THERE’s a vitamin for everything these days, whether you’re looking to improve your sleep or get more energy in the day.
And let’s not even get started on nutricosmetics: vitamins and powders designed to make skin glow, hair shine and nails resilient.
Hair growth vitamins are having a moment, and studies have shown they can help women with thinning hair and to improve hair’s overall condition.
While the place to start when it comes to healthy hair is by consuming a nutrient-rich diet, hair growth vitamins can make a difference if you are low on specific nutrients.
Vitamins A, B, C, D, E, zinc, folic acid and biotin can all help improve hair condition, so you’re likely to find a combination of some or all of them in hair growth vitamins.
Omega 3 and 6 have also been shown to protect against hair loss and improve hair diameter and density in studies.
Do bear in mind that lots of things can affect your hair’s growth and texture, whether it’s a period of excessive stress or postpartum hair loss, which can affect up to 50 per cent of women.
And if you are particularly concerned by your hair growth, the first stop should be with a doctor.
The latest vitamins for hair loss don’t look like the enormous yellow pills of the past.
Brands like Sugarbear Hair are all about making their hair growth vitamins as appealing as possible: candy-coloured, they look like Gummy Bears, are berry-flavoured, vegetarian and cruelty-free.
Of course, many experts claim that over-the-counter hair growth vitamins won’t do much to make your locks look more like Rapunzel’s.
But people are also still willing to try – with cult brand Ouai’s Thin hair supplements, with biotin, amino acids and blackcurrant seed oil, constantly sold out.
Here’s our pick of the best hair growth vitamins people love.
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1. Imedeen Hair and Nail Vitamins
- Imedeen Hair and Nail, £26 for 60 tablets from Boots – buy here
Get your gloss on with these silica and biotin supplements, which contain zinc and B vitamins and support hair and nail health.
The general consensus after using for a few weeks? Hair is described as healthier, in better condition and growing faster than usual. “I’ve started noticing the result in about 6 month and now my hair stopped falling and my nails appearance improved dramatically,” says one happy customer.
2. Phyto Phytophanere Capsules Duo
- Phyto Phytophanere Capsules Duo, £22.93 for 120 capsules from Amazon – buy here
Phyto’s capsules specifically target hair loss and work to strengthen the hair and nails.
The vitamins are designed to support those with limp, dull hair or thinning hair, as well as anyone struggling with broken nails, and contain vitamins B2, B5, B6, B8, C, E, and fatty acid packed ingredient, Borage oil.
3. Philip Kingsley PK4 Soya Protein Boost Nutritional Supplement
- Philip Kingsley PK4 Soya Protein Boost Nutritional Supplement, £30 for 120 capsules from Feel Unique – buy here
Who better to help support hair growth than London’s leading trichologists?
Philip Kingsley’s protein boost supplements have soya protein and amino acids – the building blocks of keratin – to improve hair growth and quality, and are also beneficial to those who might not be getting enough protein in their diets.
The vitamins have tons of five-star reviews, including one from a hair professional, who writes: “I’m a fully qualified hairdresser and I have always been bad for pre-lightening my hair.
“I was doing a client’s hair and noticed how much her hair has improved and grown so I thought I would give them a whirl as I have just had a baby and not only was my hair falling out, it was weak. Over the past three months these tablets have really made a difference.”
4. Viviscal Hair Growth Programme
- Viviscal Hair Growth Programme, £29.99 for 30 tablets from Holland & Barrett – buy here
These hair growth vitamins were used in one of the studies that determined a link between taking supplements and hair growth in women with thinning hair.
They contain a range of ingredients to help thinning hair including biotin, zinc, marine protein complex AminoMar C, vitamin C, niacin, iron, and millet seed.
One user said: “I’ve been using Viviscal for about a month and my hair has been growing at twice its rate.
“I’ve noticed that my hair has become a bit thicker, but I will have to continue to see further results. But I will definitely recommend to a friend.”
5. Hairburst Heart Hair Vitamins
- Hairburst Heart Hair Vitamins, £19.99 for 60 tablets from Holland & Barrett – buy here
These chewable gummy vitamins are more palatable than swallowing a pill (and have a tasty strawberry and blackcurrant flavour).
These have wide-ranging fans, from those with Afro hair to those who over-bleached and damaged their locks.
According to one reviewer: “I’ve been taking these for a month and a half now and can honestly say my hair’s grown! I’m halfway through my second bottle and it has grown about an inch or so.
“Other people noticed before I did and would definitely recommend. Can’t wait to see the results after three bottles!”