Hair loss and thinning can have many causes—stress is a big one, for example—but there are vitamins and minerals you can pop each morning that can support healthy hair growth. A supplement with keratin, biotin, collagen peptides, hyaluronic acid, all the alphabetic vitamins, or any combination of the above can help your hair grow back longer and stronger in as little as a few weeks. The key to getting the best results? Be consistent with the pills and commit to them daily for at least six months. Ahead, the 16 best pills, powders, and crazy-delicious gummies for healthier and thicker hair.
This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.
Nearly every dermatologist we interviewed for the 2019 Anti-Aging Awards agreed: in a sea of powders, gummies, pills, and shots promising thicker and fuller hair, Nutrafol, is the only one that delivers results. Be patient: results can take three to six months—and you’ll need to keep taking it to maintain your new hair growth. It works by fighting off inflammation and free radicals that impair follicle function. Vitamin E, keratin, marine-based collagen, and hyaluronic acid speed up growth, promote absorption of hair-boosting nutrients, and add oomph from the inside out. Photo: Courtesy
These vegan gummies can be found on your next Target run, proving that you don’t need to spend a small fortune on vitamins. These contain vital and often neglected micronutrients—vitamin D, vitamin b12, iodine, and folic acid—as well as biotin to help support healthy hair growth and optimal health. Plus, we love that the bottle is made from recycled plastic. Photo: Courtesy
These natural watermelon-flavored vegan gummies contain only biotin, vitamin c, and vitamin E as active ingredients—making them ideal for someone looking for a gummy vitamin without a dozen or more micronutrients. You won’t need to worry about remembering to take your vitamins, because these gummies are so delicious.
Stress is one of the leading causes of hair loss and thinning. These supplements from Moon Juice can help control cortisol thanks to adaptogens ashwagandha and ginseng—plus all the vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients you need to support healthy hair growth.
These delicious little blue chews, filled with biotin, folic acid, coconut oil, and vitamin C, have gotten the stamp of approval from beauty mavens all over the internet including, yes, the Kardashians. Cruising the before-and-afters on Instagram is more than enough to inspire us to pop a couple of these tiny bears a day. Photo: Courtesy
These gluten-free, vegan chews promote stronger hair that can grow longer and maintain its color better, when consumed twice daily. The usual suspects (biotin, folic acid) make an appearance in these berry-flavored gummies, but it’s the PABA (which can reportedly fight grays by boosting hair’s natural pigmentation) and fo-ti (a hair-strengthening root from traditional Chinese medicine) that really make it stand out. Hum tops BestProducts.com’s list, as well, for using sustainably sourced ingredients. Photo: Courtesy
With collagen made from cow skin, coconut water powder, and earthy matcha, this mix-in beauty supplement powder provides your body with all of the amino acids it takes to grow glossy, strong tresses and smooth, plumped skin. It’s got tons of the amino acids that fend off dry, brittle strands, and the fruity green tea flavor make it something you actually look forward to blending into your favorite smoothie. Photo: Courtesy
Your scalp after all, is an extension of your skin, and this supplement acts like an ingestible oil blotter, reducing grease at the roots to stretch the days between shampoos. Evening primrose and niacin regulate oil while biotin and omegas 3 & 6 add length and luster over time. Photo: Courtesy
The combination of a high dose of biotin with silicone dioxide and l-cysteine helps strengthen hair, skin and nails so they’re less prone to breakage and therefore grow longer. Take the pills once a day for at least a few months to notice results. Photo: Courtesy
Two crazy-delicious gummies a day can help improve the look of skin, nails, by dosing your system with protein metabolizing biotin, keratin, and vitamins C and E. Photo: Courtesy
Each capsule is packed with skin-loving vitamins A and D to help keep the scalp comfy. And since scalp health is essential to the growth of strong, lustrous hair, that infusion of nutrients makes your mile-long hair goals that much easier to achieve. Photo: Courtesy
Klorane’s keratin and biotin-packed daily capsules support healthy hair growth while vitamins like B6, zinc, and selenium strengthen hair over time. The brand has a long history in the healthy hair scene, so turning to them for an inside-out solution is a no brainer. Photo: Courtesy
Philip Kingsley, one of the original hair health brands, crafted this supplement (full of B vitamins, selenium, and vitamin D) to mimic the nutritional recommendations they make at their hair health clinics in New York and London. Photo: Courtesy
There’s a reason you’ll find these strand-strengthening tablets in the possession of star stylists and A-list celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Gwyneth Paltrow: the natural blend of deep-sea fish proteins, horsetail extract, and vitamin C prevent the dry, frazzled ends that force you to chop your length off too soon. Photo: Courtesy
The beauty supplement world can be hit or miss for those living the meat-free life, but these collagen-free capsules deliver results, sans-animal products. Antioxidants like vitamins C and E help cells fight off free radicals that can damage the scalp and hair follicles while biotin and zinc team up to give the body what it needs to absorb healthy-hair nutrients and build strong tresses. Photo: Courtesy
Phyto’s dietary supplements are intended to strengthen thin, damaged strands when taken once daily (two caplets every morning) for a minimum of four months. The botanical-based formula is loaded with a potent antioxidant blend of vitamins A, B, C, and E along with essential fatty acids crucial for not only achieving better-looking hair, but stronger nails and more radiant skin, too. Photo: Courtesy