My Review: Viviscal Hair Growth (Ingredients & Side Effects ) – Scam Or Not?

My Review: Viviscal Hair Growth (Ingredients & Side Effects ) - Scam Or Not?

It's time to review Viviscal Hair Growth supplement for women, which is a very popular product.

But are its ingredients worth it? What about its side effects?:

  • formula could be much better
  • pretty well-tolerated
  • expensive for its value

So could Viviscal be a scam?

I tested it out myself – so let me tell you my personal experience with it.

Note: This review is based on my own testing & experience with Viviscal Hair Growth supplement.

Review Summary

Full Name: Viviscal by Viviscal Limited

Product Type: Hair Supplement

Best Actual Price: $34/bottle

Cheapest Place To Buy: Amazon/Official Website

It costs exactly the same in both sellers.

Designed For: Growing hair out, as well as:

  • nourishing thinning hair
  • reducing shedding
  • thickening existing hair

Shortly – it's a hair loss/growth supplement.

My Rating: 7 out of 10

Recommended?: Not completely – it mostly works for hair growth:

  • doesn't treat the main causes of hair loss
  • ingredients are pretty basic
  • could be cheaper (for its composition)

If you want the best option out there, take a look at the supplement that saved my hair.


What I Liked About It

  • Based on an original ingredient (AminoMar)
  • Unique mix of compounds
  • Has a clinical trial behind
  • Pills are pretty easy to swallow
  • Helpful for growing healthy hair out
  • Available in many retailers/sellers
  • Lots of real user experiences available
  • Cheaper than a few years ago


What I Didn't Like About It

  • Almost no results in my case
  • Overall formula could be much better
  • Lacks a lot of important nutrients
  • A couple of complaints on side effects
  • Doesn't treat most types of hair loss/thinning
  • Could be cheaper for its value



Viviscal In A Nutshell

You surely heard about Viviscal before – as it's one of the popular hair supplements from the market.

But despite its popularity, I wasn't too impressed by it:

  1. Didn't work too well in my case.
  2. Formula is pretty basic overall.
  3. Price is rather high for what it contains.

Now, Viviscal is far from a bad product.

If it was so, it wouldn't have stayed so popular all these years.

However, it's mostly effective when it comes to growing hair that is already healthy.

When it comes to thinning, hair fall or thickening – it's not that useful.

In other words, it can help if your hair is already healthy and in a good shape.

Still – given its advantages and downsides, I wouldn't necessarily recommend Viviscal.

As I said, it's not a bad supplement.

But there are some better options out there, that's all.



#1 – My Experience With Viviscal

As I said – I used Viviscal myself (for about 3 months).

My overall experience with it wasn't a very positive one.

But let me explain you in detail.

1. My Background

I have been dealing with a really bad hair loss at one point of my life.

It’s a very long story, but shortly:

  • my hair was falling out because I was deficient in several nutrients
  • this included iron, zinc and vitamin D
  • I had a DHT excess and I was also very stressed
  • so there were multiple factors involved

Now, I tried several products and supplements and I had some decent results with Nutrafol.

But all in all, it was too expensive – so I decided to switch to something else.

Viviscal was also popular, but it was a bit cheaper and that’s why I bought it.

2. How Viviscal Worked

To be honest, my results with Viviscal were pretty disappointing:

  1. I tried it for over 3 months.
  2. My hair loss didn’t improve too much.
  3. It was about 20% better than when I was not taking anything.
  4. That was really insignificant overall.

So things didn’t really improve even after taking 3 bottles of Viviscal.

This is why I decided to stop using it, because it was clearly not helping me. 

For this reason, I was extremely disappointed with how it worked.


Judging after my experience with it, I wouldn't recommend Viviscal.

It didn't work for my hair loss, so I doubt it would work in most cases.

So I personally would not recommend it.




#2 – How It Works & Producer

Here are some general things on Viviscal Hair Growth:

  • what it's designed for
  • its mechanism of action
  • who is its producer
1. How It Works

As you can guess, Viviscal is a classic hair growth supplement.

