Do You Really Need Vitamins Or Supplements To Grow Black Hair Long?

Pills and supplementsSeparate the fact from the fiction in black hair growth. 

Hair vitamin pills and potions are rampant on the internet and health food stores but do they actually work or are the results tangible enough to make them worth it?

The truth is hair grows at an average of 6-10 inches per year, the exact rate of your hair growth being genetic. The human body works in such a way that food consumed will provide energy to the brain, heart, lungs and all other major organs before it is converted into the protein required to build hair and nails. In layman’s terms, hair and nails take a back seat in the body’s daily food distribution!

Hair growth in one person can vary depending mostly on external influences. If the person is malnourished, the hair growth will be stunted as the body will prioritize more important bodily functions. A lot of stress will have much the same effect including increased shedding of the hair.

B complex vitamins as well as Vitamin C, E and Zinc are known to play a part in hair growth. Many of the hair growth pills on the market today contain these vitamins in a variety of combinations. The principal is if you are over consuming these vitamins, then the body will grow the hair and nails at a faster rate. The human body however has its own ideas. Unfortunately, if these vitamins are in excess of the body’s needs, they are just removed as waste. The vitamins are certainly helpful to people who are lacking in them. They can help fill in the gap that daily food intake does not fill hence ‘normalizing’ the hair growth which can be seen as an increase in growth.

Some people may notice a jump in hair growth for the first month or so of taking these vitamins. This is likely due to the increase in the nutrition the body has been lacking by consuming an imbalanced diet. The hair growth will then stabilize to its ‘genetic norm’ for that particular person. Unfortunately, the vitamins will not cause the hair to grow fast enough to make the pills worth the money as they also tend to be quite expensive.

The only known time that hair will grow at a faster rate is during pregnancy and this is due to the change in hormones in the body. Many believe that taking pre natal vitamins even when not pregnant will have the same effect but this is simply not true.

The truth is, if you are eating a balanced diet, drinking plenty of water, exercising and taking good care of your hair, it will flourish. With black hair care this includes washing the hair with sulfate free shampoos which will not dry out the hair, deep conditioning after every wash and keeping it strengthened with protein treatments. This should help tremendously with length retention and coupled with a good protein rich diet and exercise, your hair will reach greater lengths than you ever imagined!

In this fast world of convenience meals that we live in, it can be difficult to get all the vitamins and minerals that we need daily and it is estimated that 60% of us are deficient in one vitamin or other. It may be worth your while to try a hair growth vitamin, you will be able to tell in the first 3-4 months if it has enhanced your hair growth.

About Alma

Hi! I'm Alma Ruddock, a full time blogger. I stumbled on a hair care forum in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair forever!. I started as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to bring new information about hair on both this website and my personal blog.

  • Thanks for the well done information, I really love to spend time here going through these posts

  • No

  • No, you just need to eat the right foods and grease yo scalp!!

  • Vitamins needed

  • Nope lol

  • No you need a balanced diet.

  • Yes I take hairfinity pill I started it. Of course I eat and drink water a lot.

  • Not needed, but they help.

  • I think hair vitamins enhance your growth pattern along with other healthy hair care practices.

  • Not needed but they can assist with quicker and/ or healthier hair growth..

  • Mexicans eat beans, and look at their hair.

  • That’s because they are Mexican… seriously??

  • And hair grease is bad for a lot of people. I am one of them. I grease my scalp, my pores get clogged, and I develope horrible dandruff. A clean scalp is all a lot of us need. Grease isn’t for everybody.

    • Grease really isn’t preferred for anyone. Most grease out there is made out of petroleum/petrolatum/mineral oil. It can seal moisture from leaving out of the scalp- but it also stops moisture from getting in! Most people who use grease think it’s moisturizing, when moisture only comes from water-based products. Water is our friend. :)

    • I know. My comment was to counter another stating we only needed grease. I’m like naaaaaah. Not really lol

    • I don’t use grease either! I will use a coconut oil mask a couple times/month..that’s it.

    • I use Jamaican black caster oil..also trying other hair growing products…hair need moisture…

  • Yes you do. Vitamin and nutrients keep thing healthy including your hair. I’ve notice my hair becoming brittle at a fast pace while I was breast feeding, my son waa my taking all the nutrients from me but once I cut the dead hair off and started taking supplements and vitamins, I hadn’t had a problem.

  • Yes, because you can eat healthy every day as you can and still miss nutrients needed. And yeah grease is a big no no! How about we need more natural beneficial products for an healthy scalp not a deprived scalp!

  • No but it helps:)

  • Some people need vitamins in general for overall health. Some can afford the proper foods others can’t. Some people can be healthy some can’t. My scalp and hair likes to breathe so no to grease and oils.

