Essential Vitamins For Hair Growth- Feed Your Hair What It Needs

What To Eat To Make Hair Grow

We have all seen them. The beautiful girls on Pinterest who have hair for days!

Long, thick and flowing down the back, or thrown up into an effortless silky ponytail.

So, how do they do it?!

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Well, in my personal experience working with many different clients- each with a unique head of hair- the answer lies partially in coveted genes, but there are actually many things that can be done to improve the overall health and strength of your locks.

One of the easiest and most cost effective ways to improve on the appearance, feel, and strength of hair, is to take essential vitamins for hair growth. There are certain outward components that make a difference in appearance, such as if the cuticle (the component of hair that decides whether your day will be ruined by frizz), is frayed or open, or if your hair is chemically damaged. However, something we can all do to immediately begin to improve the appearance and integrity of our hair is to begin a checklist of things we can be implementing in our diets.

Now, lets cover some great ways to encourage healthy hair from the inside!

The ABC’s

You are what you eat.

Though our diets don’t necessarily guarantee and lustrous healthy head of hair, it is true that a balanced healthy diet affects your hair for the positive.

Being deficient in key vitamins and minerals can come out in a wide variety of ways, and dull, unhealthy hair is unfortunately one of them.

  1. Vitamin A helps in the production of sebum (the oily substance that nourishes moisturizes the scalp). This vitamin is critical for keeping the scalp in the ideal condition for hair growth and nourishment. Vitamin A can be found in the orange and green veggies such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and kale.
  2. The “B” Vitamins produce the red blood cells that carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp. Super important when you consider the amount of growth activity that is occurring at any one moment on the scalp! The hair follicles need a constant supply of oxygen and nutrients, so having a deficiency in B vitamins can stunt hair production and growth. Some B vitamins are exclusively available in animal product foods, so if you are not fond of meat or are a vegetarian or vegan, grab a B vitamin supplement such as Biotin or B12.
  3. Vitamin C is essential in the creation of collagen, which is not only great for the overall appearance and elasticity of the face, but also one of the main components of a strand of hair. Vitamin C is also the vitamin that allows the body to absorb iron, a crucial mineral in the health of hair. Vitamin C can be found in citrus fruits and some peppers, as well as strawberries.
  4. Vitamin D is one of those “covers all its bases” type of vitamins. From teeth, to bone health, to hair, to overall happiness (some suggest it fights depression). Alopecia, hair loss, has been researched extensively. One possible cause of alopecia has been thought to be deficiency of Vitamin D. We can soak up this vital nutrient through the suns rays, or in foods such as fish oil, mushrooms, and fortified foods such as milk. With all the benefits, you really can’t lose by choosing to add these foods, or a Vitamin D supplement into your daily routine.

Essential Oils

If you’re anything like me, you’ll opt for a natural remedy over a medication any day of the week.

In my practice, I have worked with MANY essential oils and carriers.

I have found that there are a number of benefits to be had by simply applying a few drops of oil to the body, and a little bit goes a long way.

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  1. Peppermint oil not only smells fabulous, but is a great natural way to stimulate. A few drops on the tips of the fingers, and by a few i mean start out with no more than 3 drops, and then apply the oil to the scalp a little at a time, as the sensation can be a little strong at first.
  2. Lavender oil is super soothing. While you’re soothing and conditioning the scalp, your senses with delight in the relaxation also! This oil can be used a bit more liberally because it does not have the same awakening sensation as the peppermint oil.
  3. Almond oil is often referred to as a carrier oil, which means that it can be used with an essential oil such as peppermint to dilute the essential oil in order for the effect to not be too overpowering. However, almond oil works wonderfully on its own as a soothing, moisturizing treatment for the scalp. An oil as rich as almond oil works to keep the hair follicles moisturized so that they are in prime condition.
  4. Moroccan Argan Oil. A great choice of product to nourish the hair and scalp that also provides antioxidants to protect from free radical damage. The beauty of this oil is that it can be found in a number of hair care and styling products, and they often advertise this ingredient right on the front of the packaging.

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Nutritional Supplement Powders

Vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables, and even extracts and oils that take the form of a comprehensive blend of many of the a fore mentioned things, are fortunately widely available.

Aaaaaaand, if you are like me and would prefer to opt out of the suggested five to NINE servings of fruits and veggies per day, here is a link to my all time favorite  – Amazing Greens.

