New Line Helps Combat Thinning Hair and Hair Loss
For women experiencing thinning hair and hair loss, a new line gets to the root of the problem.
In our “swipe right” click-bait culture, “first impressions are very important,” online and off, says sex and relationship guru Dr. Laura Berman. And since hair is often the first trait we notice, then stacking the odds in favour of more good hair days is a good strategy.
Whether worn long or cropped short, it is thickness and health that make hair sexy at any age.
Berman cites a study that shows more than one in four women have cancelled a date or social plans because of a bad hair day.
Berman, New York-impeccable in vertiginous heels and a second-skin pencil skirt, is in a penthouse overlooking Central Park, speaking about the role of hair and dating to a gathering of international beauty press on behalf of Viviscal. She is a brand expert for the oral vitamin hair supplement that has enjoyed unsolicited testimonials from such A-plus-list fans as Gwyneth Paltrow, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Cate Blanchett and Miley Cyrus, to drop just a few names. The supplement is popular with celebrities, for whom hair damage and loss from over-styling is a professional hazard. The rest of us mortals, suffering from more prosaic age-related thinning or loss, are equally passionate about maintaining thicker locks at every length. The new Extra Strength Viviscal, at $60, has 50 per cent more of the key active ingredient, Amino Mar C, as well as biotin, iron and zinc.
And Berman herself was a fan before she worked with the brand. The Chicago-based doctor is an associate professor at the Feinberg school of medicine at Northwestern University in psychiatry and obstetrics-gynecology; she is also a New York Times bestselling author (most recently of Quantum Love); has a syndicated radio show, has had a TV show on the Oprah Winfrey Network and is a frequent Dr. Oz guest expert. She is also a breast cancer survivor.
“From personal experience, I really believe in this product. I was bald from chemo four years ago,” says the 47-year-old. “I seriously underestimated how much my hair was a part of my identity. And now I know I feel sexier with my hair longer.”
Her research work has long examined the link between hair and self-esteem, as well as why we so often try to deal with drastic life changes with drastic hair changes (about the clichéd breakup hair chop, she says just don’t do it!).
While U.S. President Trump is purported to take the prescription drug Propecia to treat his male-pattern baldness, here are our choices of the best hair-thickening products for men—without a doctor’s script.
1. Viviscal Man The best-selling dietary hair-growing supplement for women has been reformulated for the gents with AminoMar marine complex, vitamin C and zinc. $60
2. Dove Men+Care Thick & Strong 2-In-1 Shampoo
Developed specifically to care for fine and thin hair and formulated with caffeine and calcium that leave hair visibly healthier and thicker after each use. $5