The Importance of B-Complex Vitamins in Hair Growth

The Importance of B-Complex for Hair Growth

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 Biotin (B7) has gained popularity because of the role it plays in maintaining healthy hair, but biotin is not the only nutrient that supports hair growth. All of the B vitamins are important for healthy hair, along with a host of other nutrients that support the metabolic requirements of follicle cells.

Nutrition is a vital part of all hair care regimens and plays a significant role in hair growth. Hair cells derive nutrients from the blood and the growth process of hair begins below the scalp in the dermal layer of the skin. Malnutrition, illness, stress, medications, smoking, heavy metals, alcoholism, etc. all affect the hair. The speed of hair growth varies based upon genetics, gender, age and hormones. Hormonal fluctuations and nutritional deficiencies can impact the rate of hair growth. Overall, vitamins and minerals are a necessary part of a hair care regimen if hair growth is a goal.

The B-Complex vitamins are essential micronutrients that ensure optimal health and well being. They are water-soluble and have minimal risk of toxicity. Among the various roles they play in overall health, they benefit healthy hair growth because they are required for the growth and development of the superficial layers of the skin and its appendages.

 Biotin (B7) has gained popularity because of the role it plays in maintaining healthy hair, but biotin is not the only nutrient that supports hair growth. All of the B vitamins are important for healthy hair, along with a host of other nutrients that support the metabolic requirements of follicle cells.

Biotin is most effective when it is taken with zinc. Zinc prevents hair shedding. The other B-complex vitamins that are vital are as follows:

  • B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), and B3 (Niacin) contribute to the proper nourishment of hair follicle cells.

  • B5 (Pantothenic Acid) gives the hair flexibility, shine and helps to prevent hair loss.

  • B6 (Pyridoxine) helps to prevent dandruff.

  • B12 (Cobalamin) also helps in the prevention of hair loss.

A balanced diet with an abundance of vitamins and minerals is necessary for healthy hair and scalp.  Proteins, antioxidants, trace elements, amino acids and a host of minerals all work together to maintain hair growth, not just one vitamin.  Instead of taking one type of vitamin or mineral, eat any balanced diet and take a daily multivitamin.

 

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About Dr. Kari Williams

At the age of 29, Dr. Kari is one of the leading voices in the natural hair care movement. She is an appointed member of the California State Board of Barbering and Cosmetology. She is a Board Certified Trichologist, Licensed Natural Hair Care Specialist and owner of Mahogany Hair Revolution Salon and Trichology Clinic in Beverly Hills. Her salon specializes in natural styling and healthy hair techniques and it caters to a vast list of clientele including several notable celebrities, such as Brandy, Jill Scott, Kim Coles and Jaden Smith. Dr. Kari has written two informative books to help women care for and maintain their hair as well as the hair of their children. Her books, The Journey Back: How to Transition Back to Your Natural Curl and Mini-Tresses can be purchased at Dr. Kari Williams.com.

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Comments

  1. rebecca kalombo says:

    How about hairfinity? Is it a great vitamin as everybody claim

    • Hi Rebecca, I can speak specifically about hairfinity because I have no experience with it. But I can tell you that it best to just take a multivitamin formulated for women.

  2. It is really good to read such a nice article. I have searched couple of days such type of information and found some interesting writing on best hair growth vitamins. But it is the best of all. Thanks for writing this. I really appreciate your writing.

  3. HI Tamara,

    I work on a cruise ship and made the mistake of texturizing my hair a year ago to get the “professional look”. Now my hair is shedding like crazy because the water hair is loaded with chlorine and i’m basically starting my natural hair process over again. Right now I have it up in braids. Can you suggest anything which would help combat the chlorine? I love washing my hair but the water hair damages it more than helping.

  4. how much zinc should i take?

    • Hi Dee,

      That’s a question I would refer to a medical professional. Its always best to consult your doctor before taking any addition vitamins or minerals.

  5. I’ve heard that multi vitamin tablets don’t dissolve and accumulate in our digestive tracks. Is that true? And would taking a capsule be a better option, if they offer capsules?

    • Hi Tina, I’ve heard the same thing but I haven’t really researched it to say ‘yay or nay’ for certain. The best thing to do is try to eat a well-balanced diet and drink water in addition to taking a multivitamin.

  6. Wow! I didn’t know Biotin is best used with Zinc! It breaks my skin out so I shopped using it but in the passed I would take B-complex. Thank you!

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