We’ve all heard the saying, ‘five a day keeps the doctor away’. But, when sweet treats taste so much better than a bowl of kale, we sometimes skip our daily dosage of fruit and veg. And let’s be real, the constant sugar doesn’t just affect our waistline… we all know that ultimately, beauty starts from within. So, no matter how many masks or oils you put on your hair, if you’re not putting enough vitamins into your body, your hair and skin will suffer. That’s where these five vitamins come in and save the day. Not only will they boost hair growth and keep split ends at bay, but they’ll also help to keep your scalp dandruff free. Start popping these little miracle workers, and you’ll have tresses a Victoria’s Secret model would die for in just a few months.
The Vitamin For A Fuller Mane
MSM (aka Methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur-based compound that can be found in raw, plant-based foods, and it can also be taken as a supplement ($12) – apparently, Cleopatra swore by it! What makes it AHmazing for your hair is it helps your body produce collagen and keratin, both of which are essential for maintaining healthy manes. It’s referred to as the beauty mineral because within two weeks it’ll boost the thickness of your hair, increasing the diameter of each strand while getting rid of any split end inducing toxins. It’s a fast track ticket to fuller, more fabulous hair!
The Vitamin That Prevents Hair Loss
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin ($8), which helps our body convert fats, proteins, and carbohydrates so that all the nutrients we eat can be absorbed into our body. This means Biotin plays an essential role in hair health, as otherwise, our bodies can’t absorb any goodness, even if our diet is super healthy. Without enough Biotin in your body, your locks can look dull and brittle, and you can even suffer from hair loss.
The Vitamin For Flake-Free, Healthy Hair
We know this sounds extra AF and a little bit gross, but the benefits of taking Shark Cartilage supplements are huge. The substance is derived from the dried and powdered skeleton of sharks found in the Pacific Ocean. It’s an amazing 40% percent pure collagen protein and it’s packed with amino acids that strengthen your hair follicles, preventing any breakage or split ends from forming. High in iron and calcium, it will also boost your scalp’s blood circulation keeping hair flake-free – it kinda makes the ‘ick’ factor all worth it! We get ours, here ($24).
The Vitamin For Supermodel Shine
Omega 3 capsules ($30) are made of the oil taken from the tissues of cold water fish. They’re super high in fatty acids and vitamins that replenish and strengthen your hair, adding killer shine. It’s essentially a natural lubricant for your scalp, allowing it to feed your mane with healthy oils so that it doesn’t look dry and damaged. The fatty acids also work as an anti-inflammatory, which can promote growth as it opens up the hair follicles. Finally, it boosts the production of hormones, which affect the health and sheen of your hair.
The Vitamin For Long Glossy Locks
Silica is a compound made up of silicon and oxygen and can be found in leafy greens, vegetables, and whole grains, or as a supplement ($10). We’re born with high levels of Silica (which is why children have such soft hair), but as we get older it’s deposited through our pores. Adding silica to your body encourages glossy growth by strengthening the blood vessels and stimulating blood flow, which leads to rapid growth spurts and silky texture. Who doesn’t want hair as long as Rapunzel’s?
For more tips on getting healthy hair, check out our post about 5 Things You Should Never Do If You Want Hair Like Rapunzel here.