We’ve been talking and blogging about hair supplements since the blog was initially created. As all of you may know, I just finished working on Folligenix, a supplement that caters to male and female clientele to resolve many common issues that they encounter with thinning hair, aging skin and nails.
Finally, editors are also listening and writing about the importance of hair supplement and nutrition.
Here are some highlights from the Harper’s Bazaar article, Secrets to Long, Thick, Shiny Hair (Sept. 2011):
INVEST IN SUPPLEMENTS
Celebrity hair stylist Mark Townsend, who coifs Amy Adams and January Jones, says there is no better way to strengthen weak strands than a daily supplement. “Biotin is amazing for the hair and nails,” says Townsend, who has seen major changes in the tresses of his supplement-taking clients. Nutritionist Kimberly Snyder, who works with stars like Drew Barrymore and Olivia Wilde, agrees. The article continues to mention a daily dose of vitamin B complex, which is easily absorbed by the stomach and also strengthens the hair and nails.
Another favorite hair booster includes a natural blend of fish proteins, horsetail extract, and vitamin C. When taken twice daily for six months promises to deliver major growth, and smoother, thicker strands. Townsend has recommended it to at least six A-listers with successful results. Actress Liv Tyler told Bazaar she started taking supplements after hearing buzz from friends.
HEALTHY DIET = HAIR GROWTH
If you really want to see permanent, positive changes to your hair’s health, diet adjustments are crucial but can take one to two months to begin to have an effect. “Your hair comes from what you eat and drink,” explains Townsend, who uses his client Jessica Biel as an example. “She has gorgeous hair and is probably the healthiest person I’ve ever met, so I attribute it to her diet,” he says. Snyder recommends filling your plate with green vegetables like kale, Swiss chard, and spinach, which contain sebum-producing vitamins A and C; they act as natural hair conditioners and shine boosters. Chia or pumpkin seeds tossed on top of your salad add omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, and iron, all of which help maintain healthy hair. Actress and TV host Padma Lakshmi credits her long locks to a diet of lean proteins like eggs, chicken, fish, and veal.