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How To Choose The Best Hair, Skin, & Nails Vitamins (#1 Choice For 2019)

Written by Shelby Torrese

If you’re looking for the best hair, skin, and nails vitamins, this comprehensive guide reveals what to look for, what to avoid, & the #1 recommended choice for 2019 and beyond!

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Have you ever brushed or styled your hair, only to have a huge wad of hair intertwining your fingers or covering your bathroom floor? Or what about struggling to grow out long, pretty nails when yours are consistently brittle and breaking? I’m guilty of both! And from what my girlfriends say, we’ve all been there. Determined to keep my precious locks and regrow my nails, I’ve researched all of the hair, skin, and nails vitamins around to try and save my self-esteem. Just when I thought I was making some headway and finally getting answers, each turn of the page and click of an article just presented more confusion and contradiction than clarity. My head was spinning, my hair was still falling out, and my nails were still nubby, little messes. 😫

Instead of trusting magazines and advertisements, I took matters into my own hands and did my own research. You’ll be surprised to read that so many things we’ve been told (and sold!) as women are complete malarkey. So, from my science-backed, home-schooled beauty lessons, I present to you my extensive guide to finding the best hair and nail vitamins, myth-free!

Here’s what we’ll cover: 

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Choosing The Right Hair And Nail Vitamins

Again, I have totally been in your shoes. Panicked, balding (whether an exaggeration or not) and totally confused as to which supplements are worth the money. This guide will help you navigate the world of vitamins for hair and nails⁠—what to look for, how to differentiate a good supplement from a bad one, and ultimately, how to make the best decision for Y-O-U.


What to look for in a hair, skin, and nail vitamin

Aside from specific ingredients, it’s important to look for these key indicators in hair and nail vitamins to ensure they’re safe and effective. 

I go into a full ingredient deep-dive later on in this article, but if you can remember to avoid those four simple call-outs, you are off to a great start!


What to avoid: Red flag ingredients

Navigating the world of vitamin shopping is daunting⁠—especially with so many unrecognizable (or pronounceable!) ingredients. So, what’s a guy or gal to do? While we can’t scrutinize over every single ingredient at the store or online, there are a few standout ingredients you should do everything to avoid. 


Are gummy vitamins healthy?

While gummy vitamins have their allure for being tasty, easy, and ‘healthy,’ a majority of them are quite the contrary. Okay, yes, they may be tasty and easy to remember to take because of that, but healthy is reeeeally stretching it. Even if a gummy vitamin has all the same vitamins and minerals as a pill or powder form, it also contains colors, additives, and tons of sugar (both in the gummy itself and sometimes coated in it!).

Gummy vitamins are marketed to attract people who 1) aren’t great at remembering to take their daily vitamins and 2) who hate the taste of the brands and products they have tried. Yes, they’re also a lot ~sexier~ to take pictures with on the ‘gram than a plain white capsule or powder, but that’s really all they’re good for—photo ops.

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Key Ingredients In High-Quality Hair And Nail Vitamins

The easiest way to choose hair and nail vitamins is based on ingredients. There are key vitamins and minerals to look for that will ensure you get the silky, smooth locks and strong hair and nails you are longing for. Without them, you might as well save your hopes and money. Store shelves and online stores are packed with pills, powders, and gummies that make strong, promising claims without ANY ingredients to back them up. This ingredient guide will help you identify the princes from the paupers, and have you looking like a queen in no time!


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What Are The Best Vitamins For Hair, Skin, & Nails?

Even after clearing the air on all this confusion, I know that it may still seem difficult to confidently shop on your own for the perfect hair, skin and nails vitamins. The two supplements I would recommend are: 

I hope this guide helps debunk some of the myths you’ve been told, and better guides you toward an effective supplement worth your time and money. Share with your girlfriends, your mom, anyone that struggles with hair, skin, or nail insecurities. Your health (& beauty) is worth it!

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About The Author

Shelby Torrese

Nutrition, Movement & Meditation Coach

Shelby Torrese is a wellness enthusiast (and matcha fanatic!) from Miami, FL. She attributes her love of movement to her mom, a personal trainer, and her love of food to her dad, a farmer. She studied creative writing in college while getting her yoga certification, and went on to pursue fitness and nutrition in grad school. Her go-to advice is, “Balance,” and she is a firm believer that the ocean can cure just about everything.

  • Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher
  • NASM Certified Nutrition Coach
  • M.S. in Human Performance


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