Regular visits to the hair salon, and washing and conditioning your hair at home, will give you beautiful locks; but don’t forget the part that your dietary habits play in achieving healthy hair as well.
Certain vitamins are especially good at strengthening, lengthening and beautifying your hair. That’s what this article is all about.
Which Vitamins Do You Need?
Too much or too little of a particular vitamin can contribute to thinning of the hair, brittleness, baldness, and hair and scalp dryness. However, the right amount of certain B vitamins, as well as vitamins A C, and E will give you the hair you’ve always wanted. Your hair will be more radiant, thicker and stronger.
Healthy hair and skin says a lot about how healthy you are, and it makes or breaks a first impression. A little tidbit ladies might find interesting is that one of the primary features on a woman that men find attractive is a healthy, flowing head of hair. So take good care of yours; feed it the vitamins and nutrients that make your hair come alive.
Vitamins to the Rescue
B Vitamins – The B vitamins are probably the best vitamin sources for healthy hair. This includes pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine (B6), biotin (B7), folate (B9) and vitamin B12. All of these vitamins are water soluble, meaning they are easily absorbed by the body and are easily eliminated during urination. So you will need to constantly feed your body with these vitamins in order to capture and keep their effects for your hair’s vitality.
Trace amounts of pantothenic acid are in most of the foods we eat, but you can find high doses of B5 in foods like beans, meat, whole grain and yogurt. Pantothenic acid is believed to help revive dull-looking hair, maintain color richness (as does vitamin B6) and thicken hair. Biotin, also known as vitamin H (for “hair”), is probably the most recommended vitamin for hair growth and strength, and it is thus used very often in hair care products.
Biotin also helps with split ends. Lucky for us, the body makes quite a bit of this vitamin on its own, so few people have biotin deficiency – except in the case of certain medical conditions, including pregnancy, which may result in alopecia and hair loss.
Whole grain, egg yolks and milk provide all the biotin you need. Folate is a hair strengthener too, while vitamin B12 helps with blood circulation that is essential for hair growth. Eat more poultry, eggs and milk to get more B12 and more legumes, leafy veggies and fruits for extra folate.
Vitamin A – Vitamin A provides added moisture and conditioning that your hair needs, leaving it soft, shiny and bouncy like we all desire. Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A when consumed. You can find this great vitamin in foods like carrots, leafy vegetables and meats.
Vitamin C – What can’t vitamin C do? Turns out this vitamin helps the body to produce collagen, an essential fiber that strengthens the hair follicle, so your hair is strong and long. Load up on citrus fruits and dark, leafy veggies for more C.
Vitamin E – Vitamin E stimulates blood flow throughout the body and especially to the scalp, which helps your hair to grow. Vitamin E also seals your hair from damage as a result of outside elements and free radicals that damage healthy cells. For more vitamin E, try fortified cereals, fish and fruits.