Are Hair Vitamins the Secret to Luscious Locs?

by Danielle Bennett
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Chances are, if you’re reading this article, you are curious about hair growth vitamins…and why not? The countless brands, emotional testimonials and a growing list of celebrities hyping their benefits are compelling!

For many people, growing healthy hair is a challenge, so if these miracle-in-a-bottle pills guarantee gorgeous locs, then surely we’re buying-in big. 

But, do these products actually work? 

While it may be tempting to try hair vitamins, doctors say their performance falls short on promises. Ahead are their top reasons why you might be better off investing your money and time elsewhere:

Hair Supplements Are Not FDA-Regulated

The companies do whatever they want. They can mix, add, omit ingredients; even fabricate claims. It doesn’t mean supplements are automatically dangerous, but legislative measures to ensure safety don’t exist. 

They Lack Scientific Evidence 

To date, no clinical studies show supplements promote hair growth, prevent hair loss or improve other facets of the hair. Any published research is funded by the brands themselves and isn’t backed by government-approved data.

Your Body Can Produce Hair-Healthy Nutrients On Its Own

Common ingredients in supplements are vitamins A, C, E, biotin, protein, folic acid and omegas. A diet composed of mostly whole foods naturally aids the body in providing adequate amounts of the same nutrients. 

Side Effects

Supplements might mitigate certain deficiencies, but identifying which exactly is impossible without assistance from doctors. Ingesting excessive amounts of synthetic vitamins and minerals can cause nutrient toxicity, a condition that triggers migraines, diarrhea, constipation, and…dare I say it…hair loss.   

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