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By Lorna H.
Thinning hair can really impair your self-esteem. A key part of society's definition of femininity is a thick, lustrous head of hair. I'm 43 and have never been blessed with an abundance of long, flowing strands. The general density of my hair has diminished somewhat overall in recent years, and in the last 6 months, I've really noticed an increased rate of shedding. There are many reasons why women may suffer from hair loss. At first you don't care why it's happening, you just want it to stop. I've actually found myself avoiding the hairdresser, as some months ago a new stylist at my salon commented, "Wow, your hair is really thin."
My hair woes are caused by a number of conditions. The technical diagnosis is telogen effluvium, in which the growth cycle is interrupted and causes a generalized thinning and increased rate of shedding. With telogen effluvium, a number of factors can trigger the body to push more of your hair into the falling-out phase. In my case, there are a combination of factors affecting hair growth, including stress and insomnia, but the main culprit is extreme hypothyroidism (or underactive thyroid gland). This is when the thyroid gland produces less thyroid hormone than it should, slowing the metabolism and causing hair to shed more frequently. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in my mid-20s and have been prescribed the thyroid hormone replacement Levothyroxine to take continuously ever since. This medication can help alleviate hair loss, but I was surprised to find out that it can actually exacerbate it, too.
Also, after a severe case of campylobacter food poisoning a few years ago, my body has difficulty absorbing nutrients from my diet. I've struggled with a recurring low ferritin iron deficiency anaemia (iron binds to the protein ferritin, which protects against hair loss) and a low level of vitamin D. I’m back on track health-wise and have added supplements for optimum hair growth, such as iodine, biotin, copper, zinc, magnesium, MSM, silica and B-vitamins. In summary, I've done as much as I possibly can on the inside — both nutritionally and medically — to improve hair growth with not much success. My overall hair density was still a lot less than I'd like.
So before I started this test, I was ready to approach the problem in a more targeted way: applying the right ingredients topically, directly where needed, in an effort to kick-start my follicles. Other hair loss products I've tried prior to this serum did not work for me at all, one of which even caused my scalp to break out in painful lumps. I was hopeful Truth Vitality Advanced Complex ($59-$79 in the shop) would be my solution.
After much research, the science behind the Truth Vitality hair products seemed to make total sense. I had already decided I was going to order the shampoo, conditioner and serum before being chosen to test the serum. While I was eagerly awaiting its arrival, I hit the top of my head after putting something in the dishwasher and had to have a few stitches, resulting in the loss of more hair in a localized area around the wound. Fortunately, this occurred several days before my Truth Vitality Advanced Complex arrived. I chose to view the aftermath of this accident as an opportunity to not only observe the ability of this product to speed up my hair growth rate in general, but also in the specific area affected by my injury.
Before I began my 30 day trial, I wasn't sure if a month would be enough time. In most cases it can take six to eight weeks to see less shedding and renewed hair growth, depending on the current stage of your hair growth cycle. This is where the addition of Capixyl (a blend of a peptides and the extract of red clover) is a genius complement to the original copper peptide formula. Marta wrote an article on Capixyl, which said, "The Acetyl tetrapeptide-3 stimulates and reinforces the structures around hair follicles, providing a firmer anchor for each hair, lengthening the hair shaft and increasing follicle length by 35 percent after only eight days of treatment. It also boosts type lll collagen synthesis and collagen Vll, a major constituent of the anchoring fibrils located in the basement membrane around the hair papilla."
The copper peptides are also important. There's something about copper peptides that has always suited my skin, my current favorites being NIOD Copper Amino Isolate Serum 1% ($60 in the shop) and iS Clinical Copper Firming Mist. Here, the copper peptide complex (based on three amino acids and copper) is vital in promoting hair growth, because according to Marta, it "increases cell proliferation and decreases programmed follicle cell death."
THIS STUFF WORKS! I experienced an almost immediate reduction in the rate of shedding. I couldn't quite believe it, but I was positive that my hair had stopped shedding after a week. A little after 10 days, I could actually see and feel new hair growth, especially noticeable in the area of recent trauma from my accident but also around the temples.
This serum was a pleasure to use and was easily incorporated into my current hair care regimen. I applied it every day after shampooing and conditioning. It's totally transparent and absorbs quickly without causing any greasiness or flat hair syndrome. After drying my hair, there's actually an unexpected slight boost to the roots, giving a feeling of increased volume.
I have no negative comments or provisos about this serum. I don't use the phrase "potentially life-changing" lightly, but I can honestly state that this product has made all the difference in the world to me personally. And I believe that the scientific evidence is there to back up the results I have seen. I wasn't expecting to achieve such dramatic and noticeable results in just a month, but having delivered, I'm excited to see what might be possible with continued use. I've already bought another Advanced Complex, as well as two more sets of the Truth Vitality 3-Step Hair Care System, which also includes the shampoo and conditioner. Thank you, Marta!