It has tons of fruits and veggies packed into one powdered scoop, and not to mention it tastes delicious, so you can mix it in with anything or simply dissolve it in some milk.

Ingredients such as keratin, biotin, collagen, extracts, fruits and vegetables can all be found in the easy to use packaging of a powdered supplement, and with consistent and correct use, can impact your hair’s health for the better.

Remember, though, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Be sure to look for ingredients that are unnatural, binders, additives, and unnecessary to be sure that you are not being sold something that you would be better off not taking.


From The Inside Out

So, a natural diet of actual food that includes vitamins and minerals necessary for hair and scalp health is ideal, but supplementing where you are lacking is definitely a viable option.

The body only produces eleven out of the twenty amino acids necessary every day, and its up to us produce the other nine.

This means that obtaining nutrients is necessary if we want to be a picture of health, and this includes our hair.

Be sure to purchase supplements that are all natural, with no synthetic ingredients, and double up if possible by making use of products that are a blend of complementary nutrients.

As stated before, you are what you eat, so you have to put in what you’d like to get out!

Thanks for stopping by, ya’ll! Have a beautiful and blessed day!

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22 thoughts on “Essential Vitamins For Hair Growth- Feed Your Hair What It Needs

  1. Really lovely site. I found the information was very good in relation to hair health I really enjoyed the in depth link made by eating healthy and why eating well can have great effect on hair health. I also liked the layout of the site, and found it fairly easy to navigate the site.

    1. Joseph, 

      Thank you! It’s great to hear that you loved the article and the website! 

      i hope you gained some good information!

      Have a great day!

      -Darci

  2. I’ve have been using some essential oils for my hair growth and its been a wonderful journey, I was introduced to it by a friend and the results I experienced really got me going and wanting more, I got longer and fuller hair. Even though I’m not aware of these vitamins in feeding the hair what it needs, I’ve learnt a lot from the post about them. Great work putting this up. 

    1. Thanks for reading!

      I’m happy to hear that you have found some of the wonderful benefits that the essential oils provide! They really have so many uses, and I love putting them on my scalp. 

      It’s great that your hair is fuller and longer! Isn’t it wonderful to know that we can achieve these results naturally!

      Have a wonderful day!

      -Darci

  3. Thanks for writing this article on how essential it is vitamins is for hair growth.i must say I really like  woman long thick, shining hair.although this is my first time of hearing about vitamins that helps the hair to grow so I find this article so informative and educative on aspect that has to do with vitamins for hair growth

    1. Thank you!

      I’m so glad that you found the article helpful! 

      I hope that you were able to follow some of the tips and advice! 

      Have a great day!

      -Darci

  4. Hello Darci,

    I do have lavender oil in my house, I did not know lavender oil is very important to maintain the health of my hair. I absolutely agree with you, you are a reflection of what you do eat. I would make a mixture of lavender oil and peppermint oil and use for my hair. This would work just fine on my hair, wouldn’t it?

    1. Hi, Louis! 

      Yes, I would say that mixing the two oils together and applying them to the scalp would be great. Be sure to do a patch test on the arm first, to be sure that you won’t have an adverse reaction.

      And also be sure that you do not have any abrasions on your scalp. Peppermint won’t feel good on sores or wounds of any kind! 

      I would recommend using a very small amount of the mixture and massing it into the scalp, using a carrier oil such as almond oil.

      Thanks for reading!

      -Darci

  5. Hi Darcie, I had struggles with damaged hair for some time and then found out that I could opt for taking supplements to improve the state of my hair, so I started on some of those that you mentioned. It seems, from your article, that I should really be taking vitamin C and B as supplements. I will also check out the keratin, and biotin or collagen. Thanks for a full description of what is necessary. I long to get back my full head of hair.

    1. JJ, 

      I’m sorry to hear that you were having struggles with damaged hair! That can be a real bummer and takes a toll on one’s confidence!

      I am, however, glad that you are taking some supplements to try to help with the damage, and that you got some more helpful information from the article! 

      The hair that is already damaged will be a bit tough to repair, and you will probably need to moisturize with a mask frequently, but if you are taking supplements and vitamins then you can expect the new growth to be healthy and in good shape!

      Have a great day!

