It’s no secret that collagen is a protein and the glue that holds our bodies together, giving our skin strength and elasticity and replacing dead skin cells as we age. But what may not be so commonly known is all of the ways collagen can affect your hair. In short, the protein can be used to replenish hair loss and make for stronger, more luscious locks and luckily for those looking to promote healthy hair growth there are plenty of collagen supplements on the market right now to do just that.
Read on to find out everything you need to know about collagen for your hair, according to celebrity stylist Ken Paves, as well as the best (and yummiest) supplements to get those manes to flourish.
Need To Know:
According to celebrity stylist Ken Pavés, collagen is an amino acid and hair follicle cells use amino acids to produce keratin protein which promote hair growth, strength and elasticity. “Collagen helps to strengthen the hair and elasticity and improves it’s overall quality, and you also get the added benefits of Omegas 3 and 6 which are great for hydrating hair.”
Dr. Melissa Anzelone, ND for Nutrafol; a daily hair growth supplement, explains that in collagen supplements collagen supports a healthy digestive tract to protect and heal the lining of the gut leading to maximum protein absorption – thus, healthier hair.
In addition to making way for a healthy digestive tract, collagen in daily supplements work in synergy with components like hyaluronic acid to support, moisturize and rebuild the structure of the dermis of the skin and the environment surrounding the follicle. This also supports the blood vessels in the dermis, which allows for better diffusion of nutrients to the follicle leading to moisturized hair.
Promotes Hair Growth
According to Dr. Julie Russak, brand ambassador for NeoCell, the integrity of collagen is affected by both – the natural slowdown of collagen production and the accelerated breakdown of collagen from things like sun damage, alcohol and excess sugar in our diet all contribute to the breakdown of the structure of our skin, hair and nails. On top of the breakdown of collagen, hair loss specifically can also be caused by iron deficiency, auto-immune diseases, low thyroid, hormonal imbalances and the natural production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which can cause hair to grow back thinner and fragile if produced in excess. “So incorporation of a daily collagen supplement can also aid in hair regrowth, as hair health starts from the inside.” Says the dermatologist who also serves as the founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic and Russak+ Aesthetic Center in NYC.
Regenerates the Follicle
Dr. Anzelone, adds that collagen helps with hair growth and hair regeneration since it is a natural antioxidant. “Normally, free radicals are produced via metabolic processes. These free radicals damage the hair follicles and lead to hair loss. Collagen neutralizes the free radicals, allowing hair to grow normally” says Anzelone.
What To Buy:
Skinade is a peach and mangosteen flavored drink that you can incorporate into your daily routine and after finishing the product’s 30 day supply, you will be in awe at not only how supple, hydrated and smooth your skin is but how healthy your hair ends up. What makes Skinade one of the best collagen supplements for your hair is the rate at which the proteins are absorbed into your skin and hair follicles. According to Ken Paves, “The best way [to consume] is through a digestible liquid as the delivery mechanism. Skinade has a 90-95% absorption rate which ensures that the body maximizes the benefits of the active ingredients.” What’s more? In addition to collagen, the drink also contains B-complex, Vitamin C and Omegas so it can be used to supplement some of the vitamins you may already be taking.
Cult-favorite Bulletproof contains the brand’s exclusive XCT oil that adds high-energy fats to your diet to give you and whatever you choose to mix it with an extra kick. The chocolate collagen protein can add the perfect rich, chocolatey flavor to your favorite coffee, smoothie or meal replacement shake.
You’ve probably spotted Vital Proteins products being promoted by various influencers on your Instagram feed, the brand has a wide range of collagen peptides products that aid in promoting cell regeneration in your hair, skin and nails. Their original collagen peptides unflavored powder is their best seller and can be added to your favorite protein shake, smoothie, coffee or really any recipe of your choosing. The peptides are sourced from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hides and like it’s counterparts, after about a month of use skin is hydrated and glowing and you’ll notice stronger strands.
NeoCell Super Collagen powder is a dietary supplement that can be added to any beverage (or food) of your choice. According to Dr. Russak, consistency and choosing a supplement with a minimum of 2000mg like NeoCell Collagen supplements is key and after about a month, you’ll see how the supplement replenishes and rebuilds damaged collagen fibers resulting in.