by Liz W
Growing out your hair can be a long and frustrating process, and it is easy to damage your hair by trying to hurry it up. If your hair is growing slowly, thinning, or just dull and brittle, you might want to take a look at your diet and see what you could change to give your hair a beauty boost.
Many companies have come out with vitamins that promise to grow your hair, but knowing what hair actually thrives on can help you know what to look for. The most common ingredients in good quality hair care vitamins are Vitamins A (beta carotene), B, C, zinc, sulfur, and silica.
Vitamin A, or beta carotene’s main function is to maintain the well being of the tissue that line all the openings and orifices in our bodies. The reason it is important to take for healthy hair growth is because when you are deficient in vitamin A, the pores on your scalp will not be able to function properly and could become clogged or left defenseless against outside microbes. This can cause hair to fall out, dandruff, and many other problems. One of the best natural ways to get your daily fix of A, is raw carrots, so in addition to your daily supplement, snack on those and you may even notice your night vision improving as well.
The B vitamin that is responsible for healthy hair is B-2, or Riboflavin. It aids in the respiration of cells and helps your body metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and proteins, which are the building blocks of hair.
Vitamin C, among many other functions, assists hair growth by promoting collagen production. Collagen is the glue that holds us together, and without it our hair would fall out. It also helps the body absorb other vitamins and nutrients.
Zinc is one of the most important and multifunctional minerals, and when long hair is your goal, make sure you are getting enough of this mighty mineral. It helps with protein synthesis and cell reproduction, which is pretty much all hair is, so getting enough of it is vital for luscious locks.
Sulfur promotes hair growth and can be applied directly to the scalp in addition to ingested orally. One of the very first signs of sulfur deficiency is brittle, thinning hair; proving the direct link between healthy hair and sufficient sulfur in the diet. If you have ever smelled a rotten egg and wondered why it smells like sulfur, it’s because it is one of the best natural sources for the mineral there is. So now you can stop feeling guilty about eating bacon and eggs every morning, as it is clearly vital to your beauty routine, and in no way bad for your health. Wink wink.
Last, but not leased is Silica, a mineral that not only helps to prevent baldness, stimulate hair growth and assure strength; it is also one of the main components of collagen, which, as mentioned earlier, is important if you want shiny, thick, lustrous hair.
Moral of the story: if Repunzel-icious hair is what you crave, don’t immediately turn to damaging and high maintenance hair extensions, just eat a highly nutritious and balanced diet in addition to an advanced growth stimulating shampoo, and watch your hair shine with more brilliance than ever.