Do hair vitamins really work?
Whether you are a middle-aged man with a receding hairline or a girl in her twenties dreaming of longer strands, you have probably been tempted into trying hair vitamins. The market is abundant with various supplements that promise to give you lush locks. But do they really help with all possible hair problems?
Hair products are one of the most popular goods advertised on social media and online magazines. In the past few years, there has been a surge in new brands for supplements offering pretty-looking jars with miracle pills. Here is what you need to consider when choosing the right product and which vitamins are needed if you have hair problems.
- Should I take hair vitamins ?
- What is the best vitamin for hair ?
- Topical use of hair vitamins
- What are the vitamin-rich foods for hair growth ?
- Conclusion: how to grow hair faster thanks to vitamins
Should I take hair vitamins?
If one asks whether we need vitamins for healthy hair, the answer is obvious: yes. We need a whole complex of them for hair alone. And, of course, not everyone can make a boast of a perfectly-balanced and organic everyday diet. For this reason, it makes total sense to take supplements in addition to your normal diet, right? Well, that is where the matter gets a bit complicated.
First of all, you need to establish how serious your hair problem is. What exactly has changed: the structure, quality or quantity of the hair? Have you developed any bald patches? How does your scalp look: is it dry, itchy or flaky?
The effects of the same hair vitamins will vary between the patients. A person’s metabolic rate, hormone levels and sensitivity towards certain ingredients all come into play here.
We recommend trying our hair vitamins if your hair loss is mild or you want to improve the general look of your strands. Carefully check the source of your product and try to avoid much-hyped glossy bottles: this is a medication and not a beauty toy.
Food supplements should not be considered as a magic potion
If your hair loss is very disturbing, do not self-medicate with supplements. Pay a visit to your doctor and do a full blood test, you might need a thyroid ultrasound examination too. If you do not notice any positive changes after around 2 months of taking hair vitamins, you should stop supplementing and seek medical help.
Sometimes the manufacturers may raise the dosage of a vitamin per pill which will allegedly increase the potency of the product. Do not fall into this trap. By exceeding the recommended daily dosage you increase the chance of side effects. Did you know that, for example, an excess of vitamins A and E can cause hair loss?
At the same time, they are necessary for hair growth too. Hence, knowing the right measure for you is key. Even if there are no adverse effects, your body will simply flush out the excess of the vitamins without utilising them.
What is the best vitamin for hair?
Our hair needs a range of vitamins to be healthy and strong. There is no single best vitamin for hair, it will depend on the individual situation. The following are the most important little players, the lack of which often leads to hair falling out.
There are 8 vitamins in this group; all of them aid the metabolism of fats, carbs and proteins. They are also important for cell regeneration, appetite regulation, good skin and eyesight. Most of them, like B-12, promote hair growth rather indirectly, by taking part in haemoglobin production. Haemoglobin, in turn, carries oxygen through our blood, which is needed for hair follicles to produce new strands.
B7 or biotin is particularly known as a ‘hair vitamin’. Biotin is needed for keratin production, the main protein in hair structure. A biotin deficiency almost always leads to hair loss. Interestingly, it is necessary to have a healthy gut microflora to maintain the right level of biotin in the body.
Along with keratin, collagen is another protein that makes up the structure of the hair. For its regular production, our body needs enough of vitamin C. It is also a great antioxidant that protects the cells from ageing and free radical damage. Air pollution, processed foods, alcohol and nicotine and some other factors create so-called oxidative stress from free radicals.
This element is another fighter with oxidative stress. Moreover, vitamin E can regulate the work of the sebaceous glands and normalise the pH balance of the scalp. It can be used to treat hair loss caused by too much oil production and dandruff. Vitamin E is often added to hair oils and serums due to its ability to make the hair cuticle shinier and smoother.
Vitamin D is a calciferol, i.e. an element responsible for calcium uptake. Its shortage leads to brittle hair and nails and slows down their growth. A few studies established the connection between low levels of the vitamin and alopecia. Besides that, you may suffer from fatigue, mood swings, head and joint aches and dry skin. We receive Vitamin D2 with certain foods, and D3 – by being exposed to the sunlight.
Please remember that vitamin D is fat-soluble and its excess cannot be easily regulated by the body as in water-soluble vitamins. You have to be careful with the dosage and consult the doctor, especially if you have any liver or gastrointestinal conditions.
Topical use of hair vitamins
Very often, cosmetic manufacturers include various essential elements to their products. But can these vitamins work on hair, if not ingested but applied topically?
When the body receives nutrients with food, it will first transport them to the most vital parts and organs. Hair tissue is not vital for our survival, so it can get deprived of the necessary vitamins and minerals. A lot of store-bought ingredients (coconut oil, aloe vera, eggs) can be applied topically in the form of masks and rinses, and they indeed contribute to healthier and better-looking hair and skin.
For instance, it has been proved that the skin can absorb biotin very well. Same is relevant to vitamin D, so it may be sensible to use some vitamin-containing hair products on a regular basis.
Have you tried Dr. Balwi’s hair care products ?
Thanks to a unique combination of ingredients your hair receives the essential nutrients that nourish the roots and hair, and prevent their loss. This is because our hair vitamins are concentrated in Biotin & keratin that are essential for your hair. Therefore unlike ordinary hair care products, ours tackle the problem at the root. Because a stronger and vitalised scalp produces more resistant and, of course, more silky hair!
What are the vitamin-rich foods for hair growth ?
If supplementing does not sound like a good idea to you, try to eat more of the foods that contain several hair vitamins and minerals at once. Adding just a few of them to your everyday meal plan can help significantly. Fill up your plate with these healthy helpers:
- Seafood and fatty fish (B, D, E)
- Green leafy vegetables, e.g. broccoli, spinach (A, C)
- Beans and legumes (B, D, K)
- Nuts, especially Brazil nuts, almonds and walnuts (D, E)
- Eggs (biotin, B12)
- Citrus fruit (C)
- Bell peppers (A and E)
- Orange-coloured vegetables: e.g. sweet potato, carrots (A)
Conclusion: how to grow hair faster thanks to vitamins
Vitamins are greatly responsible for many bodily functions and general well-being. Their deficiency can entail a row of negative consequences, with hair loss among them. Hair vitamins seem a quick and low-effort solution to the problem. That said, in case of severe hair shedding, you might want to go for other ways of treatment and consult a doctor.
Opt for supplements if your hair loss is moderate. When choosing the product, check the source of it as well as its content and the dosage of vitamins and other elements per pill. Besides, do not forget to treat your strands by using homemade remedies and natural cosmetics. Remember to always approach your hair care wisely and trust it to the experts in the field.
Do you have more questions or are you suffering from hair loss issues ? Then feel free to to contact our friendly team that will answer all your queries. Furthermore they can also offer a free and non binding hair analysis. So don’t hesitate if you want to benefit from Dr. Balwi and Elithairtransplant’s expertise for a successful and affordable hair transplant in Turkey !