The Supplements You Should Be Taking For Great Hair
At Alder New York, we believe that great hair doesn't just come from great styling products, but also from a holistic approach to whole body health. If you have dull, thin hair, it's more than likely that a simple dash of Texture Powder or a swipe of pomade won't solve your hair woes. The problem is most often a deficiency in your diet, which luckily can be remedied with the addition of hair-health boosting supplements.
Vitamin A, or retinol, is crucial for healthy hair, and people with deficiencies in this vitamin often report hair loss.
It's a common misconception that dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, and carrots are sources of vitamin A. They are actually sources of carotenoids, which the body can then convert into vitamin A, the conversion requires a bit of extra energy and more work for your body so better sources of the actual vitamin is best. Some sources for actual retinol include liver oil, egg yolks, and butter.
If your hair is looking thin or dull, adding a vitamin A supplement will keep hair healthy and hydrated and prevent deficiency related hair loss.
Vitamin C, or ascorbic acid, is crucial for preventing hair from becoming dry and causing split ends. Vitamin C also assists in the body's ability to absorb iron and antioxidants, leading to healthier hair, skin, and overall body function.
Vitamin B7, or Biotin, is one of the most popular supplements for healthy, strong hair. Without a sufficient amount of biotin, hair will become brittle and break off. Biotin is also responsible for keeping nails strong and skin looking good as well. This all around beauty vitamin can be found in a variety of food sources such as organ meat, spinach, chicken, fish, avocados, and many more. Most people receive enough biotin in their natural diets, but if your hair is dull and brittle (we're looking at you, Kellyanne Conway) it's likely you need to add this supplement to your diet.
B3, or Niacin, is another one of those vitamins that you'll often find in hair growth supplements. Found in food sources like nuts and tuna, vitamin B3 is needed to convert food to energy, and to maintain healthy blood flow. Healthy blood flow means more blood to the scalp, which means healthier, stronger, thicker hair!
Shavegrass, also know as horsetail (because of how it looks; it has nothing to do with actual horses' tails), is a plant that's been a favorite in homeopathic medicine for centuries. It's included in topical hair treatments and products like Alder New York's Texture Powder, but is also often in oral supplements. Shavegrass contains the minerals selenium and silica, which are responsible for making hair smooth and shiny. They also promote hair growth when consumed regularly.
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