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To ensure better hair growth and prevent hair loss this winter, follow Asgar Saboo’s expert advice on vitamin intake.

The cooler months are well and truly here! Now that colder days are upon us, so are some of the damaging elements that can take the sheen away from your hair and also cause it to fall out. 

But fear not. There is a healthy, natural way to prevent hair loss this winter. Through including more vitamins in your diet, you can maintain healthy hair all year round, says celebrity hairstylist Asgar Saboo.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is vital for proper cell growth. It helps in producing oil on the scalp, which keeps the hair from drying out and breaking.

Food sources: cod liver oil, peaches, carrots, spinach, etc.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that repairs and builds tissue, and is essential for healthy hair growth. When you apply vitamin E to your scalp, it reduces inflammation, increases blood circulation, boosts oxygen supply, and repairs damaged hair follicles. Because of its blood thinning properties.

Food sources: almonds, seeds, avocado, broccoli.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C helps boost our immunity and protects us against frequent colds and other infections. What most people are unaware of is that vitamin C also has hair-strengthening qualities. It helps the body create and produce collagen, a vital protein for healthy hair, skin, and nails.

Food sources: oranges, red peppers, kale, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, grapefruit and kiwi fruit.

Vitamin D

The obvious approach to boost your vitamin D levels is to spend some time out in the sun and around 15-20 minutes every day is enough to get your dose. To increase your vitamin D levels with food sources, eat vitamin D-rich foods.

Food sources: halibut, mackerel, salmon, egg yolk, maitake and portabella mushrooms etc.


If you want longer, healthier hair then biotin is a must. It is one of the most widely-used supplements for faster hair growth. Biotin is a B vitamin and it plays a key role in keeping the hair healthy. While most people get a good dose of biotin from the food they eat every day, it is a water-soluble vitamin. That means your body cannot retain it and flushes out what it doesn’t use. So you need to get enough of it every day.

Food sources: dairy products, peanut butter, soy bean, legumes etc.