29 Aug 2019

Tips for Growing Out Hair

curly black hair woman smiling gray background long hair tips for growing out hair viviscal hair blog

We’ve all been there. You let your stylist talk you — or you talk yourself — into that super-trendy bob or pixie that just looks so perfect on the celebrity of the moment. Immediately after looking in the mirror, you regret your decision. The good news is that, of course, hair does grow back. The bad news is that it can feel like it takes forever, especially when you’re unhappy with your look right now. Luckily, there are a few tactics you can employ to speed up the growing out process. Keep reading for our top tips for growing out hair!

9 Ways to Make Growing Out Hair a Little Easier

1. Get Regular Trims

It may be counterintuitive, but when long hair is your goal, regular trims are essential.
While trims don’t technically accelerate hair growth, they do help prevent split ends from moving up the hair shaft. Visit your hairstylist every three months or so for a dusting (a very tiny trim that only cleans up the ends). Your stylist will also help to re-shape your style so that it looks good as you’re growing out our hair.

2. Break Up with Breakage

Even the most natural habits can lead to accidental breakage and damage to the hair shaft or the root. One big fix is to rethink how you brush. Brushing downwards, starting at the scalp, can turn little tangles into big snarls. Instead, start at the ends and work your way up, gently pulling apart knots as you go.
When you don’t like how your hair looks, it can be tempting to throw it in a ponytail every day. But too-tight hairstyles like ponytails can also be harmful. Pulling your hair back too tightly can cause breakage around your hairline, creating short hairs that are hard to style as you grow out your hair. And if you wear your ponytail in the same place every day, you could also be causing breakage at the spot where you place your hair tie.
ponytail hair mirror woman breakage tips for growing out hair viviscal hair blog
Instead, keep your ponytail loose and use soft, snag-free elastics to minimize breakage. And change up your look occasionally by varying where you place your ponytail or where you part your hair to avoid causing excess breakage in one spot.

3. Turn Down the Heat

Daily heat styling does major damage to hair, leading to split ends and breakage that can seem to slow down or even halt hair growth. Your best bet is to avoid hot tools altogether, but we know it can be hard to quit your curling iron cold turkey!
If your addiction to hot tools runs deep, be sure to use a heat protectant product every time you blow-dry, curl or use a flat iron. Apply the protectant to wet hair, then comb through to distribute evenly prior to styling.

4. Choose Hair-Healthy Foods

Healthy hair starts from the inside, which is why eating a diet full of hair-healthy nutrients is so important for hair growth. If you want to boost your hair growth and get thicker hair for real, you’ve got to up your nutrition game. And since hair and nails are considered by the body to be “non-essential,” they can the first area to take a hit if your diet isn’t what it should be.
Not sure which foods are best to fuel hair growth? Try these:
  • Eggs
  • Lean meats (like chicken and fish)
  • Healthy fats (like avocado)
  • Vitamin C-rich fruits and vegetables (like oranges, broccoli and bell peppers)
  • Dark green leafy vegetables (like spinach and kale)

5. Take Hair Growth Supplements

If you cannot look at one more piece of fish or add one more leaf of kale into your blender, try Viviscal Hair Growth Supplements. With a combination of AminoMar™ marine collagen complex, plus key vitamins and minerals, Viviscal is scientifically proven to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair growth.*
It does take time and patience to grow out hair. But if you commit to two Viviscal tablets a day you could see results in as little as three months!

6. Dry Hair Carefully

Wrapping your hair up in a big rough towel after getting out of the shower can cause a huge amount of unnecessary breakage. Dry your hair gently with a very soft microfiber towel or even an old (but clean) cotton t-shirt. This will prevent tangles caused by the rough woven surface of most towels and it will help reduce friction to the hair cuticles that leads to breakage.
woman drying wet hair carefully white towel wash shampoo tips for growing out hair viviscal hair blog

7. Care for Your Scalp

Your hair follicles are located in your scalp (duh!), so it makes sense that taking good care of your scalp is an important part of growing out your hair. Try adding a good scalp massage to your daily routine. A five-minute scalp massage can help invigorate the scalp, improving circulation and bringing more nutrient-rich blood to the hair follicles so they have more of what they need for optimal hair growth.

8. Keep It Clean

Go the extra mile and choose shampoos and conditioners designed to boost volume, and that will leave your hair shiny and manageable. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo and Conditioner gently cleanse & lightly condition with Ana:Tel™ complex plus the key nutrients Biotin, Keratin and Zinc to leave hair looking naturally thicker and fuller. Plus, they infuse your locks with a fresh botanical scent!

9. Embrace Your In-Between Lengths

Growing out your pixie means having a few months where your hair is at an awkward, in-between length where it’s not quite a pixie and not quite a bob!
side swept pixie haircut best hairstyles of 2016
Don’t worry! Your post-pixie life doesn’t need to be miserable. You can embrace your hair length now, even in the awkward growing-out phase. Add a cool accessory or get creative with styling wax. Take a cue from celebrities who have also grown out their pixie cuts. Spike your hair up, slick it back, or add shape with glitzy clips. Experiment and have fun with it!
Do you have any tips for growing out hair? Share your tips and tricks with other readers in the comment section below!
Existing hair growth

26 Aug 2019

What to Look for in a Hair Growth Supplement

woman mirror checking edges natural curly hair african american what to look for in a hair growth supplement viviscal hair blog

Hair loss in women is surprisingly common. (According to Harvard Women’s Health Watch, about one-third of women will experience hair loss at some point in their lives.) But that doesn’t make it any less stressful and upsetting! So many women are looking to grow thicker, fuller and longer hair. We know firsthand that hair growth supplements like Viviscal can be the solution to help your existing hair to grow thicker, fuller and healthier-looking. But what nutrients make a good hair growth supplement? And how do you know if hair growth supplements will work for you? Read our guide to what to look for in a hair growth supplement to help you choose the supplement for you.

Why Take a Hair Growth Supplement?

With stress, ageing, genetics, and damage caused by environment and over-styling, our hair goes through a lot. All these factors can lead to breakage and thinning hair. And if your diet lacks specific nutrients, including vitamins, minerals or protein, it can affect your follicles’ ability to grow thick, healthy-looking hair, leading to more shedding or thinning.
So, a healthy diet with the right combination of vitamins and minerals can help you maintain that thick, healthy hair growth, even against these external factors. Taking daily hair growth supplements can actually improve the condition of your hair by providing follicles with more of the nutrients they need to grow thicker, stronger strands that are less prone to breakage and shedding over time.

What to Look for in a Hair Growth Supplement

The hair growth vitamins and supplements available today have a wide variety of formulations and ingredients. However, there are a few key nutrients you should definitely look for when shopping for hair growth supplements:
Biotin
Biotin, or vitamin B7, is a good vitamin to look for because it helps your body metabolize carbs and proteins in the foods you eat, breaking them down into compounds your hair follicles can use to create new hair structures. But don’t be fooled! Biotin is not the only vitamin your hair needs. See other super-important nutrients for hair growth below.
closeup dark curly hair woman taking pill glass water what to look for in a hair growth supplement viviscal hair blog
Iron
This essential mineral helps make red blood cells, which carry oxygen to the hair follicles. Thinning, shedding hair can be a sign of iron deficiency.
Vitamin C
This powerful antioxidant plays an important role in the formation of collagen, which is a fibrous protein that provides structural strength to hair strands. Hint: Vitamin C can also help your body absorb iron more efficiently. So look for supplements that have both Vitamin C and Iron together.
Niacin
Niacin, or Vitamin B3, helps maintain the structure of the blood cells and can improve blood circulation. So it helps play an important role in delivering more nutrient-rich blood to your follicles to promote thicker, healthier hair.

Why Choose Viviscal?

So why choose Viviscal over other hair growth supplements? Sure, we’re a bit biased. But the Viviscal formula is actually backed by 10 published clinical trials and almost 30 years of research. It contains a breakthrough marine complex called AminoMar™ that you won’t find in any other hair growthsupplement, plus it has Biotin, Iron, Vitamin C, Niacin and other hair-healthy nutrients like Zinc and Horsetail Plant Extract. Viviscal has been clinically proven to promote existing hair growth in three months. So your hair can look thicker and more voluminous in no time!*
before after photos woman side view hair growth results what to look for in a hair growth supplement viviscal hair blog
Viviscal user Grace, Before (left) & After taking Viviscal for 3 months
Have you tried Viviscal or another hair growth supplement? What were your results? Let us know in the comments!
Existing hair growth