It’s that time of year again. Summer is coming and it’s time to break out the bathing suits, the grill and the flip-flops. But there’s one more thing you want to break out: all those cute elastics and donut buns to give yourself fancy hairstyles. One problem – your hair barely touches your shoulders.
Lots of things come into play when it comes to hair growth and how long you can grow your hair. Adore Beauty specifies that genetics, scalp health and hair follicle health are three of the top influencers of hair length. Though no one can change genetics, the health of your scalp and hair follicle are things you can improve upon.
What improves your hair growth?
Overall better physical health can improve hair growth, according to Adore Beauty. Having plenty of vitamins and nutrients in your diet can improve follicle health, and lacking in nutrients results in slower hair growth.
A better diet or taking vitamins to improve your diet is the first step toward growing longer hair. Foods such as eggs, avocados, spinach and salmon can help promote hair growth.
In addition to these foods, there is mounting evidence that collagen can help promote healthier, stronger hair. From the amino acids it’s made up of to the huge role it plays in skin health, collagen can easily help hair growth.
How does collagen help with hair growth?
Healthline notes that collagen is an antioxidant, making it a great way to fight damaged follicles. Things such as stress, smoking, drinking and a diet lacking in necessary nutrients can cause damage to your hair follicles. With more collagen in the body, the body would be able to better combat this damage and grow longer, healthier hair.
70% of your dermis – that’s the next-deepest layer of skin, after the top layer, or epidermis – is collagen, Healthline goes on to write. The dermis is where the root of hairs are, which means that the amount of collagen in your body determines the overall health of your hair.
Collagen is also broken down into amino acids by your body. What are amino acids used for? Well, depending on what kind of amino acids the collagen is made up of – collagen can be rich in proline, glycine and hydroxyproline amino acids – it can be broken down to its amino acids. Keratin is the main component that the body uses to make hair, and proline is used to make keratin.
So taking collagen that’s rich in proline amino acids will be broken down by the body and used to make hair. And if you have lots of keratin in the body, it’s only a matter of time before you see longer, healthier hair.
How can Wellness Please help you?
Wellness Pleases’ multi-collagen products – the Multi-Collagen Jar and Multi-Collagen Single Serve Packs – will help in hair growth by promoting healthier follicles. The high levels of collagen found in these products will help repair follicle damage, make your hair grow healthier and help the hair grow in longer.
These collagen supplements are rich in all three aforementioned amino acids, with nearly 1,000 MG of that all-important proline.
And as a bonus, you might see tighter skin and slower hair loss! Healthline also writes in their article that collagen plays a key role in keeping the skin elastic and with a youthful appearance as well as prevents the hair loss that comes with aging.
How can you incorporate this into your diet?
Easily! Both the Multi-Collagen Jar and Single Serve Packs have collagen in powder form, making it easy to mix into drinks. The powder is completely flavorless, so you it won’t alter the flavor of whatever you’re drinking. The powders can be added to coffee, tea, protein shakes, morning smoothies or even a refreshing glass of water.
The powder can also be used while cooking. It can be added to brownie mix, mixed in with a soup or added to pancake batter. There’s really no limit to how you can eat the powders!
The packs make it possible to bring collagen with you anywhere. The sticks fit into purses, pockets, suitcases, or backpacks, and can be mixed in with any drink or added to any foods. Just like the powders found in the jar, they can be added to recipes as you’re cooking.
How much should you take a day?
Wellness Please recommends at least 8 ounces a day of collagen powder for an average-sized adult, mixed into their drink. Size must be taken into account, as well as the severity of the hair damage and shortness. Also, if multiple people will be taking collagen supplements, a bit more should be added for each person (i.e. 8-10 ounces for two servings of pancakes for two people).
Luckily, Healthline notes that collagen supplements are safe for most. The benefits are strong, with the worst side effect being heartburn in cases of taking big doses.
Everyone could use more collagen in their diet. Whether they’re twenty-somethings who want Rapunzel-like locks, thirty-somethings looking to repair some damage to their hair, or forty-plus-somethings who want to turn back the clock and grow hair like they used to, collagen can help with all of that.