So last week was the first I heard of Hairfinity, as it cropped up on youtube – and since then I’ve been bombarded with it on all social media platforms, at blogger-frenzy speed. I always have one ear cocked firmly up whenever ‘Hair Growth’ is a topic, as I’m forever wrecking my tresses as soon as it’s long… And subsequently ending up between the rock and hard place that is having to get it chopped.
Over the years, I’ve tried many supplements targeted at healthier, longer hair – such as Perfectil and the likes, but rarely took them properly and therefore never reeled in the rewards. Furthermore I see many, many customers dutifully purchasing hair growth supplements in pharmacies (Poor, poor men and their Regaine!)… And their hair – It don’t look no better! And so I can be somewhat skeptical to supplements in general, unless obviously you’re clinically lacking in a specific nutrient.
However over the past year, I’ve been taking vitamins aimed at hair growth more or less daily and I have to admit, my hair has grown substantially longer quicker. I’ve always had thick hair, but due to constant bleaching and heat damage, from shoulder downwards my hair has a tendency to break and obviously subsequently thin out.
At the moment, the ends of my hair are the thickest they’ve been in forever – partly because I’ve been slowly getting rid of layers every time I get it chopped, and partly due to hair supplements (or so I’m inclined to think). I’ve also been a lot kinder to my hair in recent times, (for more details check out this post).
I digress – Hair Supplements. Apparently Kim Kardashian thanks solely these Hairfinity vitamins for her luscious mane (and not copious extensions and profesh styling)… And so the media storm surrounding this brand is obv set to explode.
Should I purchase, should I not? At €26 for a month’s supply, I thought I’d first see how it stacks against my current staples.
The main active ingredients proven to boost your mane in supplements are Silica, B Vitamins (mainly Niacin, Pyridoxine, Folic Acid, and Niacin) and MSM (methylsulfonylmethane). In saying that, your hair is dead and therefore the last part of you to receive any excess nutrients from the body. Consequently if you’re lacking any specific vitamin, it’s likely to firstly show in your hair, skin and nails. Therefore the majority of all hair vitamins contain a little bit of all the biggies, such as Vitamin C, D, E etc.
Side note: I’m a huge fan of iherb in general – I love all their organic toiletries and cray range of vitamins. (Although be careful when ordering food – as in don’t! – unless you live in the States! I got hit with customs on a box of Clif Builder Bars which cost more than the box itself.)
Anyway, I really noticed a difference when I introduced Maxi Plus to my diet. My nails, (which are ALWAYS brittle and weak) were noticeably stronger after a mere week of the added nutrients.
Be warned though, the tablets themselves are cray large, as in horse tranquiliser style… And so if you’ve difficulty swallowing tablets then these bad boys are definitely not for you. Plus, the recommended daily dose is a whopping four tablets per day. I didn’t take four though, being the rebel that I am. I chose instead to take two vitamins daily and still felt the benefits pretty quickly. A month’s supply of these (120 tablets) is around €16 (which natch then worked out at €8 monthly for me).
However, I tend to purchase Maxi Hair Plus only when doing an iherb major haul, and so when I needed nothing else but hair vitamins I checked out Boots to see what they had on offer. I chose to go with their Skin Hair Nails supplement which cost €20 for a six month supply – amazingly frugal! Plus if memory serves correct I purchased these on a 3for2 offer – Ching ching. Sizewise, these supplements were half the size of a Maxi Hair Plus tablet. I chose to take two a day as opposed to the recommended dose of one tablet daily, and to be honest, I noticed zero deterioration from switching from Country Life’s Maxi Hair Plus to the Boots generic version. Except maybe my nails weren’t as strong… Although that can be easily linked to the vile acrylics I chose to punish myself with for a month – Three months later my nails are still in bits.
With hair, Biotin is the biggie… This protein promotes growth and the production of keratin, which protects against breakage and dryness… Hairfinity contains 2,500mcg per two capsules. In comparison, Maxi Hair Plus contains 2,000mcg (per four capsule dose) which is pretty bloomin’ decent also. But by contrast Boots contains 45mcg (per one capsule) which sounds pretty scabby in comparison…. However the recommended daily allowance is only 50mcg, and so the Boots generic is actually hitting 90% of that – S’just that the other two are playing blinders on the biotin front.
Niacin (Vitamin B3) promotes the circulation of Pantothenic Acid (Vit B5) to the scalp, thus reducing hair loss. Hairfinity’s contribution to this one is 50mcg, (reading at 31% of the daily recommended allowance), which matches Maxi-Hair Plus’s contribution exactly. That’s an insane 250% RDA. The poor Boot’s generic doesn’t actually list Niacin as an active ingredient at all.
Silica is another active ingredient a lot of readers will associate with hair benefits – It’s essensh for collagen formation, which in turn boosts hair (and skin) elasticity, plumpness and hydration. Bizaarely, Hairfinity is the only supplement of the three to specifically list their dose of Silica (2mg per two capsule dose) – with the other two listing it as ‘other ingredient’. Hmmm.
Bringing us to Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) – Another protein promoting collagen, as well as keratin. Hairfinity takes gold at 750mg per 2 capsule dose (with no daily recommended daily dose allocated at the moment), whilst Maxi Hair hits in at 600mg (negligible difference really)! Alas, with the Boots version, MSM didn’t make the cut at all.
With regards to active ingredients noted specifically for promoting hair growth, Hairfinity and Country Life’s Maxi Hair are in a league of their own, with Hairfinity making first place. However, with a difference of fifty micrograms here and there between the two, they’re pretty much on par. (Bearing in mind there’s a thousand micrograms in a milligram, and a thousand milligrams in a gram!). As regards to pricing, Maxi Hair is currently half the price (roughly €13.00 per month’s supply depending on the dollah exchange rate) of Hairfinity… And so I’d recommend going for the cheaper version, obviously.
The Boots ‘Skin, Hair and Nails’ competitor unforch doesn’t compete at all with regards to silica, MSM etc, but I genuinely found it pretty decent. Perhaps this is due to it’s other active ingredients, which neither Hairfinity nor Maxi-Hair contain, such as Evening Primrose Oil and Iron. Subsequently I’d still definitely recommend the Boots version as a general multivitamin if nothing else, and if purchased in a 3 for 2 deal, it works out at literally €3 for a month’s supply. Bargain.