Does hair growth supplement and vitamins really work? Yes and no

Here's a fun little game: Open your Instagram, set a five-second timer and see how many photos you can find of "influencers", celebrities and even your ex-best friend from high school that approves hair vitamins and gums as if they were pure magic. I guess you would find about one billion. Lucky fellow.

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For the first time in the history of the universe, vitamins are officially … cool. Or at least that's what social media tells me and you know Social media never lies. But do these beauty benefits as everyone claims will make your hair grow longer, stronger, softer and shine as the light of a thousand iPhones, really work? Or do we just load on a lot of glossy Flintstone rubbers?

Welp, ending uncertainty today, because I went directly to the experts to find out once and for all whether these hair supplements actually do anything.

What to do

Claimed – and I say "alleged" because dietary supplements and vitamins are not FDA-regulated, meaning brands can say something what they want to say – hair vitamins renew your strings from within, thanks to a mixture of "hair-friendly" ingredients like biotin, folic acid, vitamin D, A, C, E, and almost anything else they want to throw in there.

Probably, after a few months to take them, your hair may begin to look smoother and healthier and longer, and your hair oil's oil production may accelerate or slow down, depending on what brand and type you are trying.

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What they Really Do

Although yes, all of these vitamins are absolutely necessary and beneficial in the creation and growth of your hair, they will not do much if your body is already betrayed with them – as it probably is already. "Most people get all the vitamins they need to manage their hair growth just from diet alone," says Tricholog Dominic Burg, Chief Scientist at Evolis Professional.

But the more merrier, right? Sorry, no. Even if you ingest threefold vitamins that your body needs (but, about, not), you will not reap three times, or even double, hair growth rewards. "Your body only retains what it needs, and then it will be the rest," says Burg. So if you do not miss any important nutrients before taking these supplements, you'll probably stop just peeing the surplus soon after you've taken them. Funny!

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Nevertheless, you can actually be inadequate

"There are many women running around who are inadequate and do not realize that because of either dieting, bad nutrition or intense stress," says Burg. And when you're super stressed or not eaten enough, "your body will shut down hair growth first and redirect nutrients and energy to the bodies that need it most," he says, leaving vitamin deficiency.

And if you have ever experienced a severe cure of physical or emotional stress, you may have noticed a sudden decrease of your hair a few months later (or, if not, congratulations! You only figured out WTF was wearing your hair). "It is a delayed response to the stress or diet that usually occurs three months later," says Burg, and notes that underneath your hair you can feel thinner and see even dimmers and driers.

But although this sounds terrifying, especially if it has not happened to you yet, you're sure it's not really for big of a deal, especially if you get any hair supplement. What gives us to …


But will they work for you?

If you are inadequate:

The only way to know if your body is defective is that you have tested your levels of your doctor, but if you know that you are suffering from a death in your family while you have a diet, there is a good chance that you are missing some nutrients .

If you are actually inadequate, you will likely see some benefits of taking vitamins. In fact, "food supplements can also prevent the loss that comes after a period of stress and wear," says Burg. So not only will they replenish the low vitamin levels you have now, but they will help prevent them from getting low in the future, along with mitigating possible crazy side effects.

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If you are completely healthy:

Okay, but what if you're not vitamin deficiency, and you just want a little longer, brighter, thicker hair on cotton, like all at Insta? Unfortunately, "Supplements will probably do a lot for you," says Burg.

That's not to say they will not work at all, and maybe you will be the happy wildcard, but if we talk about "from a scientific point here, your odds are not good.

Here's when you see results

Whether you are vitamin deficiency or just a healthy medical odds that somehow take advantage of hair extensions, you will not see results overnight. Or even in a year. Or in five years. Why? "Your hair is dead, and nothing you do internally can affect its density, strength or health," says Burg. Certainly, vitamins will help the new hair you grow, but since it only gets half a inch a month, it takes 6-7 years to take food supplements before your fresh healthy hair reaches even your shoulders. "Perspective?


But that's not to say you will not see a few change before 2024. "If you are short, dietary supplements can help reactivate your oil glands after a few months, which can make your hair shine and more moisturized," says Burg. And hello, maybe you might get the least possible extra hair growth, but it's about it.

The point

No matter what you should talk to your doctor seriously before taking any supplement, even if they seem harmless. But because I know you're probably not going to do that at least, I'll ask you to just test one add-on at a time (double it's not dangerous) and just test reputable, well-evaluated brands (like the best-selling rubber and the pills above).

And, most of all, do not get your hopes – not everything you see or read on social media is true, even though your hair looks really, really, ridiculously good.

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