Feed your hair.
You heard us, but we should be clear, this doesn’t mean you should be trying to pat down your hair with a hamburger trying to absorb the oils into your head.
No, we mean that just like feeding your body is important, you should also feed your hair to give it the proper nutrients it needs through various vitamins. If you’ve been struggling with hair loss or growth, a potential lack of the nutrients could be the leading cause. Check out our list below of the best hair vitamins for your head.
Let’s start at the beginning of the vitamin alphabet. Your hair needs vitamin A to stay moisturized and grow. However, this is an important vitamin to watch your intake of, as taking too much can actually contribute to hair loss.
You can get vitamin A from sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and kale in addition to products like milk and eggs.
Continuing down the list of ‘alphabetamins’, are various vitamins ‘b’ vitamins like B-12, B-1, B-2, and B-5. These nutrients ride the highway of your blood carrying oxygen and nutrients to your scalp and thus helping with hair growth.
Some of the best sources of these vitamins are from eating whole grains, meat, seafood, and dark leafy greens like broccoli.
You’re probably ‘b’-ginning to ‘c’ a pattern here by now, but vitamin A, B, and C are all important to hair growth and health. Vitamin C contributes to your overall health, but in terms of hair it’s needed to make collagen, an important part of hair structure and helps reduce hair aging. It also helps in absorbing iron, another important nutrient of hair care.
Pick up some vitamin C in citrus fruits, peppers, and strawberries.
Alright, so we broke the hair vitamin alphabet, but this nutrient is no less important; iron deficiency is often a major cause of hair loss in women. Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen which is important for all bodily functions, not just hair loss.
Some of the best sources of iron come from clams, oysters, red meat, spinach, and lentils.
Like vitamin A, this is also a close one to keep an eye on since too much can potentially contribute to hair loss. However, in proper portions Zinc can improve hair tissue growth and repair in addition to keeping the oil glands around the follicles working.
Get some zinc in your system with oysters, beef, and pumpkin seeds.
Other Hair Vitamin Supplements
There are plenty of hair health products out there that claim to have the secret to hair growth or health in a bottle or pill. While some have been known to help, be cautious of any major claims any of them make and talk to your doctor if you’re not sure before trying them.