Do Hair Vitamins Really Work?

Friday, September 8, 2017

Should I take hair vitamins?

Well, yes, you can. Anyone can take hair vitamins. The better question is will they give you longer hair. I often avoid answering this question when asked because it takes a bit of time to explain, and why I don't think they're necessary for long hair. A lot of them are actually just marketing and wishful thinking. But before we begin why I don't support them, let's discuss how the diet affects hair.

Healthy Diet, Healthy Hair

Awhile ago, I talked a little bit about how a good diet can positively influence hair. Hair, skin, and nails are made up of mostly protein. And while optimum protein consumption is necessary for good hair, there are other vitamins and minerals that can support healthy hair development and growth. These vitamins and minerals include vitamin A, vitamin E, panthenol, biotin, and insolitol. You can find these vitamins and minerals in a variety of foods such as eggs, olive oil, whole grains, spinach, carrots, and many more.

But it's not just eating these vitamins and minerals that matters most, but getting enough of them. The body prioritizes nutrients; the most vital organs, such as the heart and brain, are first in line to ensure that the body continues to function properly. Hair and nails are a lot lower on the list since they aren't necessary to live. This means that we need to get an optimum amount of nutrients to ensure the hair and nails get enough nutrients to grow long and strong.

It's important to stop here and note the difference between recommended and optimum. I'm lucky enough to work with registered dietitians, and they talk a lot about this. The recommended amount of nutrients is the difference between deficient and enough to function. But often, we need significantly more than the recommended amount to get enough for the body to function at its best. (This is part of the reason why I'm working hard to get a lot more protein in my diet. I was getting more than the recommended amount, but this wasn't the optimum amount.)

So, in short, getting a variety of healthful foods in the right amounts will be enough to get an optimum amount of a perfect world. Unfortunately, most of us aren't eating perfectly every day. So we use vitamins to make up for our dietary short comings.

So This Means I Should Take a Hair Vitamin?

No, I didn't say that. Hair vitamins are rather insufficient compared to most daily multivitamins. Most contain a lot of biotin, and the reality is most us are getting an optimum amount of biotin because it's found in so many different foods. If you aren't getting enough biotin, you're either not eating enough food, or you're eating too much of the same food. Unfortunately, most hair vitamins give the impression that biotin is the most important vitamin for hair growth. It's not.

So, What Do You Recommend?

I recommend a healthy diet and a good daily multivitamin. Like I said, it's natural to have some shortcomings in your diet. Most people do. But trying to add a variety of food on your plate is a good place to start. Personally, I recommend getting MyFitnessPal, or any other calorie tracker, to track the amount of nutrients you consume daily; at every meal, try to get protein, carbs, and healthy fats; and take a good multivitamin daily (I'm currently taking SmartyPants).

Okay, Thanks...I Still Would Like to Take a Hair Growth Vitamin.

Well, I can't stop you, can I? Lucky for you, I decided to research this. If you want to take a hair vitamin, take one that can also be used as a multivitamin. The best one I saw that compared to an adult women's multivitamin was SugarBear. Like many other hair vitamins, it's expensive, but at least you're getting some vital vitamins and minerals in the process.

So, This Will Give Me Long Hair, Right?

Maybe. There's no guarantee. If your diet is already pretty good, you may not see much of a difference. Also, if your diet is extremely poor, you may not see much of a difference because the nutrients are being used for more vital organs and bodily functions. On the flip side, you may see increased growth and get the hair of your dreams. But, word of warning. If your diet is lacking, and you stop taking these vitamins, your body may not be able to continue supporting the increased growth, and may shed in response to the drop in nutrients. This is part of the reason why I stress a good diet.

Also, it's important to note that hair vitamins can't fix a bad regimen. If your hair care is really poor or even mediocre, the amount of growth you get from the vitamins, may be undone by breakage, damage, and poor hair care practices.

Thanks. This was helpful. Anything else I should know?

Yeah, a couple more things. While this blog post is informative, at the end of the day, I'm not a medical professional or register dietitian. So if you want to make changes to your diet, consult your doctor or a register dietitian. They can help you create a detailed, comprehensive meal plan specifically for you and your needs.

