Supplements and Hair Health
What are Supplements?
Nutritional supplements, in the form of tablets, capsules and liquids, can be useful boosters to your diet. They help you ingest vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that you might not otherwise be consuming in adequate quantities. Supplements can be particularly beneficial to hair growth. Read on to find out why.
Can Supplements Help Stimulate Hair Growth?
When taken regularly and in conjunction with a healthy diet, hair supplements can make a noticeable difference to how quickly and how healthily your hair grows.
Hair cells are the second-fastest growing cells in your body (surpassed only by intestinal cells). Therefore, hair needs a great deal of energy and nutrients in order to grow to its full potential. But, because hair is a non-essential tissue, your body will never send nourishment its way if another part of you is lacking. So even the slightest deficiency or imbalance in your body can cause your hair to suffer. You may experience symptoms such shedding, strands that will not grow beyond a certain length, and/or weak, brittle hair.
A well-balanced diet helps ensure you get all of the vitamins and minerals you need for healthy hair-cell production. However, metabolism and nutritional needs vary among individuals. As well as this, stressful lifestyles and hectic day-to-day responsibilities often make it challenging to eat a nutritionally balanced diet all the time. This is where supplements come in.
It is important to be patient when taking supplements. Because your hair grows only half an inch per month, it can take over 2 months for supplements to have a visible beneficial effect. People often get frustrated by this slow progress, and stop. But perseverance will pay off. Within 12 weeks you should see a definite benefit to your hair.
The best supplements and vitamins for healthy hair growth:
- Calcium - helps with iron absorption and helping with thicker hair growth. Calcium deficiencies are often associated with hair loss.
- Iron - boosts circulation and carries more oxygen to your hair’s roots, helping it grow faster and longer.
- Zinc - helps with hair tissue repair
- Biotin - also known as vitamin B7, Biotin stimulates keratin production in hair, a key component of growth.
- Vitamin D - plays a prominent role in the creation of new hair follicles.
- Vitamin B12 - assists in the production of oxygen-rich red blood cells, making for a healthier scalp
- Gelatin Protein - helps stimulate the growth of more individual hairs to fight against hair loss.
Please consult with your doctor or nutritionist before making any changes to your diet.
Philip Kingsley Nutritional Supplements for Hair
At Philip Kingsley, our expert Trichologists have formulated a range of 4 supplements specifically designed to help your hair grow as strong, long and beautiful as it can. If you would like to see some testimonials, please take a look at our excellent reviews. Please note, due to the nature of the hair growth cycle, it may take a minimum of three months before results are visible.
Tricho Complex is a dietary supplement specially formulated to help support full, healthy hair from the inside out. Providing you with the optimum iron dose, it works to strengthen your strands and encourage hair-cell function. Created in our London Clinic with over 60 years of Trichological expertise, Tricho Complex also contains an exceptional mix of the hair-essential nutrients Biotin, Selenium, Copper, Pantothenic Acid, Vitamins D3, C and B12, Methionine, and L-Lysine.
For best results, take for a minimum of three months. Please note: Tricho Complex contains iron, which can cause nausea if taken on an empty stomach. Always take Tricho Complex with a full meal.
PK4 Protein Boost
PK4 Protein Boost is our best-selling dietary supplement. It is specially formulated to help support full, healthy hair from the inside out. Ideal for those with a low protein diet, it delivers a boost of essential amino acids, which your body can use to produce keratin, the main component of your hair. For best results, take for a minimum of three months. Four capsules provide 1600mg Soya Protein Isolate Powder, from which 1354mg is Soya Protein.