posted on 04/24/2022 08:00
Erasers, famous among celebrities, look a lot like candies, which, although beautiful, can be a hassle – (Credit: Instagram/Reproduction)
Combing through strands and falling on clumps of strands on the brush can be quite frustrating for those who want to let their hair grow out or at least keep it healthy. The same goes for brittle and damaged nails. It is known that there are many supplement options on the market that promise to combat these issues and whose effectiveness is often endorsed by celebrities and influencers. But, after all, is it worth investing in this consumption?
First of all, it is essential to find out the reason for these changes, because the weakening of nails and hair is not always linked to the lack of vitamins in the body. Other possible causes may involve genetic conditions such as alopecia; menopause and andropause; use of chemicals on wires, such as hair straighteners; thyroid problems and anemia.
Dermatologist Caroline Anjo, from Clínica Belabia and Derma Perfecta, also recalls that the scents – post-covid, post-dengue fever, post-surgery, post-stress, postpartum – are triggering factors for these problems and their effects on hair and nails can last up to a year after the event. In addition, inappropriate habits have weight: sleeping with wet locks, applying conditioner to the scalp, wearing a cap or hat for a long time, not moisturizing hair and nails and not removing nail polish. nails.
On the other hand, when the reason for the loss of hair and damaged nails is related to a nutritional deficiency, supplements in the form of capsules and gummies can be effective, provided that the diet is systematically balanced, as explained in the nutritionist Cynara Oliveira, nutrition supervisor at the hospital. St. LUCIA. Indeed, if the body does not have the necessary amount of vitamins and minerals, the substances present in these products will be directed to more urgent deficiencies in the body and will not fulfill their original purpose.
The characteristics of gummies, very similar to candies, also deserve attention, since they can induce unbridled consumption, bringing more problems than solutions. In addition, some nutritional compositions may contain unhealthy elements. “What’s the point of supplementing with minerals, but ingesting sugar, syrup and preservatives? In this case, it is better to opt for capsule formats”, warns the nutritionist.
In agreement, Caroline Anjo specifies that in the event of a nutritional deficiency, the ideal is to manipulate individual formulas for patients, in order to include higher doses of the necessary vitamins and amino acids. For Flávia Ribeiro, pharmacist and founding partner of Quality Farmácia de Manipulação, respecting the labels of industrialized medicines is essential, paying particular attention to the presence of biotin, vitamins A, C, D, E and B-complex, minerals zinc and silicon.
In short, do capsules and gummies work? Well, it depends on the root of the problem and eating habits. The most important thing is to consult a doctor and carry out the appropriate tests. And remember: self-medicating is never recommended, because what may work for one patient may not work for another.
the root of the problem
When biomedicine student Mariana Rios noticed the acute hair loss and brittle nails, hypotheses quickly arose: they were probably related to her severe iron deficiency anemia, from which she was already recovering, and post-covid. In addition, using the dryer more often than indicated and inheriting the family of fine hair and with little volume solved the problem.
The possibilities of treatments emerged during the consultation with the dermatologist, who indicated mesotherapy sessions and manipulated drugs, consumed for three months, in 2021. Regarding the effects, Mariana only mentions benefits, which include accelerated growth wicks and their reinforcement. “My threads became denser, shinier and stronger. I also noticed a decrease in hair loss, in addition to the development of new threads where I had less hair,” he says. Satisfaction increased with looks and praise from loved ones.
Before starting the procedure aimed at the causes of the problem, the young woman says that she took the famous industrialized supplements for a few months. The results were positive only on the nails, but for her they were not even a third of those obtained with individualized treatment. Today, despite having healthy hair, she plans to undergo the procedure again to maintain her healthy hair.
For Marina Lopes, a dental student, the effectiveness of commercial capsules ran into the question of whether the hair growth was, in fact, due to the supplements, to the treatments which increased considerably during this period, or to both factors. . Overall, she noticed differences, especially in the nails, which became stronger. The decision to start the treatment was due to capillary difficulties, linked to the slow development of the threads, in addition to being brittle.
Among the reasons for the problems, the young woman cites the excessive use of the iron. But later, during tests and consultations, he discovered that he also lacked certain vitamins, provided by manipulated drugs. “In general, I didn’t see much difference taking the one recommended by the doctor and the capsules I took myself. So, I recommend the latter too, they have been beneficial to me,” he concludes.
*Trainee under the direction of Sibele Negromonte