And here we go with collagen again. It is an ingredient that has been used in facial creams for ages but only recently has it been recommended to be taken internally as well. One would expect its effects on bones and joints, but hair? Can collagen make hair grow faster?
In my experience, nutrition is more important for skin and hair than creams. Both play their role but if you eat processed food all time and don’t care about the needs of your body, creams can’t save your skin and hair. You just need to supply your body with nutrients from the inside. We are what we eat.
In this article, I’m sharing my personal experience with collagen.
Can Collagen Make Hair Grow Faster?
Collagen is the most abundant protein in our bodies that is important for our tendons, ligaments, and skin. There are 16 types of collagen.
Collagen peptides play an essential part in renewing cells and are responsible for maintaining the elasticity and strength of our bones, joints, tendons, skin, nails, and hair. Our bodies produce collagen but the production slows down after 30 years of age. That’s why our skin starts sagging, we can see wrinkles and hair gets brittle.
“Research shows that free radicals may also damage hair follicles. Since your body’s defense against free radicals decreases with aging, older adults are especially susceptible to hair damage.”
Collagen intake from foods and supplements may offer many benefits, healthy and strong hair among others. That’s why I decided to try some collagen supplement to support my skin and hair showing signs of aging.
What Did Collagen Help Me With?
It really did help me with my hair and skin much more than I expected. I thought there would be some results but didn’t think my hair structure would change as well and speed up my hair growth. But let’s look at the process and the effects one by one.
1. Faster Hair Growth
I know the hair is supposed to grow 1 to 2 centimeters a month. In the past, I have never seen more than one centimeters a month but now it is 2 centimeters. Also, I can see a lot of new hair above my forehead. There is a bunch of short hairs that look quite funny when I slide them to the front. I suppose there are new hairs everywhere growing out of my scalp but they are most visible in the front.
As to the growth speed, I used to dye my hair with henna every two months. Now I have to do it every month as it grows faster and the few gray hairs are visible after a month.
2. Stronger Hair Structure
My hair is stronger and I don’t have split ends at all. Although I don’t go to a hairdresser and only trim the ends once in two or three months myself, my hair looks very healthy and is much stronger. It started to be better when I stopped using chemical dyes and started using henna. That was 2 and a half years ago and my hair got healthier since then. But it still didn’t grow as fast as I wanted. With collagen, there is a big difference.
3. No Increase In The Number Of Grey Hairs
The amount of my grey hair is not increasing which is surprising as I am aging, obviously. It’s supposed to be the result of the antioxidant properties of collagen being able to fight cell damage and slow the graying process.
I know that hair graying is very much related to genetic predispositions but damage to cells producing hair color caused by free radicals may also play a role (see hair cycle and hair pigmentation).
Some science behind the graying:
As we age, cells that produce melanin pigment that gives our hair its color start to die. Nevertheless, these cells producing melanin can be damaged by poor diet, stress, and environmental pollutants as well.
So if there are not enough antioxidants to fight the damage caused by free radicals, our hair may begin to gray.
4. More Elastic and Plump Skin
My skin is definitely plumper. The wrinkles that were deepening every day before I started taking collagen started to recede. Of course, there are some as I didn’t have any botox or fillings done but just this one supplement rejuvenated my skin significantly.
5. Stronger Nails That Seem To Grow Faster
I have always had very nice nails in summer but in autumn and winter, they usually started to break. So I had long nails in summer and short nails in winter. Now I can have long nails even in winter. Natural nails!
I prefer everything natural when it’s possible. So I’d rather buy supplements to make my hair, nails, or whatever grow faster and look better than go for artificial nails, lashes, nails, etc.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind seeing anyone with them. But I don’t want to look like a different person when I wake up in the morning. And men like natural look more than you think…
Some serious facts supporting my results by scientists
A 12-week study in 1000 adults found that daily consumption of a collagen supplement reduced visible signs of aging.
Findings of a trial with 69 women aged 35-55 have shown that after 8 weeks of taking collagen daily (2.5 g or 5.0 g) skin elasticity improved significantly. It’s nice to see that there were no side effects observed.
Although I have my personal results, I always want to support them with science-based facts. Nutrition is the biggest factor that can affect our look and our health and many experts confirm this fact.
How Can You Increase Your Collagen Intake
You can get your collagen from food like chicken or beef broth or from supplements. It can be collagen pills or powdered collagen. If you go for supplements, always look for hydrolyzed collagen as it is easier to absorb.
Collagen powder doesn’t smell and is tasteless so you can add it to any drink of your choice or mix it with water.
It is advised to have your collagen with vitamin C. Eating foods high in vitamin C may boost your own collagen production and that’s why it is so good to eat peppers, oranges, or strawberries (just as an example).
Can Collagen Support Your Hair Growth?
Based on my experience, it can. I’m not saying it solves every problem with hair fallout because it can be caused by other health issues. If you experience massive hair fallout, ask your physician for advice.
However, if your hair and skin problems are only attributable to aging, collagen might be the right solution for you. It was for me.
I am very happy my hair grows much faster and stronger now. Having more or less the same diet for many years, the growth can be attributed to collagen, in my opinion.
If you are interested how long does it take for collagen supplements to start working, here’s my article about it: How long does it take for collagen to work