The most effective method to addressing damaged, thinning, and slow-growing hair is a two-sided process that involves combatting weakened hair internally as well as from the outside. Finding the right haircare products that are actually effective can be challenging – let me make your search easier by introducing you to some of my greatest (personally tested) industry finds that actually work resoundingly well in regard to yielding positive results.
Combatting Compromised Hair Internally:
For hair thinning related to alopecia (an absence of hair where it normally grows – or baldness), it is highly recommended that you make an appointment with your doctor to discuss more aggressive treatment and/or prevention options. For all other concerns, there are a number of dietary supplements that claim to revitalize hair from the inside out. In particular, I am in love with Manetabolism Plus Vitamins and Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins.
The Mane Choice: Manetabolism Plus Vitamins – Formulated to grow hair on the scalp longer, thicker, faster, and healthier, this vitamin produces remarkable results after only 2 months of use when taken daily. Not only does this product rapidly produce stronger hair, but also strengthens nail beds and the layers of the skin while promoting the overall health of the body in general. Manetabolism also has the ability to rejuvenate dead, inactive, and slow-growing hair follicles – leading to real tangible hair growth. I have actually replaced my daily multi-vitamin with this one and have found that in addition to having stronger, thicker, and fuller hair, I also have experienced an increased level of overall energy to get me through the day. Least to say, Manetabolism is now a part of my daily life. Experience the difference for yourself and give Manetabolism a try – chances are you will become part of The Mane Choice family for life as well!
Brock Beauty: Hairfinity Healthy Hair Vitamins – With over 1700 raving reviews, I had to try this hair supplement myself. It works – after only 1 month; you will see a clear difference in regard to new hair growth and durability. This product is formulated using Hairfinity’s brand-exclusive Capilsana® Complex and is largely the reason it has been such a hot commodity/received so much attention. I like to take this supplement in the morning and The Mane Choice in the evening – the combination together has done wonders for my hair.
NeoCell: Biotin Bursts: If you are not big on taking daily vitamins in the pill form, NeoCell Biotin Bursts is the way to go. These delicious little chews tastes like candy and are packed with 10,000 MCG of biotin per piece – making it easier than ever to have beautiful hair (and skin). Each package comes with a 30-day supply and come and a price point you simply cannot beat. These are sold nationwide and can also be purchased via Amazon.
Combatting Compromised Hair From the Outside:
Many countries (including the U.S.) have made it a cultural norm to associate cleanliness of the hair and skin with lathering products that create high levels of suds and leave the skin and hair feeling stripped of natural oils. This cultural norm is actually harmful in regard to the overall health of your hair and skin – leaving it more often than not completely dehydrated and irritated by harsh chemicals, artificial fragrances and preservatives. Alcohols and sulfates (among other irritants) lead to more brittle/damaged hair and having to wash your hair more frequently than necessary due to excessive oil production by the body to compensate for the hair and scalp being routinely stripped of natural oils that act as a protective barrier against environmental factors. Mass marketed mainstream brands (of course) do not want their customers to know this – as using their products requires much more frequent product usage and purchases. In particular, these products stood out to me as successful hair care essentials:
Wen®: Cleansing Conditioner – This latherless 5-in-1 formula acts not only as a primary conditioner, but also as a cleansing shampoo, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner. It is free of sulfates, harsh chemicals, and does not strip the hair of natural oils. Directions state to use 10-32 pumps of product per wash depending on hair length – however I find this to be rather excessive. I use 5 pumps per wash (I have short hair) and the product completely saturates/covers every hair follicle from root to tip. In my personal opinion, I would recommend adjusting the amount of product needed to just enough to completely saturate the hair. Follow up with Wen® Replenishing Treatment Mist for even softer and more manageable hair. Results for me were noticeable after only one use.
The Mane Choice: Ancient Egyptian Anti-Breakage & Repair Antidote Collection – Out of all the hair care collections currently on the market, this would definitely be one worth investing in. The new Ancient Egyptian line comes equipped with a fortifying shampoo, a luxurious conditioner, a highly effective hair retention oil, a specially formulated split-end treatment serum, and a revitalizing hair mask. Infused with Kalahari, Oleaster, Mongongo and Baobab oil (in addition to omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids), this masterfully crafted collection does wonders for all hair types – from fine and/or chemically treated to natural and thick hair. After experiencing The Mane Choice, this line has now become my go to for luxury hair care that I recommend to all my readers and clients who are looking for result-yielding products without breaking your bank.
Blackstones: Five Wits Moisturizing Shampoo – Produced locally in NYC, this hydrating shampoo is infused with high performance botanical ingredients to nourish hair without leaving it looking and feeling excessively greasy. This is a great option for those with normal to oily hair that are looking for a gentle cleanser that will not fully strip the hair and scalp of its naturally-produced oils (however if you have dry hair and are looking for a shampoo that provides deep hydration, I would go with The Mane Choice listed above). Five Wits Moisturizing Shampoo not only adds a sufficient amount of hydration to balance normal to oily hair (unlike mainstream shampoos that strip your hair of all its moisture entirely), but also has an amazing botanical aroma! For best results, use this product every third wash.
MOROCCANOIL®: Treatment Light – For every day hairstyling, this product wears many hats. It can be used for styling purposes as well as for conditioning – leaving the hair smooth, manageable, and boosted with shine. Infused with vitamins and antioxidant-rich argan oil, MOROCCANOIL® Treatment Light promotes the overall health of your hair. MOROCCANOIL® is also a great leave-in extra moisturizing product for adding a healthy luster to hair for women of color. Personally, I use this in place of a finishing spray and love the way it leaves my hair feeling – extra smooth with a healthy/non-greasy shine.
Austen Parker is a professional makeup artist with a diverse creative and academic background – holding a degree in entrepreneurship and advanced business analysis with additional studies in fine art, art history, and pre-med/cosmetic dermatology.
His passion for makeup combined with a strong understanding of science, skincare and facial anatomy gives him a unique perspective on makeup application – including color placement, blending, and the knowledge of unique melanin patterns – bringing a scientific edge to his artistry. His work includes international fashion & beauty editorials, advertising, corporate & editorial portraiture, television, runway, and destination weddings.