How Supplements Support Scalp and Hair Health

May 4, 2021 | Written by Jacinta Sherris

Often, hair thinning and hair loss are signs of numerous imbalances within the body. A long-term solution for hair and scalp health involves pivotal lifestyle changes to your entire emotional physical well-being. Today both the wellness and hair care industries are inundated with nutrition and supplement advice that is supposed to help maintain hair and scalp health. Here’s how to navigate all of the scientific information and figure out what is best for your body.

Vitamins and minerals support our bodily functions and help us maintain healthy skin, nails, and hair. They address issues of hair thinning and hair loss and target problems at the root (no pun intended) while working to ensure the scalp has the nutrients it needs to grow strong, vibrant hair.

Alongside a clean beauty routine, supplements play a vital role in healthy scalp and hair care. Here’s how:

Providing Essential Nutrients

Supplements provide your scalp with the building blocks it needs to maintain healthy hair activity. Several vitamins[1] are critical for hair growth, including Iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin D, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Zinc, and Omega-acids.

Low levels of these nutrients have been linked[2] to hair breakage and thinning. A great, natural way to ensure your body has all the tools it needs to support hair growth is by regularly taking supplements.

Strengthening Hair at the Root

Supplements nourish our hair follicles and the proteins that make up each strand – in turn keeping hair healthy and strong. Taking the right supplements regularly improves hair density, diameter, and encourages a robust scalp. There’s less breakage, damage, and greater durability. Hair may also appear thicker, shiny, and more voluminous.

Stimulating Hair Growth

Your body needs vitamins to support bodily functions and keep systems synchronized – both of which are critical for healthy hair growth. Supplements can help hair maintain a healthy growth cycle by:

  • Nourishing existing cells
  • Encouraging new cell generation
  • Improving blood circulation to the scalp
  • Flushing out toxins that could interfere with hair growth
  • Protecting against free radicals that could cause scalp inflammation
  • Regulating scalp oil production
Targeting Causes of Hair Loss

Oftentimes, vitamins support scalp health by targeting the initial causes of hair loss, such as stress or nutritional deficiencies. Vitamins may also bolster the immune system as it battles illnesses that cause hair loss.

Here are some of the most common causes of hair loss and how supplements may stimulate hair recovery and growth.

Hormonal: High levels or sensitivity to Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, a derivative of testosterone, is a common hormonal issue associated with hair loss. Make sure to talk to your doctor about treatments for hormonal problems. You may also want to consider how Vitamins B, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and the mineral Zinc work to block DHT and reduce the body’s sensitivity to the hormone – which can help slow down and even reverse hair loss.

Pregnancy: Hair loss in new moms is extremely common – over 60% of women will experience some type of postpartum hair loss. This is due to hormonal changes and estrogen levels dropping after birth. Although hair will recuperate over time, supplements can help nourish and strengthen hair follicles in the meantime.

Genetic: Whether we like it or not, our genes determine our key physical characteristics – including hair. Genes are the blueprint for our hair’s texture, color, thickness, and even play a role in hair loss. While there isn’t much you can do to change your genetic disposition, supplements coupled with a healthy scalp regimen can bring out the best of your hair’s potential.

Illness: Certain illnesses can cause hair loss, such as Androgenetic Alopecia, Hashimoto disease, and other auto-immune disorders or thyroid problems. It’s important to seek out professional medical advice for your condition. Once properly treated your hair loss should mitigate. In the meantime, stimulating follicles with nutritional supplements and the right products can promote regrowth. Antioxidants like green tea work to flush out toxins and support the immune system – both of which help speed up the healing process.

Age: Unfortunately, hair loss becomes increasingly common as we age. Almost everyone will experience some type of hair loss as they get older. Supplements give our body nutrients that are especially important throughout the later stages of life. Vitamins and proteins[3]  help nourish mature hair, promoting a healthy hair growth cycle and hair shaft strength.

Nutritional deficiency: Biotin, Iron, Zinc, Vitamin E, Vitamin D, and other B complex vitamins are essential for supporting hair growth[4]. If your body isn’t absorbing vitamins and minerals properly, it’ll redirect the nutrients it does absorb away from your scalp and towards vital organs and other critical systems. This, in turn, can contribute to hair loss. In many cases, taking vitamin supplements can help mitigate nutrient deficiencies and restore hair growth.

