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Do Supplements for Healthy Hair Really Work?

Miley Cyrus Pixie Cut The Belgravia Centre

Miley Cyrus with her blonde ‘pixie’ cut.

Supplements are used by men and women across the world to improve the health and look of their hair, but do they really make any difference? Here are some of the most common supplements designed to strengthen hair:

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant found in many skin and hair products. It encourages capillary growth, and it’s thought that this could make your hair grow longer and stronger. The oil itself is great to use as an intensive conditioner to prevent breakage from heat styling.

L-Lysine

This amino acid helps to build the body’s proteins, so it’s a good supplement to take if you’re looking to boost your hair’s health. Because our bodies don’t produce L-Lysine naturally, we need to acquire it through food sources or supplements. It’s important for collagen formation, which can help to keep hair strong, and also boosts the immune system.

Iron

Iron is one of the most beneficial supplements to take if you’re looking to improve the health of your hair. A deficiency of iron can lead to hair loss or thinning hair, and iron supplements will improve the condition of your hair. You should never take iron tablets without consulting a medical professional, as they can have adverse side effects.

Biotin

Also known as vitamin B7, Biotin is believed to improve the condition of hair. It certainly boosts the body’s production of protein and powers up your metabolism, which could help to grow strong, healthy hair.

Niacin

Niacin improves your blood circulation, which means that nutrients you absorb from food will be delivered to hair follicles more effectively, boosting healthy hair growth. As with any supplement, Niacin has an RDA, and it’s important not to take too much – if you’re experiencing hair loss, you should contact your GP before you decide to take supplements.

Viviscal

This is the supplement which Miley Cyrus began taking in summer 2013 when she decided to grow out her blonde pixie cut. It contains biotin and zinc, which help to promote healthy hair and a special marine complex called AminoMar, which is exclusive to the brand. Whilst some celebrities swear Viviscal works, it’s no substitute for a personalised hair loss treatment.

Does it really work?

The jury is still out as to whether supplements alone have any real, tangible benefit on hair. We do know that certain hair supplements, when taken in conjunction with a specially-tailored hair loss treatment programme, can be hugely effective. Eating a healthy, well balanced diet should give you the nutrients you need to grow long, strong and shiny hair. Stress and lack of sleep can also impact hair loss or lead to hair looking lifeless, so it’s important to learn to relax and get your eight hours of sleep a night!

If you’re experiencing patchy hair loss or thinning hair, it’s more important to see a hair loss expert, rather than simply taking supplements. This will ensure you get to the root cause of your hair loss and explore the hair loss treatments available which can help your hair to grow back strong and healthy.

The Belgravia Centre

The Belgravia Centre is the leader in hair loss treatment in the UK, with two clinics based in Central London. If you are worried about hair loss you can arrange a free consultation with a hair loss expert or complete our online diagnostic form from anywhere in the UK or the rest of the world. View our hair loss success stories, which are the largest collection of such success stories in the world and demonstrate the levels of success that so many of Belgravia’s patients achieve. You can also phone 0800 077 6666 any time for our hair loss helpline or to arrange a free consultation.

 

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14th January, 2014 at 6:09 am

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