Vitamins and Your Hair
When it comes to looking and feeling good most of us long for silky, shiny hair – in abundance! So whether you’re losing your hair or worried about its appearance and condition, it’s worth thinking about your vitamin intake.
The Right Diet For Your HairEating well is crucial to achieving a beautiful crowning glory. The vitamins that play the biggest roles in maintaining healthy-looking hair are:
- Vitamin A
- B vitamins
- Folic acid
- Vitamin E
As an antioxidant vitamin, vitamin E fights the cell-damaging free radicals that cause our body to age. So vitamin E could be a key element in preventing greying hair and hair loss too.
Traditional Hair Treats and VitaminsFor centuries, people have turned to foods rich in vitamins to add lustre, shine and vitality to their hair. These days, we understand how vitamins act in our bodies to support hair growth, but in days gone by, people nurtured their hair with olive oil, shea butter, carrot oil and coconut oil simply because they knew it made their hair look better. All these foods are rich in vitamins and many of them find their way into high-tech hair and beauty products today.
Too Much of a Good ThingIf vitamins are good for your hair, more vitamins must be better – right? Wrong. Taking vitamins in excessive amounts can actually damage your health and your hair.
Too much vitamin C: High doses of vitamin C can cause skin cells in the scalp to reproduce more rapidly than normal, leading to a flaky scalp.
Too much vitamin A: Though rough or dry hair can indicate a lack of vitamin A, excessive amounts of vitamin A can speed up cell reproduction in the hair follicles. This means the hair grows faster and reaches the end of its natural growth phase more quickly. Once a hair gets to the end of its natural growth phase, it falls out. If this is happening more quickly than it should, you won’t be able to replace the fallen hairs with new ones quickly enough and overall hair loss could be the result.
Too much vitamin E: Taking high quantities of vitamin E can prevent your body from absorbing iron properly. This can result in mild anaemia, brittle hair and even hair loss.