Hair vitamins are substances that are said to improve the health of one’s hair. Leading brands, for instance, contend that their product lines will increase hair growth, shine, texture, and strength. Many factors, both internal and external, influence hair growth and health. Having said that, many people who swear by hair multivitamins to promote overall hair health.
The theory behind hair supplements now boils down to internal structural support. Keratin, a type of protein that contains about 18 amino acids, is the main component of hair. Many products on the market comprise similar ingredients, such as biotin, vitamins C and E, collagen, folic acid, and essential fatty acids. They may also include ingredients such as ashwagandha and ginseng, which some people believe can help strengthen hair.
Many women vow by their favourite hair vitamins, because for some, they do wonders for their strands and creases. And because their mechanisms are more concerned with creating optimal conditions for hair health, it’s difficult to determine how much they influence hair growth. Not to mention, the formulation is crucial to the efficacy of any supplement. Despite their widespread popularity, such merchandise is mostly endorsed by paid celebrities and influencers, and only very seldom by health professionals.
So, what does science have to say about it?
I wouldn’t want to pop your bubble, but according to some professionals, even though hair supplement vitamins contain substances that encourage hair growth (such as biotin and vitamins A, C, D, and E), the effect isn’t always guaranteed. I remember trying Biotin Vitamins for a short period and then stopped using it when I read an article about how damaging it can be to the body.
But is it damaging?
They are not particularly harmful because, at the end of the day, they are simply supplemented nutrients.
But, how do they work for a select few?
Vitamin D deficiency and a lack of iron are common causes of hair loss, so when people successfully take a vitamin to supplement and stimulate hair growth. And it appears to be effective for them. And most of the “research” done on these is also sponsored by the brand itself, decreasing its credibility.
Rather than taking unreasonable medications to promote hair growth, try working with a medical professional to evaluate any underlying reasons of hair loss and screen for deficiencies which can be treated via your nutrition, carefully chosen supplements, or even both.