If you suffer from thinning hair, you may have tried every product under the sun to combat the problem – from thickening shampoos to scalp exfoliators to hair oils. However, it’s important to remember that while the products you use for your hair play a role in your health, the nutrients you put into your body are just as important. Fortunately, if your diet is lacking in a particular vitamin or mineral, supplements are a great solution.
To discover the best supplements to promote thicker, fuller locks, we spoke to hair experts Ghanima Abdullah of The Right Hairstyles and Ian Turner of Gentleman Haircut, along with Dr. Carrie Lam, MD, FAAMFM, ABAARM. They pointed us to four options you can take every day if you want to put an end to hair loss once and for all.
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Health and beauty experts agree that one of the most important nutrients for hair growth is vitamin B7, also known as biotin. Abdullah says one of the biggest reasons this vitamin can promote healthy hair growth is the fact that it improves circulation in your scalp, which promotes nourishment in the area. Turner points out that this water-soluble vitamin “helps strengthen your hair’s protein structure by helping your body process amino acids more efficiently,” and may even aid in the production of keratin, an essential protein for hair strength.
However, this vitamin not only helps prevent and reverse hair loss; it can also help repair damaged hair and make your locks stronger than ever. Biotin also improves your elasticity
hair cortex, which reduces hair breakage and prevents split ends,” explains Turner. Nice!
Iron is another essential nutrient for hair growth. In fact, low iron levels may be the reason you experience hair loss in the first place. Abdullah explains that it is “necessary to carry oxygen through the bloodstream to the scalp,” noting that “every cell needs oxygen, and some processes, such as hair growth, can suffer from a lack of oxygen.”
If your body is naturally low in this mineral or you don’t get enough of it through your diet, taking a supplement is a good option. Abdullah says adding iron to the mix alongside growth vitamins like biotin allows for a “broader spectrum of health,” which is necessary not only for healthy hair, but for your overall well-being.
3. Vitamin E
Vitamin E is another essential nutrient that can help when it comes to both your hair growth and overall health. “Vitamin E is known as the vitamin for hair, skin, and nails, and for good reason. It’s a powerful antioxidant that can make your scalp healthier. And a healthy scalp is what allows healthy hair to grow,” says Lam.
Of course, as with the other supplements on this list, it’s possible to get a daily dose of vitamin E from your diet. This nutrient is abundant in leafy greens like spinach, so if you like salads, you may already be getting a good amount! However, it is always a good idea to take a supplement. Lam notes that vitamin E is “one of the most important vitamins for hair growth for people with alopecia,” and says it can help promote a healthier scalp both when consumed orally and applied topically.
4. Vitamin C
You may already know that collagen is another vital protein that promotes healthy hair and skin. Turner says one of the best vitamins you can take to boost collagen production is vitamin C, which thankfully can also help your body absorb iron better. That means taking a vitamin C supplement in addition to your iron pill is a good idea if you’re struggling with hair loss.
Additionally, Turner notes that “Vitamin C also helps keep hair follicles healthy so they can produce hair that grows strong and smooth.” Perfect! Your hair will not only grow thicker, it will also become stronger and more beautiful than ever – what more could you want?
At the end of the day, promoting healthier, thicker hair through your diet is all about getting your body the right vitamins and nutrients. The best way to find out which supplements work best for you is to talk to your doctor, but you certainly can’t go wrong with the supplements Abdullah and Turner recommend.