And according to its website's claims, it works in 3 ways:

  1. Nourishes thinning hair [1]
  2. Reduces shedding
  3. Increases hair thickness

Now – Viviscal is a great product for growing healthy hair.

When it comes to this, it's definitely effective.

But judging after its composition, it doesn't seem like it can stop thinning/hair fall.

It may reduce them, that's for sure.

Just don't expect it to treat your hair loss completely (as other supplements do).

Still – it doesn't claim to be a miraculous product, which is very fair.

So Viviscal works, but not as much for hair loss/thinning as for growing healthy hair out.

2. Company Behind

Viviscal is the only product of its producing brand (Viviscal Limited).

Now, the company itself is definitely legitimate:

  • long history on the market
  • really good reputation
  • positive user reviews

So don't expect to be scammed by Viviscal, because that's not the case.

For this reason – its producer seems very trustworthy overall.



#3 – Ingredients (6 out of 10)

I was honestly very disappointed by Viviscal’s composition:

  • most of its ingredients are very basic
  • its formula doesn't seem to be worth $34

So compared to other hair supplements from the market, it looks much weaker.

It only has its original ingredient AminoMar that stands out.

As for its other compounds, they look pretty basic, if you ask me.

Now, I would divide its formula in 3 groups:

  1. Vitamins & Minerals
  2. Herbal Extracts
  3. Original Compounds (AminoMar)

So let's take a closer look at each of them. 

1. Vitamins & Minerals

The best thing about Viviscal is that it contains iron:

  • a major trigger of hair loss in women [2]
  • most hair supplements don’t contain any

But the dose from Viviscal is very low, unfortunately.

So it’s not very helpful if you’re dealing with a hair loss due to iron deficiency.

Other than that, there are also zinc and biotin and both have some pretty good doses. [3]

I usually criticize supplements for containing too much biotin, but here that's not the case:

  • biotin has a lot of side effects if it’s over 1000 mcg
  • the dose from Viviscal is much lower

Now – the other minerals or vitamins don’t have any major impact on hair.

So they are helpful for general health, but that's pretty much it.

Their effect on hair is pretty much useless, so I don't understand their goal in Viviscal.

2. Herbal Extracts

Viviscal also contains 2 herbal extracts:

  • Horsetail
  • Millet Seed

Now, both of them seem to be helpful in some cases of hair loss.

However – they don’t block DHT excess or treat a specific cause of hair fall/thinning.

So even though they’re not bad, I would have expected to see a lot more herbs in Viviscal, considering how much it costs.

That’s why its herbal extracts look pretty basic to me.

3. AminoMar

Probably the best thing from this product is its original compound AminoMar:

  • is a mix of collagen and oyster power
  • both are designed to strengthen your hair roots and their elasticity

Now – AminoMar's benefits on strengthening hair are pretty useless if you’re dealing with hair fall.

That's because hair loss usually has some totally different causes.

And strengthening your hair won’t treat those causes, so your hair fall will most likely stay the same.

This was exactly my case, and guess what?

Viviscal didn’t do almost anything for me and that's why I don’t recommend it if your hair is falling out.

So I don't consider AminoMar a very impressive ingredient.


Viviscal's formula didn't impress me too much.

Most of its ingredients don't have a lot of hair benefits.

That's why I wouldn't expect it to treat hair loss of thinning, since it cannot target the cause.




#4 – Side Effects (8 out of 10)

I seemed to tolerate Viviscal pretty well.

I didn’t have any major issues that would have appeared soon after I started taking it:

  • I did have some stomach cramps
  • but they were probably because I was taking some other pills (not for hair loss)
  • so I can’t blame Viviscal for those issues

Now – I did find some complaints in its Amazon reviews.

A lot of people were complaining of:

  • nausea, stomach cramps and even diarrhea
  • headaches
  • dizziness

Now, I’m not going to criticize Viviscal – since the biggest part of its users didn’t experience any side effects.

But it seems to be causing some in certain people.

Or rather, it seems that there is a risk – but a pretty small one, so there’s no need to worry.



#5 – Price (7 out of 10)

Viviscal seems like it’s a bit cheaper than when I used to buy it (a couple of years back).

Honestly, that's great – because hair supplements tend to go up in terms of price, not down.

