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Want longer hair? Try these supplements for starters.

If there’s one trend that’s emerged of late that blends beauty and wellness, it’s the hair health gummy trend. Lush-locked girls everywhere on Instagram are praising the supplements and crediting them for longer, stronger hair and nails. Heck, the Kardashians talk about them all the time, they must be good.

Alex Fuchs, National Education Manager at La Biosthetique Australia and owner of Fuchs Hair in Sydney shares his expertise: “For those who want to support hair health from a nutrients level, then absolutely using hair, skin, and nail vitamins will help -- the key ingredients you need to look for are Biotin and Zinc.” Looking to get your hands on some? Read on for our top five picks.

THE SCIENCE-BACKED ORIGINAL Viviscal Maximum Strength Supplements, $69.95 for 60 tablets

“Viviscal has been researching hair loss for over 25 years. Over time, several ingredients, known for their hair strengthening or rejuvenating properties, have been added to the formulation such as Biotin, Zinc, Silica, Vitamin C and Iron, but our exclusive marine protein complex AminoMar C™ has been present in the formulation since the outset,” says Helen Feeney, the Senior Brand Manager of Viviscal, adding that the product not only supports the hair during the anagen (growing) phase of the hair cycle, but helps with shedding  and strength. She says 93% of US consumers would recommend the supplements to a friend, and here in Australia, it’s just as popular: it’s the #1 selling hair loss brand at Priceline. With fans like Reese Witherspoon and Gwyneth Paltrow, it’s easy to see why.

THE BEAUTY BOOSTER The Beauty Chef Glow Inner Beauty Powder, $60 for 150g

Pretty, pink and deliciously brightly berry flavoured, this easily digested, super-charged powder is packed with nutrients that are absorbed quickly and effectively by your cells for maximum a hair health boost. Thanks to its 24 Certified Organic and bio-fermented skin and nail-loving superfoods, vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, antioxidants and phytonutrients, skin, gut, hair and nails all benefit from this supplement that promotes overall wellbeing and beauty.

THE HEALTH-CENTRIC PICK: Flexibility Wholefood by Vita-sol, $59 for 210g

Developed by Sydney super nutritionist and skin expert Fiona Tuck, this multi-action formula provides vital nutritional support for healthy hair, skin, joints and nails. The deliciously spiced and warming chai blend makes it the perfect addition to smoothies, porridge and warm milk for a nourishing and soothing nutritional boost. Boasting 74 all-natural minerals, this magic powder aids in promoting cell integrity and strength, and contains vitamins that are important for creating and maintain healthy hair follicles and strong hair.

THE NUTRITIONALLY PACKED BOOST HUM Nutrition Killer Nails, approximately $13.50 for 30 caplets

“I love the hair gummy trend because we’re getting people excited about taking vitamins. When someone looks forward to taking their gummy vitamins, it helps remind them to take additional vitamins, and it can easily become more of a part of their daily routine,” Director of Education at HUM Nutrition, Sarah Greenfield says. “As a dietitian, it’s been really exciting to watch the supplement space shift and change over the past 10 years. Consumers are more open to the idea of taking supplements and are feeling and looking better as a result. Anytime I can elevate wellness and the way people feel, that’s a win in my book!"

THE YUMMY GUMMY  Nature's Way Vita Gummies Adult Hair Skin Nail, $16 for 60

Paloma Rose Garcia, the Owner and Director of PALOMA Salon in Sydney, breaks down the gummy trend: “In my opinion, the gummy supplement is just the latest trend; it’s more important you look at the quality of ingredients rather than the form.” Regardless of the form you prefer, if the supplement has high quality ingredients, Garcia says the change in hair can be amazing: “I have seen huge changes first hand, and the results are incredible — it’s really life changing for people with finer hair texture and density. She says to look for “Silica, vitamin C, Iron, Niacin and Zinc,” which these yummy gummies are packed full of.

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