Can Vitamins Really Help Me Grow Healthy Hair
Author: Eddie Yakubovich
An important factor most people overlook when they discuss a thinning or hair loss problem is nutrition. The modern diet for most of us is lacking at best. We should supplement our diets with vitamin and mineral supplementation. Even those of us who really watch what we eat, may not be getting enough of the key nutrient necessary for healthy hair growth. Getting proper nutrition is vital to healthy hair growth, while your body needs a variety of nutrients to maintain proper body functions, there are a handful that are key to hair growth and health.
First we need to caution you that when starting a new vitamin regime, consistency is very important. You also need to be patient, it normally takes from 2 to 3 months to see results in your hair’s condition. It’s also important to check with your doctor before starting a vitamin program, especially if you have health concerns.
Now that we have set a few parameters and made our cautionary statements, let look at some of the more important vitamins when it comes to hair health in no specific order. In an attempt to be as useful as possible we will list the vitamin, any good food sources, and a recommended daily dose for supplementation:
1. Vitamin A – Antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, carrots, apricots and peaches. Daily Dose: 5,000 IU.
2. Vitamin C – Antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health. Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables. Daily Dose: 60 mg.
3. Vitamin E – Antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation. Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables. Daily dose: Up to 400 IU. Warnings: Can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. People taking high blood pressure medication or anticoagulants should check with their doctors before taking Vitamin E supplements.
4. Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – Prevents graying and hair loss. Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer’s yeast, organ meats and egg yolks. Daily dose: 4-7 mg.
5. Vitamin B6 – Prevents hair loss, helps create melanin, which gives hair its color. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk. Daily dose: 1.6 mg. Vitamin B12 – Prevents hair loss. Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk. Daily dose
6. Biotin – Helps produce keratin, may prevent graying and hair loss. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk. Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.
7. Inositol – Keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Food sources: Whole grains, brewer’s yeast, liver and citrus fruits. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.
8. Niacin (Vitamin B3) – Promotes scalp circulation. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat. Daily dose: 15 mg.
9. Biotin – Helps produce keratin, may prevent graying and hair loss. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk. Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.
10. Inositol – Keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Food sources: Whole grains, brewer’s yeast, liver and citrus fruits. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.
I hope this give you at least a basic understanding of what vitamins can help with hair thinning and or hair loss problems. There are many other products available that can be helpful. There are several prescription drug regimes to try, so take the time to speak with your doctor. There are also many herbal and natural hair growth remedies available without a prescription, we believe strongly that you should also discuss these products with your doctor.
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Top Ranking of African American Hair Care Products
Okay, so your hair is fried and you are tired of using drugstore hair care products and desperately want healthier hair. Well, you can have it, but you are going to have to buy a higher grade of hair care product. Some of the best products on the market for dry, damaged, or chemically treated hair are Ojon, John Frieda, Redken, Carol\’s Daugther, & Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ hair care products. When it comes to salon quality products, this is how the rankings break down by ethnicity.
Caucasian & European Hair Type: Redken, Paul Mitchell, Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ Max Moisture & Gro System
African American: Carol\’s Daugther, Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ Silky Smooth, Ojon
Black European and Asian Hair: Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™, RedKen, TIGI
Hispanic & Bi-Racial Hair: Ojon, Tigi, Paul Mitchell, Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ Silky Smooth (non-ethnic)
As you can see, your hair care product of choice depends on your hair type, which was determined while you were still in your mother\’s womb. I have supplied several of my stylists with each of the above brands for my hair boutiques in the United Kingdom, United States, Scandinavia, & Japan at one time or another. It would take to long to tackle each product, so I have dedicated this article to African American hair care. Here is the down low on the top three products for African American hair.
If you are not particular about a product being all-natural, and have a dry scalp that can absorb lots of beeswax, butters, and heavy oils, then try Carol\’s Daughter is the best choice, especially her Hair Milk, Mimosa Hair Honey, Black Vanilla Leave-In Conditioner, and Rosemary Mint Herbal Shampoo for Dry Hair. The major complaint of Carol\’s Daughter products is that they contain strong fragrances that can trigger your allergies if you have a sensitive nose, asthma, or fragrance headaches. Also, some of her products are heavy and greasy, but Carol\’s Daughter herself will tell you that her products are not meant for everyone! Again, they are also not all-natural, depending on the product. You can find these products at sephora or at the online website.
A slightly better alternative is to opt for Ojon. Ojon products are decent and will not leave your hair dry. They work great for people with straight, long, and fine hair and are nice on multiethnic hair. Ojon is available online.
Beauty 4 Ashes™, however, is usable by any hair type because, instead of trying to make on product that would be great for everyone, they produce two lines of GodHead™ products— for ethnic and non-ethnic hair. Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ ethnic hair care products are great for black men and women who have natural hair or tighter curl patterns. They also work well on chemically treated hair and thick hair that is starting to thin. Beauty 4 Ashes GodHead™ Silky Smooth system and Max Gro System are 100all natural and do not contain any sulfates or parabens. They are full of so many herbs and oils, yet is not too heavy. You can find their products at wwwdiscoverb4acom
If you have African American hair, remember that your hair needs moisture. Do not let anyone tell you different. By switching to higher quality products, your hair won\’t be greasy, it actually will be moisturized. Here are some good rules of thumb to stick with when making your next purchase:
1. All-natural products are superior
2.Look at ingredients, if the product contains parabens, which can lead to cancer, Just Say No.
3. Price does not make the poduct. Always look for quality ingredients like Shea, Jojoba, Oil, Sunflower, Castor, etc…
4. Do not over process your hair with excess heat, straightening combs, and super hot blow dryers.
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For over 20 years, I have worked as a natural herbalist and consumer educator on natural products. I have also done extensive research in the biologically active ingredients in natural products. I am dedicated to providing consumers with information they can use to make more intelligent purchases.