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Hair Supplements: Do they really work?

Updated: Oct 23, 2023

Woman drinking coffee as she thinks about what is the best hair supplement

As professional hair stylists, the team at Rosewood Salon has personally looked into and evaluated many hair supplements over the years. Not only are we striving for healthy hair ourselves, but we love providing recommendations to our clients that we personally stand behind.

Unfortunately, there are countless products on the market that advertise that they can restore, protect, or improve hair quality that simply don’t work. Because so many products have entered the market recently, we decided to take it upon ourselves to educate our audience on the true nature of hair supplements and what they can really do for you.

From Kat - Rosewood Salon Owner

“I believe that supplements that focus on just hair, skin, and nail growth (for example, Biotin vitamins) do not adequately target these areas for improvement. I find that a wellness vitamin will actually show more improvement to your hair, nails, and skin because the body needs well-balanced support of ALL recommended nutrients in order to obtain healthy improvement of these targeted areas.”

Not only do individual vitamin supplements not provide adequate support to the targeted areas, only taking an individual vitamin (like Biotin) will cause growth in all areas (not necessarily the hair only on your head). Furthermore, the moment you stop taking a supplement such as Biotin, the hair will also regress back to the state it was originally in.

By taking a comprehensive wellness vitamin, you are making sure your body has all the nutrients it needs to be as healthy as possible and support the strength and integrity of your hair, nails, and skin, along with other positive health benefits.

Our Recommended Wellness Vitamin

“My favorite and most recommended hair supplement is from Goldielocks and is filled with all the nutrients your body needs. It can truly replace your daily vitamin. I have personally witnessed this supplement drastically improve client hair growth, even in the hard to grow areas around the temples and crown.” - Kat

What You May Not Know

Did you know that your hair grows in a cycle? It’s true! The three phases of the hair growth cycle include:

  1. Growing, or THE ANAGEN PHASE - The Anagen phase is the period of growth. The cells in the hair divide and create new hair growth. The hair follicle then actively grows from the roots for an average of 2-7 years before becoming dormant. In this phase, hair can grow in a range of 18-30 inches.

  2. Shedding, or THE CATAGEN PHASE - The next phase of your hair growth cycle is Catagen. This period lasts only 2-3 weeks on average and is when the hair stops growing and releases itself from the blood supply, aka sheds off from your scalp.

  3. Rest, or THE TELOGEN PHASE - The final stage is called the Telogen phase. This phase is made up of a resting period where club hairs rest in the root while new hair begins to grow beneath it. This phase lasts for around 3 months.

When you are sick or experience significant trauma, stress, or negative health, the very last thing your body works to take care of is hair growth. You might see your hair struggle during this time, however genetics still play a heavy part in your success or lack of it with any hair changes.

Despite genetics, the hair cycle, trauma, age, etc. we always recommend a proper hair care routine to support healthy scalp and hair growth. Since each person has a unique set of hair and circumstances, contact us to learn more about a recommended hair care routine that is specific to you.

Final Thoughts

While all of us strive to have gorgeously long locks or healthy-looking styles, the truth is that your diet and lifestyle contribute most to the health of your hair. From a proper diet to an ideal hair-care routine, you can reach your hair goals without the use of lots of supplements.

When aiming for a proper diet, look for foods with the following key nutrients:

  • protein

  • vitamin A

  • vitamin B12

  • vitamin C

  • vitamin D

  • vitamin E

  • biotin (B7)

  • iron

  • selenium

  • Zinc

And when striving for a healthy lifestyle, remember these basic tips:

  • Use a heat protectant when styling your hair

  • Wash your hair with an emphasis in scalp treatment to work from the root

  • Avoid environments that could damage your hair long term, i.e. chlorinated pools, smokey areas, or places with hard water.

  • Give your hair breaks from the same style to avoid breakage and damage (always pulled back / up, hats, or hair accessories)

Your hair is a huge part of your confidence! We hope these tips can help you find success in hair health and your inner beauty.



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