When I interviewed Julie Ebner for this story on how to get glossy hair, I took several pieces of her advice to heart. Her final tip was her “hair prescription,” in which she encouraged readers to take an Omega-3 supplement, which is great for skin and hair. The last time I saw my physician, she agreed—and so, with my doctor’s stamp of approval, I decided to try it.
What I tried: Nordic Naturals’ Omega Woman, Evening Primrose Oil Blend* ($24.95 for 120 capsules).
First impressions: Even though these capsules contain fish oil (the typical ingredient in omega-3 vitamins), they don’t smell fishy. In fact, they smell slightly lemony and like roses.
What caught me by surprise: I’ve noticed over the past year or so that I’ve been shedding a lot more of my hair and it didn’t seem like my hair was growing enough to keep up with the shedding…which was, frankly, starting to concern me. And so my reason for wanting to try these supplements was pretty much vanity-related—I knew they were recommended to balance hormone levels (I know changing hormone levels sometimes cause hair loss), and Julie said they were good for shiny hair. I’ve been taking them every day since the beginning of the year, and you guys, I can actually tell a difference in my hair. I’m still shedding, but I can tell my head is magically growing new hair, because when I pull my hair back into a ponytail I have a ton of short, wispy baby hairs that stick basically straight out of my head—and my ponytail is thicker. Vitamins! They work.
Bonus: Nordic Naturals is hosting a What’s Essential contest—first prize is a trip for two to California (and a year’s supply of supplements)! Find details here.
Do you take a supplement you love? Please share! —Aleigh
*Disclosure: This sample was sent to me for review, but I only write about the products that I think are truly worthy of being shared with you. View my full disclosure here.