FAQ #15 : What are the best hair supplements to take - which ones work?

If your hair feels rough to touch, thinner, or doesn't seem to be growing, you could well be deficient or low in a particular vitamin or mineral. There is no quick fix, but we recommend a balanced diet and taking an excellent multi-vitamin like Viridian Multivitamin and Mineral Formula to encourage healthy hair growth.

The biggest hair-specific nutrition tip is to increase your intake of B vitamins, biotin, and folate. Both the birth control pill and smoking can leech the B vitamin out of you. It’s also worth noting that vitamin B12 is mainly found in meat, so if you are vegetarian it’s important to top up. Vitamin B6 can be found in cruciferous vegetables like kale, and broccoli. As for folate, consume beetroot, berries and lentils and biotin is found in peanuts, almonds, walnuts, avocado and salmon, which can also help prevent your hair from going grey.

To support optimum growth, however, try beauty editor-recommended Solgar Biotin Capsules. Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Growth Supplement is an influencer staple which is packed with hair-strengthening marine protein, so popping two of these a day can help stimulate hair growth and to fortify existing strands. Antioxidants, probiotics, herbal extracts, vitamins and minerals (found in their most natural state) can be found in Wild Nutrition Food-State Skin Hair & Nails, while Imedeen Hair & Nails are rich in Zinc, Biotin and B vitamins and promise a healthier head of hair after one pack. The newest hair nutrient complex on the market is Kansha Alchemy Good Hair. Each dose contains herbs that decrease sensitivity to DHT, a derivative of testosterone which causes androgenic alopecia or male pattern baldness in both men and women, it prevents shedding by keeping hair in the anogen growing phase, which means there is less shedding, and it provides hair with the building blocks for keratin, hair fibre - so hair strands can become thicker for longer.

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