      -Darci

  6. Great Content and Information!

    What a concise and thorough article. Tons of value to be found on this post on essential vitamins for hair growth

    This is a great and simple to follow guide on what to eat to make my hair grow. You laid it all out clearly and showed series of examples that helped emphasize your various points. This guide will be very useful for me because This is what I need at the moment. I love pepermint and lavender oil but I have never tasted its benefit this much. 

    Thanks for the eye opener

    1. I’m happy to help!

      I’m very passionate about skin and hair care, so I enjoy helping others to see the benefits of keeping our bodies healthy as a whole! 

      Yes, the essential oils are wonderful for many, many things, and hair health is no exception!

      I hope you were able to use some of the tips provided!

      -Darci

  7. I am an all out from the inside out crusader, for anything beauty. But for some reason, I tend to be reluctant to subscribing to that line of thought when it comes to the general health of the hair. 

    But, I think it’s time to put that off, because most of the external approach I take, just keep disappointing me one by one. 

    So, going the inside out approach of eating deliberately, taking vitamin supplements and using essential oils, is going to be my next line of action. 

    1. That’s great! 

      I’m definitely a believer in the “inside-out” approach when it comes to hair, because after all, it is growing out from out hair follicles!

      Whatever we put into our bodies will show in one way or another. And a lot of products are wonderful for strengthening hair and encouraging growth, but if we can start each hair out healthy, it makes a big difference!

      Thanks for reading!

      -Darci

  8. Informative article! It is true that there are various myths or misconceptions that need to be corrected around this issue but the information is so redundant both on the internet and outside of it, that is easy to improve our hairs naturally.
    Though our diets don’t necessarily guarantee and lustrous healthy head of hair, it is true that a balanced healthy diet affects your hair for the positive. Even as a man I love my hair to be healthy and look nice baldness is not an excuse, in which is not all baldness that is inherent. My style is eating fruits with required vitamins for my hair but I really find this post helpful as it adds to my knowledge on more way to improve my hairs and it healthy.

    1. I’m glad you got some useful information from the article!

      I agree completely that a diet high in vitamins and minerals is very important to hair growth!

      Thanks for reading!

      -Darci

  9. This is a wonderful and carefully reviewed product. Its only possible to have good result when all factors are put into consideration. For example my wife once used a product for better hair growth without giving proper though to the active ingredients used. She ended up loosing some hair instead of  gaining them. We later went for hair growth vitamin supplements.

    1. Thank you, Olalekan!

      I’m sorry to hear that your wife had a bad experience! There are, unfortunately, products out there that are more detrimental to hair growth than beneficial. 

      I hope the vitamin supplements are working for her!

      Thanks!

      -Darci

  10. DARCI,

    After reading here important article on (hair health) essential vitamins for hair growth I came to know how the vitamins essential for our hair growth. In your article we have shown that which vitamins are really essential for our hair. Vitamin A,B,C & D are the essential vitamins for our hair. But as you mentioned that each and every human has a unique type of scalp and hair. So according to you 

    🔸Are those vitamin are really helpful to each and every human who have a unique                             characteristics? 

    And a kind of a off topic question of mine please answer me if it’s possible. Well water is really helpful to our health. My  question here is

    🔸Can drinking water make hair healthier? 

    In the end thank you very much for sharing this article. 

    Regards-

    Badhan Biswas. 

    1. Badhan, 

      Thank you for reading!

      To answer your questions:

      Yes, I believe that in most cases these vitamins are beneficial as far as hair growth. There are certain exceptions, such as with those who have health conditions or contraindications when it comes to taking certain vitamins and supplements. 

      But overall, I definitely think obtaining the vitamins through the foods that they are found in is almost always OK!

      As far as drinking water relates to hair health, absolutely! 

      Being hydrated is SO beneficial. It keeps all of the parts of our body working properly, and the hair is no exception! Staying hydrated will keep the scalp moisturized, which in turn will affect the hair in a positive way! 

      Thank you for your interest, and I hope this helped!

      -Darci

  11. Yes Draci this sure dose.
    One more question, hope you won’t mind answering that!
    ?Is it bad for our hair when the scalp is on swat during summer?

    1. Sure, I don’t mind at all!
      No, sweating doesn’t harm the hair. It could begin to take a toll on the hair if you are sweating and then washing your hair frequently, but the sweat itself isn’t harmful 🙂

      Hope this helped!
      -Darci

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