Saturday, April 20, 2013

Review: Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers

 
Is it the end of the comb-over? Not quite, but this product gives the appearance of a full head of hair for those suffering from minor balding. Viviscal, a brand which first created buzz for its hair-growth vitamins, has launched a product used to fill in bald patches and disguise thinning hair.

Because I currently don't have either, this was a tricky review: The product comes in a shaker-top plastic jar, filled with small fibers that match your hair color. For about a week, I looked at the product with both curiousity and a little trepidation: Images of clearly balding scalps made me wonder how I'd do a real review. I tried to think of a friend with dark hair (no luck) and how to test it on her or him without insult (no way). I finally tested it by applying it to my scalp where the part is.

The shaker made me feel like I was seasoning my head. The fibers come out in small volumes, like actual pepper. What I did immediately notice was that the visible flesh in the part area was filled in and looked natural. After a few minutes, I ran my hands through my hair and got no black, spidery residue.

As the day wore on, the fibers didn't come loose and appear on my clothing, a potentially embarassing scenario that would be hard to explain. I even slept with the product in and saw no residue on my pillow. The product works by attaching to existing hair strands, so I doubt it would be sufficient for large bald spots or a fully balding customer. However, if your hair is thin in smaller patches or you can see your scalp through part of it, this product quickly and easily disguises it.

Viviscal Hair Filler Fibers
Size: 15 grams (approximately one month supply)
Price: $24.99
Colors include: Dark Brown/Black, Light Brown, Blonde, Grey and Auburn
Available at RiteAid.com; use promo code VIVISCAL to receive $5.00 off!
Per the updated FTC guidelines, I received the sample products with compliments from BeautyStat.com, but my review is my own objective opinion.

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