Important Vitamins for Damaged Hair

 We are all aware of the many different competitive brands out there, advertising the magical all in one hair support supplements to take to keep your hair healthy. When the truth is the best way to keep your hair healthy and repair your damaged locks is to have an as much natural intake of vitamins from your everyday diet.
Therefore there is simply no need to spend out extra money to get your hair back to its original health which we all know is exactly what we want to hear, as were all watching the pennies, so let us educate you about the most important vitamins for your damaged hair and what foods you can find them hiding in. 

Here is my list of essential vitamins for growth and healthy tresses:

  • Vitamin C 
  • Iron
  • Vitamin B
  • Biotin Image source: Flickr 
  • Niacin 
  • Vitamin A 
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin E 

Vitamin C-

Vitamin C is a vital vitamin for skin, nails and hair. It helps your body to build a block for collagen, a protein that is essential to make the follicle stronger. It also helps the body utilise iron from plant foods, some of the best food sources of vitamin C include the most obvious, oranges, though there are even better sources, like bell peppers, broccoli, strawberries, and pineapple.

Iron – 

Although iron is not a vitamin it is an essential mineral that we need for our body to function correctly. It is said that without enough iron in our bodies our hair would become dry, dull and brittle. Foods that include iron are red meats, spinach, and oysters.

Vitamin B –

There are 8 types of Vitamin B that all help to give their own benefit to your health, (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, B12). Vitamin 12 is the most important of the vitamin B complex but to receive the best results it's best to try and include them all in your diet. Some sources of the vitamin are meat, fish, eggs, nuts, grains and vegetables.

Biotin –

Biotin is also a part of the vitamin B family and plays an important part of the growth of your hair, biotin creates glucose which breaks down the protein into amino acids, this helps to strengthen and protect your healthy locks.

Although many hair care products contain biotin, that doesn’t mean your body doesn’t need extra to get the nutrient from your diet. Eating foods like lentils, walnuts, dark leafy greens, wild-caught salmon, mushrooms and raspberries, which help you get more of this nutrient to increase the density of your hair as well as have thicker, longer hair.

Niacin –

Niacin is still part of the Vitamin B family but is so important and plays a bit part of the health of your hair it deserves to be Individually described. A deficiency can cause dull, brittle hair, and even hair loss. This vitamin can be found in avocados, turkey, chicken, and tuna.

Vitamin A – 

Vitamin A is essential to add into your diet when considering the health of your hair as vitamin A encourages the growth of your hair cells. Containing sebum which is essential oils that hair needs to be healthy and grow. Foods that contain these vitamins are; carrots, melon, and dark leafy foods.

A deficiency in the vitamin can have significant effects on the body, in addition to dry, brittle hair and a flaky scalp that slows down the growth of your locks, a vitamin A deficiency has been linked to dry eyes, an increased risk of night blindness and a higher rate of infection. Image Source - Canva Image Source – Flickr

Vitamin E – 

Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant which helps to protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. It also helps to repair and build tissue which is crucial for healthy hair growth.

Foods such as seeds, nuts, avocado, almond and broccoli, are all enriched with vitamin E although it's not only beneficial to eat this vitamin it is also said to be an amazing difference when Rubbing Vitamin E oil capsules into your scalp, leaving it healthy and shiny.

So there we have it a quick insight into which foods are best to receive the top benefits from all these vitamins infused foods, that most of us probably had no idea how much it was helping us repair our damaged hair. So, before you run to the shops to buy vitamin tablets or infused shampoos although these will help your hairs journey back to good health, it will be much more efficient eating a balanced diet and including as much of the above foods as you can. Good luck!

Author Francesca Jaques -
Francesca Jaques is the author and editor of, Beauty therapist by day and writer by night. She reviews every hair product available, finding the best of the best and giving you all the tips possible to make life easier for you. For hairstyle ideas, tips and reviews, you can find them on her Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

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