Hair vitamins, such as Hairfinity and Manetabolism, are so popular right now, you almost feel like an outsider if you haven’t tried them. Everyone from bloggers and YouTubers to our favorite celebrities are raving about how these magical hair vitamins caused their hair to grow at record speed. A woman would love to be able to just take a pill and have her dream hair, hence the wide appeal. The question is, is it actually possible? The short and honest answer is no. We all know having and maintaining long, healthy hair takes more work than only taking a pill every day. Yet, that doesn’t mean hair vitamins aren’t effective. So, what do these pills have to offer then?
Every healthy hair vitamin contains the same main ingredients: Biotin, MSM, Folic Acid, Vitamins A, D, and B12. This is because all of these ingredients are great for our bodies and our hair.
- Biotin: promotes healthy hair follicles and roots, elasticity within the hair’s cortex, and thickens hair cuticles to decrease breakage.
- MSM: contains sulfur, which stimulates growth and promotes healthy collagen and keratin
- Folic Acid: involved in all three hair follicle cycles; promotes growth by renewing the cells that grow hair.
- Vitamin A: antioxidant that helps scalp produce sebum, which aids in the thickness and shine of hair.
- Vitamin D: enhances the immune system and helps prevent hair shedding.
- Vitamin B12: energy booster, which nourishes and heals the scalp promoting hair growth.
It’s good to remember that if you have a poor diet and/or are deficient in some areas, these vitamins are going to go where your body most needs them first. Taking a vitamin marketed for healthy hair doesn’t mean it will only go to your hair. Having a healthy diet in addition to taking supplements is always the best way to see results.
There are two major side effects that a number of women who take these vitamins for any length of time experience. The first is acne. If you have ever struggled with acne you know this is not something you want to bring on yourself. The theory behind the pills increasing your acne is the surplus of vitamins and minerals that cannot be absorbed through your body tend to work their way into you skin. This is why it is suggested that you increase your water intake in a major way when taking these. This way the excess will be absorbed by the water and flushed from your body.
The second side effect is thinning hair. It will not take you very long to find a review of someone who has had this issue. It is usually due to excessive shedding. Ingredients in the pills extend the length of our hair’s growth phase. However, when that phase comes to an end, hair begins to shed. So while women gain longer lengths, the hair thins once shedding sets in.
So, should you take them? I think that decision is yours to make. I have not used these pills personally, but do consider myself to be pretty well informed. Most of these ingredients can be found at your local pharmacy for a much cheaper price than the major players in the hair vitamin industry. The difference is hair vitamins have much higher dosage of these vitamins. On some labels, you may see ingredients with up to 1000% of the daily value needed. Initially, more may sound better, but that is not always the case. Your body can and will only absorb so much of it, which is why some people experience negative side effects. Still, there are many people who have no side effects and great results. Like many things in life, the results of taking these pills seem to be completely dependent on the individual. But don’t take them just because Kim Kardashian says they worked for her. We all know her hair was long way before she started endorsing these vitamins. If you’re considering taking the vitamins do your research, consult your doctor, and make sure you closely monitor any changes to your hair and body.
Have you tried any hair vitamins? Let us know about your experience in the comments!