Last year, Harvard scientists discovered the biological mechanism by which chronic stress impairs the stem cells in hair follicles, and it backs up many experts’ insights about the impact of stress on hair loss and thinning. However, stress is just one aspect: The natural aging process, hormonal shifts related to pregnancy and menopause, and even side effects of certain medications can negatively impact the hair as well. That’s where VIVI Naturals Root 66 Abundance Serum, a daily scalp serum for fuller hair, comes in.
Thinning hair and hair loss can inflict a huge blow to a person’s confidence. After I had my daughter, I experienced months of postpartum thinning and my ponytail felt smaller than it had ever before, but good scalp serums (I also paired them with supplements) made a huge difference over time. This one falls in that group: It’s inspired by ancient cultures and herbal remedies from around the globe and a clinically proven holistic solution. It’s also a great way to strengthen and soften your hair, even if you’re not yet experiencing thinning or loss.
The ingredient list is impressive, as it boasts 24 natural vitamins and botanicals, including the brand’s proprietary blend of nine adaptogens (the main one being the brand’s patented Sachitin reishi mushroom extract), biotin and DHT blockers that help thicken hair and prevent hair loss and shedding. Other standouts are follicle-stimulating caffeine and green tea, and cannabis sativa seed oil, which includes essential fatty acids and omegas that strengthen, protect and moisturize the scalp and hair. Together, the ingredients work to reduce flaking, itchiness and product buildup that contributes to both of those as well.
Naturally derived DHT blockers, sativa (hemp) seed oil, Sachitin reishi mushroom extract, biotin, caffeine and green tea
How to Use It:
Shake the product well, separate your hair into sections (you can use it on wet or dry hair), and spray the serum directly onto your scalp where your hair parts for each section. Massage in the serum really well (scalp massage also stimulates blood flow), and leave it in. In order to see results, you need to use it every day, just like you would a brow or lash serum.
The brand actually recommends using it twice a day if you’re able, but regardless, you should begin seeing results in six to weight weeks, will full results becoming visible at the 12-week mark. The formula isn’t greasy either (I’ve tried many scalp serums that are), so you can actually use it on days that you don’t wash your hair.
Price/Where to Buy:
$54 ($49.50 with a subscription), vivinaturals.com