Saturday, July 23, 2016

RevivHair Hair Stimulating Serum Review

My husband has thinning hair.  He is 35, and has had a receding hairline since his late twenties, with a noticably thinning and balding patch in the back of his scalp in the past 3 years.  I believe it is a combination of male pattern baldness, genetics, as well as the result of poor eating habits, lack of sleep, lack of proper vitamins and overall stress and strain on his body in the last 2-3 years.  He began working as a restaurant manager at a busy hotel a little over 2 years ago and despite the fact that most managers oversee the employees and do light manual labour at their job, my husband over works himself doing the job of a combination bus boy, server, room service attendant, host and manager all in one.  The hotel is busy during the shift he works (5:45 am until about 4 pm) and he only has 2 regular servers.  He acts as third server (and all else).  Where most managers would walk around calmly and greet customers, handle guest / customer satisfaction, and refill the occasional drink, my husband works himself ragged.  His pedometer clocks him at 10-16 miles (yes miles!) per day of speed walking on heavy tile floors back and forth.  He neglects taking any lunch break and lives off several coffee's per day and very little water.  He does not take a daily vitamin, and gets less than 8 hours sleep per night.  Ok, enough tattling on my end.  He is a grown man and he needs to take better care of himself and delegate tasks to his employees and not put so much wear and tear on his body.  

I think his hair would improve some just by taking better care of himself.  The other part is genetics and male pattern baldness, his dad is very thin on top (in his 70's) and has been that way since his late thirties, early forties.  Men have a greater likelihood of having thinning hair due to DHT, which is said to cause the thinning of the hair follicles.  He has the tell-tale signs of male pattern baldness, where it is receding at the top, near the temples, and in the back of the head.  He has beautiful hair otherwise.  It is a naturally curly wave in a light golden brown.  He has kept his hair rather long for almost the entire 10+ years I have known him.  I met him in college and after we dated for a year, he grew it long for me as he knew I was fond of a longer style.  

Unfortunately the past 2-3 years have wrecked havoc on his health, and his hair has become prone to breakage and much thinner than it used to be.  He is concerned about it, and frankly I have been as well.  He has always had a rather deep frontal hairline, but it is the back / top that has become very thin and delicate.  There is hair growing in that spot, but it seems to grow thinner and very slowly.  It never seems to fill in properly.  He has tried Minoxidil (Rogaine) as well as Biotin supplements and other topical or oral supplements.  I am not so fond of him putting so many chemicals on his scalp as some can be absorbed into his system, but he does what he feels he needs to do to try to prevent further loss.  These pictures are all recent, in the last few months.  His hair in the back is very thin and almost bald.  

This is his BEFORE picture 2 months ago when starting the serum.

Recently we were sent a 1-2 month supply of a serum (1 bottle) from Reviv Systems.  It arrived in a purple and black bottle with a dropper.  The packaging looks classy and the ingredients were impressive, as many of them were recognizable and natural.  There were some chemicals, however the list was much more natural than anything he has used (topically) previously for hair loss.  

Water/Aqua/Eau (and) Glycerin (and) Sodium Metabisulfite (and) Glycine (and) Larix Europaea Wood Extract (and) Zinc Chloride (and) Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Palmitoyl Tripeptide, Malus Domestica Fruit Cell Culture Extract [Malus stem cells], Tripeptide (AHK), Myristoyl Pentapeptide-17, Keratinocyte Growth Factor (KGF, rh-Polypeptide-3), Biotinoyl Tripeptide-1, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-3, Argania Spinosa Sprout Cell Extract, PEG/PPG-20/23 Dimethicone, Mannitol (and) Ammonium Glycyrrhizate (and) Caffeine (and) Zinc Gluconate (and) Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, D-Panthenol, Radix Polygoni Multiflori Preparata Extract, Grape Seed Proanthocyanidins (Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Saw Palmetto (Serenoa Repens) Fruit Extract, Horse Chestnut (Aesculus Hippocastanum) Seed Extract, Nettle (Urtica Dioica) Root Extract, Indian Frankincense (Boswellia Serrata) Resin Extract, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, Triethanolamine, Beta-sitosterol, Copper Tripeptide-1, Prezatide Copper Acetate, Crithmum Maritimum Callus Culture Filtrate (CIC2), Pygeum Africanum, Methionine Sulfoxide Reductase, Soy Isoflavones, Phenoxyethanol (and) Caprylyl Glycol (and) Sorbic Acid.  

I like how it contains Horse Chestnut, which has been said to improve circulation as well as provide several other health benefits.  Nettle is an ingredient we like as it can also improve hair.  We have an herbal hair tea that contains this ingredient. This serum contains botanical extracts / oils that can strengthen the hair follicle and promote healthier scalp and hair.  Saw Palmetto is often useful for men to take as it regulates testosterone levels which can influence hair loss and growth.  Nettle Root Extract, along with the Saw Palmetto can help to prevent the release of DHT, which is responsible for some types of hair loss.  DHT blocks and weakens the hair follicles and so in order to prevent this from happening, we need to use DHT inhibiters. Soy Isoflavones and Grape Seed strengthens and accelerates hair growth. 

