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Do Hair Vitamins Really Work?

To understand whether hair vitamins are effective, it’s important to understand the cause of hair loss or hair damage.

Causes of hair loss and hair damage

There are two main causes of hair problems: environmental and biological. Environmental factors include heat from blow dryers, extreme cold, intense sunlight, and hair dyes. Most people who have thinning hair are genetically predisposed to it.

Hair vitamins that contain biotin and other nutrients such as vitamin C, calcium, and iron may thicken hair and stimulate growth in people who are deficient in these nutrients. These nutrients help generate healthy cells in the body, including hair cells. However, there aren’t any studies to show that taking additional vitamins can reverse or prevent hair loss.

If your diet doesn’t include much of a variety of fruits and vegetables (or if you’re not getting enough of these foods), taking a daily multivitamin with minerals may help you get the recommended daily amount of nutrients. If you suspect that your diet is lacking in specific nutrients, you can ask your doctor to test your levels to see if you should be supplementing with vitamins or minerals. For example, deficiencies in iron can lead to anemia, and anemia can contribute to hair loss or have no effect at all depending on the type of anemia.

How to deal with environmental hair problems

Oils and heat protectants

In order to have healthy hair, you need to treat it with care. You should try oiling your hair at least once a week which will stimulate the follicles in your scalp and promote growth. The use of heat protection products is also recommended before using any kind of hair straighteners or curlers as these heat tools can damage the proteins in your hair, making it break off.

Use wigs instead of dying your hair

Who doesn’t want to play around with the color of their hair. It’s a fun way to express your style and who you are. But until you find your perfect shade, consider using wigs instead of dying your hair crazy colors every month. The dyeing process can completely wreck your hair, so if you want to preserve the health of your locks and still experiment with fun colors, wigs are definitely the way to go.

There are many different types of wigs out there (lace front wigs, half wigs, full lace wigs) and most of them look very realistic when styled properly. Full lace wigs look like they’re growing out of your head, so they’re a little more difficult to style than lace front or half wigs. While half wigs just clip in at the crown, lace front wigs have an invisible sheer lace panel that blends in with your scalp that you adhere to with glue or tape.

If you need help picking out the right wig for you, check out this post on how to tell which type of wig is best for your lifestyle.


Hair vitamins are ineffective for most people. There isn’t any evidence that supplementing with nutrients that aren’t deficient promotes hair growth for people with normal levels of these nutrients. The bottom line is that if your diet includes a variety of healthy foods, you probably don’t need hair vitamins.

If you enjoyed reading this article, check out our piece on why sleeping with your hair in a bun is bad for you!

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