Healthy, luscious-looking locks have always been a sought-after trait, but it seems lately the beauty world has been taking the quest for beautiful hair to the next level. We’re sure you’ve stumbled across vitamins for hair being advertised on your social media feeds, with influencers boasting about supplements that have helped them to grow hair faster and (seemingly) thicker. While we’re not here to talk about supplements and the like, we are here to fill you in on hair products formulated with vitamins. So, which vitamins are you likely to find in products designed to improve the look of your hair? It turns out there are quite a few—and they can easily be incorporated into your hair care routine. Ready to get on the road to healthy-looking hair? Here’s what you need to know about adding products with vitamins to your hair care routine.
WHAT VITAMINS ARE FOUND IN HAIR PRODUCTS?
Want to know more about vitamins you may notice in your hair products? Get the 4-1-1 below on how products formulated with vitamins can help improve the look of your hair.
HAIR VITAMIN #1: B3 (NIACIN)
Vitamin B3 is also known as niacin or niacinamide, if you’re checking the label on your hair products. A study from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) tested the topical application of two niacin derivatives—octyl nicotinate and tetradecyl nicotinate—and found that these derivatives demonstrated a significant increase in the appearance of hair fullness in female alopecia.
Aside from hair fullness, another study from the NCBI found a leave-on technology containing niacinamide resulted in increased hair suppleness and a better ability to withstand force without breaking.
Product pick: If you’re interested in products formulated with niacinamide, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Restoring Shampoo for Long, Damaged Hair. This shampoo for long, damaged hair helps to seal split ends while adding shine, protecting lengths, and strengthening hair. Use as a system with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Conditioner for Long, Damaged Hair and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths No Haircut Cream Leave In Conditioner, which are also formulated with B3.
HAIR VITAMIN #2: B5 (PANTOTHENIC ACID)
Also called panthenol or pantothenic acid, vitamin B5 is another hair vitamin worth taking note of. According to the NCBI, pantothenic acid has been studied for its ability to help prevent early hair graying, restore natural hair color, encourage proper hair growth, and give hair moisture.
Product pick: If you are interested in products formulated with B5, we recommend the L’Oréal Paris Excellence Creme Permanent Triple Protection Hair Color. This permanent hair color kit includes a conditioning treatment formulated with panthenol. Our exclusive Triple Protection System provides rich, radiant color while deeply caring for your hair before, during and after coloring.
Editor’s note: Want more B5? The Dream Lengths trio mentioned above is also formulated with pantothenic acid!
HAIR VITAMIN #3: B9 (FOLIC ACID)
Another B vitamin, B9 (also referred to as folate or folic acid) is also a key hair vitamin. Folates help with stimulating the hair follicle cells and regulating sebum gland function, according to the NCBI.
HAIR VITAMIN #4: VITAMIN E
Next on your hair vitamin list? Vitamin E—more specifically, tocopherol, which is part of the vitamin E family. Per an NCBI study, this type of vitamin E is found in Moroccan argan oil, which is known for its ability to keep the hair moisturized.
Product pick: If you’re interested in products formulated with tocopherol, the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Shampoo is formulated with tocopherol. Our Color Vibrancy Intensive system for color-treated hair works to keep hair color healthy-looking and vibrant thanks to a formula with anti-oxidants (UV) and ceramides. Use as a system with the L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Protecting Conditioner and L’Oréal Paris Elvive Color Vibrancy Repair and Protect Balm, which are also formulated with tocopherol.