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A lot of us are trying to grow our hair out longer or trying to strengthen and thicken the hair we already have. A lot of that has to do with the hair products we have and how we treat our hair on a daily basis with heat styling and products, but there is a huge part that has to do with how much of certain vitamins and nutrients we have in our bodies as well. If you've been looking to start taking a hair supplement but have no idea what you should be looking for, I'm here to help break it down a little for you. I recently went to Walmart and took a few photos of the supplements they had that were targeted for hair (which is sometimes grouped into hair, skin and nails).
These are obviously not the only choices there are as there are plenty of options at different retailers in store and online and I think we've all heard about Sugar-bear hair supplement gummies by now too! Just keep in mind that supplements can't repair hair that is already damaged and that it can take 3-6 months to start seeing real results from your hair supplements. As always, avoid ingredients you may be sensitive too and if you have a pre-existing condition, are pregnant or breastfeeding make sure to consult with your doctor before starting any new vitamins or supplements.
You'll notice a theme of similar ingredients in hair supplements because there are so many things that go into having healthy scalps, hair follicles and therefore hair! Some things to look for are:
Iron: If you have low iron it can contribute to brittle hair that is dry and eventually leads to hair loss. Low iron affects bloods ability to flow to the scalp so if you are low on iron supplementing should help your hair's integrity. However, be sure to have your levels checked as you can actually take too much iron.
B Vitamins, especially B7 better known as Biotin: If you are deficient in B vitamins it can lead to dull hair because B vitamins help create red blood cells which carry oxygen and nutrients to our scalps. Biotin is a great hair supplement and helps to strengthen your hair overall. However, it is best to start with a lower amount of biotin as some people are really sensitive to it and it has been known to cause skin breakouts in some people.
Omega-3 Fats: If you have a dry and itchy scalp you may be suffering from low levels of omega-3 fats. Having them in a hair supplement is great because they help to balance the sebum levels on your scalp.
Zinc: Low levels of zinc can lead to hair loss and are great to include in a hair supplement!
Vitamin D: Vitamin D helps to create new hair follicles and is great for your immune system too.
Vitamin C: Not only is vitamin C great for your immune system, it helps in the production of collagen which is great for your hair, skin and nails.
Vitamin E: Vitamin E can help to prevent free radical stress on hair follicles which inevitably leads to hair damage.
Do you currently take any hair supplements?!
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