By Hilary Sheinbaum
In the winter we blow dry, straighten, and tame our strands with heat tools. In the summer, it’s chlorine, saltwater and the sun doing damage to our hair. Cue: breakage, thinning hair and split ends. (Oops!) While healing hair masks, nourishing shampoos & conditioners and leave-in products can help on the outside, it’s also important to care for manes from the inside, too.
For the healthiest hair, Danielle Settembre, owner and founder of Hair Saloon & Cafe in Scarsdale NY, recommends veering away from processed foods.
“A healthy diet promotes healthy hair growth,” she says.
Her suggestions? Natural and organic foods including avocados, fish oils, rosemary, peppermint, coconut oil, and any type of fish like salmon.
Of course, our diets can fluctuate and they don’t always align with our hair goals (and by the way, that’s totally normal). An easy solution to this problem is supplements (containing vitamins), for stronger, longer and thicker hair.
For these issues and other concerns, Settembre recommends Biotin which is well known for stimulating hair growth. “Vitamin C helps promote collagen production, which can help strengthen your hair strands,” Settembre adds. “It’s also a strong antioxidant, which can protect hair strands against oxidative stress.”
With this insightful information in mind, read on for supplements to add to your shopping cart. Adopt one of these to your daily routine for your most terrific tresses to date.
Formulated to benefit hair with a holistic approach; the key ingredients include Biotin, ashwagandha (to manage stress), hyaluronic acid and Ultra-Omega-3. You only need to take one of these pill packs every morning with a meal, and maintaining a consistent supplement regimen can improve the density of hair and propel shinier, voluminous and thicker strands.
Vegans fret not. You can take this supplement duo to stimulate hair growth and soothe your scalp. Some key ingredients might include saffron extract (for stress management), grape seed (for age support), hibiscus extract (for environmental defense), and sesame seed extract (for hair strength) — but, keep in mind, every formula is different and custom made to fit your unique needs… so get ready to answer a few questions about yourself before receiving your new routine.
Targeting the root causes of thinning hair (read: nutrition, environment and stress), this supplement improves hair growth, thickness and strength. Vitamins include Biotin and Vitamin C — but also Vitamin D, Iodine, Zinc and more to support health throughout your entire body!
If your hair is damaged, thinning, full of split ends and breakage, and/or lacking shine, pop out these 30 supplements one day at a time. With Biotin, amino acids, silica, ashwagandha and vitamins C, D, E and more — your hair is bound to improve. Bonus points: these babies are gluten-free, paraben-free and cruelty-free, too.
Now that you know what works — which supplement will be your go-to?