Our resident natural hair care professional Simeko Watkins-Hartley answers…
“My hair seems to be thinning, can you help?”
Although hair loss is a normal process that we all will experience at some point in our lives, excessive hair loss, much like excessive hair shedding (see this post for more details) can be caused by a number of different factors and recommendations would depend on the underlying cause. However, keeping your scalp/hair clean and well-nourished with natural oils can be helpful start.
Another very important factor is getting your daily intake of vitamins. To get a better idea of how vitamins can help with preventing hair loss, here’s a breakdown:
Vitamin A– Aids in stimulating the follicle and making healthy sebum in the scalp
Vitamin Bs– Aids in stimulating hair growth. Also may help to reduce stress which may cause hair loss
Vitamin C– An anti-oxidant that helps to maintain healthy hair
Vitamin D– Plays an important role in the hair growth cycle and can help reduce hair loss
Vitamin E– Helps to improve scalp circulation
Biotin– Helps to thicken the hair strand
Folic Acid– Aids in cell renewal to grow hair
Iron– Carries oxygen to the hair follicle which promotes growth
Zinc– Helps with cell renewal which is necessary for hair growth
If you are still experiencing excessive hair loss after taking vitamins for at least 90-120 days (this is generally the amount of time it takes for blood cell renewal), you may want to pay your doctor a visit to make sure there are no major issues internally.
Owner & Creative Director of Meko, New York Natural Hair Care Spa & Boutique
Disclaimer: This information serves as a guide to inform, inspire and encourage women, like myself, to regain and maintain their healthiest hair possible.
Do you take vitamins to aid in healthy hair growth? What have been your results?