The Mane Menu

There have been countless times within the last few weeks that the conversation has turned to me and my hair “secret.” I don’t even know how it happens, but before you know it we are talking about the vitamins and supplements I swear by and I’m texting/emailing/writing them down on the back of a business card. Seriously — Julia, Amanda, Hallie, Christine, Rachel, and Dana from Glam can all vouch! 😉

I figured I would write a little blog post to refrain from sounding like a broken record in the future. So here you have it…

First step, Biotin. Great for your nails and hair! I take 5,000 mcg per day. I noticed a drastic change in my nails withing a week or two! And I think my hair is much stronger now, also. You can find Biotin online or at your local drugstore. Pretty cheap, too!

Next, Viviscal. It’s a twice-daily supplement with some strange-sounding ingredients (Shark Powder and Horsetail Extract), but hey — it works! For more info/ingredients, see the Viviscal Website. My hair has grown so much faster (my Arrojo bill can vouch for this!) and I’m only 2 months in. (You’re supposed to take 2 pills daily for 3-6 months and then take 1 pill per day after that to maintain.) But OMG my eyelashes, THAT’S where I’ve noticed a huge difference so far. Maybe it’s the Biotin, too, who really knows. But I’m not complaining! I’ve always had long eyelashes (thank you, Mom & Dad), but they’re super long and much thicker now!

If you want a few more opinions on Viviscal, it was just featured on!

And now, the questions. I know you’ve got them. I’ll try to answer a few that I’ve gotten so far…

Q: Why do you take Biotin AND Viviscal? A: Biotin is in Viviscal, yes, but your daily intake of Biotin via Viviscal is only 240 mcg. 5,000 > 240

Q: I’ve read a review of Viviscal that said her hair fell out in clumps in the shower. Is this true? A: Yes and No. Hear me out — A few weeks, maybe a month, after I started taking Viviscal, there was one week that I felt like more hair was falling out in the shower than usual. Since then, I have definitely noticed that LESS hair falls out in the shower. I’m attributing the one week hair loss to the fact that Viviscal is supposed to promote existing hair growth, and perhaps it was just speeding up the natural hair growth cycle? I’m no scientist, but this makes sense in my mind.

Any other questions? Feel free to ask in the comments below!


As for a hair tutorial on how I get my every day waves, stay tuned! I plan on filming it as soon as I get settled in my new place in a few weeks. 🙂

Update: You can find my hair tutorial here!

Disclaimer: I’m obviously not a doctor, nor am I a hair expert. Just telling you guys what I do! Please consult your physician if you have any health-related questions. And do your research! Not saying this is right for everyone. It’s just what works for me.

Another Disclaimer: I am in no way compensated by Viviscal or Biotin. I may sound like a salesman, but I just believe in the products. Trust.


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  1. 5.28.13

    After I had my son, I had thicker hair than I’ve ever had. Like way thicker than when I was pregnant. And then in the last year it has REALLY started falling out. I even just had my hairdressser add two side panels of extensions (for fullness not length) in my hair! =( I have been trying to hold out on the biotin because I just felt like I’d need to take it for the rest of my life once I started. But I’m thinking it might be worth it now. Any suggestions on where to get it at the best price? GNC was a rip-off!

    XOXO, Jenn
    The Stylish Housewife

    • 5.28.13
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      I saw your Instagram picture. Looks great! I get my Biotin at Duane Reade (Walgreens) here in New York. I ordered Viviscal online from Walgreens bc they had a promo. It’s way cheaper online than in the Duane Reade stores here in NY.

  2. 5.28.13
    Kodi said:

    Love me some biotin! I’ve never tried Viviscal but have heard good things…maybe I’ll have to try it some time.
    grey et al

  3. 5.28.13

    I too take Biotin and it definitely makes my hair feel like it grows quicker. For great nails try taking a pre-natal – your friends may be mortified if they see it – but you can explain quickly lol – the folic acid is great for nails.

  4. 5.28.13
    Lauren said:

    I’ve been curious about Biotin since I saw it on Pinterest! Your review makes me think I should try it!

  5. 5.28.13

    Thanks for sharing! Never heard of Viviscal. Excited to try!


  6. 5.28.13
    LeeLee said:

    Thanks for sharing. I too, was also curious if it worked.

  7. 5.29.13
    Yanay said:

    I took Biotin and had a breakout reaction to it. I googled it and read some people can have a reaction so I had to stop taking it. 🙁

  8. 5.29.13
    Christine said:

    Thanks for the hair tips! I see you mentioned your salon, Arrojo, in this post. Can you share who you see? I am moving to NYC this week and would love a good stylist recommendation!


    • 5.30.13
      Jessica Sturdy said:

      Sure! I see Tabitha for color and Zeph for cut. 🙂

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