Do Hair Vitamins Work?
Yes they do! Continue reading below to find out what my results were after using them for a few months - Advantages, disadvantages and are they safe to consume. But before we continue, let's try to get a better understanding of what hair supplements really are and the reason people think they need them.
Hair vitamins are now beginning to gain world worldwide popularity due to recent endorsements by celebrities who swear by them and their throng of fans who follow them. Hair vitamins can come in several forms from gummies to pills and even liquid form. Many people swear by them others think that they are just an overpriced candy that does nothing for your hair.
Who Needs Hair Vitamins?
For most people growing hair is something that just happens. We rarely think about it. But expects to see a fully head of hair every time we look in the mirror. Unfortunately for others, their lives are characterized by a constant and visible reminder that their hair may be in trouble. Some due to disease, mismanagement or just plain bad luck. Whatever the cause may be most just want their hair troubles gone.
Often people suffer from constant breakages and split ends which can stun natural hair growth. Others can suffer for another host of variety of reasons from, genetics, environmental damage, harsh chemicals and excessive heat treatments. Clearly we put our hair through a lot, some more than others, I hopes of getting the perfect hairstyle. But what happens when nothing you do seem to give you the hair you once had, many now turn to a hair supplements in hopes of restoring their full vibrant hair.
What's in hair vitamins?
Most hair vitamins on the market are made up of a combination of other vitamins that have been touted to grow hair. Common among them are:
- Vitamin A - All cells need vitamin A for growth. This includes hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body.
- Vitamin B - One of the best known vitamins for hair growth is a B-vitamin called biotin. Studies link biotin deficiency with hair loss in humans (5).
- Vitamin C - Is an important antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals(6)
- Vitamin D - Research shows that vitamin D can help create new hair follicles — the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair can grow (8)
- Vitamin E - One study, people with hair loss experienced a significant increase in hair growth after taking vitamin E for about 8 months (9)
- Zinc - plays a key role in hair growth and repair. It also keeps the oil glands around the follicles working properly.
Certainly, this is not an exhaustive list. There are many combination of vitamins that can grow hair. But one vitamin really stands out than most - Vitamin B (Biotin). Biotin appears to be the key factor in growing hair and am sure a combination of several other vitamins can form the perfect hair vitamin if there is such a thing.
Are hair vitamins safe?
Well, the supplement market is largely unregulated in the US. However, most supplement manufacturers have to meet certain standards in order to
be an approved manufacturer of supplements. Generally, these manufacturers have large complex operations with many manufacturers offering a broad variety of supplements not just hair vitamins. Additionally, most supplements you buy are manufactured in the USA due to restrictions of the importation of pseudo pharmaceuticals. So, generally speaking, they can be considered safe for the reasons mentioned above. Now, not because some is considered safe, doesn't mean that it eliminates the potential to cause harm. Like with so many other supplements or medication, hair vitamins should be taken within the suggested manufacturers guidelines. It bears saying, too much of a good thing can be bad for you.
So back to our main question. Do hair vitamins really work?
The truth is YES! Now, there is good and bad in every answer. My personal experience with a hair vitamins sold me on them. I too suffered with hair constantly breaking and maybe some vitamin deficiencies that caused my hair not to grow at length. Frustrated with everything else I tried, I decided that a hair vitamin gummy might be what I needed. It was easy to take because it tastes like candy... doesn't mean that it's not potent - just a lot easier to take.
Now, hair vitamins are not an overnight quick fix. And in-fact, it can sometimes can take 2 to 3 months to see any type of results. I took my hair vitamins daily for
three months and saw excellent results. It may be different for some people. I remember waking up one morning, looked in the mirror and saw a noticeable change in my hair. It was visible longer. I was happy to see these results but quick noticed that it grew hair everywhere, I mean everywhere - so there is some
bad news. Unfortunately, hair vitamins/supplements are not targeted only to growing hair on your scalp - they are design to just grow hair no matter where. To me that was a small price to pay...
Hair supplements have the potential to help many people who suffer with some form of hair issues - if taken consistently and responsible you can see great results in a short period of time.