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As women, we all want and deserve to have hair worthy of the stereotypical slow motion hair commercial flip, although life often times gets in the way of our shampoo modeling dreams. The combination of everyday stress, poor nutrition, age, environmental catastrophes, and over styling damage can all contribute to the same aftermath of hair breakage and thinning. Add highlights, coloring, and beauty queen hair do’s in the mix (yay, pageants), and your hair is literally doomed without some form of an intervention. Just ask the bald Britney Spears– no damage is completely irreparable, and you can help expedite your hair’s recovery with the right supplements.
Here is a list of seven powerful supplements to help rebuild and strengthen your hair with ease:
1. Viviscal® Extra Strength
Viviscal‘s 100% drug-free supplements have become the #1 selling hair growth supplements in the United States, and for good reason, too. Viviscal is scientifically formulated with an exclusive marine complex known as AminoMar®, which helps to nourish thinning hair and promotes existing healthy hair growth from within, and is clinically proven to be effective. Just one tablet includes a blend of 98% of your daily value of Vitamin C, 40% Biotin, 56% Iron, and 73% Zinc, and when taken as directed (two tablets daily for a minimum of 3-6 months), you’ll see results in as little as 3 months.
Viviscal is my ultimate best kept secret for beautiful hair. Coupled with the implementation of the Nexxus Emergencée Reconstructive System , which I reviewed here, my damaged and post-peroxide hair has literally never felt stronger. Plus, the majority of the Viviscal formula’s nutrients, like Biotin (#5 on this list) for example, also promote healthy nails and skin, so I’m a huge fan across the entire spectrum of beauty benefits. 96% of Viviscal customers, including these A-list celebs, are huge fans, too, and would openly recommend these supplements to their closest friends.
Viviscal is actually celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with a pretty awesome online contest, which runs through October 31st and will award one lucky Grand Prize winner with a lifelong supply of Viviscal Extra Strength on November 14th. To enter, go to http://viviscal.com/25YearGiveaway, log in through social media or with your email, and follow the simple instructions. No purchase is necessary to enter or win. Good luck!
2. Evening Primrose Oil
My esthetician recommended I start taking Evening Primrose oil after scolding me for having excessively dehydrated skin. Apart from stopping hair loss, these natural supplements, whose benefits can also be achieved in non-capsule, pure oil form, are capable of improving the overall texture and quality of hair, as well as the overall appearance of skin and nails. They are also found to be effective in dealing with dandruff and other pleasantly related infections. The ideal dosage is around 500 mg twice a day. I swear by this stuff, but if you’ve never taken it, be patient and wait 6-8 weeks to evaluate its efficacy.
3. Flaxseed Oil
According to LiveStrong.com, Flaxseed oil is a source of the essential fatty acid (EFA) named alpha linolenic acid, or ALA, which is an omega-3 fatty acid that may halt stress-related hair loss and spark regrowth. Flaxseed oil can be found in liquid form or in a gel-capsule form. It is a source of essential fatty acids, which promote good hair health. If you want to supplement with flaxseed in order to promote shiny luscious hair, you can use 1-2 tablespoons daily in salad dressing or mixed into foods, such as smoothies. Alternatively, you can take one to two capsules daily to yield similar results. After a few weeks, you can expect to see shine and luster like you’ve never seen before.
4. Borage Oil
Borage, or Borago officinalis, is an annual herb in the flowering plant family and native to the Mediterranean region. All parts of the plant, including the flowers, have been used in food and drink in one form or another for centuries. While no evidence exists that Borage will actually stop or reverse thinning hair, Borage does contain essential fatty acids which are known for having beneficial effects on hair and skin.
Biotin, also referred to as Vitamin H, is a type of B complex vitamin that occurs naturally in a variety of common foods and supports your skin, nerves, metabolism, and, yes, even your digestive tract. The systemic use of Biotin and hair growth are thought to be closely related, as well, although nothing is scientifically proven, according to Web MD. Biotin not only promotes healthy hair growth but also can prevent hair dryness, brittle nails, and even some skin rashes in children. Taking extra Biotin supplements can induce the growth of both hair and new skin cells, making it a known lifesaver for those suffering from hair loss, poor skin, weak nails, or any combination of the 3. It even has blood sugar benefits for those who have Type II Diabetes. Talk about a super supplement.
Oh, and I’m pretty sure Biotin is responsible for my hair not falling completely out after I went from dark brown to blonde for the second time.
According to Home Remedies Web, Horsetail is known for its almighty anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antioxidant, coagulant, demulcent, diuretic, and astringent activity. Research shows that silica in Horsetail may help promote hair growth and strength and may also be beneficial for hair loss, dandruff, and split ends. Additionally, Horsetail contains minerals that may help with weak and brittle fingernails and white spots in the nails, and the anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-septic, and anti-oxidant agents and silica in Horsetail may give it the ability to heal wounds, rashes, burns, skin lesions and acne.
7. Vitamin C
Everyone knows that Vitamin C is the bomb.com for women’s health. Not only can it make you look and feel more energized, albeit happy, Vitamin C is one of the most effective nutrients for helping to grow and strengthen hair. While a deficiency of Vitamin C can cause split ends, taking Vitamin C supplements can stimulate hair growth, fight dandruff, stop hair loss, and lead to commercial-ready locks worthy of the slow motion hair toss. Vitamin C also strengthens nails and helps them grow, delays the signs of aging due to free radical damage, and mitigates skin dryness in middle-aged women, leaving skin glowing and invigorated. The best part? No supplement is even necessary; just eat/drink/ingest your citrus!
Give one (or all seven) of these all natural supplements a try if your damaged hair is screaming for some emergency comfort like mine was. I’m beyond elated that my post-pageant head of hair is finally healthy, and I’ll never settle for breakage or split ends again. I can officially say that my newly dark hair and I finally love each other again! About time.
What supplements for healthy hair do you use in your daily beauty routine? Any good ones I left off the list?
To celebrate their 25th birthday, Viviscal is offering a lifetime supply of Viviscal supplements. Visit https://goo.gl/URTdrK for a chance to win. This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Viviscal ®. The opinions and text are all mine.