Hair vitamins seem to be the talk of the town these days. Have you ever wondered what a hair vitamin actually is, and how they differ from regular multivitamins? I had the opportunity to talk to the brains behind some of the popular hair vitamins on the market. I spoke with Monique of Mielle Organics (MO) and Stefanie of Hair Minerals (HM) to ask them about the popular hair vitamins.

What is a hair vitamin?

MO: A hair vitamin is a vitamin formulated to support healthy hair growth.

HM: Hair vitamin is a group of organic compounds that are essential for normal growth and nutrition.

How are your hair vitamins different from multivitamins and prenatal vitamins?

MO: While our vitamins are formulated to promote healthy hair growth, they also have many of the same ingredients found in a multivitamin.​ Additional daily vitamins are not needed since our vitamins provide these nutrients.

HM: A hair vitamin contains specific vitamins that are only absorbed by the cells in our hair follicles and cuticles (with some others that are good for our overall health as well). All hair types can only benefit from getting the extra nutrients and your outcome is not only thicker stronger hair, but also an improved complexion, nail growth, and nail strength with less chipping.

What should customers expect and when should they expect results?

MO: ​Customers can expect to see growth, thickness, and less shedding within two weeks to 30 ​days.

HM: Customers should expect healthier hair, skin, and nails. Vitamins must be taken regularly and consistently to see results. We recommend at minimum three months of continued use.

What are some side effects of your hair vitamins if any?

MO: As long there are no allergies to any of the ingredients, there should be no adverse reactions while using our vitamins.

HM: We have no side effects reported as the ingredients are all water soluble and approved. Every individual ingredient is separately sold over the counter and FDA approved. Each ingredient metabolizes into one another in a specific way your body absorbs them, so they are all important.

What happens if someone stops taking your hair vitamins?

MO: If use of the vitamins is discontinued, the hair will revert back to its initial growth rate.

HM: If someone stops taking the vitamins, it will simply just return your hair growth rate to what it’s been prior to taking the hair vitamins.

What are some of the most effective ingredients in your hair vitamins?

​MO: The most effective ingredients in our vitamins is within our proprietary blend formulated with amino acids and herbs that work to improve ​hair texture, hair ​quality, and hair ​growth. This blend also increases hair growth while strengthening and thickening each strand. ​

HM: All the ingredients in Hair Minerals are equally important, as they all play a specific role; however the folic acid and the BCAA’s (branched-chain amino acids) play a key role, as they metabolize into a specific protein that only absorbed by the hair follicles.

After learning more about what hair vitamins are and what they do, would you consider taking hair vitamins?

What's your experience with hair vitamins?
I've tried them, they worked for me.
I've tried them, they didn't work for me.
I haven't taken them, but I want to.
I haven't taken them, I don't think I will.

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