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

Pills and supplements Separate 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.

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

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    Hello Friend, good day. Good post. You have obtained a new fan about vitamins and supplements for hair growth. Please maintain up the good work and I look forward to more of the great posts. Enjoy a nice moment!

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    in my case pregnancy and breastfeeding actually slowed my rate of growth down. i didn’t get any special hair growth boost. so i’m taking biotin now. i knew somebody personally whose hair rate doubled from her consumption of biotin. she went from about armpit length all the way to waist length in a year’s time frame, all while continually pill-popping. there are too many people out there who report faster than average growth due to the pills, and i can’t imagine they’re all conflicted as to what measurement constitutes an inch, or in denial or were particularly deficient in nutrition. in any case, i’ve been taking biotin faithfully now for 3 straight weeks, and if my eyes don’t deceive me i think my hair’s growing a little bit faster than it normally does, but i’ll know for sure in two more weeks. 

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    Hairlover7 says:

    Nutrition is very important for growth. Rather than buying so many different ingredients, I find it easier to find already made formulations. Fast Grow by Exotic Allure has so many nutrients that are made with black hair in mind. Vitamins, oils, proteins, everything hair needs to grow long! link to

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    Heather Holly says:

    I have heard a lot about hair growth supplements – and after researching a bunch of different ones ( and reading comments and reviews) I decided on keratin vitamins from a company called Nourage. They are working pretty quickly. Thank you for the additional info! Very helpful =)

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

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    Vitamins needed

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    Nope lol

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    No you need a balanced diet.

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

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    Not needed, but they help.

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

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

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    Mexicans eat beans, and look at their hair.

  17. 19

    That’s because they are Mexican… seriously??

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    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.

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    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.

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    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!

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