Also, if you have good hair care and diet (be honest with yourself), and you feel your hair growth is slow or you have bald patches, make an appointment with a dermatologist or trichologist who can help identify any underlying medical conditions.

One last thing, you can have too many vitamins. Thinking that "more vitamins means faster growth" is pretty faulty. Due to genetics, your hair can only grow so fast, regardless of what you're putting in your body. Also, you can have too much of a good thing. While the body will just get rid of too much biotin through urine, fat soluble vitamins, like Vitamin A, can actually be harmful if over consumed. So follow the directions and don't take more than listed.

That's it?

Yup, that's it. You're now free to make an informed decision about bringing hair vitamins into your regimen.

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This is What Happens When Spontaneity Hits

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Natural Hair ABC | FroBunni

I started my blog with the intention to document my hair journey, as well as any other journey I may be having. This has included fitness, health, beauty, and recently, being a yoga teacher. And most of my social media channels show this. The only problem is I really, really, really like talking about natural hair. But I also really, really, really don't want to fill my social media pages with natural hair information. I wanted them to be authentic to who I am as a person, and I am more than just natural hair.

So on a whim, and after a brief discussion with my friend and author Princess Jones, I took the plunge and created Natural Hair ABC, where I get to discuss natural hair all the time. So if you're looking for hair advice, regimens, product reviews, and just good ol' inspiration, check it out! It's only on Instagram and Facebook, so you don't have to worry about remembering another URL. And if you don't have Instagram or Facebook, that's okay. You'll see a lot of those infographics here and on Pinterest.

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9 Deep Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair

Monday, August 21, 2017

FroBunni | 9 Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair Header

Natural hair can be dry. Like really dry. There are a few things you can do to keep your hair moisturized, such as moisturizing and sealing hair daily (meaning apply water or a water based leave-in to hair, followed by an oil or butter). But one thing you should always do is deep condition every time you wash your hair. This will help prevent breakage and retain length allowing hair to grow long and strong. And if you can, deep condition using a heating cap, which helps the product penetrate hair more effectively.

Alikay Naturals Honey and Sage Deep Conditioner
Giovanni Ultra-Moist Deep Deep Moisture Mask
TGIN Honey Miracle Hair Mask
Original Moxie Intense Quench Deep Conditioner
OBIA Naturals Babassu Deep Conditioner
Jane Carter Revive & Repair Hair Masque
My Honey Child Honey Hair Mask
Maui Moisture Heal  & Hydrate + Shea Butter Hair Mask
Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Moist Deep Conditioner 

FroBunni | 9 Moisturizing Deep Conditioners for Dry Natural Hair Infographic

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Fall Hair Challenge: Longer and Fuller Hair

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back in July, I did a length check, and I was tailbone length. It was nice to have reached my original hair length goal, but I'm still wanting a bit more. My hair isn't exactly where I want it to be (within the bounds of my hair type and texture); I feel it should be at full tailbone length and look fuller.

Truth be told, I've been slacking on my regimen, which has caused some of this. I haven't been protective styling as often, and my wash schedule has been all over the place. This has unfortunately caused a lot more breakage and damage. So what better way to resolve these issue than to do a hair challenge!

This hair challenge will focus on reducing breakage and growing thicker hair (read: a more uniform length). By the end of it, I should have greatly reduced my hair breakage, as well as be full bra strap length wearing a typical stretched hairstyle like a roller set or braid out.

  • Full tailbone length
  • Bra strap length or longer in stretched hairstyles
  • Reduce breakage
  • Alternate between washing and cowashing (this will probably be washing every 10 days with cowashing on the 6th day)
  • Pre-poo and tea-aloe vera juice rinse for every wash and cowash
  • Deep condition with heat for every wash
  • Moisturize and seal, at least, every 3rd day
  • Wear protective styles 80% of the time (this will end up being about once a week)
  • Blow dry hair either using Curlformers under a hooded dryer, or if using the tension method, blow dry hair so it's only 90% dry
  • Eat Healthy
Let's Discuss this "Eat Healthy"

The longer I blog about hair, the more I realize how a healthy diet and healthy hair are connected. This doesn't mean you can't have healthier, longer, fuller hair without a healthy diet, just that it can help, and for some women, it's key. Plus, what's the point of having long hair if you're too sick to enjoy it?

