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Hair - Questions about BioSil, Folligen, Viviscal

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Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:21 pm      Reply with quote
Hi,

What brand of BioSil do people take? I just learned about it on the forums.

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I found this forum after ordering Hair Signals. Then I read that it can discolor hair so I ordered folligen for blondes. Haven't received either yet. Is it best not to use the Hair Signals?

Any experience with Viviscal? It is expensive so I am hesitant to try it. Whenever I read about it in a magazine it is the same hairdresser promoting it so I assume he is paid by the company to promote it.

Trying to figure out if it's possible to get regrowth without rogaine or minoxidil.

Thank you!
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Fri Oct 08, 2010 2:45 pm      Reply with quote
Welcome to EDS, PIVOT. I use BioSil from Natural Factors (who took it over from Natrol). iHerb has it for a decent price.

I think Bethany has experience with Viviscal (and Folligen) so you may want to try doing a board search for "Viviscal" and "Bethany" for her posts on it. I'm sure others will pop in with their experiences too.
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Fri Oct 08, 2010 3:02 pm      Reply with quote
Thanks, I will search.

Also meant to ask about MSM. (What brands, how much to take, etc.)

I was confused about that Biosil because I thought it had silica in it but it wasn't on the ingredients I read.
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I used to take Natrol brand biosil. Then I switched to Jarrowsil by Jarrow Forumlas. I think they were the ones who originally developed the concept. The only difference between the two, is that Biosil is 6mg per 10 drops and Jarrowsil is 4 mg per 10 drops. Yes I use the drop kind since I heard it is better absorbed. I don't see a difference yet in quality and results. I like Jarrowsil better because the taste is a lot less bitter and nasty. Biosil tastes way worse to me.

As far as silica, biosil or any of these products, usually contain Silicon as Stabilized Orthosilicic Acid. I could have sworn I read somewhere that silica is different but they are the same, only made in a differnt form. Horsetail is another supplement that contains silicon.

EDIT : I buy mine from Vitacost, I believe they carry both brands
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Fri Oct 08, 2010 4:36 pm      Reply with quote
I Love BioSil - Fantastic for both Hair & Skin!

I use the liquid drops every morning - produces great results in a very short amount of time.

BTW - I use Jarrow

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i used to use Biosil - didnt see amazing results, but saw some difference in my hair thickness. I didnt continue with it cos I couldnt remember to take the quarter glass of juice every morning and evening. Am still trying to finish the bottle I have..

I am using viviscal, been using it for 10 months now - def seeing a difference - I don't feel like Im losing hair anymore! Hair is slightly thicker, would like to see more of an improvement though so am taking MSM with vitC too - will update on this combination in a few months.. At the moment I take 0.5-1 teaspoons in my tea with 500mg Vitamin C.

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I've taken Biosil for maybe 6 mos without perceptible results. Since I finished the last bottle of drops a couple of weeks ago, I haven't reordered. I hate to keep piling on the supplements without knowing what I truly should be taking and what is a waste of money.

I don't know anything about Viviscal, but the 5-star amazon reviews are almost all from people who reviewed only that product and nothing else. That always sets off warning bells for me! Besides, it seems as though Viviscal's main effect is to grow hair faster (not necessarily thicker or healthier. No thanks! I spend enough time and money getting my hair cut and colored as is, and I'd rather not need haircuts every other week! (If you believe the 5-star reviews, which I don't think I do.)
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Thanks again for the replies.

I bought the biosil Capsules because I read here about the nasty fishy taste and knew I would never use the drops, even in juice. I hope they have some benefit.

I looked up the dateline report on the "follicle five" from about 6 years ago. One of the testers used viviscal and liked it. Although he didn't have much hair growth (if any) he did say he noticed his hair stopped falling out.

At $600 a year I'm hesitant to try it. I've been reading here about LED devices for skin (AALS and BQ) and think that might be a better investment.

I ordered folligen for blondes, vitamin C, MSM, and the biosil caps plus emu oil so hopefully something will help (although I won't know which one since I'm starting them all together!)

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