Sea kelp for hair loss? Really? It's the question on everyone's lips
Sea kelp is commonly thought to prevent hair loss and boost hair growth, but does it actually work, or is it just an old wives tale? Now, we have the answer.
‘Unfortunately, an old wives tale,’ Consultant Trichologist Sally-Ann Tarver, from The Cotswold Trichology Centre & Theradome, tells us. ‘Sea Kelp does not directly promote hair growth,’ she says.
So where does this myth come from? And does sea kelp have any benefits for hair? Vincent Allenby, creative director at Trevor Sorbie, Manchester, explains why sea kelp is linked to hair growth and prevention of hair thinning. ‘Sea Kelp is commonly known to promote hair growth due to its naturally high iodine content which is said to aid normal thyroid function which in turn is often related to hair thinning.’
So the benefits of sea kelp are more about thyroid regulation, which in turn can be linked to hair loss or thinning locks.
Color Wow’s Kale Cocktail includes the sulphur-rich ingredient to strengthen hair. ‘People with weak hair that breaks easily should use Kale Cocktail with sulphur-rich sea kale it helps relink and reinforce hair’s vital internal bonds,’ says Nicola Clarke, Creative Colour Director Color Wow and John Frieda Salons. ‘It also helps guard hair against UV ray damage.’
Sea kelp is also thought to strengthen hair and prevent breakages thanks to the vitamins and minerals contained. Sea kelp is a source of vitamins A, B1, B2, C, D and E, plus zinc, iodine, magnesium, iron, copper and potassium. It also contains a 10 times higher concentration of calcium than milk.
Sea kelp supplements have also been linked to weight loss and anti-ageing, but some critics warn against high iodine levels and the potentially high levels of toxic heavy metals. As with any supplements, you should consult your doctor before taking sea kelp.
If you’re looking to improve hair condition and boost hair growth, all-natural coconut oil has many benefits for hair and scalp. Unlike sea kelp supplements, it can be applied topically, directly to problem areas or all over hair and scalp.
Products containing argan oil are also highly rated to improve hair condition and texture, so if you were considering the use of sea kelp for hair, this could be an alternative option.
If hair loss is your main concern, consult your doctor in case you have an underlying medical condition affecting you. These may be easily treated without turning to self-subscribed remedies like sea kelp.
If you have no underlying medical issues, you should also consult your hair stylist as they may be able to recommend regime changes or techniques to minimise your risk of hair loss.