It is important that we protect our hair from the outside, like what we do for our skin by using SPF spray and after-sun shampoo.
You can now find liquid supplements that work from within for hair needs and tastes such as Gold Collagen® HAIRLIFT. For hair health and protection from photo-damage, particular nutrients have been extensively studied for their bioavailability and effectiveness and reported in scientific literature as being key elements to achieve a natural, full and healthy hair look.
Here is a list of key nutrients:
- Nettle (Urtica dioica) is a European traditional remedy, used to stimulate hair growth by having an irritant effect.
- Rosemary is frequently used in traditional Mediterranean cuisine as an additive. Topical application of rosemary oil stimulates hair growth and improves blood flow to the scalp.
- Amla (Emblica officinalis, Euphorbiaceae) protects hair and encourages hair growth activity. It is highly nutritious as one the richest sources of vitamin C, amino acids and minerals. Amla prevents ageing and maintains strength in old age, improves body resistance, strengthens the heart, hair and glands and most importantly it enriches hair growth and pigmentation.
- Vitamin C and Vitamin B3 (or Niacin) promotes healthy circulation in the scalp which leads to a greater supply of nutrients that support faster hair growth. It strengthens hair follicles by fighting hair loss and hair damage. Low iron can lead to major hair problems, but Vitamin C helps with iron absorption. It also helps with collagen production which is the fibrous protein that gives structural integrity and strength to hair.
- Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) prevents hair from greying and restores their natural colour. It also has moisturising and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Biotin (or Vitamin B7) and Vitamin B6 are important for hair growth and contribute to its health. Biotin enhances growth, thickens the hair shaft and reduces hair loss. Without Vitamin B you will experience severe hair loss, slow growth and weak hair.
- Vitamin A helps sebum production (the natural hair oil produced to prevent the scalp becoming dry). It helps with itchy scalps and dandruff sufferers. Depending on the level of Vitamin A it can even help promote hair growth.
- Vitamin E increases blood circulation near the scalp which is necessary for healthy hair follicles as it provides oxygen. The follicles can then regenerate allowing hair to continue to grow. A deficiency in this can cause hair loss.
- Zinc is essential to grow thick and healthy hair. It protects against oxidative stress and supports protein synthesis and influences hair follicles and hair growth. Depending on the gender and age, we need different amounts of zinc. Its deficiency in diet can lead to hair loss and dandruff formation.
- Copper is a component of melanin, so it plays an important role in the pigmentation of skin and hair. Copper deficiency can lead to white hair growing faster. Copper is an antioxidant that protects from free radicals and is essential for keratin fibre strength. Copper is involved in important biochemical reactions including antioxidant defence, detoxification, melanin production and connective tissue formation.
- Selenium is an important component of glutathione-peroxidase, an antioxidant system. Hair uptakes selenium in its matrix during keratinization. Selenium deficiency results in hair loss.
All these active ingredients help protect and strengthen hair and scalp, bringing nutrients to the hair root, promoting a healthy look, strong hair and optimal growth. Look for these ingredients next time you buy hair products to make sure you're protecting your hair and not damaging it.
The Gold Collagen® Team