May 16, 2017

Best Vitamins for Hair Growth: A Complete Guide

Hair is really important. Don’t believe us? Just ask Rapunzel what she would’ve done when trapped in a tower in the middle of nowhere, if she didn’t have her long hair. But, having beautiful hair has its aesthetic perks. Of course, healthy and strong hair doesn’t just happen. It needs to be nurtured and taken care of. Besides the shampoos, hair regenerators, masks and sprays, it is also imperative to feed the hair from the inside, with the vitamins that enable it better growth and health. 





Biotin – promoting strong hair growth
As one of the most efficient vitamins for promoting hair growth, biotin is a B-complex vitamin that is sometimes also referred to as Vitamin H. It increases the hair’s elasticity, protects against dryness and prevents breakage. Furthermore, biotin contributes to natural production of keratin, an essential component of healthy hair.





If your organism suffers from biotin deficiency, you will notice symptoms such as hair loss, dermatological issues, chronic conjunctivitis and sometimes even depression. You can get biotin through consuming brown rice, lentils, green peas, oats and bulgur. There are also various hair masks and products containing this vitamin.


Vitamin A – producing healthy sebum
Vitamin A is an antioxidant also known as retinol. It is mostly appreciated because of its positive impact on eye health, but it is also used to promote healthy hair. It aids with producing healthy sebum (oily substance secreted by the scalp) and thus protects the hair from drying out and breaking off. 





You can find vitamin A in spinach, carrots, peaches and krill oil. Vitamin A can also be introduced through supplementation.


Vitamin E – aiding the body in producing new hair
Vitamin E is the most famous for its skin-nourishing properties, but its benefits go far beyond the skin. It also aids the body’s blood circulation by increasing oxygen intake, which in turn helps the body in producing new hair. 





Besides the regular food sources like leafy greens, nuts, soybeans and beans, vitamin E is one of the nutrients we can find in Nioxin hair products for care, renewal and protection. As a powerful antioxidant, it helps decrease the environmental damage on your hair, which makes it the perfect addition to a hair detox, that should be done every once in a while.


Vitamin B5 – reducing the natural hair loss
Vitamin B5, otherwise called pantothenic acid, is an essential vitamin for hair growth. If you are experiencing hair loss, you might be suffering from B5 deficiency, because you hair follicles aren’t getting the nutrients they need in order to function. This vitamin is also effective in prevention of hair graying due to aging. Since it helps getting the scalp rid of dead cells, it’s also useful for detox. 




Vitamin B5 can be found in eggs and whole grains, but it can also be taken through Vitamin B complex vitamins.


Vitamin D – opening follicles for hair growth
The link between vitamin D and hair growth has been neglected for a long time. However, in the last couple of years many studies found that this vitamin is crucial for activating stem cells in hair follicles and triggering the re-growth process of damaged skin cells of the scalp. This allows the cells to regenerate and enable hair growth. 




Boosting the vitamin D levels will clearly bring many benefits to your hair, so if you want to do that, you should include salmon, catfish, tuna, beef liver, mushrooms and eggs into your diet. Moderate sun exposure when the sun isn’t in its zenith can also help, but if you are still lacking this essential vitamin, you can turn to supplements.

Our hair is a reflection of our inner health, but we often disregard this and care for it only from the outside. Hair care, though, should go beyond products and extend to detox and introduction of essential vitamins into our diet. 


Guest Post by: Sophia Smith

Sophia is a beauty and style blogger and eco-lifestyle lover. She is very passionate about natural  skincare, yoga and mindful living. Over the years she wrote pieces for: Eco Warrior Princess, How to Simplify, Urban Naturale, Viva Glam Magazine, Art of Healthy Living and Oh My Heartsie Girl. You can find out more about her writing following her on: Facebook  Twitter  Google + 


Thanks a lot for this article Sophia!


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