The serum does not have much of a fragrance, in fact it is rather unscented, which makes both my husband and I happy.  There is no strong chemical or alcohol smell.  It might have been nice for it to have a lavender, lemon, or peppermint fragrance, however having it fragrance free  makes it suitable for both men and women and those with sensitive noses. 

RevivHair Hair Stimulating Serum is different from other products he has tried as it contains Redensyl, Stem Cells, Growth Factors & Peptides.  When used as suggested, it can assist with improving the appearance of hair  thickness, fullness, natural color, strength, and overall health.  I thought it was interesting that the color could be improved.  My husband does not have much grey hair (except for some silvers spouting randomly in his beard!) but those with grey hair might want to look into this serum to see if it works for them in addition to improving their hair growth.  The nice benefit to this serum is that it is safe and effective for both men and women.  I know with Rogaine and other brands, men and women have to purchase different products due to the strength and ingredients of the products.  

He used this serum once per day, focussing on the top front, temples, and the very back.  The picture here shows his temple area.  It is hard to know for sure, but the front and temples seem to appear thicker (slightly) in person.  The hairs are still very thin and short, so I cannot be sure.  It is still very soon to know if this has worked for him.  I would have to have him use it a good 6 months for best results.  (He only used one dropper per day for just under 2 months).  

What makes RevivHair stand apart from other hair loss products, is the primary ingredient which is a molecule called "Redensyl."  You can learn more about the ingredient here, as it gets scientific and a little over my level of knowledge.  The website explains the ingredients here.  

Redensyl and three types of stem cells (argan, malus and sea fennel) target hair follicle stem cells. Niacinamide and caffeine strengthen, awaken,  and visibly thicken existing (but perhaps dormant or blocked) hair and help keep the hair bulb rooted to the scalp.  This all sounds amazing, but does it work? Various users will have various results.  And please note that this may not work in one month. I applaud the company for not claiming this will change your life in only 1 or 2 months.  Growth cycles of hair cane take up to 4 months, and it is possible that amazing or noticeably better results may not be seen until as many as 6 months.   I was told to have my husband try this out for at least 6 weeks.  He tried it daily for a full 2 months, however  I did not see much difference in those 2 months of use.   I do like the key ingredients and feel that if he uses this much longer than the 2 months, along with another supplemental serum or product, that we should see some incredible improvement. I like how the company does not say that their product is the only item to use for results.  They actually list on the bottle that the user can continue using their Minoxidil product (Rogaine) if desired.  It has been a few months since my husband has used his Rogaine, but I like that this seems safe to use in addition to the other products.  

Unfortunately the back of his hair looks the same to me.  Again, it is much too soon in my opinion for rapid or noticeable results.   

I do want to mention that I love the instructions, as they are not guaranteeing or promising results in a short and unreasonable amount of time:

Instructions For Use:

"Shake before use. Apply once daily, to wet or dry hair, about one or two droppers or more. Part your hair and apply directly to the scalp, especially in the areas that are thinning. The measurement does not need to be exact, and we recommend applying enough serum for good coverage. Massage in with fingertips, then wash hands well. Since hair growing cycles can take at least 1 to 4 months, it may take a while to notice beneficial effects. Especially if you choose to incorporate the optional Triaminodil vial, you may experience initial increased shedding since that ingredient can help promote the transition from the telogen (resting) phase to the anagen (growing) phase of the hair cycle. Remember that results from any legitimately effective hair loss treatment can take between 6-12 months to begin, and several years before optimal results are reached since the anagen or growing phase of the hair is at least two years in duration."

As with this hair loss product, or any weight loss, anti-aging, anti-acne, product,  results take time and daily, consistent use. Treatment or applications should not be skimped on or skipped (unless irritation or health issues occur with use).  As with this and any other product,  speak with a medical professional if you have any health issues that may make you allergic to this product.  Please know that I am not a medical professional, and if this causes you irritation, do not use it.  

I feel it is still too early to tell if this is working for him.  We ran out of the product about 2 weeks ago, and so our lack of noticeable results is mostly due to not using it long enough, and due to only using 1 dropper, instead of the more ideal / generous 2 droppers full.  My husband enjoyed testing this serum, and had no irritation.  He did mention that he tried using 2 full droppers daily the first week, but reduced to 1 full dropper daily as he felt the product was not lasting as long as he had hoped and he wanted to test it for the full 2 months.  He likes that this did not leave a greasy / sticky residue or a chemical scent on his hair, and he says it applied easily.  He used it about an hour before bedtime as that was the easiest for him to remember, since he gets up at 4:20 am each morning.  

It is currently on sale for $49 (regular $79) and there is free shipping for a limited time.  If you sign up for their "Steals and Deals" (newsletter) you can save an additional $5.  

You can learn more about Reviv on their website and Facebook.

I hope that his hair can be restored to where it was a few years ago.  While it may not look much different in the front, the back was full and did not show scalp.

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*This was a sponsored post through BrandBacker and partnered with RevivHair Systems. These are my opinions and honest evaluations. I received the serum mentioned in this review complimentary.  A small commission was accepted for simply reviewing it and posting my opinion and any results (whether positive or negative). I do not receive benefit from any see of this product. I do not promise a positive rating for this or any of the products I review. Not everyone will share my opinion or the product, or have the same results.

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