I’ve been SO invested in my hair care lately. I always look forward to setting aside time to take care of the woman who matters most in my life — me! That may seem selfish at first, but trust me when I say that taking care of yourself is the most important job you will ever have. They always say you can’t pour from an empty cup, and speaking from experience, I think they’re right!
That’s why I’ve listed out my top five favorite vitamins for hair growth! I think you’ll want to take a deep dive to keep your real hair looking as healthy and happy as your Xo Britt clip-in hair extensions!
1. Vitamin A
All cells need vitamin A for growth. This includes hair, our body’s fastest growing tissue! Vitamin A also helps skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy. Diets deficient in vitamin A may lead to several problems including hair loss.
While it’s important to get enough vitamin A, you don’t want too much. Studies show that too much vitamin A can also contribute to hair loss, so make sure to keep a healthy balance!
PRO TIP: Sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkins, spinach, and kale are all high in beta-carotene, which is turned into vitamin A. Vitamin A can also be found in animal products such as milk, eggs, and yogurt. Cod liver oil is another particularly good source.
2. B vitamins
One of the best known vitamins for hair growth is a B vitamin called biotin. Although biotin is used as an alternative hair loss treatment, those who are deficient get the best results from taking this vitamin daily. Biotin deficiencies are very rare because it occurs naturally in a wide range of foods. There’s also a lack of data about whether biotin is effective for hair growth in healthy individuals. Other B vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. These processes are SO important for hair growth!
PRO TIP: You can get B vitamins from many foods including whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood, and dark, leafy greens. Additionally, animal foods are the only good sources of vitamin B12, so if you’re following a vegetarian or vegan diet, I highly suggest considering taking a supplement!
3. Vitamin C
Did you know that free radical damage can block growth and cause your hair to age? Luckily for you, vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against damage caused by free radicals. In addition, your body needs vitamin C to create a protein known as collagen, an important part of hair structure. Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.
PRO TIP: Strawberries, peppers, guavas, and citrus fruits are all good sources of vitamin C.
4. Vitamin D
Low levels of vitamin D are linked to alopecia, a technical term for hair loss. Vitamin D is believed to play a large role in overall hair production. Your body produces vitamin D through direct contact with the sun’s rays; however, you can also take in extra sources as needed!
PRO TIP: Good sources of vitamin D include fatty fish, cod liver oil, some mushrooms, and fortified food.
5. Vitamin E
Similar to vitamin C, vitamin E is an antioxidant that can help prevent oxidative stress. In one study, people with hair loss experienced a 34.5% increase in hair growth after supplementing with vitamin E for 8 months!
PRO TIP: Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach, and avocados are all good sources of vitamin E.
That’s it for now, babe, but don’t forget to tune in next week! Stay connected with me on Instagram at @xobrittaldean, and use the hashtag #xobrittbabe for a chance to be featured!
Xo Britt 💋