Dreaming of silkier locks?
Beyond choosing the right products for your hair and eating a nutrient-packed diet, you might want to think about treating it with a few extra vitamins and minerals.
Why might I need extra vitamins for my hair?
There are many reasons why you might want to consider supporting your hair’s health with a few extra vitamins1. Most importantly, vitamins and minerals are absolutely essential for numerous bodily functions – including growing new cells such as your hair follicles.
If you have a deficiency of those vitamins which typically nourish and support healthy hair growth, you might notice that your mane starts to look dry and lacklustre. While things like deep conditioner and hair masks can have great short-term benefits, you’ll need to adapt your diet or take extra supplements to see any effects in the long run.
Cutting your hair regularly is also a fantastic way of boosting the health of your hair. Even if you’re trying to grow it, a trim every two to three months will noticeably improve the condition of your locks.
So, which vitamins are best for your hair?
Wondering what vitamins are good for your locks? Consider buying hair growth supplements containing the following:
Vitamin A can potentially do two things for dull hair. Firstly, studies show that it helps stimulate the cells to grow new hair. What’s more, vitamin A is thought to prompt the pores in your scalp to produce more oil which can then moisturise it and give it shine2.
Good sources: eggs, cod liver oil, sweet potatoes, carrots and leafy green vegetables
Some types of vitamin B are thought to be directly linked to hair growth as they help carry oxygen to the cells in your scalp which then stimulate the follicles. Biotin is a particularly good form of vitamin B when it comes to hair. You’ll find it’s a common ingredient in a lot of hair growth products, although most people should be able to get enough biotin through their diet alone3.
Good sources: nuts, eggs, legumes, meat and leafy green vegetables
You might associate vitamin C with your immune system, but did you know that it can also help boost hair growth, too? That’s because it assists our bodies in making collagen, a substance which is rich in amino acids that aid in strengthening hair follicles. Vitamin C can also help combat free radicals, molecules which damage your cells and lead to slower hair growth4.
Good sources: citrus fruits, peppers, broccoli and strawberries
Another vitamin which is known to promote cell regeneration is vitamin E. It does this by aiding in repairing cell tissue, including on your scalp. Vitamin E is also a known anti-inflammatory, meaning it may help soothe your scalp if you suffer from conditions like dandruff5.
Good sources: almonds, avocados and sunflower seeds
Zinc has many uses around the body, including assisting with cell tissue growth. It also plays an important role in the oil glands in your scalp and makes sure they produce enough sebum to keep your hair moisturised and your scalp hydrated6.
Good sources: spinach, lentils and pumpkin seeds
If you’re deficient in any of the above vitamins and unable to get the correct amounts through your diet alone, consult you GP as it might be worth taking a supplement. Have a browse of our full range of hair support vitamins, oils and sprays which may help improve the health and overall appearance of your mane.
Last updated: 7 April 2020
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