulates hair regrowth. However, once you begin taking minoxidil, you need to commit to taking it long-term, because when you stop taking it, your hair regrowth will reverse.
If you believe your hormones have become imbalanced with age, it’s best to see your primary care doctor, gynaecologist or an endocrinologist to get to the bottom of the issue.
But for others, a good diet and stress relief tactics will make a huge difference in the health of our hair. Improved nutrition may even help balance our thyroid and hormone levels. Hair loss experts recommend:
  • Reduce stress by relaxing, getting enough sleep, and turning off TVs and all other devices with screens a couple of hours before bed. If you watch TV in the evening, stay away from the news, or more violent or disturbing, shows after 6 p.m. to ease into a stress-free mindset before bed.
  • Avoid toxic products, foods and toxins in general, as the thyroid is especially vulnerable to toxins.
  • Take a supplement that is rich in biotin, such as Viviscal. Biotin won’t increase the number of hairs on your head but it can make your existing hair thicker, according to a 2012 study published in the Journal of Clinical and Aesthetic Dermatology. Dermatologists believe that biotin helps build up fatty acids and protein in the hair shaft to make hair thicker and stronger. This is why many dermatologists recommend daily biotin supplements to her patients.*

How to… Boost Shine & Softness

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The Problem: Dry, Lackluster Hair
As you age, production of oil glands on your scalp may slow down. That’s why ageing hair may feel drier and look less glossy.
Short-Term Fix:
Work a drop of hair oil or shine-enhancing serum into your palms, then run it through damp hair beginning at the ends, as these are usually driest. Avoid your roots as adding oil at the scalp could make hair look greasy. You can do this on dry hair too on days when you’re not shampooing.
Long-Term Help:
Apply a deep-conditioning coconut oil mask to hair once a week to boost shine. Rub a scoop of coconut oil between your hands to warm it up and then spread it on the bottom half of dry hair. Leave the oil on your hair for at least one hour, and then shampoo it out with a mild shampoo like Viviscal Shampoo. Coconut oil not only conditions but experts believe it may even help to decrease protein loss from hair strands.
Changing your diet can also boost shine and softness in ageing hair. The best addition to your diet? Eat more fatty fish such as salmon or tuna, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids, substances shown to give hair more shine, thickness and lustre. Tip: If you don’t like fish, you can get more omegas in your diet from plant-based sources such as flaxseeds or walnuts.
Better yet, try Viviscal supplement, a complete, clinically proven hair supplement for women. It not only has marine extracts and biotin but also vitamin C, zinc, iron and niacin to nourish follicles and promote existing hair growth.*

How to… Restore Radiant Colour

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The Problem: Graying Dull Hair
You see those pesky greys reappear between colourings, and your natural hair colour fades over time.
Short-Term Fix:
If you’re just starting to see grey hairs, it’s okay to pluck them. Despite that old myth, it won’t make the greys grow back in any faster. Often, if we pluck a grey hair and then notice more coming in, we just assume there’s a correlation. In fact, It’s fine to pluck an occasional grey, but beware of waging war on your tresses — too much plucking can weaken hair, making it more susceptible to split ends and breakage.
If you have a significant amount of greys, you can use a temporary root touch-up spray such as Toppik™ Root Touch Up Spray to cover roots between hair appointments.
Long-Term Help:
Let’s face it, everyone’s ageing hair eventually will go grey. But using permanent hair colour helps minimize the time between return trips to the salon. And if you’re dyeing your hair at home, choose an at-home dye that is specifically designed to cover greys.
Colourist Sharon Dorram says, “Brunettes should use a shade darker than their natural colour — rich tones cover greys better — and blondes should steer toward a hue that’s more ashy than golden, which helps greys blend in seamlessly.”
Or avoid the repeated colourist visits altogether and allow your hair to go grey naturally. To enhance your silver locks, shampoo hair once a week with a purple shampoo. This type of shampoo will help increase shine and prevent brassy tones. You can find a good purple shampoo at most salons.

How to… Strengthen Your Hair

The Problem: Fragile, Damaged Hair
Because ageing hair grows in finer over time, strands can be more fragile and more prone to breakage while styling or brushing. This could lead to damaged-looking hair, split ends and less volume overall.
Short-Term Fix:
Go to your stylist every 6-8 weeks for regular trims. This will help remove those frayed, split ends, and will keep your hair looking its healthiest and thickest. For an even quicker, more temporary fix for split ends, apply a styling cream formulated for breakage to your ends daily.
You can also add volume to ageing hair strands with a fortifying serum such as Viviscal Elixir. Its lightweight formula has keratin, biotin, zinc and a proprietary complex called Ana:Tel™, to make hair look thicker and fuller. Apply the leave-in elixir to damp or dry hair daily and style as usual.
Long-Term Help:
You must know this by now but one of the biggest culprits behind damaged, breaking hair is heat! Cut back on your use of blow-dryers, straighteners and curling irons. If you must use heat tools, try a lower temperature setting.
Use Viviscal Shampoo and Conditioner, which are formulated with ingredients to make ageing hair thicker and therefore easier to style. These products also help add strength to the outside of strands making ageing hair less prone to breakage.
For extra damage prevention, avoid brushing or combing wet hair, which is when it’s extra fragile and prone to breaking. Avoid bleaching your hair, which can actually make strands more porous and inhibit their ability to retain moisture, making them extra susceptible to breakage. Bleaching actually raises hairs’ outer cuticles, allowing bleach to fully penetrate the hair strand. And dermatologists have found that repeated bleaching may actually permanently raise cuticle scales, allowing a rapid and continuous loss of moisture. Yikes!
Taking a hair-strengthening supplement like Viviscal twice daily fortifies hair from the inside out by supplying hair follicles with the vitamins and minerals needed for existing healthy hair growth.*
While we can’t completely escape the signs of ageing, these tips and tricks will help to disguise some of the most noticeable signs of ageing hair.

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