Walk down the vitamin aisle of any supermarket, or do a quick google search on ‘hair vitamins’, and you’ll be hit with countless amounts of companies promising you their hair supplement to be the ‘answer to all your hair woes’. This amount of info can be overwhelming, often leaving our #boostbabes with a hundred and one unanswered questions!
If your brain is quickly becoming a battlefield of queries, just hit the brakes. We’re about to breakdown all there is to know about these tiny pills, weighing in on whether they’re worth the hype or a total bust!
What are hair supplements?
Like any other type of supplement, hair supplements are just that; ‘a supplement’. They are used to replace essential vitamins, minerals, herbs, botanicals, enzymes, amino acids, or other dietary ingredients not being received in sufficient quantities through one’s daily food intake.
For the most part, hair supplements are taken by mouth in the form of a capsule but can be found in pill, tablet or liquid form.
Do they make your hair grow?
Before looking at hair supplement’s effectiveness, it’s important to establish the cause of your hair loss in the first place. If hair loss is coming from nutritional deficiencies, then yes, a hair supplement will likely aid in promoting hair growth.
If your hair loss/thinning is a result of stress, a huge factor of hair loss, then while hair supplements will help ‘promote’ hair growth (by ensuring you’re receiving sufficient nutrients), you’ll also need to combat the root cause of your hair loss for long term success.
How do you know if you’re choosing the right type of hair supplements?
Before you go rushing out the door to buy your hair supplements, it’s essential to do your research and make sure you’re buying supplements from reputable sources, backed by scientific research and made with quality ingredients.
What to look out for?
Ensure the hair supplements you take have been manufactured to GMP Standards. ‘GMP’ stands for ‘Good Manufacturing Practice’, and is a system created to ensure that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.
Location of manufacturing facilities:
Apart from GMP standards, the location of the manufacturing facilities used is extremely important when talking about hair supplements. Every country has its own level of ‘strictness’ and standards they see sufficient to uphold. Unfortunately, not all countries standards are as high as Australian regulations, allowing for gaps/shortcuts to be made.
The easiest and safest way to combat this area of concern is to make sure all hair supplements you purchase are made and manufactured in local, Australian facilities; takes all the guess work out!
Ingredients to stay away from:
If you flip your bottle of hair supplements over to the back, you’ll notice a list of ingredients. Near that, you’ll also see a section that says ‘free from’. If your bottle has this, we’re off to a good start!
You want your supplements to be free from ‘filler’ ingredients like added gluten, dairy, lactose, nuts, yeast, egg, artificial colours & flavours, sugar & MSG. These ingredients do nothing for your hair’s health and are a dead giveaway that these supplements aren’t high-quality.
Ingredients to look out for (major tick):
Biotin, a type of B Vitamin, is an ingredient you do want in your hair capsules. Scientific research has shown that a deficiency in this vitamin can lead to hair loss/thinning.
Therefore, if supplemented, an increase in Biotin can aid in stimulating growth and thickening hair.
|Vitamin B6||B6 helps create red blood cells. These red blood cells carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. These processes are important for hair growth.|
|Zinc||Research has found a link between hair loss and zinc deficiencies, so ensuring you get enough zinc in your diet can help reduce hair loss and promote growth.|
|Vitamin C||Vitamin C is a key component used by the body to create a protein known as collagen. Collagen’s amino acids help strengthen the skin that contains your hair roots and build hair proteins, making them essential for hair growth.|
Vitamin E diminishes the number of free radicals and oxidative stress that cause hair follicle cells to break down.
This breakdown contributes to hair loss, so ensuring you’re getting enough vitamin E can aid in maintaining hair growth.
Do hair supplements work? The answer isn’t black or white.
There are many factors to consider. Yes, hair supplements can be amazing at aiding hair growth if (if being the keyword) you choose the right type.
Always ensure you purchase from reputable companies who have used scientific research in the formulation of their supplements. These products should also be made in Australia to strict GMP standards, free from nasties and only full of hair-loving ingredients.
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