Hair thickening shampoos just barely scratch the surface when it comes to volumizing thin hair. They can be simply washed off, exposing the hair’s true thin nature. For something that gives a more permanent hair thickening effect, the use of hair growth supplements can be employed.
These supplements contain any or all of the following ingredients: vitamin A, biotin and other B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, amino acids, and iron. Many of these ingredients are mandatory nutrients that keep the whole body healthy and running smoothly. But for the sake of breaking down what is really in those hair growth supplements, the specific roles of those nutrients in worry-free hair growth, thickness, and retention will be discussed.
Vitamin A is best-known for improving eyesight, especially in low-light situations. Its role in improving hair health is the regulation of keratin levels in both the skin and the hair. One of the diseases associated with vitamin A deficiency is hyperkeratosis, or the accumulation of keratin on the outermost layer of the skin. Hyperkeratosis causes the keratin to form white lumps in the scalp that resemble dandruff.
Biotin is commonly found in hair enhancement supplements, and for good reason. As a B vitamin, biotin enhances the hair strands’ elasticity and improves the diameters of the cuticles that comprise hose strands. With these structural enhancements, biotin-nourished hair will be veritably thicker and more resistant to breakage. Biotin deficiency not only causes hair loss, but also conjunctivitis, dermatitis, and neurological disorders. Other B vitamins also assist the enhancement of biotin.
Vitamin C is best known as the immunity booster. Its role in enhancing hair is to enhance the body’s production of collagen, which is the protein that strengthens blood vessels and strengthens the skin and hair. It is also used to remove hair dye without subjecting the hair to too much chemicals. One can crush ordinary vitamin pills and mix them into a bottle of shampoo.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects cells from free radicals that degenerate those cells. Skin and hair cells are included in this antioxidant’s scope
Omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids are naturally found in the hair’s scalp as well as the oils that protect and hydrate the hair. Because the human body does not have the ability to naturally produce those fatty acids, a person should instead eat fish and plant-based oils as well as take supplements that contain a complete set of those acids. One particular omega-6 fatty acid is gamma-linolenic acid, which can be sourced from evening primrose oil and blackcurrant oil.
Amino acids comprise the keratin that is necessary for hair formation. There are sixteen of them, and the most important of these acids is cysteine. For those acids to get transported properly to the hair follicles, tiny blood vessels that are attached to those follicles need to be stimulated.
Iron not just steels the body by strengthening the red blood cells that transport oxygen to needed areas of the human body, but also steels the hair by maximizing the allowance of those cells to transport oxygen and other hair nutrients to the hair follicles. Even though a person does not suffer from anemia, iron deficiency can trigger accelerated hair loss, according to several studies.