In many cultures, healthy hair is a sign of beauty, health, and youth. Unfortunately, many people struggle with dry, dull, brittle hair and even hair thinning or loss. This has lead to an increase of hair supplements on the market claiming improve growth, shine, thickness, and strength. But do they really work?
Read on as we discuss hair vitamins, their effectiveness, and whether they are worth the cost.
What are hair vitamins?
Hair vitamins are supplements that claim to improve hair growth, thickness, and strength. Some also tout their ability to stop and even reverse hair loss. Many of them contain the same ingredients such as vitamins C and E, biotin, folic acid, collagen, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Are they effective?
Despite the popularity of hair vitamins, there is little clinical data to support their ability to improve hair condition. While certain vitamins are linked to better hair health, most studies show that supplements are only effective in those who have a nutrient deficiency. So taking supplements when you don’t have a deficiency likely won’t improve your hair growth or appearance. Before starting any supplement, talk to your healthcare professional to determine any underlying cause of hair loss.
Which nutrients support healthy hair?
The health of one’s hair is determined by a variety of factors, including genetics, age, hormones, diet, stress, medical conditions, and more. This can make it difficult to accurately pinpoint the root cause of hair thinning or loss. Some signs of unhealthy hair are noticeable thinning or loss, slowed growth, weakness, dryness, dullness, and brittleness. For many, eating a balanced diet with these key nutrients may improve hair health:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Biotin (B7)
Increased hair loss and weakness can also be caused by diets that are extremely low in calories and fat, as well as those that restrict or remove entire food groups. If you suspect an underlying cause, consult a healthcare professional to help identify and treat it. Rather than investing in expensive hair supplements, focus on a healthy diet that includes a variety of colorful fruits, vegetables, protein, whole grains, and healthy fats. And don’t forget to get adequate sleep, exercise, and find ways to manage stress.
Yet sometimes the healthiest of people still struggle with hair loss and thinning. If you’re ready to have that full, healthy head of hair you once had, or always wanted, contact DiStefano Hair Restoration Center today. We’re here to help you realize the bet version of yourself.