Since I've been doing the IIFYM (if it fits your macros) diet, I've noticed how much better I feel when I get enough calories and nutrients, compared to when I don't. And I know if I can consistently do this, it will translate into healthier hair. So with this hair challenge, comes a healthy diet component. While my hair rules can be applicable to many women (they're pretty generic if you think about it), my "eat healthy" can't. A healthy diet isn't going to be the same for everyone, so it's not something I recommend you follow. If you are trying to eat healthier, I recommend talking to your doctor or finding a registered dietitian.

For the sake of this blog post, I am going to include what I will do to attain a healthier diet. Every day, I will aim to get:
It's fairly simple, but still very personalized to fit the shortcomings in my diet. Later in the week, I will discuss the new multi-vitamin, as well as the age old question "Do hair vitamins work?"

Are you thinking about doing a hair challenge? Let me know in the comments!

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5 Steps to Frizz-Free Natural Hair

Friday, August 11, 2017

FroBunni | 5 tips to frizz free natural hair

Summer humidity is the bane of my existence. I loathe it, but there’s not much I can do about it. Or is there? I’ve been testing ways to reduce frizz, and I have some tips that may help. But before we begin, let’s address why frizz happens.

Frizz is caused by one of two things, weather and damaged hair. Weather related frizz, usually in the form of humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, can affect both healthy and damaged hair. The water vapor gets in contact with hair, and your otherwise defined twist out can turn into a 10-day old wash and go. The best way to deal with this frizz is use barrier forming products, such as serums and gels, which keep water vapor from getting in contact with the hair.

The other form of frizz is caused by damage. Split ends, worn hair cuticles, and dry hair make it hard to obtain a sleek rollerset and defined bantu-knot out. If you have split ends, you’ll need to cut them. If the hair shaft itself is damaged and your hair dry, you’re going to have to invest in some proper hair care. Keep hair relatively clean, deep condition, moisturize and seal daily, and sleep on a satin pillowcase. These are starting points, but I recommend learning how to build a proper hair care regimen to help reduce further damage.

Regardless of if your frizz is caused by the weather or damage, these tips can help. Oh, and one more thing. Some frizz is normal for most naturals. So if you’re trying to obtain a super sleek hairstyle and find that it’s impossible, don't worry. It’s normal.

Keep Hair Clean: Clean hair absorbs moisture better making it resistant to frizz. Use a gentle shampoo to clean hair (and always remember to follow-up with conditioner).
Jane Carter Moisture Nourishing Shampoo
Made Beautiful PUREifying Cleanser
Uncle Funky’s Daughter Rich & Funky Moisturizing Cleanser

Moisturize with a Creamy Leave-In: Compared to lighter ones, creamier moisturizers and leave-ins keep hair moisturized longer leaving hair shiny and frizz-free.
TGIN Butter Cream Daily Moisturizer
Soultanicals Marula-Muru Moisture Guru
Bel Nouvo Beauty CoCo Castor Styling Pudding

Use a Serum: Humidity, or the amount of water vapor in the air, can cause frizz. In humid weather, use a serum before going outside, which will form an invisible barrier around the hair protecting it from humidity.Giovanni 2chic Frizz Be Gone Anti-Frizz Polishing Serum
Nexxus Humectress Encapsulate Serum for Normal to Dry Hair
Qhemet Biologics Castor & Moringa Softening Serum

Gel Down Flyaways: Whether you are prepping your hair for a roller set, twist out, or protective style, gel can help keep hair in place reducing frizz.CURLS Passion Fruit Curl Control Paste
EDEN BodyWorks Coconut Shea Control Edge Glaze
Kink Curly Curling Custard

Go Satin: Sleep on a satin pillowcase, invest in a satin-lined hat, and put your hair up using a satin scrunchie. Using satin, as opposed to cotton, will reduce frizz and keep hair moisturized.Grace Eleyae Satin-Lined Cap
Natural Born Hats Satin Scrunchie
Accented Glory Satin Turban Headbands

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