Even though I have talked briefly on the subject of hair growth aids, the questions never cease. ‘What’s the best hair growth aid?’, ‘Which products for hair growth actually work?’ ‘Which one are you using’ etc etc.
I have said it before and I will say it again, there is no magic pill/oil/*insert gimmick here* that will help you retain your length year after year. That’s done through consistency and nurture of your locks through a great regimen.
Having said that and also to silence those insistent among you, here is a list of the top 8 products for hair growth out there based on chatter on the hair boards.
They are not in any particular order as different things work for different people …
1. Hair Growth Vitamins – Hair pills in general are quickly becoming one of the most popular methods of boosting growth in the hair care community. They are plenty of all round hair multi-vitamins that claim to boost your hair growth substantially depending on your hair care practices.
Plenty of anecdotal evidence shows that they do in fact cause faster hair growth(affiliate link). The mechanisms of this lie in the mix of ingredients of the particular vitamins. Among it’s nutrients, they contain msm which extends the hair growth phase as well as biotin, vitamin B-12, niacin(affiliate link) & silica(affiliate link) etc.
Where to buy Elongtress>>
2. Miconazole Nitrate aka MN – Miconazole nitrate(affiliate link) is a synthetic antifungal usually available in a tube as a cream. It is used for the treatment of certain fungal infections in the body. What’s that got to do with hair?
Well all nitrates are good oxidizing agents. Hence miconazole nitrate(affiliate link) hair growth includes the procedure of providing oxygen for the hair when used in the process of hair restoration and hair growth.
Where to buy: Miconazole Nitrate >>
3. Biotin – Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. The signs and symptoms of biotin deficiency include hair loss that progresses in severity to include loss of eyelashes and eyebrows in severely deficient subjects.
Biotin(affiliate link) supplements(affiliate link) are available in pharmacies with doses beginning with 5000mcg per day, as with fingernails. Be prepared to wait several months to begin seeing results from biotin.
Some shampoos are available that contain biotin, but it is doubtful whether they would have any useful effect, as biotin(affiliate link) is not absorbed well through the skin.
Where to buy: Biotin>>
4. Megatek/Mane n Tail – Both these products were originally created to promote fuller longer manes and tails in show horses but it seems that women being justifiably envious of the horses’ tresses just had to find out the secret.
Both products are now sold for human use and Megatek even claims speed growth rate up between 10% – 50%. Mega tek is also the more popular of the two.
Where to buy: Mega-Tek>>
5. Cayenne Pepper with oil – Sounds crazy but the theory goes like this: When applied external on the human skin, rubefacient herbs like cayenne pepper causes irritation and redness of the skin-consequently, there is the attraction of the blood towards the area of the skin where the rubefacient herb was applied. If applied to the scalp, increased blood flow to the hair follicles translates to hair growth? Well it seems popular on the hair boards!
Where to buy: Local supermarket!
6. MTG/SULU Max Gro – Another one of those product originally forumulated for horses (lucky things!). It is now sold under the name SULU Max Gro for human use.
Where to buy: Sulu Max Gro >>
7. Nioxin Vitamins – These vitamins claim to help promote healthy hair growth, promote more youthful looking skin and strengthen nails. They aid improvement in elasticity, thickness and collagen formation. Many ladies are reporting increased hair growth while using them. Be warned, they are shockingly expensive!
Where to buy: Nioxin >>
8. Msm/ Sulfur – Sulphur is a mineral present in every cell in the human body, with its greatest concentration in hair, skin and nails. It has often been called the “beauty mineral” and the “healing mineral” because of its ability to promote circulation and decrease inflammation.
These qualities also lend to the theory that adequate amounts of sulphur can jump-start hair growth in people with deficiencies. Sulphur is present in protein-rich foods containing high levels of the amino acids methionine and cysteine.
These foods include meat, fish, legumes, nuts, eggs, and vegetables, especially onions. However, sulphur has recently become a popular nutritional supplement and topical treatment, thanks to the discovery of methylsulfonylmethane, or MSM.
Where to buy: MSM >>
Originally posted 2011-07-27 04:45:49.