We’ve all seen the celebrity-endorsed ads on our social channels for hair gummies promising to make your hair long, luscious and full. But do they actually work? Below, we break down the benefits, or lack thereof, of these increasingly popular gummies.
What is in hair growth gummies?
Most hair gummies contain biotin, and vitamins such as D, A, C and E. Biotin, a B vitamin, is an essential nutrient naturally present in some foods. A few studies that have shown it is beneficial for hair growth, but additional research is needed to confirm these results. Some individuals may be prescribed biotin by a physician due a severe biotin deficiency. Still, for those without a deficiency in biotin or other vitamins such as D, A, C and E, most people get these vitamins from the natural intake of fruits and vegetables. Taking additional amounts of these vitamins most likely won’t do much for your body as you already have the nutrients you need. Your body will generally keep the vitamins it needs and dispel the excess amounts through urination or digestion. Be sure to eat a balanced diet full of whole foods and fruits and vegetables to help support your hair growth naturally.
It is also important to note that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not currently approve of any hair gummies on the market. The FDA does not have the authority to review dietary supplement products for safety and effectiveness before they are marketed. Some labels may say they use FDA approved ingredients, but the actual products themselves are not FDA approved. Any consumer should keep this in mind when they are taking supplements. We also recommend looking at the label for other ingredients. Sometimes, hair gummies contain “fillers” such as rice flour, which has no added benefit for your body. The label might also claim a “proprietary blend,” which manufacturers often use to avoid disclosing the ingredients. Keep this in mind any time you ingest a product or supplement.
How long does it take for hair growth gummies to work?
If you decide to try out hair gummies, keep in mind that any potential added benefits to your hair will not be on your existing hair, only new hair growth. Any added enhancements you see will take time, possibly up to six months. Therefore, any added benefit you may see will not be a quick fix.
While there is always an appeal to have your hair grow longer, healthier and fuller, there is not enough data to support hair growth supplements being a miracle fix. Be sure to eat lots of fruit and vegetables to take in vitamins like biotin naturally. Additionally, if you are experiencing hair loss, talk with your physician. They can help determine if there is an underlying cause and what the best next steps are.