Hair Vitamins (Hair Loss, Hair Growth and Hair Health)

Hair Vitamins (Hair Loss, Hair Growth and Hair Health)

Hair Vitamins

Hair vitamins are vitamins and minerals that can improve the condition of your hair, whether by removing dandruff or assisting with hair growth. There are many different vitamins that can help with this, and we will list them for you in this article.

What Are Hair Vitamins?

We have focused on hair growth and hair loss in the past, but these hair vitamins are all about improving the overall condition of your hair. That includes using some of the same vitamins and minerals that we recommend for hair growth, as well as a host of others.

You’ve probably seen the shampoo commercials that hail “breakthroughs in hair care” and claim that certain vitamins will work miracles on your follicles when applied directly. You are no doubt suspicious of these, and you should be as well. Because while a small minority of substances can work wonders when applied directly to your scalp, vitamins are very rarely in that category.

The scalp is really poor at absorbing these vitamins, but the digestive system is not. After all, its whole purpose is to ingest and process vitamins, minerals and other nutrients. It only makes sense that it is going to be better at this than your skin.

Most of the vitamins you apply directly just don’t work. Not only that, but they are often underused in shampoos, not to mention overpriced. The best way to take advantage of the benefits that these vitamins provide it to consume them in the food you eat. Only when you are convinced that you are not getting enough of them on daily basis should you look to supplement with a multi-vitamin. At no point should you try to apply them directly to your scalp.

Vitamin E

Hair Vitamins E

This is one of the few vitamins that works really well when applied to your skin. We said we would be giving these vitamins a miss and focusing on ones you consume, and for the rest of the article that’s what we will do, but this is such a beneficial vitamin that we had to mention it.

Vitamin E works wonders for your skin and your scalp. Hair vitamins like this work more for your skin than your hair, but good skin often leads to good hair. What’s more, topical solutions of Vitamin E can get underneath your skin and can nourish the roots and the follicles.

If you have a healthy balanced diet, with plenty of nuts, seeds, grains and everything else that is good for you, then you’re probably getting enough vitamin E, and that’s all you need. It is not going to do you any favors if you consume vast amounts, and it might actually do you harm.

So, focus on getting plenty of Vitamin E from your food and then get the rest as a topical solution. The best Vitamin E concentrations can be found in castor oil and in aloe vera. You can actually create a topical solution from combining both of these products. The oil will protect; the gel will soothe; the Vitamin E concentration will nourish.

Calcium

Hair Vitamins Calcium
This is great for strong teeth and bones, as every milk advert has told you since you were 5. But it can also help with the overall condition of your skin and hair. What’s more, it is very easy to get enough calcium, and if you are also consuming enough Vitamin E and other essential vitamins then it should be absorbed easily into your body.

Calcium is often associated with milk and cheese. We have become so used to hearing how these are great sources for calcium that many people seem to believe these are the only foods that contain them. It’s almost like we expect a food to contain milk, or at least to be white, in order for it to contain calcium.

However, kale is a great source for calcium. You can also get a high concentration of it in other green vegetables like bok choy and watercress.

Vitamin A

There are many hair vitamins that get overlooked because they are commonly associated with other benefits. Such is the case with calcium mentioned above, and it is also the case with Vitamin A.

This is perhaps best known as a vitamin that can help to improve your vision and your immune system. But it is also one of the best hair vitamins. It can strengthen your hair, it can help with dandruff and it may also be able to help with hair growth. You need to avoid consuming too much Vitamin A and it won’t do you any favors if you apply directly to your hair, but if you consume it naturally in food then you should be okay. The following foods all contain Vitamin A:

  • Sweet Potato
  • Carrots
  • Kale
  • Lettuce
  • Apricots
  • Tuna
  • Red Peppers

Vitamin D

This is the sunshine vitamin, so-called because the body produces a lot of it when it is exposed to sunlight. We need sunlight to help absorb it, otherwise we just won’t get enough of it. If you live in cold regions, if you spend a lot of time indoors or if you cover every inch of flesh in thick sun-screen when outdoors, there is a good chance you are not getting enough.

Vitamin D helps with overall skin and hair health. Its benefits are most noticeable in those who don’t get enough; they are likely to suffer from dry scalps, damaged hair, thinning hair and an array of skin problems.

Vitamin D can be found in many foods, including fish and dairy products. But it needs plenty of calcium and sunlight so that the body can absorb it and process it as it should.

You can also supplement with Vitamin D if you don’t think you are getting enough and you can’t remedy that. Many Vitamin D supplements are extracted from sheep’s wool. They store a grease in their wool that is full of Vitamin D because it essentially traps the sunshine. It is this oil that is extracted and concentrated into Vitamin D supplements.

Nothing like a disgusting extraction process to force you outdoors into the sunshine, is there?

B Vitamins

Hair Vitamins B

Finally, we can’t have a hair vitamins article without mentioning B Vitamins and in particular Biotin. We have already discussed this vitamin at length; it’s one of the best vitamins out there when it comes to assisting with hair growth and the overall conditioning of your hair.

There are many positives to Biotin as a haircare vitamin, including:

  • Helps with hair growth as it is involved in biological process
  • Can assist with a number of other bodily processes
  • Is very cheap as a supplement
  • Can be safely consumed in higher doses
  • Is abundant in many foods, including seeds, nuts and dairy
  • Is often found alongside other beneficial B Vitamins, including Niacin and B5.
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