These dermatologist-approved hair growth vitamins will give you the best hair of your life.
Maybe your recent dramatic chop was a little shorter than you had envisioned. Or, perhaps you're hoping to give your naturally thin hair a volume boost. While smart lifestyle strategies can help keep your hair in top shape so it's less prone to breakage (think: eating a healthy diet, not over-washing, applying a heat protectant before using hot tools, and keeping strands moisturized with a protein treatment), you may want to invest in a hair growth vitamin or supplement that will give your mane a little extra oomph.
Vitamins for hair growth "can help provide the hair follicles with the necessary building blocks for healthy activity," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. "This means that hair follicles can function to the best of their ability."
And believe it or not, hair growth pills can make a noticeable difference, experts say. Hair contains some of the fastest-dividing cells in the body, but they are non-essential for living, explains dermatologist Lamees Hamdan, MD, founder and CEO of Shiffa
. As a result, "what usually happens is that hair cells are the last to get nutrition," she says.
Another benefit? Hair vitamins can make hair healthier and stronger in addition to longer. "There will be an increase in hair production, yes, but more importantly, there will be an increase in hair quality," says Julie Russak, MD, a dermatologist and founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic
in New York City. "You can have a lot of hair, but if it's thin and brittle, what good does that do?"
In other words, while hair growth vitamins are no substitute for a healthy diet, they may help ensure that your strands are getting everything they need to look their best.