Hi Gretchen! I've been using Viviscal since this summer. I took 2 pills per day for the first 3 months, then 1 pill per day. I really like it. I'm still using the "old" formula (before they added biotin and more of the marine protein complex; extra biotin beyond my multivitamin aggravates my skin). My hair has thickened a bit and seems stronger; I get less breakage. Also a huge reduction in shedding for me. I'm trying to grow it a few inches longer and this seems to be helping me. I will have to give the new formula a try to see what it does; hopefully just taking one per day won't cause havoc for my skin.
I've been Googling "marine protein complex" to see if I can find it in another/cheaper supplement but no luck yet. Years ago when I first joined NC.com, one member who had my dream hair mentioned about kelp supplements so I may look into that more if the new Viviscal flunks for me.
Type: 3b/3c (i), below shoulder length. Modified CG since 5/2004; growing gray since 5/2007.
CO wash: A-O GPB LYY, Salon Care Honey Almond, Devacurl OC, rotating others
Leave-ins: BWC, KCKT, coconut oil overnight
Styling: BRHG, MGA Sculpting Gel, Aubrey Organics Mandarin Magic Gel, LOTD AVG, LALSG
DT: Terax Crema, Moroccan Oil Restorative Mask, Je Veux Revitalizing Mud Mask