Vitamins for healthy looking hair: Simple as A, B, C, D & E

17 Feb 2015

Your hair….. Too many products leave it looking dried, frazzled and abused. Not enough product and it looks unkept and unloved. Here’s a quick breakdown of the 5 Best Vitamins for Healthy Hair and where you can find them so you’re not just feeling your best, you’re looking it too.

Responsible for healthy vision, glowing skin, and healthy hair, vitamin A contains the compounds retinol and beta-carotene, which also help in maintaining healthy vision and glowing skin. Dietary source include fish, meat, dairy products and carrots, dark leafy greens, apricots and grapefruits,

B Complex

B Complex vitamins are a powerful group, verified by that fact that at least three of them
Biotin (B 7), Cobalamin (B 12), Niacin, (B 3) are responsible for healthy hair growth. They play a role in creating a healthy scalp, stimulating growth and strengthening hair fibers already on your head. Unlike fat soluble vitamins like A, D, E & K, the B vitamins are water-soluble, meaning your body doesn’t store them so you need to have a rich supply in your diet on a daily basis. B Vitamins are readily available in a wide variety of foods, including but not limited to fish and shellfish, poultry, dairy, leafy greens, cereals and beans. In other words, EAT!


What isn’t Vitamin C good for? This revered immune booster is also an essential catalyst to grow new hair and strengthen the brittle fibers on your head. Many shampoos are adding C as a result now, and dietary sources include the citrus family and brightly colored fruits like papayas and watermelons, as well as cranberries, blueberries, and raspberries.


The most readily available vitamin on the planet thanks to your body’s ability to synthesize it from sunlight, Vitamin D encourages healthy follicles, the roots of hair, so get outside for a few minutes on a regular basis and you should be fine. Dietary sources also include fish, eggs, poultry, meat and beans.


Vitamin E reduces inflammation, encourages healthy skin growth and repairs damaged follicles below the surface. Best found in foods such as dark leafy greens, seeds, nuts, and vegetable oils.

Many shampoo brands now add some of these vitamins into their products, so check the labels and replenish your stores from the inside and outside for a natural, healthy looking shine to your hair.

Iron and Zinc

True, Iron and Zinc are minerals, not vitamins, but since they’re both crucial to healthy hair and skin, we though to include them as well.

Iron is essential for the transport of oxygen to your cells, including your hair follicles. No oxygen equals no growth. Tt is found abundantly in red meat, fish, poultry, spinach, beans and cereals.

Zinc is crucial to growing healthy skin, hair and nails as it contributes to proper cell growth and division. Food sources of zinc include seafood (fish and shellfish), meat, chocolate, nuts and seeds.

By Azzarenko