Stress: It’s no secret that stress[5] can create serious health problems, and exacerbate existing conditions. Stress also affects nearly every bodily function – including hair growth. Telogen effluvium[6] is a hair loss condition caused by stress. Thankfully, it’s not permanent and can be reversed once stress levels are under control. Vitamins can help with stress management. Vitamin B in particular has been shown to enhance mood[7] and improve stress regulation. Ashwagandha is another natural remedy that can lower stress and anxiety levels.

Contributing to Inner Wellness

Supplements keep your body and scalp healthy, and they’re also a critical component of maintaining inner wellness. Vitamins have been shown to have a positive impact on mental health, alleviating symptoms of depression[8], anxiety[9], and stress. Certain supplements, such as Omega-3 fatty acids and green tea[10] can even act as natural mood enhancers.

In this way, supplements make up an important part of a holistic beauty routine. Taking a holistic approach towards health entails looking at it as a whole, rather than treating individual symptoms. It involves targeting the causes of an issue and keeping your inner systems in balance.

You’ll maximize the benefits of hair supplements when you combine them with other healthy hair habits – such as using clean hair products, refraining from over styling or overheating, eliminating harsh chemicals, drinking water, exercising, lowering stress levels, and using clean and effective topical solutions, like our Activating Serum.

Key Supplements for Scalp and Hair Health

At Collective Laboratories, we’ve consulted with our in-house medical staff and Eastern medicinal experts to determine the best supplements for scalp and hair health. Here’s what we’ve found to have the most powerful effects on stimulating hair growth.

Active B-Complex/Biotin: One of the most renowned vitamins for hair growth, Biotin is produced naturally by microbiota in healthy intestines and plays a key role in promoting strong nails, healthy hair, and skin. Vitamin B-6, Folic Acid, and B-12 can also help with aging, stress, and liver detoxification.

Ashwagandha: An ancient medicinal herb with numerous health benefits[11]. It helps boost brain function, lower blood sugar levels, but its specialty by far is the effect it has on stress and anxiety. Ashwagandha has been shown to block stress pathways[12] in the brain, thereby reducing stress and anxiety levels.

Hyaluronic Acid (Type II Collagen): Duped the “fountain of youth”, collagen[13] is a structural protein that provides cartilage with strength and elasticity. It’s most famous for keeping skin elastic and diminishing fine lines, but it’s also critical for nails and healthy hair growth.

Collagen works particularly well with Hyaluronic Acid (HA), a primary component of synovial fluid. Hyaluronic acid is renowned for helping the skin absorb and retain moisture. These two ingredients maximize each other’s benefits when it comes to nourishing hair from the inside out.

Ultra Omega-3: One of the most thoroughly well-researched supplements, Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil have been found to offer a host of benefits[14] – including brain function support, mood improvement, cardiovascular health, inflammation reduction, and more. Research has also shown Omega-3s may stimulate hair growth[15] and thicken hair[16].

Green Tea: Green tea is well recognized for its antioxidant and detoxification properties. When taken as a supplement, it helps your body flush out toxins that may interfere with hair growth or contribute to scalp inflammation. Green tea also has the added bonus of containing epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)[17], a key ingredient that activates the scalp and promotes hair growth.

The Best Supplements for a Healthy Scalp

At Collective Laboratories, our mission is to revolutionize the approach to hair loss through science-backed, natural, and holistic solutions.

Our Revitalizing and Revitalizing+ Supplements that are designed to stimulate hair follicles and boost growth. We’ve combined key ingredients like Active B-Complex, Biotin, Ashwagandha, Hyaluronic Acid (Type II Collagen), Omega-3s, and Green Tea, that work together to maximize nutrition and promote a healthy scalp.

Our formulation also goes beyond hair health, containing nutrients that also contribute to mood improvement, brain function, stress reduction, and detoxification. If you’re set on maintaining long-term scalp and hair health, developing a wellness regime that considers all aspects of your health is key. Our activating supplements target your wellbeing from the inside out.

Learn more about our Revitalizing and Revitalizing+ Supplements.

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