I have never successfully taken hair vitamins. I attempted to start myself on Biotin a few months back but I ended up quitting after about 1 week due to horrible acne. Let me give you some background info on my hair before I jump into this review. I have very long, thick hair that is color-treated blonde. I am not someone you would immediately think *needed* a hair supplement, but I am always interested in having healthier hair due to the stress I put it through such as dyeing, blow drying, curling and straightening. If it grows quicker that is a plus!
I was recently given the opportunity to try a supplement called Aviva Hair Revitalizer though BeautyStat. I was sent 2 months worth of vitamins. I was a bit nervous because the product contains 5000mcg of Biotin per serving, and me and Biotin don’t normally get along well. But, I was going to give this vitamin a try with the decision to quit if I got horrible acne like I did last time I tried Biotin.
I took this from Aviva’s website to explain how their vitamins work.
Hair emerges from hair follicles, which are multi-layered structures that house and process the nutrients responsible for healthy hair growth. Without these necessary nutrients, hair follicles can malfunction and result in dull, thin, lifeless hair, as well as hair loss. So, what does this mean?
It’s simple: a healthy hair follicle is the key to healthy hair!
Creating visible results in as little as 30 days*, Aviva’s proprietary dual complex works with your hair’s natural cycle to stimulate healthy growth from within – up to 6mm beneath the scalp’s surface – enriching and enhancing stronger, thicker, and more beautiful looking hair. As Aviva rejuvenates and improves the health of hair follicles deep below the surface, it revitalizes the hair’s DNA. Working with your natural hair growth cycle, Aviva hair growth vitamins help support hair structure and encourages new, emerging hair.
Here are the ingredients:
My thoughts on some of the Key Ingredients:
- Biotin-whoa nelly that’s a lot of Biotin, but as well as being good for hair, biotin is supposed to help your nails as well. Double win!
- Folic Acid-from a pharmacist’s perspective I am thrilled to see this in here. All women of child bearing age should be taking a folic acid supplement. This supplement provides all you need as long as you AREN’T pregnant. (Pregnant ladies need more!)
- Iron-most woman can also benefit from some supplemental iron, so yay!
- Everything else-nothing jumps out to me as being scary or something to avoid, I’d have no problem recommending this to one of my patients.
So what happened when I took this supplement? Here are my in depth thoughts.
- Packaging-Great packaging. 1 month’s worth comes housed in a high quality box with a lid that slips off and on. Inside the box are individual blister packs of 8 soft gels. Coming from someone who has difficulty with packaged medication, I had no problems getting the soft gels out of the blister packs, they easily just pop right out!
- Appearance-the soft gels themselves are somewhat large and sort of a bubblegum pink color. Coloring probably won’t matter to most people, but I love the pink.
- Taste/Ease of administration-I didn’t notice a gross taste or aftertaste when I took these. Also, even though they are large, I was able to swallow both soft gels at once with plenty of water. They are coated and go down pretty easily.
- Compliance-You take 2 soft gels once daily. I am not always 100% with taking medications, I often forget. I can honestly say I haven’t skipped a day of these since I started. I think it is because I know I am making my hair healthier. Tangible results usually improve compliance.
- Side Effects-Like I mentioned before I got acne the last time I tried to use a supplement of Biotin. It was so bad I had to discontinue the vitamin. I cannot explain how or why, but I have not had any extra acne since starting this and it’s been over 1 month. I am thrilled because I was very worried about that. I experienced no other side effects and no upset stomach which can be common after taking a vitamin. I do recommend taking these with at least a little bit of food on the stomach and a full glass of water.
So perhaps the most important aspect of this review, did the vitamins work?? After about 3 weeks of using the vitamins, I noticed softer hair. Like, significantly softer. As far as growth? Yes, a thousand times yes! I cannot pinpoint the exact moment I noticed, but I had been using the vitamins for at least 30 days, maybe a bit longer. I usually go 8 weeks between dye jobs and my beautician trims my hair every 3rd visit since I am trying to get it really long. Well I noticed the amount of regrowth that I usually get in 8 weeks at somewhere around the 5 week mark, AND I actually got a trim even though I got one 8 weeks ago. My hair also appears a bit more shiny than it was before. And as an added bonus, my nails are reaping the benefits of this vitamin as well! They are growing like crazy and I’m cutting them every few days.
Here are a few hair pics of my hair after taking the supplement for a month. My hair had been flat ironed in both pics.
All in all I’d say this vitamin is the real deal. I can say from both a consumer and a health professional’s point of view that I would certainly recommend this, and I do plan to repurchase and keep taking it.
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