Vitamin C ... on your hair?

January 28, 2022

 

 

You’ve probably heard about the benefits of vitamin C on skin. But did you know that vitamin C can also give you stronger, more youthful hair? It’s true!

And no, I’m not talking about putting face serum on your hair.  And I’m not talking about lemon juice, either.

I’m going to tell you exactly how to apply vitamin C to your hair in a moment.  But first, I want to quickly tell you about why I love vitamin C for younger-looking hair. It can...

#1 Stop breakage

You may have heard of free radicals before. Basically, free radicals can wreak havoc wherever they appear in your body, including damaging proteins in your hair. When that happens, your hair gets more fragile, and starts to break off.

However, you can stop free radicals with antioxidants. And one antioxidant is vitamin C.

So vitamin C can protect your hair from damage.

#2 Hydrate dry, frizzy hair

Vitamin C also attracts and binds water. That’s great for your hair, because it means that vitamin C can lock moisture in, keeping it there for longer.

That also makes vitamin C a great ingredient to add to certain hair care products. (More on that in just a minute.)

#3 Boost shine in dull-looking hair

Vitamin C is acidic, which means it has a lower pH.

That’s great for hair, because a lower pH will actually tighten and smooth the hair cuticle. And that makes your hair look shinier.

So ... what’s the best way to apply vitamin C to your hair?

Use a hair product that contains vitamin C. These products provide vitamin C, without irritating your scalp or changing your hair color in unpredictable ways. (Like lemon juice can.)

For example, there’s the The Inkey List Vitamin C Brightening Hair Treatment. To use this product, once or twice a week you shampoo your hair as usual, then apply a thin coat of the vitamin C treatment. After that you style your hair as usual -- no need to rinse. And it only costs $8.

Another option is Peter Thomas Roth Mega-Rich Conditioner ($18). This luxe vitamin C treatment is a daily conditioner, and it also contains hair-boosting ingredients like biotin, vitamin E, and vitamin B5.

There’s also the fan favorite hair brand, Alterna. Their Caviar Anti-Aging Replenishing Moisture Masque ($45) is a vitamin C-heavy hair treatment that you leave in for 3 minutes. It’s chock full of ingredients for aging hair, and customers report that it doesn’t weigh hair down, either.

Finally, if you want stronger, healthier hair, make sure you get enough vitamin C in your diet, too. Why? Because vitamin C is one of the building blocks of collagen. And collagen is essential for strong, healthy hair.

So ... give these tips a try, and let me know how it goes!

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