It’s not called a ‘bad hair day’ for nothing. How our hair looks and feels can determine whether we have a stellar day, or a terrible one. It can also be a sign that we are deficient in a fundamental nutrient or that something else is going on with our health. If you find yourself having more bad hair days than good ones, then making just a few small tweaks to your diet and incorporating supplements into your routine could pave the way for stronger, healthier hair.
There are tonnes of products that promise to prevent breakage and repair damaged locks. However, oils, serums, shampoos or conditioners that are applied directly to the hair - unfortunately - are not going to be effective for getting healthier hair. Hair is not a living tissue; it has no living cells and so does not regenerate. The only way you can treat dry, tired hair is from within, and it must be done as a preventative measure, not once the damage has already been done.
Lotions, potions and creams may mask the appearance of damaged hair, but if you want naturally long, strong and healthy hair then you should consider supplementing. You need to divert your attention to your intake of essential vitamins, minerals and amino acids, and will need to start taking hair supplements such as those outlined below.
If you want to prevent hair breakage and learn how to fix your damaged hair, supplementing is the way to go .
Which supplements can help to prevent hair breakage?
Keratin is the amino acid responsible for hair growth, structure and quality. To encourage the growth of thick, glossy hair, we need to be upping our intake of keratin-boosting and beauty-enhancing nutricosmetics. Cynatine® is a cutting edge nutricosmetic and is the world’s first solubilised keratin, meaning that it is much more readily absorbed by the body than other forms of the protein. Its potent bioavailability makes Cynatine® a really exciting ingredient for those who want to protect, repair and increase the health of their hair.
Cynatine® has been formulated in LYMA with hair health and the prevention of brittle locks in mind, and LYMA uses the latest technology to deliver a stable and clinically proven form of natural keratin peptides directly to the relevant cells.
In a randomised, double blind, placebo controlled clinical trial to investigate the effect of Cynatine® HNS as formulated on hair, 65% of people who tried supplementing with LYMA reported glossier hair, more desirable hair structure, and improved hair growth.
Collagen is actually the precursor to your body’s natural keratin production. When you eat collagen-rich foods, or supplement with collagen, the amino acids are distributed through your body and turned into keratin which aids healthy hair growth from the follicle. Keratin is the building block of thick and glossy hair, so it stands to reason that upping your intake of collagen will have a knock-on effect on the appearance of your locks.
For best results, try supplementing with a grass-fed bovine collagen supplement. Grass-fed bovine collagen is particularly rich in collagen types 1 and 3 - the most fundamental strains of collagen for hair health.
To support collagen production, and to reduce collagenases - the enzymatic breakdown of the body’s natural collagen with age - LYMA contains Lycored Lycopene™ formulated at a daily dose of 30mg. Lycored Lycopene™ is a powerful antioxidant and can help to protect your hair from free-radical damage and the dulling effects of oxidative stress.
Biotin is the B vitamin responsible for keeping your scalp primed and in perfect condition for healthy hair growth. A deficiency in this nutrient can result in a dry, itchy scalp and weak, dehydrated and easily-breakable hair. If your hair is prone to looking thin, dry or brittle, you may be lacking in biotin. Dry or lacklustre skin can also be an indicator that you need to start taking a supplement.
Clinical studies have demonstrated that supplementing with biotin not only leads to stronger, more resilient locks, but also to increased speed of hair growth and improved thickness and shine.
4. Vitamin E
Vitamin E has long been touted by beauty experts for its beauty-enhancing properties, particularly as they pertain to skin. What a lot of people don’t know, however, is that vitamin E is also great for preventing breakage and strengthening hair. Vitamin E can easily be obtained by supplementing, but is also potent in foods such as sunflower seeds, almonds, peanuts and avocado. It is highly anti-inflammatory and can calm the scalp when applied directly, but is even more effective for boosting hair health when ingested. Vitamin E also plays a role in collagen production.
Be warned: it can take up to a month for you to notice any discernible difference, but given time you may notice that your hair becomes greasy less quickly, appears thicker and glossier and grows faster.
5. Vitamin C
Vitamin C is another vitamin that is key to the body’s ability to produce collagen and is therefore what we could call a pre-precursor to keratin production. Unlike vitamin E and biotin, vitamin C also helps to stabilise and distribute the collagen already present in the body, so can get to work faster than some of the other supplements in the list. The body cannot make vitamin C itself so, if you want to improve the texture and appearance of your hair, it is absolutely fundamental that you supplement or obtain it through your diet.
Vitamin C is also a powerful antioxidant - which is often recommended for immune function and can help to aid a speedy recovery from colds and flu - and as such helps to mitigate oxidative stress and free radicals which are circulating in the body. Oxidative stress and the presence of free radicals have been shown to be associated with weak, dull hair and premature greying and hair loss.
Vitamin C also supports iron absorption. If iron levels are low you may also experience hair loss, dry and brittle hair.
If you want long, strong and luscious locks you need to make sure you are enjoying a variety of micronutrients in supplement form, that you are following a well-rounded and nutritionally-complete diet , and that you are keeping oxidation and free-radical damage at bay by keeping stress levels to a minimum (which, we concede, is easier said than done). If you follow these protocols you should start to experience notably shinier, tougher and bouncier hair, and an increased sense of confidence when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror.