While there are a variety of prescription medications obtainable through online doctors for convenience and affordability, there are also many natural DIY treatments you can use at home.
Here we'll take a look at natural supplements, vitamins, and other ingredients which can improve your hair.
1. Vitamin A
Vitamin A, also known as retinol, is highly pertinent to the health of your hair and scalp. Products with vitamin A strengthen and protect hair from future damage. Healthline writes, "All cells need vitamin A for growth. This includes hair, the fastest growing tissue in the human body. Vitamin A also helps skin glands make an oily substance called sebum. Sebum moisturizes the scalp and helps keep hair healthy. Diets deficient in vitamin A may lead to several problems, including hair."
You can buy vitamin A as an individual supplement, or purchase a multi-vitamin including vitamin A. Vitamin A is found naturally in meat, fish and organs.
Like Vitamin A, protein is essential to the growth of hair. In fact, protein is crucial to the growth of several parts of your body, like muscle and skin. According to Web MD, "Protein is important to strengthen hair and promote growth. The recommended daily amount is about two to three 3-ounce servings of meat or a combination of four to five servings of dairy and beans."
You can consume more protein by drinking protein shakes, or by introducing more meat, fish and poultry to your diet. Protein is also naturally sourced from seeds, nuts, and soy products.
Collagen supplies your hair with the amino acids it needs to produce keratin. Keratin is a protein which makes hair. Collagen can be consumed, but is often applied topically in a cream, hair mask, specialty shampoo, or treatment.
Collagen is known for protecting skin and does much the same for your hair. It provides the stretch and bounce hair needs to reduce breaking.
Iron deficient individuals often suffer from hair loss. This is because iron supports the production of hemoglobin, which is needed for healthy hair. Dr Gray of Women's Day writes, "Korean researchers found that proper iron levels can help combat hair loss in women... Iron is required for the formation of red blood cells which carry oxygen and nutrients to the hair to help it grow."
Iron can be taken as a supplement, or eat it in pumpkin seeds, firm tofu, dried apricots and other ingredients.
A B vitamin, biotin is another thing your hair needs to stay healthy and strong. Without biotin hair thins, nails become brittle, and other parts of your body begin to ail. Wilma Bergeld, MD, a dermatologist writing for Cleveland Clinic explains, "We find biotin to be very helpful for hair disorders... It also makes nails thicker, and oral biotin is exceedingly safe, even in large doses."
You can get biotin as a supplement through an online doctor prescription, or consume more spinach, sweet potato and eggs.