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Why Do Prenatal Vitamins Make Your Hair Grow at a Faster Rate?

Why Do Prenatal Vitamins Make Your Hair Grow at a Faster Rate?
Healthy hair growth is dependent on a balanced diet. Photo Credit: Digital Vision/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Prenatal vitamins can be an essential supplement to your diet during pregnancy. There is an old wives’ tale that these supplements alone make your hair grow faster, which is why women who are not pregnant might take prenatal vitamins. These supplements are intended for pregnant women only, and there is no proof they are healthy methods for natural hair growth. Taking prenatal vitamins can be dangerous for women who aren’t expecting.

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Pregnancy Hair Changes

Virtually all parts of the body change during pregnancy, and your hair is no exception. Increased hormones help hair follicles retain strands longer, which results in fewer hairs lost. In turn, this can give the illusion that your hair is not only thicker, but is growing faster.

Nutrients and Hair Health

Certain vitamins and minerals promote overall hair health, many of which are available in prenatal vitamins. Dr. Melissa Piliang of the Cleveland Clinic notes in a June 2013 ''Huffington Post'' article that B vitamins, vitamin D, iron and zinc are good for your hair. These nutrients don’t necessarily make your hair grow faster, but they may help restore shine and thickness to your strands, or promote hair growth if you are experiencing hair loss due to anemia or a vitamin or mineral deficiency. Since a balanced diet should provide these basic nutrients, ask your doctor before taking any supplements.

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