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The condition of our hair is one of the most important outward signals of our inner health.
Doctors may evaluate hair quality as part of a holistic patient assessment: is it dry or greasy; well-looked after or neglected; strong or brittle; thick or thin?
Perhaps that is why thick, glossy hair has become the most desirable hair type (or so we are told by the adverts!). It is a visible way of showing off our inner wellbeing on the outside.
Humans have always been preoccupied with their hair. Simply think back to early civilisations like the ancient Egyptians or ancient Greeks: artefacts from those periods prove that both took pride in haircare, hairstyles and ornamentation.
So it is no wonder that people today seek help if they feel their hair is lacklustre, brittle, thinning or changing in any way that is unusual for them.
In our youth, our natural hair growth might provide us with abundant locks, but it is natural for this to change as we age, whether it is in texture or amount.
Luckily, there are some natural tips and tricks to put some life back in your hair, from masks to vitamins that might help.
If you have tried all of that and still are not pleased with the condition of your hair, you might want to consider trying out some products to support in your hair growth journey.
There are masses of different shampoos and conditioners to support in your hair growth journey. See our Hair Care section.
One nifty product that you might not have considered before is Hairburst Volume & Growth Elixir Spray which has tons of five-star reviews on our site.
One happy customer writes, “I have short very fine hair, this is brilliant, gives body and makes my hair feel and look so much thicker. Smells gorgeous too”.
One of the most popular hair support products is tablets.
These are usually vitamins and minerals that help support your hair.
An example of a great all-rounder is Viviscal Hair Growth Programme Tablets and Viviscal Man Hair Growth Programme Tablets.
There are several key vitamins and minerals which are essential for healthy hair. A side benefit of them is that most of them are also great for skin and nails, too, which need similar nutrients.
Three of our most popular combined vitamin and mineral tablets for hair support are Starpowa Hair, Skin and Nail Gummies, Hairburst Heart Hair Vitamins Chewables and Vitabiotics Perfectil 30 Tablets.
LQ Collagen Liquid Health Supplements Skin, Hair & Nails is a liquid formula you drink.
Meanwhile, Hairburst Hair Vitamins for Women 35+ not only has vitamins and minerals, but also contains extra collagen which can dwindle in supply as we age.
For more expert advice, top tips, FAQs and more visit our Hair Skin & Nails Wellness Hub.
Firstly, try reducing the amount of heat you use on your hair every day. Constantly straightening, curling and blow drying (along with harsh hair brushing) can all be significant contributory causes of damage to your hair.
And whilst it may seem counter-intuitive, visiting the hairdresser on a regular basis for a trim, to remove split ends can actually help to promote better hair health.
You may also want to consider how often you dye your hair, as overdyeing can lead to hair damage, especially if you go lighter, through repeated exposure to harsh chemicals such as bleach.
There are a number of products you can use directly on your hair but one of the best ways to support your hair from the inside, is by taking a supplement. Making sure you are in the best possible physical shape will be reflected in your crowning glory!
Healthy hair needs nutrients to keep it that way. Some of the best vitamins to support normal hair include vitamin A, a B vitamin called biotin, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E.
Biotin helps to support the production of keratin, a hair protein which makes up the hair.
Hair supplements are usually available in tablet form and are designed to be taken daily.
They contain a formulation which uses vitamins and minerals that help to support the normal hair health.
Yes – here at Holland & Barrett, we have a range of supplements to support hair health which are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
These include Starpowa Hair, Skin and Nail Gummies, Pretty Gorgeous Hair Gummies and Solgar Skin, Nails and Hair Formula.
Your hair may be thinning for a number of reasons. These can include heredity issues, hormonal changes, medical conditions and ageing, amongst others.
Hair loss can, in some cases, be due to a deficiency in some vitamins and minerals. You may therefore wish to take a dietary supplement to ensure that you are getting sufficient amounts of these each day.