Aside from helping women to feel beautiful when they leave my chair, I cherish every opportunity to share my tips, tricks, fundamentals and experiences as a hair stylist. A few months ago I was challenged by a client’s query on what vitamins they should I take to assist in hair growth. While I am familiar with the chemistry behind the practice of trichology, which is the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp. I have even referred actors and models to trichology clinics for treatment and care since their hair is regularly abused by excessive product, heat, tension, wigs, and so on. I felt “challenged” because I have not adequately researched vitamin treatments for the hair and scalp. In order for me to offer creditable advice, or write an honest blog post on a topic, I insist someone on the staff always uses a product personally or compiles creditable research to share with our readers. In order to answer my client’s question about vitamins to promote healthy hair SerafinoSays first conducted online research, followed by corroborative conversation with specialist, then the final test was person use… here are the results!
SerafinoSays Search for the Perfect Vitamin:
1. Research: We decided to turn to our friends at WebMd to find out the best Vitamins to help improve the health of your hair:
Essential fatty acids — especially omega-3 fatty acids — play a key role in skin, hair, and nails. You should eat some of these foods, which are rich in omega-3, every day:
- Salmon, tuna, mackerel, and other fatty fish
- Flaxseed oil
- Walnuts and almonds
Vitamins B-6, B-12, and folic acid are also important to your hair. Vegetarians and vegans often don’t get enough of these vitamins.
Good sources of vitamin B-6 include bananas, potatoes (both white and sweet), and spinach.
Eating plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables — especially citrus fruits and tomatoes — will help you get folic acid. Whole grain and fortified grain products, beans, and lentils also contain folic acid. Major sources of B-12 include meat, poultry, fish, and dairy products.
Protein is also critical for keeping hair healthy, but many people don’t get enough. Lean meat like fish, chicken, eggs, and soy products are good sources of protein; eat one serving every day.
Because trace minerals like magnesium and zinc also affect hair, it’s a good idea to take a daily multivitamin.
2. Head to a Vitamin Store: With our pages & pages of research printed and in-hand, we headed to Whole Foods to speak with their “Supplements Specialist.” Although understanding the material from WebMD was an entry way to the world of vitamins, we had the very good fortune of speaking with a Vitamin Authority. Her name was Jill and she was extremely knowledgeable, professional and anxious to assist. She earnestly discussed every page of our research while making certain to show us each suggested vitamin bottle as we cruised the aisles. Nearly one hour later, Jill recommended we try BioSil. Just when we thought we had it all in order, she through us a curve ball. Although Jill can attest that BioSil flies off the shelve and customers make a point to tell her they were satisfied with the state of their hair, she had not personally used BioSil. Therefore, we decided we would give it a try.
3. Be Religious: As for any vitamin, it is important to follow the usage instructions…religiously! BioSil says to take one capsule, two times per day. You do not earn the right to critique a product unless you first play by their rules.
4. The Waiting Game: It is often the case with vitamin supplements that they take approximately 3 months to impact our body if taken as manufactures suggest. We committed to the three months regimen with the following result:
Month 1: No changes to the hair
Month 2: We thought we saw the tiniest fuzzy hairs (non-technical term for new growth) growing around our temples.
Month 3: We definitely noticed more of those fuzzy hairs, as well as the shaft of the new hair thickening, including the existing hair cuticle. Also, we noticed a few hairs popping up around our crown.
Month 3.5: We can report that our new hair continued to grow and our existing hair showed signs of more body and elasticity. We did a pull test on those new strands and they seemed to be strong and healthy.
5. Analysis: We found that by adhering to the manufactures instructions, our hair appeared to have regrowth. Your expectations should not be compared with the hair regrowth solutions of women’s Rogaine, or like hair growth formulas. BioSIl is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. BioSil is a natural protein specially formulated to help nourish all three essential health & beauty structural proteins; collagen, keratin, elastin. Keratin is the protein thats packed into your hair shaft providing hair with thickness, strength, and elasticity. The hardest part about taking the vitamin supplement was simply remembering to take them at all. Not wanting to fall off the schedule of my test, I decided to set my alarm clock on our phone to remind me twice daily to take the Vitamins. Overall, we are very excited to see how our hair looks in 6-9 months. Stay tuned!
(SerafinoSays was not compensated for recommending BioSil for this post.)
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