If, like us, you’re on a never-ending quest for long, long hair then you might be intrigued to hear that Kim Kardashian might just have the answer to your follicle dreams. Yes, really. Last night, Kim posted a photo on her Instagram account of her latest beauty delivery- Hairfinity, saying, “Yay! My @Hairfinity is here! #teamhealthyhair”. The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star has only just unveiled a new, shorter haircut (which we totally love, by the way) but it seems as if Kim’s quest for longer locks is back on- big time. However, the question we’re all asking is: can oral supplements really help you get fantastic, Gisele-worthy tresses? And if so, which ones should we be taking?
While some say hair grows faster in the summer, there’s also a genetic cap where your hair will stop growing. The average head of hair grows 1 inch every month but if your tresses are damaged (too much colour, GHD abuse, tight ponytails, etc.) this will certainly put a block on your natural growth cycle. Alas, all is not lost. As well as eating the right foods and treating your hair with some TLC, there are some wonder supplements that will ensure your hair is growing at its top speed. It goes without saying that we are what we eat, and for super-strong hair, nutritionists swear by the powers of protein. After all, your hair is made of protein so keeping feeding those building blocks. In the morning, incorporate eggs and avocado, for lunch keep an eye out for dark leafy greens like kale and spinach and for dinner stock up on lean proteins like fish or chicken. Snack on walnuts too, which are great for scalp health.
However, popping a pill can make a huge difference, but only if you remember to take it correctly- twice a day religiously, and always with a meal. So, get ready to make like Kim and start your hair haul-over today. Read on to discover the top 5 supplements that are tried and tested- not just by us beauty ladies but by some long-haired A-listers, too.
The Top 5 Hair Growth Supplements
Viviscal, £49.95: Both Reese Witherspoon and Miley Cyrus are huge fans of this marine protein based supplement which is also a fave here at Grazia HQ. Stick with it for 2/3 months and thicker, fuller, healthier hair will be yours, we promise. Proven to reduce hair shedding by up to fifth and will reverse the effects of hair loss too
Chapter Organics Perfect Prenatal Vitamins, £31.16: If it’s good enough for Gwyneth it’s good enough for us, even if you aren’t pregnant. Gwynnie once said, “Pregnant or not, this super vitamin made my hair grow thick, long, and healthy when I was taking it.” Sold.
Phyto Phytophanere Capsules, £33: Take two of these pills every morning and get ready for super-strong hair and nails. Jam-packed with vitamins B2, B5, B6, B8, C, E and essential fatty acids from borage oil, this supplement will give your body a real mineral boost.
Philip Kingsley PK4 Hair Dietary Supplements, £24: Fortified with amino acids to enhance the production of keratin, this clever formula builds your hair from the inside out. The perfect supplement for thinning or wispy hair.
Kerastase Nutrients Densi-Recharge, £20: With results visible in just 8 weeks, this clever duo-formula will strengthen the hair fibre by up to 77%. Simply take 2 tablets a day- the green one contains an amino-vegetal complex to protect the hair bulb and the purple one contains a blend of 5 essential fatty acids.