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by: Better Not Younger
September 16, 2020
Finding vitamins to feed your wilting hair can seem overwhelming. Drugstores pack hundreds of hair supplements on their shelves, and every company claims that their product will do what others cannot — give you waist-length hair that shines.
Instagram and Facebook ads tout vitamins that supposedly compensate for poor eating habits, miraculously improve your health, and even reduce your chronic disease risks. Other companies post supposed “before” and “after” photos of young women with sunny, gorgeous hair.
But after trying these too-good-to-be-true products ourselves and failing to see results, we are often left wondering if hair vitamins really work. The problem is that our aging hair biology has different nutritional needs than it once did. To find hair vitamins that really work, look for ones formulated for your mature locks and scalp.
Many women are not aware that their hair and scalp go through menopause along with the rest of their bodies. Menopause reduces your hormone levels, which affect the numerous sebum-making sebaceous glands located at the base of your follicles. Sebum is the oil that hydrates and protects your hair shaft and protects your skin from disease-causing microbes. Without it, your scalp becomes itchy, and your hair turns dry and brittle.
Healthy women grow about 80,000-120,000 hairs on their heads at a rate of about six inches per year, and they usually lose about 100 each day. As you age, your follicles go dormant, causing hair loss; other follicles may shrink and produce fine-textured, shorter strands.
You may also experience a limited bioavailability of nutrients, meaning your hair and scalp receive fewer vitamins and nutrients from the foods you eat. Lack of nutrients can affect your mane's tensile strength, leading to increased breakage when it is brushed or pulled.
Many older women may be vitamin deficient and not know it. When your body is short of nutrients, your skin and scalp suffer.
Vitamins are organic compounds in food and nutritional supplements that, along with minerals and other trace elements, your body needs to maintain optimal health. Hundreds of years before anyone knew about vitamins, doctors and sailors recognized that there was something about citrus fruits that prevented scurvy and its degenerative effects.
Researchers have identified 13 vitamins and 15 minerals essential to nutrition, each with a unique role to play in the way your body functions. Your body absorbs them from the sun’s rays and the foods you eat, but even with a healthy lifestyle, it is possible to lack some of the necessary nutrients — this is where supplements come in.
Americans have been boosting their diets with multivitamins/mineral supplements since the 1940s, increasing U.S. revenue to more than 32 billion dollars in recent years. Multivitamins can take many forms, including pills, powders, liquids, and gummies.
To combat potential age-related vitamin deficiencies, look for supplements like Better Not Younger’s Significant Other Hair, Skin & Nails Supplement + Retinol Boost. These vitamins are part of a holistic approach to hair care; they treat your inner health while giving you robust hair and a healthy scalp.
They work by nourishing your follicles from within with micronutrients, including:
Aging affects your body in several ways, and that includes your hair and scalp. Taking vitamins formulated for your hair’s evolving physiology is the key to healthy, beautiful hair.
Better Not Younger Significant Other Hair, Skin & Nails Supplement + Retinol Boost is a vital component in a multi-step approach to bringing out the best version of your mature hair. Our vitamins and hair care products utilize custom-tailored solutions to address the root causes of changing hair. Find our full range of products on our shop page.