One of the conversations that I find my husband and I have more often is about his hair. For awhile, he tried to grow it out, as he has naturally curly hair. He thought that if his hair was longer, it would cover the thinner areas he was noticed. But, he forgot to factor in the weight of the hair, and how it would weigh down his hair, making the thinning spots more pronounced. And, on humid days, his hair would get so frizzy that not even hair care products could tame it. So, finally, after Savannah told him he had "crazy hair," my husband got his hair cut. While his brothers (1 older and 1 younger) both started noticing thinning hair in their early twenties, they chose to simply shave their heads, as a way to not have to see these thinning/bald spots in the mirror each day. My husband, however, is not the type of person to shave his head, even if he wanted to not have to worry about balding or thinning hair. He loves his curls, and loves how the girls like to twirl it when they play together. :-)
So, what else could my husband do or try, besides trying to grow his hair out to hide thinning hair -- as he finally realized after a year that this didn't work? He is frugal, so hair plugs or other in-office treatments are out of the question. While he searched on his own options, I stumbled upon Viviscal Man and Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers, which are available at Walgreens.com, Rite Aid and Duane Reade Pharmacies.
"Statistics show one in two men experience hair loss at some stage in their lives. Viviscal® Man is scientifically formulated to nourish thinning hair and promote existing hair grown from within. Along with the exclusive AminoMar™, Biotin, Zinc, Vitamin C and Horsetail extract, Viviscal Man supplements also contain Flax Seed.
• Viviscal Hair Growth Program specifically formulated for men
• Contains the same amount of patented and clinically proven AminoMar™ as Viviscal Extra Strength
• Has 36.4% more Zinc than the Extra Strength
• Contains Flaxseed as an additional ingredient, which is believed to be a DHT blocker. DHT is a hormone that is the primary contributing factor for male pattern baldness.
• New item launching in January 2013
Recommended Daily Intake:
Take 2 tablets daily for a minimum of 3-6 months (1 in the morning and 1 in the evening taken with water after food). Thereafter, to maintain healthy hair growth take 1-2 tables daily as required. Viviscal tablets are easy to swallow.
The newly launched Viviscal® Hair Filler Fibers are the perfect solution for last minute touch ups while waiting for your Viviscal supplements to arrive. These fillers contain microscopic, electrostatically charged fibers, which stick to the hair and create a volumizing appearance while instantly making thinning hair look thicker and fuller.
• An easy, instant way to get a fuller, thicker, natural looking head of hair in just 30 seconds
• Simply shake fibers onto hair and blend
• Each fiber is coated with an electrostatic coating which binds it to the hair shaft, immediately building hair density
• Will not run, stain or smear and last until washed out with shampoo
• Suitable for women and for men
• Available in 5 natural colors
• Size: 15 grams – typically 1 months’ supply
• Available in dark brown, light brown, and blonde
• New item launched in January 2013"
I was sent samples of both Viviscal products for my husband to try out, and I have to say that he is a fan on the Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers. Not one to show off his thinning hair/bald spots, he now is eager to me his full head of hair after shaking the fibers on his hair and blending in. He loves that in about 30 seconds, he see physically see a fuller, thicker, natural looking head of hair -- or in his case curls. And, the best part ladies -- this product will not run or stain your man's clothing, leaving you to spend hours soaking them to remove stains. And, my husband loves that he can shake on in the AM, then go to the gym at lunch, and not worry about it streaking down his face as he sweats. When he is done working out, he hops in the shower, lathers on his favorite shampoo, and washes the Viviscal fibers right out. Then, with a few shakes of the bottle to cover his head liberally with the Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers, followed up by blending -- 30 seconds later he is back to having the appearance of a full head of curly hair without thinning spots, which he has grown self-conscious about. He loves how quick and easy this product is to use, and pairs it with the Viviscal Man supplements daily.
While we have only had the two products in our house a little of a week, I have seen a new side to my husband. No longer does he dread thinning hair, or search for ways to mask thinning/balding spots. Instead, in less than a minute a day, he can use Viviscal, and forget about it all day. He walks around with more confidence, and doesn't have to worry if people notice his thinning spots when he bends forward or turns to the side. Who knew there was an affordable way to help both men and women who suffer from thinning hair? I am so glad that I found Viviscal Man supplements and Viviscal Man and Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers, and know that they will be a staple in our medicine cabinet for now on! :-)
ABOUT THE VIVISCAL® BRAND:
Viviscal® is the leading brand of dietary supplements in the US* for the nourishment of thinning hair and promotes existing hair growth for both men and women. Originally developed in Scandinavia, Viviscal uses a proprietary marine complex called AminoMar™, identified by a Scandinavian professor in the 1990s. The Viviscal hair growth program is supported by six worldwide scientific studies, including researchers from the Swedish Alopecia Association, Helsinki Research Center, Finland’s Department for Dermatological Research and Dermatological Clinic in Leverkusen, Germany. Viviscal is owned by Lifes2good, whose U.S. headquarters are in Chicago, Illinois.
Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Viviscal. I received product samples and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.