Benefits of collagen for hair growth
It’s no secret that collagen is a protein and the glue that holds our bodies together, giving our skin strength and elasticity and replacing dead skin cells as we age. But what may not be so commonly known is all of the ways collagen can affect your hair. In short, the protein can be used to replenish hair loss and make for stronger, more luscious locks.
How Collagen Affects Hair
According to celebrity stylist Ken Pavés, collagen is an amino acid and hair follicle cells use amino acids to produce keratin protein which promote hair growth, strength and elasticity. “Collagen helps to strengthen the hair and elasticity and improves it’s overall quality, and you also get the added benefits of Omegas 3 and 6 which are great for hydrating hair.”
Dr. Melissa Anzelone, ND for Nutrafol; a daily hair growth supplement, explains that in collagen supplements collagen supports a healthy digestive tract to protect and heal the lining of the gut leading to maximum protein absorption – thus, healthier hair.
In addition to making way for a healthy digestive tract, collagen in daily supplements work in synergy with components like hyaluronic acid to support, moisturize and rebuild the structure of the dermis of the skin and the environment surrounding the follicle. This also supports the blood vessels in the dermis, which allows for better diffusion of nutrients to the follicle leading to moisturized hair.
Promotes Hair Growth
According to Dr. Julie Russak, brand ambassador for NeoCell, the integrity of collagen is affected by both – the natural slowdown of collagen production and the accelerated breakdown of collagen from things like sun damage, alcohol and excess sugar in our diet all contribute to the breakdown of the structure of our skin, hair and nails. On top of the breakdown of collagen, hair loss specifically can also be caused by iron deficiency, auto-immune diseases, low thyroid, hormonal imbalances and the natural production of the hormone dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which can cause hair to grow back thinner and fragile if produced in excess. “So incorporation of a daily collagen supplement can also aid in hair regrowth, as hair health starts from the inside.” Says the dermatologist who also serves as the founder of Russak Dermatology Clinic and Russak+ Aesthetic Center in NYC.
Regenerates the Follicle
Dr. Anzelone, adds that collagen helps with hair growth and hair regeneration since it is a natural antioxidant. “Normally, free radicals are produced via metabolic processes. These free radicals damage the hair follicles and lead to hair loss. Collagen neutralizes the free radicals, allowing hair to grow normally” says Anzelone.