We all want to achieve strong, healthy hair. The right shampoos, conditioners, moisturizers, and styling products can do wonders for keeping our curls vibrant, bouncy, and shiny. A healthy diet that includes dark, leafy greens, healthy fats like omega-3s, and plenty of water (not to mention exercise) also plays a major role in healthy hair growth and retention.
Vitamins and minerals are essential to our hair, too, and making sure we get the right amount of these nutrients could mean that we have more great hair days. Read on to learn which vitamins and minerals are best for healthy hair!
Vitamins A and D
Our bodies rely on vitamin A for growth. Not only does vitamin A promote growth, it also produces sebum, an oily substance that keeps our skin and scalp moisturized. Foods such as sweet potatoes, spinach, and milk provide good amounts of vitamin A, as do cod liver oil, carrots, and eggs.
Vitamin D, which is frequently associated with bone health, has been linked to hair loss in some studies. While research is inconclusive, it’s possible that vitamin D helps stimulate hair follicles-- specifically creating new follicles, which promotes hair growth. Our bodies produce some vitamin D when we’re out in the sun; fatty fish and cod liver oil also contains vitamin D. However, as many people suffer from too little vitamin D, a supplement may provide a helpful boost.
Vitamins C and E
Vitamins C and E work as antioxidants, and vitamin C in particular works to create collagen, which is a critical element in our hair’s structure. Adding citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, as well as strawberries and sweet peppers can give you a good amount of vitamin C. To ensure you’re getting your recommended amount of vitamin E, try sunflower seeds, avocados, and spinach.
Biotin, Zinc, and Iron
As the star of the B-vitamins as far as healthy hair is concerned, biotin is considered one of the most important nutrients when it comes to hair growth. However, other B-vitamins also play an important role in promoting healthy hair; these vitamins ensure that plenty of oxygen and nutrients get to the scalp by keeping red blood cells healthy.
Iron, like B-vitamins, supports red blood cells, which carry oxygen to our cells. Zinc, found in certain whole foods like wheat germ and oysters, works to keep oil glands surrounding hair follicles in proper function.
Biotin, zinc, and iron, along with vitamins C, D, and E are among the essential vitamins in Tailored Beauty Hair Vitamins. With a blend of these and other vitamins and minerals, and nature-inspired ingredients such as aloe vera, fenugreek seed, horsetail, and sage, our twice-daily vegan supplements stimulate healthy hair growth.