So it deserves a lot of praise here.

But even so – it's not that incredibly cheap.

1. The Exact Price

Now, its price isn’t really huge right now:

  1. There are 2 purchase options (with/without subscription).
  2. Costs $34 per bottle for a one time purchase.
  3. If you sign up for auto-shipping, the price is around $33/bottle.

To be honest – I don’t really advise you to subscribe from the start.

First of all, the difference is only one dollar, which isn't really worth it.

Better buy a single bottle, see if it helps and get back and buy a larger supply afterwards.

Now, Viviscal isn’t that expensive right now.

But I still think it could be cheaper for what it contains.

2. Competitors' Price

Allow me to compare Viviscal with my top recommended hair supplement.

I'm talking about Folexin:

  1. Folexin has the best composition among all hair supplements I looked into.
  2. It worked great for my hair loss and it also improved my growth speed.
  3. Viviscal is great for hair growth as well (as long as your hair is healthy).
  4. But it doesn't really treat most causes of hair loss.
  5. Besides, its composition is much weaker.
  6. Viviscal costs $34 normally (and $33 in the best case).
  7. Folexin's standard price is $25 (and it costs around $18 in the best case).

Now – I had some way better results with Folexin.

Besides, its formula is much better and it also costs way less.

So compared to it, Viviscal is definitely not the best option out there.


Viviscal is far from an expensive supplement.

But considering what it contains, it could also be much cheaper.

So I don't think it's exactly the best option for the money.




#7 – FAQs

We're now going to list down the common FAQs about Viviscal.

Note: I might repeat something I already mentioned, but it's easier to spot here.

1. What type of supplement is this product?

Viviscal is a hair growth supplement.

It claims to nourish thinning hair, decrease shedding, and boost hair thickness.

Based on its formula, it's quite effective for promoting healthy hair growth.

However – it may not completely stop hair loss or thinning. 

2. How do you take this supplement?

To take Viviscal, the recommended dosage is a total of 2 tablets daily.

Also – it's advised to take the tablet with water after a meal.

The suggested duration is 3 to 6 months and it's important not to exceed the recommended daily intake.

3. Is one pack enough for a month's supply?

Yes, one pack of Viviscal provides enough pills for a month's supply.

If you look at the product label, it indicates that it has a total of 60 tablets.

Again – the recommended dosage is one pill twice daily only.

4. Does it cause alarming adverse reactions?

Now – the majority of Viviscal users didn't report side effects.

Although there were some complaints such as nausea, stomach cramps, diarrhea, headaches, and dizziness.

But note that these adverse reactions appear to be experienced by a small percentage of users.

Overall – the majority of users seem to tolerate Viviscal well without alarming side effects.

5. What are the pricing details of this product?

The current pricing for Viviscal offers two options, with or without a subscription.

For a one-time purchase, the cost is $34 per bottle.

Meanwhile, if you choose the auto-shipping, the price is slightly reduced to around $33 per bottle.



My Verdict – Worth Or Not?

Short answer: Not completely, at least I would not buy it again.

It’s definitely neither a scam nor a terrible product.

Instead – it does work if you want to grow your healthy hair out.

But if your hair is falling out, it will most likely not help you:

  1. Doesn't treat the main causes of hair loss.
  2. Pretty basic formulation and ingredients.
  3. Too expensive for what it contains.

Now, it may reduce your hair loss up to a point.

But it’s probably not going to stop it completely, in most cases.

My personal experience with it is the best proof.

So I personally would not buy Viviscal again.

It’s up to you if you want to do it or not, it’s not a scam for sure, but I don’t think it’s worth its current price.

What do I recommend instead? A supplement called Folexin:

  • it’s the product that saved my hair
  • has a much better formula
  • costs half of Viviscal

These are the reasons why I would advise you to give it a try instead. 


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Written by 

Oltea Roman is a registered pharmacist with a long experience in the health field. She graduated from University of Medicine and Pharmacy and has studies in Cosmetology, Dermatology, Toxicology and several others. She has a 2 years experience as a retail pharmacist. You can connect with her via Linkedin or email.

Last updated: November 13, 2023

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