What are Hair Gummies and Do They Work?
According to a 2021 study, around 37% of people in the United States prefer to take their vitamins and supplements in gummy form. And while this may seem strange, those of us that are adults now can remember taking our vitamins in the shape of Flintstones characters every morning when we were kids. Fun fruity shapes were a good way to convince a kid to take their vitamins. It makes sense that a lot of grown-ups still prefer their vitamins in a more palatable form. Not everyone has the ability, or enjoys, swallowing large dry pills every day, so the vitamin gummies make taking these supplements way easier for a lot of people.
Over the last few years, the gummy vitamin and supplement market is expected to grow at a compounded annual growth rate of 12.6% from 2020 through 2028. It’s obvious that the vitamin gummy market isn’t slowing down anytime soon so it only makes sense for gummy vitamins geared at hair health to be released.
What are Hair Gummies?
Hair gummies are a gummy supplement that claim to help with overall hair health. These are not a miracle cure to hair loss, but they do contain vitamins associated with the building blocks of hair and hair growth. Biotin, folic acid, and vitamin C are among the vitamins and minerals contained within these gummies and as we’ve discussed in previous articles, they are associated with healthy hair.
Biotin helps with the production of keratin, which is a protein that helps form the structure of hair, skin, and our nails. Folic acid helps promote the growth and development of cells in our body, including our hair. And vitamin C helps produce collagen which increases the body’s hair building proteins. Combined with zinc and iron, these minerals and vitamins can help lead to thicker, healthier hair.
By combining vitamins and minerals into a gummy that can be easily taken it seems like an easy way to help improve the health of your hair and help keep your hair in the best possible condition. But do they work?
Do Hair Gummies Work?
Being in the hair loss field, we’ve seen all sorts of “miracle cures” and treatments for hair loss, so of course we are always skeptical of new supplements or treatments.
So do hair gummies work? The short answer is, it’s unclear. There have been studies done on the ingredients contained in these hair gummies that show how biotin and folic acid can help with hair health, but there aren’t any studies that focus on hair gummies themselves.
In theory, since the gummies use the same ingredients as similar hair supplements, then the research should pertain to both, but that doesn’t mean they will work for you. Everyone reacts differently to these types of supplements, and just because they helped one person with their hair issues, doesn’t necessarily mean they will help you.
In addition to that, there are a number of reasons why a person’s hair could be unhealthy or starting to thin out, that vitamins and supplements just won’t be able to help with. Genetics, hormonal imbalances, age, and even medical conditions can cause unhealthy hair and hair loss, so it’s important to understand the root cause of the problem before trying to treat it.
Are Hair Gummies Worth It?
Honestly, it depends on your situation. We work with many treatment plans that include biotin supplements to help with unhealthy and thinning hair, but they don’t work in all circumstances. It’s still best to make sure you visit a hair specialist or a dermatologist in order to figure out exactly what may be causing your hair loss and how best to treat it.
It won’t hurt you to try these hair gummies if you just want to see what effect they may have on your hair, but don’t expect a miracle. You may start to notice that your hair is shinier and feels smoother and stronger, you may also notice that it appears thicker and more vibrant, but biotin and folic acid alone can’t reverse hair loss from genetics and other sources.
If you suffer from a biotin deficiency you should definitely see more benefits of hair gummies containing the vitamin than if your levels are normal, but a true deficiency is uncommon in Americans. Fun fact: eating excessive amounts of raw eggs can cause a biotin deficiency, but you have to consume a LOT of raw eggs for this to occur – at least 6 per day for several months.
Overall, there’s no harm in trying out hair supplements and gummies if you’re curious. Very few people have a perfect diet, so many people will benefit from a good multivitamin in either a tablet or gummy form for improved health and hair.
We recommend making an appointment with your doctor to discuss your hair concerns and what treatment options may be available. There isn’t a lot of research on hair gummies specifically, but based on the ingredients included in the supplements, there is definitely potential to help improve hair health.