Achieve healthy hair from the inside by incorporating the right oil supplements into your hair growth regimen.
We covered the basics of hair growth in Can Oil Make the Hair Grow Faster and one of the points mentioned there was staying on top of your hair growth multivitamins.
While natural oils can be effective in hair care, it’s also important to nourish your body from the inside for your hair to reach its full potential.
There are various multivitamins you can take for general body health and there are those geared specifically towards hair and nails.
You should always consult your doctor before taking any multivitamins that will have any bearing on your health.
In this article, I’m focusing exclusively on dietary supplements that contain oil and it will be delivered in two parts.
Oil Supplements for Healthy Hair Growth
Borage oil is derived from the seeds of the borage (Borago officinalis) plant, a large plant with blue, star-shaped flowers found throughout Europe and North Africa and naturalized in North America.
GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) is part of the omega-6 family of EFAs (essential fatty acids) and is hard to come by in the diet.
As the active ingredient in borage oil supplements, it promotes the healthy growth of not just hair but nails as well.
The suggested dosage is 100 to 500 mg daily. The capsules can also be opened and applied directly to the scalp as a soothing conditioner.
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If you’re like me, the not so fondest memory you have of cod liver oil is your mom standing over you, threatening to hit you with a ladle if you don’t swallow the ghastly pills.
Or worse, drink 2 spoons of the liquid because they’re good for you. Maybe I’d have train-length hair by now if I had!
This supplement is derived from the liver of codfish and has high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. It also contains vitamins A and D, which can stimulate hair growth.
The IU content of cod liver oil is quite high and 1 teaspoon is the recommended dose.
To mask the unpalatable taste, you can mix it with a glass of juice or choose some other oil supplement you can stomach.
The evening primrose plant (Oenothera biennis) grows in North America and the oil is rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs).
These EFAs can help offset the high consumption of saturated and trans-fatty acids in food. It also contains GLA (gamma-linolenic acid).
If you are having hair loss issues, this is an ideal supplement to include in your regimen as it strengthens the hair.
1,000mg per day is sufficient, but the recommended dosage is 2,000mg (two capsules) per day over a period of three to four months. Consistency is key in order to see any results.
You can read Healthy Hair from Inside with Oil – Part 2 HERE.
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Where To Buy Oil Supplements?
Warning About Taking Supplements
Though there are no major side effects of oil supplements, always consult with your physician before taking new medication especially if you’re pregnant, nursing, or taking other medication.
Related Hair Care Resources
Interested in learning more about natural oils for hair growth? Have a look at How to Grow Your Hair Healthy & Long with Natural Oils.
It’s a comprehensive guide featuring over 40 natural oils for hair. The book is available in Kindle and paperback format. Learn more here.
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Abi is a curly hair expert who delved into the world of natural oils after severe hair loss issues. Through her research, study, and testing, she was able to regrow her bald spots & a healthy head of hair. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Ade Ori Hair Care, and the author of the highly-rated Healthy Hair Care Series. She continues to study hair science, Ayurveda, and natural and healthy solutions for hair and skin. Learn more about our Editorial Guidelines…
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