Will Hair Vitamins Help Your Hair Grow Faster And Thicker?
I know the answer if you want to find out…
Here’s The Truth
If you’re reading this you probably want to know if Hair Growth vitamins really work. The short answer is: yes! BUT not in the way you would expect. There’s a lot more to the answer than you may think. Plus a few extra tips on how to grow your hair…
What’s the reason for purchasing these types of vitamins?
- Thicker hair
- Shinier Hair
- Stronger hair
And last but not least the most popular reason is faster hair growth!
Sure, if there was a vitamin that made my hair grow to the length of Rapunzel over-night I would DEFINITELY take it! Thing is, that’s not really how it works.
The reality of the myth
Hair vitamins contribute to making stronger and thicker hair. A fairly big misconception is that when we take these vitamins we expect to see instant results. For example we expect to see our hair grow twice as fast, be instantly thicker and shinier all the way from roots to ends in less than a week. I know I know, I wish it was true too. The truth is you wouldn’t start seeing your hair thicken until about after 3 months or so. This is because vitamins don’t work on the hair that you currently see on your head.
It works on the new growth (or your roots if you will) and you have to wait for your hair to grow to be able to see the difference.The other truth that the vitamin company isn’t telling you is that your hair isn’t going to magically start growing five inches a month. In reality hair grows around a centimeter a month. I’m not saying it’s impossible for it to grow faster. The only issue is that vitamins alone aren’t really going to do that.
Best results for thicker hair?
Now I said it was near impossible for mega hair growth but it’s not impossible for thicker and healthier hair when it comes to vitamins. There’s a proven fact about a particular type of vitamin known as Biotin. I have met many people who take higher dosages of this and have great results.
If you’re careful and take the higher dosages of biotin then you will notice your new growth will begin to thicken over time. I say if you’re careful because it’s overdosing on a vitamin up to 20,000% the normal intake. I’ve never known any side effects since taking it for months but if you’re pregnant or on medication it’s best to speak to your doctor before hand.
This goes without saying but I should mention it anyway- don’t start on the higher dosage so quickly. Start off by taking 100 mcg for a bit then work up to 1000 mcg (which is 2000% more than the usual intake), the highest dosage I recommend is 10 mg (10,000 mcg) Best part about biotin is that it’s not only good for the hair but great for skin and nails too it’s a type of vitamin B after all.
Making Hair Grow Faster
Don’t get me wrong I wish there was an easy solution to growing hair and because this is an honest blog I have to be honest with you. But thankfully working in a hair salon you get to learn all sorts of tips and tricks. Now I said that vitamins can’t just make your hair grow super fast on its own. You have to “fertilize”, “water” and give round the clock treatment- like a high maintenance plant. This is something you have to keep up with, I learnt the hard way.
Now you were originally thinking about what vitamins are going to make your hair grow, taking in what your hair likes. What you’re forgetting is the “soil” that is your scalp. You need a type of catalyst to nurture the hair right at the follicles. If there’s one thing all hairdressers agree on that is getting a scalp massage. Having a scalp massage increases the blood flow to the follicles and stimulates hair growth.
Now I can’t explain it but in the past I used a mixture of castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil and cacay oil on my scalp only (not on the ends all the time like before every other shampoo because of the protein content. Some protein is amazing but too much is a bad thing) and some how in the space of 2 months of me using this mixture before every shampoo made my hair grow nearly 3 inches. However after I stopped and tried to go back to it, it never work again since. So it’s very hit and miss. But it’s still true that you have to have a healthy well nourished scalp if you want your hair to grow.
So another thing is DO NOT wash your hair every day!! Doing this dries out your hair and scalp. You should try to wash it once or twice a week at most! While we are on that note, all of you oily scalp people out there who are worrying about your greasy hair; guess what? You’re AHEAD OF THE GAME! Yeah! You heard me! The oil that secretes from the Sebaceous gland in our hair follicles is known as sebum! (Yes, I said sebum, pronounced exactly how you think) but what you don’t know is how great that stuff is for our hair!
Fun fact** I’ve known many people with naturally oily scalps that don’t wash their hair every day and their hair grows twice as fast. For example I happen to have a cousin with a naturally oily scalp and I cut her hair once a year. (Hypocritically speaking do not cut your hair once a year) I only cut her hair once a year because she always wants to cut off between 12 and 15 inches because that’s how much her hair grows in one year. On average people’s hair only grows 6 inches a year.
Also I should mention when you do wash your hair don’t just pick up any shampoo and conditioner from the super market. You need to be an ingredient nerd to be ahead of the game. Your shampoos and conditioners should never contain harsh sulfates and silicons. Sulfate shampoos drastically dry out the hair and even strip out colour. However there are the rare few shampoos that do contain sulfates but they aren’t the same harsh ones that you would find in your hand soap or washing up liquid. But like I said, they’re rare.
For example you could look at the bit-too-pricey luxury oribe range! Not all but a few of their shampoos contain a version of sulfates that aren’t harsh on the scalp and hair. They’re shampoos and conditioners are some of the best I’ve ever used but they would certainly break the bank. If you don’t mind forking out a bit of money- I would definitely recommend you getting the oribe gold lust shampoo and conditioner.
That range was designed to be good for your scalp (it even has biotin as one of its main ingredients).
DO NOT get any shampoo and conditioner with silicone in it! Especially silicons that are not water soluble. I have spoken to many of my previous clients who used to use for example TRESemmé (sorry TRESemmé) and due to their silicone content in both their shampoos and conditioners they have found that their hair snaps and breaks. When silicone is put in these products and not washed out with a silicone free cleansing shampoo then you end up with product build up. It’s not pretty, trust me.
Brands I personally recommend for shampoo and conditioner:
- Olaplex No4 And No5
- Evo Hair (any mix of their shampoo and conditioners)
- Oribe (My personal favourites are signature, gold lust, brilliance and shine and moisture and control)
What I mean for this is just generally keeping your life healthy. Eating relatively well with good protein and nutrition, exercise at least some what regularly and sleep well- annoying I know. It’s not always that easy. Also, water, generally just drink a lot of water. Round the clock treatment-Apart from making sure your scalp is treated well, you have to take care of your ends. You want your hair to grow longer right? Well that means you’re going to have to take good care of the ends.
You need to have a trim every 6-8 weeks, lay off the hot tools, use heat protectant and Uv protectant and use Olaplex! Olaplex is special bond reforming treatment. There are a lot of plex technology treatments on the market but doesn’t mean that they’re real. If you want the real deal then you need to get Olaplex. Olaplex over time rebuild the disulfide bonds that had previously broken in the hair. It works from the inside out so you won’t notice the treatments effect on the first few uses. But trust me, that’s a good thing.
If a plex technology treatment made your hair feel like silk on the first day then high chances are it’s only sitting on the cuticle layer on the hair and hasn’t penetrated through to the cortex layer when all of you DNA, melanin, hydrogen/salt and disulfide bonds are. However with Olaplex you can’t expect to use it once and then you’ve magically fix your hair, it doesn’t work like that.
Olaplex may be a permanent treatment so once it’s in it’s in but you can still break those bonds again by brushing, styling, washing etc so it’s a constant up keep. On the bright side of you use it enough (and you can’t over use this pre-shampoo treatment) you can hold off getting a hair cut a little longer like up to 12 weeks as it helps to prolong split ends. Using it is easy, damp the hair, towel dry, apply the treatment, comb through and then leave on for as long as possible. The longer the better. However once the treatment has dried in the hair it stops working so you can A) wash it off or B) damp, towel dry and reapply. Option B is the better option.
Great well now that’s done I need to clean all the tea I spilt for today
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