In early August, actress and author Alyssa Milano tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies, and her side effects had us even more scared of the quickly-spreading virus than we were beforehand. In her previous video on Instagram, she explained that among irregular periods, confusion, and vertigo, she was also losing her hair.
While her viral moment opened up our eyes to the less spoken-about side effects of Coronavirus, celebrity hairstylist Linh Nguyen knew exactly how to help Milano in her struggle of losing hair. According to People, Nguyen had Milano’s number saved in his phone and called her right when her Instagram video appeared on his screen. His number-one recommendation? Nioxin, a line solely designed to enhance growth for thinning hair.
“I told Alyssa, stop brushing your hair, we’re sending you Nioxin treatments right away,” Nguyen told People. Included in her package was the full Nioxin regimen, which included hair masks, shampoos and treatments, but Milano has since narrowed the clutter down to her favorites: The Nioxin 6 System Kit ($30), which includes a shampoo, conditioner, and a scalp and hair treatment, and the Nioxin Minoxidil Hair Regrowth Treatment ($60), a reactivating product meant to stimulate growth.
Both of Milano’s favorite products contain ingredients like biotin, minoxidil, and hydrolyzed silk to hydrate and grow the hair. While the brand was initially created for those struggling with hair loss, these ingredients can be used on a whole range of hair types from chemically-treated to colored—thinning or not.
“The best text I got this week was Alyssa saying her hair is doing much better and she’s continuing the Nioxin regimen,” Nguyen tells People. “Her hair feels thicker and she’s happy with the results.”