It’s skincare/haircare again! The crossover continues. This ingredient has come to the front of our attention when it comes to skincare, but can it also help us to look after our hair?

This time I want to have a quick look at Niacinamide and its benefits for hair. 

It’s popping up in products everywhere at the moment. 

Why? 

Niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that allegedly has a number of benefits, including reducing hair loss, boosting shine, and helping to repair damage. 

What are niacinamide’s benefits for hair? 

This powerful ingredient can provide a range of benefits for hair including boosting shine and repairing damage.


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Can niacinamide boost shine?

Niacinamide is effective at boosting shine. A study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology found that niacinamide was able to increase shine by 52% after eight weeks of use. It helps to boost shine by increasing the production of sebum, which is the oily substance that coats the strands.

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Can niacinamide help to repair damage?

Niacinamide is also beneficial for repairing damage. It helps to build keratin, the protein that hair is made of. Niacinamide also helps to repair damage by restoring the integrity of the hair follicle and preventing it from breaking.

Does niacinamide reduce hair loss?

This has been researched following initial speculation that hair loss could be challenged by the use of topically applied niacinamide. The research was inspired by the idea that niacinamide stimulated blood flow to the scalp but this is now disputed. (​​https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/ics.12599)

Which products contain niacinamide?

There are a number of hair care products that contain niacinamide. Here are a couple of examples:

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Thanks for reading,

Lauren xx

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