|Fact: You cannot grow longer hair|
by taking dietary supplements.
Have you had a chance to look at the hair accessories you use?
Could they use upgrading?
At Stone Bridge, we are a bit fanatical about the quality of clips we carry.
We do carry some less expensive clips because sometimes you don’t want to wear a nice clip to the gym or to muck out the horses.
But on the whole I do feel you should plump for the best clip you can afford.
They are often more gentle on your hair and they last longer.
Good For Pigs. Good For You?
Anyway, I wanted to talk to you today about diet and vitamins and how hair grows on us humans.
I mention I’m interested in how hair grows on humans because the most promising research demonstrating hair growth following a regime of increased niacin and biotin was conducted on commercially reared pigs fed a soy and corn diet.
The fact that pigfeed supplemented with vitamins resulted in longer and stronger hooves has not been shown to be of the slightest bit of use to humans (and not just because we don’t have hooves).
All clinical trials attempting to repeat this miracle for pigs on humans has shown no effect at all.
Deficiencies in iron and zinc, two other popularly cited cure-alls for hair loss, show most promise if you suffer from hair loss and happen in particular to be under the age of 8 months, more or less.
The hard facts are that unless you are clinically undernourished at the moment, you cannot grow longer, thicker, stronger or shinier hair by taking vitamins.
So put your money away.
The density or number of hairs on your head and the thickness of the individual hairs is genetically determined.
Aim For A Generally Balanced Diet
Where diet has shown a little effectiveness in clinical trials is in when the hair is thinning, with age or very poor health.
Ensuring you have a nutritionally adequate diet can help a little to preserve the number of active follicles on your head.
If you experience rapid weight loss, this can cause your hair to thin, but it may be tied again to your overall nutrition.
However, if you already have a reasonable diet, taking vitamins or herbal supplements is honestly not going to improve your hair.
Follicle Activity Is Hormonally Driven
Your follicles can begin to become inactive if you have a sudden change in hormones such as in pregnancy, the onset of menopause, during periods of extraordinary or prolonged stress, or by taking medication that effects hormone production.
While a number of different types of therapies are still being tested, there remains really only one treatment, Minoxidil marketed most commonly under the brand Regaine, that have been reliably clinically proven to show some ability to wake up otherwise inactive follicles.
Minoxidil works, in theory, by stimulating the growth of blood vessels which support individual follicles, allowing an increased flow of oxygen and nutrients to the follicle.
There is no form of diet or nutritional supplement which will encourage your body to grow these specific blood vessels in this particular way.
Ultimately, if you have a fundamentally good diet and are in average health, you will be taking in all the nutrients you need to grow healthy hair.
It really is as simple as that. There are a small number of health conditions that can cause your hair to thin, and if your hair loss is noticeable then you should consult your GP.
But vitamin supplements aimed at hair and nail growth are well and truly a waste of money.
This is the last of my Free Hair Styling Help articles and I hope you found this information helpful.
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