The promise: A beauty-boosting dose of green tea extract, niacin and biotin to support healthy hair growth. They claim to reduce breakage, combat hair loss and generally restore lost lustre. The visible results after 90 days include longer, stronger and thicker hair.
The reviews: These supplements by Ouai, celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin’s brand, come as highly recommended as the styling products. Comments from “my hair has grown the most it has in my entire life,” to “my hair has never felt or looked SO good!” and “not only did I feel like my hair was getting thicker I could see the one 1/2 to two inches of growth” are just some of the rave reviews from regular users.
Vegetarian? Yes, but not vegan.
Verdict: We approve of the cocktail of ingredients and of the price point. Atkin always personally responds to questions and comments on social media, making her brand feel very authentic and the messaging trustworthy.
The promise: Backed by 25 years of scientific research, these are scientifically formulated with the all the important nutrients needed for hair including biotin, zinc, vitamin C, niacin, iron, and millet seed. In addition to this, Viviscal also contains AminoMar CTM, a marine-based complex said to promote hair growth.
The reviews: Viviscal boasts an A-list fanbase, with the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow endorsing it. It gets four and five star reviews across the board on retailer websites, with one of our favourite accolades being, “It’s subtle but definite and it has made all the difference in the world to my confidence” – which one can’t put a price on.
Verdict: They’ve got the research and you get the results; a very reliable option.
LYMA Multi-Nutrient Complex Food Supplement
The promise: This scientifically-validated supplement incorporates patented ingredients for inner and outer wellness. In terms of hair health specifically, it contains Cynatine®HNS, a scientifically developed cosmeceutical ingredient comprised of highly solubilised, stable and bioavailable keratin, a protein found naturally in structures such as hair, skin and nails. They say it’s been clinically proven to show a 47 per cent increase in hair strength and 35 per cent decrease in hair loss.
The reviews: Given that LYMA is new on the market – and supplements can take up to six months to reveal maximum benefits – there aren’t many user reviews out there. However, it’s gaining approval from the pros, such as nutritional scientist Simon White who says its ahead of its time: “It uses patented ingredients that are clinically formulated to work like no other supplement on the market. LYMA is the definition of a true super supplement.” It’s also been coined the ‘supermodel supplement’, thanks to LYMA’s co-founder, A-list fitness coach Russell Bateman, and his clientele of early adopters. The likes of VS Angel Roosmarijn de Kok can’t get enough.
Vegetarian? Yes, but not vegan.
Verdict: The ultimate luxe supp, this promises to do much more besides promoting healthy hair, so if you’re looking to boost your immune system and mental clarity too, it’s worth a pop.
Philip Kingsley Tricho Complex
The promise: Created with over 60 years of trichological expertise, these supplements are inspired by a unique combination of vitamins and minerals prescribed on a daily basis at the Philip Kingsley Trichological Clinics. The formula includes L-lysine, methionine, iron, copper and selenium, as well as vitamins D3, C and the B complex vitamins B12, biotin and pantothenic acid.
The reviews: From “absolutely incredible,” to “drastic” and “unbelievable,” this boasts five-star customer ratings all over the web.
Vegetarian? Yes, and also suitable for vegans and those who are gluten free.
Verdict: Given that Philip Kingsley is one of the original hair health brands, with clinics in London and New York dedicated to treating hair loss and scalp concerns, these supplements are an obvious choice in the quest for better hair health.
The promise: A ‘beauty pill’ that supports shiny, fuller hair, stronger nails and glowing skin from the inside out. Recommended for those experiencing hair loss; fine, limp or devitalised hair; and weak, brittle and split nails. Formulated with vitamins B2, B5, B6, B8, C, E, and essential fatty acids extracted from borage oil.
The reviews: “Big changes in my hair and nails” is the general consensus from customers. Phyto report that from a study conducted by an independent laboratory on 20 women having experienced thinning, weakened or damaged hair, 95 per cent saw effective and visible improvement in the quality of their hair.
Verdict: We can see why this is the brand’s number one best-seller. It contains all the well-versed beauty vits like biotin and zinc, plus plenty more healthy ingredients besides.
Gumi Women's Beauty Gummies
The promise: Delicious gummies developed for women on the go. With zinc to support the maintenance of normal skin, hair and nails, vitamin B12, which has a role in the process of cell division and biotin to help to support the maintenance of normal skin and hair.
The reviews: It’s early days, but we can report from the Bazaar beauty desk that they are, in fact, delicious. Hair growth? Not yet, but we’re noticing fewer strands shed in the shower.
Verdict: This is the ideal supplement for people who don’t do pills. Gumi have succeeded in making vitamins fun – and tasty. While free of artificial colours, flavours or preservatives, they do contain sweetener in place of sugar, which some people prefer to avoid.