How I Got My Hair Volume Back (Ft. Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Range Review)

I feel like great stories always start with great hair.

Rewind 4 years and I would tell you stories about how I was actually TRYING to thin out my hair. Born with classic coarse thick Asian hair, I always hated how heavy and thick my hair was. There’s actually a hair styling appointment you can book at asian salons called “thinning”. Crazy, right? I suppose we always want what we can’t have. 

Fast forward 4 years, and I’ve bleached my hair to death, tried every colour under the sun (I might as well be a unicorn), and effectively thinned out my hair… a bit too much. Naturally, when you bleach or colour your hair, you’re stripping it of its integrity. Over the years, I’ve had tons of breakage and my hair just doesn’t grow out as quickly anymore. It’s natural when you’re putting your hair through the ringer (aka going from the blackest of black hair to platinum blonde). 


That being said, it’s something I’ve been super insecure about for the past little while. I remember people telling me how much they loved my luscious locks; and I just don’t feel like I have that bounce or volume to it anymore. And as much as I am a huge believer that confidence comes from the inside, I also think you need to be able to look in the mirror and feel it. 

Testing Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Range

When I heard about Viviscal’s new Gorgeous Growth Densifying Range, I had to give it a try. The nourishment system is supported by 9 clinical studies, and the Viviscal Extra Strength Supplements are used by Gwyneth Paltrow, J-Anniston, and Miley Cyrus. 

And the full range (shampoo, conditioner, and elixir) works with this already raved-about, clinically proven, hair growth supplements as a dual action team and essentially promotes denser hair growth from both the inside and outside.

So if you’re taking the natural supplements, you definitely need to try the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth system in its entirety. 


Before trying products, I always look at the ingredients (especially since there are certain chemicals that will make my hair turn green – seriously. It’s happened). But I was really interested in the fact that this range contained amazing things like Biotin, Keratin, and Zinc… all which protect your hair, promotes a lasting colour, and heat protects. It checked off all the boxes. 

It seemed pretty legit to me, so I tested it out for the past little while. 


Watch me use the system from start to finish: 


Chasing that va-va-volume! πŸ™ŒπŸ»πŸ’πŸΌ INSPIRATION: because there’s no party like a big hair party, right πŸ™†πŸΌ? Basically every hairstyle looks better with density and volume in your hair, and it has honestly been ​amazing trying out @viviscalcanada’s Gorgeous Growth Densifying range available at @shoppersdrugmartofficial! Showing you the before and after of just one wash (light, fluffy, voluminous hair). It has truly brought my dying dreads back to life and my hair’s never grown quicker. Full review on the entire range on the blog πŸ˜€πŸ‘†πŸ»! May your hair be strong, and your smiles even stronger today friends 😊❀️! #LoveYourHair #GorgeousGrowth #Ambassador

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The Results

I wash my hair about twice a week max. I’ve trained my scalp to not need washing everyday. It would make my hair far too dried out. I replaced my current system with the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Range – including their shampoo, conditioner, and elixir (a leave in treatment on clean, damp hair, or on dry hair as a styling aid). After washing my hair, I typically finger comb and rough dry with a hair dryer (no round brushing).

What I really loved about the line was that it left my hair feeling fluffy, but not frizzy, and surprisingly not oily or weighed down. A lot of volume based products I’ve tried in the past leave your hair with that sticky feeling or look frizzy. 

It kept my hair sleek but gave it a bit of a face lift (if that makes sense haha). 

The scent of the Viviscal products is also really refreshing. I find that most volume based products always have a very strong perfume scent that often gives me a headache. The scent of the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Range is floral, but not pungent; but what surprised me the most is that the scent really lasted. Even after walking around the city all day (you know what I’m talking about), my hair didn’t have that “outside smell”. 

The good thing about coloured hair and having naturally dark hair is really being able to see your roots grow out. I typically rush back to the salon to get them bleached back, so as not to look like a skunk haha, but my dark roots actually gave me a gauge of my hair growth. And honestly, since using the range, my hair (especially those baby hairs from breakage) has grown back quicker. 

All in All…

This line is awesome. It’s not flashy, it truly does what it says it does. It helps you to achieve thicker, fuller-looking hair. 

I found it awesome to use right before I headed to an event where I wanted full hair or right before I do a volume-based hair style. Normally I wash my hair the night before to get rid of frizziness, but I don’t need to do that with the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Range. I just wash, style (which really means brush haha), and go. 

I also let a couple of my friends and family who have naturally thin hair try it and they loved it too. I think whatever hair you’re blessed with, these products will give it that bump you’re looking for, without the teasing, frying, and hair flips. 

If you want to try the Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying range out, it’s available at my fav, Shoppers Drug Mart (always a plus – I hate trekking far and wide to find my favourite hair products). 

Let me know what you think and if you’ve ever tried densifying/volumizing products before! I’d love to hear your hair va-va-voom secrets! 

mel inspired

*** This post was made in generous partnership with Viviscal Canada. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 

  • Your hair looks great, I love voluminous, dense hair. Gives it some life!

    xoxo Falasha
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    • Mel

      Thank you so much Falasha! Totally agree! I feel like all great hair starts with good volume and density. The Viviscal range totally does just that too. It’s godsent!

  • Oh, I think I need these products now! I am struggling with lack of volume and greasy scalp, which needs washing almost every day!
    Thanks for sharing this!

    xo Corina

    • Mel

      Amazing! So glad it could help Corina! Honestly, it works so well! It’s perfect for volume and cleansing, but without stripping your hair. It keeps it so fluffy!

  • That’s exactly what I need! after bleaching my hair, it looks so thin and without any volume. Thanks!

    • Mel

      It’s perfect for bleached hair! And I totally hear what you mean girl. My hair has been through the ringer and naturally, has had a lot of breakage. Definitely try this range out! It works really well!

  • Ooo looks like an amazing brand. Your hair looks so healthy and gorg!!

    Enclothed Cognition

    • Mel

      Aw thanks Keri! It definitely feels so much better after using this range πŸ™‚

  • Love voluminous hair ! But I’ve never heard of this brand before, I should give it a try !
    Your hair looks so great !


    • Mel

      There’s definitely nothing better than voluminous hair for sure! Definitely give it a try girl. It’s amazing! Thanks for stopping by Nina πŸ™‚

  • I have to try these products, thanks for sharing!

    • Mel

      Thanks for stopping by Magda! Definitely give it a try. I feel like it’s so good for every hair type!

  • Have never tried this brand but sounds amazing!
    I love you photography!! <3

    X Merel

    • Mel

      Thanks so much Merel! Honestly, it’s done so many wonders to my hair. It’s definitely worth trying!

  • This sounds like an awesome product, lady! I’m in the process of going lighter but trying to maintain my length, so I bet I could use this stuff in my beauty arsenal. πŸ™‚

    Le Stylo Rouge

    • Mel

      Thanks Ashley! It is such an amazing range. This would definitely be a huge plus in your beauty arsenal if you’re thinking of going light πŸ™‚ I have a couple posts about going blonde/light coming up too! This just encouraged me to post them πŸ™‚

  • Great post, i must try these products! πŸ™‚
    Please check out my blog too. That are absolutely stunning photos!

    • Mel

      Aw thanks Viola! Definitely try Viviscal. It’s worked wonders!