  • I guess each individual is different. I started taking hairfinity and my hair had never grown this fast. So for me YES..

  • They are needed for all hair types.

  • Not if you’re getting it from your food. But on average, most people don’t eat healthy due to the fast pace of life.

  • Nope,.I always had long hair, when I didn’t cut it. Genetics has a lot to do with it, as women on both sides of my family always have long hair.

  • Long hair is something u inherited from your parents if yu mother don’t have no pill or food cannot give it to you, people should give God thanks that they are alive want long hair…

  • No not really….. Just eat healthy..

  • No it just helps if you’re not doing it properly. Like myself.

  • You don’t inherit long hair from family…^^

  • Vitamins can definitely help! If u have good genetics good for u it will add to that factor.

  • Because hair grows from LIVING ROOTS WITHIN THE BODY, topical products alone do not help grow or repair hair…must be internal. As a hair expert Dermatologist for nearly 15 years and Medical Director of HYPE Hair mag, I encourage that we must nourish hair roots from within with specific nutrients. After over 5 years of Research and Development,BELLANUTRI SUPPLEMENT was launched in 2004 with now years of success ( Most ‘hair vitamins’ on market are not specific enough, not doctor developed and are like taking a regular multi-vitamin. With BellaNutri,not only will you get longer, stronger, healthier hair but thicker in thin and bald areas which no other hair vitamin can compare! Topical products clean and moisturize but do not get into scalp deep to hair root stem cells which is needed for improved hair growth. Feel free to email me with questions [email protected]

  • People still use grease in 2013? It’s funny because the people I know that have the healthiest hair don’t use grease.

    • That’s because most grease out there is made out of petroleum/petrolatum/petroleum jelly/mineral oil. That stuff doesn’t moisturize. Moisture only comes from water, and it’s vital for people with ethnic hair.

  • I have taken vitamins for years,I believe in them, and I have benefited from talking them. I don’t experience bouts of sickness, my hair, nails grow, I feel more energy…it’s like extra protection in a germ filled world…

  • It depends on the person & their lifestyle.. if you eat a vitamin rich diet then it’s not a necessity, however, it wont hurt to take them. Lots of people simply don’t eat quality foods 24-7, especially the younger generations. Here in America its so easy to go for the fast & easy types of foods, which aren’t the healthiest.. So, as a result, it would be a good idea to take vitamins & supplement the nutrients your diet lacks.. healthy, strong hair starts within.. junk in = junk out..

  • Biotin does work but I have noticed breakouts while taking. Now that I drink more water there are fewer breakouts. Nothing a little Ambi can’t cure!

    • You’ve noticed breakouts because Biotin is water-soluble. It only breaks down when there is a lot of water in your system. So drink, drink, drink that water! :)

  • No

  • I take a multi vitamin shake every other day and my hair grows 1 inch every 2 months with or without it.

  • Yes you do.

  • No

  • No. I think genetics play a part and also how you maintain your hair.

  • Never was needed.

  • I wouldn’t say you need them. But I think they help

  • No. If you are eating the right foods from all good groups you don’t really need supplements or vitamins, unless you aren’t eating a wide variety of foods. I do believe in genetics that can play a part on how much hair growth you may get. But if you are well nourished that’s good enough I feel:)


  • They aren’t necessary but help!! I use mine and have had great results since I chopped in May!!

    • What kind you take?

    • Itworks hair, skin, nail vitamins

    • But it must work on ALL your hair ALLOVER YOUR BODY…and I have very very fine body hair – next to none…can’t see it or feel it… so I am scared of those pills… I like not having to shave my legs…

  • I took supplements from Aug to Nov 2014. My hair continued to grow like weeds since I stopped. So even tho hair can grow without them Vitamins gave my hair the boost it needed.

  • No,not if you eat well and excercise regularly.

  • I think it obViously can help make the new hair you do grow a bit healthier. Let’s think for a minute. .. if eating and drinking healthy and exercise help, then why wouldn’t supplements made specifically with what comes in your food or water or naturally in your body by exercise, help?
    sure it might not be a miracle pill everyone wants or exPects, but it’ll help about as much as any “oil” or whatever else we put in our hair to help it grow. I mean, yeah coconut oil helps from the outside but wouldn’t it be better taking it pill form so it could help from the inside? that’s just an example.

  • No, the key to my hair growth is exercise and eating live foods.

  • Nope! A bunch of gimmicks

  • I have been natural for a few years now, and I didn’t take anything until June of 2014, the left side of hair just wouldn’t match up to the right. I mentioned it to 1 of my co-work and she introduced me to the most amazing hair growth supplement. Within 4 months my hair was from ear length to my clavicle.

  • Yes i do want it


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