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Vitamin C

Hair cells are the 2nd fastest growing cells in the body (2nd only to intestinal cells). However, hair is a non-essential tissue, so your body will never send nutrients its way if another part of you is lacking. Hair needs a mixture of both vitamins and minerals to grow. Vitamin C is one of these essential vitamins.

Vitamin C is an essential water-soluble vitamin as your body cannot make it on its own, nor can it store it. This means Vitamin C needs to be consumed on a daily basis. Vitamin C is needed for a wide range of bodily functions, including wound healing, tissue support, bone health, collagen production and protection from free radical damage. In terms of your hair, Vitamin C is vital for the absorption of iron – a deficiency of which can cause chronic hair loss and hair not growing past a certain length.

Vitamin C Deficiency

Vitamin C deficiency usually occurs when there is lack of Vitamin C in someone's daily diet. However, smoking, alcohol abuse, chronic illness and eating disorders can also deplete the body of Vitamin C, and lead to vitamin deficiency anaemia. In severe cases, Vitamin C deficiency can cause scurvy. As Vitamin C is water-soluble, it is easily lost from foods through storage, over-cooking and boiling in water, making it important to obtain from fresh fruits and vegetables.


Vitamin C deficiency can cause dry, brittle hair and also hair loss as it can lead to anaemia. It is preferable to obtain Vitamin C through your diet, rather than supplements. However, a combination of both supplements, such as Philip Kingsley TRICHO COMPLEX, and a healthy diet, is best for encouraging re-growth of hair when loss and/or thinning is an issue. Furthermore, it is important to note that any supplement you take which contains iron needs also to contain Vitamin C or your body will not be able to absorb it. 

Foods Rich In Vitamin C






Kiwi Fruit





Brussel Sprouts

Red and Green Peppers

Sweet Potatoes


If you would like to more about your diet and hair, our clinics based in London and New York specialise in hair and scalp health.