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Published on February 26th, 2019 | by beauty international

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Hair Vitamins…Do they really work?

The hair vitamin market has been getting a lot of buzz lately. But can it live up to the buzz? The effects of hair loss and thinning on self-esteem have been well documented, and with promises of thick, healthy, long and shinny hair, it’s no wonder many people are spending at least £200 annually for these “miracle-in-a-bottle” supplement pills just for the hope of healthy hair. For example, a really popular hair vitamin supplier is ‘Sugar Bear Hair Care’ (which if you follow anyone remotely famous on Instagram, you’ll already have heard about) sell a 6 month supply of these vitamins for £120. They’ve also got a few of the Kardashian sisters endorsing the vitamins on their Snapchat and even Sabrina Carpenter posted an Instagram using them and calling them “Amazing.” However, aside from reviews, Youtube sponsors and Instagram adds, there is no conclusive evidence these products actually work. So, are these pills just glorified publicity stunts?

Allegedly-since supplements and vitamins are not FDA-regulated—hair vitamins strengthen your strands from the inside out. This is thanks to a mix of “hair-friendly” ingredients, like biotin, folic acid, vitamin D, A, C, E, and virtually anything else they want to throw in there. Most hair vitamins are also vegan and vegetarian.

Supposedly, after a few months of taking them your hair will to look silkier and healthier and longer, and your scalp’s oil production can speed up or slow down, depending on which brand and type of you try. Even though all of those vitamins are definitely necessary and beneficial for the growth of your hair, they won’t actually do much if your body is already stocked with them—which it probably already is. Most people get all the vitamins they need to manage their hair growth just from their diet. You might be starting to think this is a lost cause, but, despite lack of evidence, supplements have proven to grow hair healthy and strong.

Even if you ingest triple the vitamins your body needs (but, um, don’t), you won’t actually reap triple, or even double, the hair-growth rewards. “Your body only keeps what it needs, and then it gets rid of the rest,” says Burg. So unless you’re actually missing some key nutrients before you take those supplements, they’re not much use.

There are lot of us running around that are deficient and don’t realize it, because of either dieting, poor nutrition, or intense stress. And when you’re super stressed or not eating enough, your body will shut down your hair growth first and redirect nutrients and energy to the organs that need it most, thus leaving you vitamin deficient. If you are, in fact, deficient, with or without knowing it,  you’ll likely see some benefits from taking vitamins. In fact, supplements can also prevent the shedding stage that comes after a period of stress and dieting. So not only will they boost your vitamin levels, but they’ll help prevent them from getting low in the future.

 

Okay, but what if you’re not vitamin deficient, and you just want some longer, brighter, thicker, bombshell-level hair, like everyone on Insta? We all do. Sorry, but supplements will probably do very little for you. That’s not to say they won’t work at all, but from a point of science here, your odds of them dramatically improving your hair, aren’t great.

And, most importantly, don’t get your hopes up—not everything you see or read on social media is real, even if the hair they’re advertising looks really, really, ridiculously good. Its all about the filters.

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