It’s not just men that have to contend with hair loss; it’s estimated that more than 50% of all women will experience it in one form or another at some point in their lives, with female pattern hair loss affecting around 30 million women in the United States alone. And while men are typically expected to lose their hair, women aren’t—meaning hair loss can often hit extra hard, and lead to some fairly severe mental health problems.

There is good news though: there are a fair few solutions available when it comes to treating female pattern hair loss, and there’s one that’s available in pill form that’s been gaining traction that we’re going to be looking at today: Viviscal.

Thousands of women all over the world have already turned to Viviscal to help with their hair loss, but what is Viviscal? What does Viviscal do? And how does Viviscal work? It’s these questions and more that we’ll be taking a deep dive into, and if you’ve been suffering with hair loss yourself, hopefully we’ll discover just the solution you’ve been looking for.

What is Viviscal?

Viviscal is an oral supplement that’s been designed to help women who’ve been dealing with temporary thinning hair. It’s a two-part system, promoting hair growth inside and out, with special shampoos and conditioners to use too that help boost its effects.

According to Viviscal, their products have performed well in seven separate clinical trials, with one finding more than 75% of the women participating experienced a significant decrease to the rate of their hair loss.

What does Viviscal Do?

While it won’t be able to boost hair growth dramatically and noticeably over night, Viviscal has been found to be effective, and the majority of women who use it have reported seeing a notable increase in the length of their hair.

When taken twice daily with food or water, Viviscal can produce noticeably longer hair after around 2 to 4 months. It’s important though that you maintain consistency and stick to the plan if you’re going to achieve the best possible results.

How does Viviscal Work?

By working with proteins rich in amino acids, Viviscal can treat hair loss and accelerate its growth by essentially providing it with the “food” it needs to get nourished. The main active element of Viviscal supplements is an ingredient known as AminoMar; a marine complex made from a blend of shark cartilage, mollusc powder, silica and fish oil. It’s also packed with plenty of the more standard vitamins and minerals, such as zinc, niacin, biotin, and Vitamin C.

According to Viviscal, the effects of each ingredient breaks down as follows:

Shark cartilage and mollusc powder: Shark cartilage and mollusc powder are super rich in fatty acids. Marine based protein sources such as these can play a keen role when it comes to minimising thinning hair.

Silica: Silica balances out the levels of magnesium and calcium that can often fall out of sync as a result of over-fluctuating hormones, which often plays a part when it comes to hair loss.

Fish oil: Fish oil is packed full with Omega-3 fatty acids, and these nourish the hair and the scalp and provide nutrients that help to curb any thinning.

Zinc: Zinc helps to balance the hormone levels and reduce any dandruff on the scalp, providing the hair with a clearer path along which to grow. With enough zinc in the body, it’s believed that it could prevent protein deterioration too.

Niacin: Niacin is a vitamin that preserves the structure of our blood cells, improves circulation, and converts carbohydrates into energy. Ultimately all of this helps to encourage more blood to flow to the scalp and the hair follicles, in turn encouraging more growth.

Biotin: Biotin is a vitamin that promotes growth and thickening, helping to maintain the appearance of a full and healthy head of hair.

Vitamin C: Thanks to how rich it is in antioxidants, Vitamin C helps to boost collagen production while also encouraging the body to absorb more iron into the blood, in turn strengthening our hair.

What are Some of the Causes of Hair Thinning?

There are numerous factors that could lead to thinning hair, and most of them are pretty common. It could be a poor diet that’s causing it, you could be getting an inadequate amount of sleep each night, or it could even be that you’re using the wrong styling products, or that heat styling appliances are compromising and breaking your hair.

Those who commonly experience weak nails that frequently break may also notice their hair is extra prone to being and doing the same, as both can occur as a result of overly dehydrated skin.

Are there any Side Effects Associated with Viviscal?

Much like any other cosmetic treatment there are a few side effects associated with Viviscal that you’ll want to make yourself aware of before you commit to using the treatment. The good news is that all of these side effects are fairly mild, and pretty rare too. Furthermore, the chances of them occurring are much less likely when taking Viviscal oral supplements with a meal. Some of these potential side effects include:

Allergic reaction: Anyone allergic to fish or shellfish should avoid taking Viviscal. The main active ingredient of Viviscal is the AminoMar formula, which is predominantly made up of marine proteins.

Nausea: Because iron in present in the Viviscal oral supplements, it’s possible that it could cause nausea.

Joint pain or stiffness: It’s possible that you may experience joint pain or stiffness after taking Viviscal. This is a rarer side effect, and will likely only occur from an overuse of vitamin C. Because of this, it’s advised that anyone taking vitamin C supplements stop taking them before using Viviscal. This will help to minimise any potential risk.

What is the Cost of Viviscal?

A months supply of Viviscal retails at around £30, and can be found available over the counter at just about any pharmacy or health store or online.