- Fashion and Beauty»
- Hairstyles, Cool Cuts, How to Style Your Hair
How To Thicken Hair
Beautiful hair is a woman's crowning glory. Hair is soft and sensuous and appealing on women. In the Middle East, the hair of a woman is seen as so beautiful and sensuous that it is to be covered and seen only by the men in her family.
I have never met a woman who does not want thick and healthy hair. No one wants to lose all their hair! Just a simple vitamin supplement a day can change your chance of going bald.
What Is Hair?
In a nutshell, hair is protein; therefore, hair needs protein to grow and become strong and healthy. As you can see from the picture to the right, the part of the hair under the skin is called the follicle. Within the follicle you have the hair root that feeds nutrients to the cells created there. You can see at the bottom of the follicle a cone shaped protrusion (derma papilla) that feeds the nutrients and blood to the hair root.
As the hair root creates new cells from the nutrients, the cells move up towards the hair shaft and mature in a process called keratinization. This maturing process is where the cell fills with fibrous protein and then loses its nucleus and is no longer alive.
The new fibrous material that has appeared out of the hair shaft is made of three layers. The outer layer looks like the scales on a fish from the overlapping of keratin. This layer is called the cuticle. The second layer is made up of keratinized protein layers that are called the cortex. The third and inner most layer is the medulla. This layer is found mainly in course hair and is almost always absent from naturally blond hair and very fine hair.
Without a protein rich diet, it is difficult for the hair to receive the nutrients it needs to create new hair cells. When you see a great hair loss in the shower or when brushing your hair it is because the body is not receiving the nutrients it needs. There are several vitamin supplements your body needs in order to grow beautiful and healthy hair from within the body.
Vitamin B-Complex - 50 mg: Vitamin B-complex refers to a group of water soluble vitamins: Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Pantothenic Acid (B5), Pyridoxine (B6), Biotin, Folic Acid, and Cobalamins (B12). These vitamins aid in more than just hair growth. They help the body break down carbohydrates and produce energy; they break down protein and fats for normal function of the nervous system; muscle tone in the stomach and intestinal tract; hair; skin; mouth; liver; and eyes.
Vitamin B-6: This vitamin must be obtained through a diet as this cannot be synthesized. It is primarily involved in protein metabolism.
Vitamin C with Bioflavonoids: These vitamins prevent oxygen and free radicals from damaging the body tissue. It is necessary for the production of protein, collagen, and elastin.
Vitamin E: It increases oxygen flow in the body and blood flow to the scalp. Vitamin E has also been shown to slow the aging process down.
Beta-Carotene: Beta-carotene is responsible for the orange color in plants and fruits. When ingested into the body, it is converted into Vitamin A. Side effects of a deficiency in Beta-carotene are dry or inflamed eyes, unexplained hair loss or skin rash, and recurring infections.
Flax Seed Oil: Studies have shown that Flax seed oil (Omega 3, 6, and 9) promotes healthy skin and hair among a variety of things. It also aids in anti-tumor activity, normalizes blood pressure, and boosts the body's immunity.
Have you taken vitamin supplements and noticed a positive difference in your hair?
Do Vitamin Supplements Really Work?
My answer would be, yes. Based off my experience and my friends and family's experiences, taking vitamin supplements made a huge difference.
One of my close friends always had very thin hair all her life. When she became pregnant with her first child she began taking prenatal vitamins. By the time of her second child her hair was thick and healthy. Before her hair strands were thin and limp and was about the size of a penny in thickness. After her second child each strand was much thicker and the overall diameter in her hair was a little mire than a quarter.
Over the past couple of years my mothers hair had been falling out and becoming really thin. She started taking Biotin and Hair, Skin, and Nail vitamins and there is a noticeable difference in her hair. New hair growth along the temples and the top of her hair can be seen. Her hair is beginning to look more shiny and thicker.
My hair had been falling out more than normal. In the shower alone over 30 or 40 strands would come out of my hair. I started taking Biotin and Hair, Skin, and Nail vitamins and I have noticed that my hair no longer falls out. I haven't seen any new hair growth as I have just started using the vitamins. But, my hair is not falling out.
On the other hand, if you are biologically predispositioned to have thin hair, then no amount of vitamins will make your hair thicker. Another one of my friends has always had thin, fine hair. It is beautiful and shiny, but was not thick. She started taking Hair, Skin, and Nail vitamins in hope that her hair would thicken. I met her a month later and noticed that her hair had grown nearly 4 inches! The vitamins did not make her hair thicker, but it did make it grow extremely fast.
Everyone should consume the recommended daily amounts of vitamins for the overall health of the body. The benefits of vitamins help to keep the body functioning and working properly.