Hair, skin and nails vitamins

I started taking hair, skin and nails (HSN) vitamins last week Wednesday, the same day that I got my relaxer.  I bought them to see if they would make any change to my hair.  An improvement to the skin and nails will be a bonus. J  I generally eat very poorly and the decision to take these vitamins actually came from that.  I put out a question on facebook asking the page members if they are taking HSN vitamins.  It turns out that a few are taking them but many had been contemplating it just as I had been.  I decided then to do more research and write a blog post.

I am taking Vital Multitime Hair Skin and Nails Vitamins.  I bought them from a pharmacy.  There were many brands to choose from.  What made me choose this particular brand is because it is a ‘one a day’ as I did not want to be popping pills more than once a day.  I also chose them because the box said ‘multi-vitamin and mineral’.  I thought I could also benefit from the other vitamins and minerals that do not necessarily benefit hair, skin and nails.  The pills themselves are big and brown and have a ‘multivitamin’ smell!  I do not know how best to describe it!!  I will take them for the next 3 months then make an assessment and see if there is any difference to my hair’ skin and nails.

Hair, skin and nail vitamins are formulated to keep hair’ skin and nails healthy.  So how do HSN vitamins benefit the hair, skin and nails?  Well HSN vitamins include some of the following:

B Vitamins

B vitamins are sometimes called beauty vitamins.  They provide the nutrients that make your hair, skin and nails thrive. A lack of B vitamins affects your body in multiple ways and often becomes visible through your hair, skin and nails.

Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)

MSM is a natural organic sulfur compound that is found in plant and animal tissue.  MSM contributes to healthy collagen and keratin which are essential for healthy hair, skin and nails.

Omega 3 and 6

Omega 3 and Omega 6 are essential fatty acids that are essential for health and well being.  Receiving these vitamins through food sources and as a dietary supplement is crucial to the beauty, growth and development of your hair skin and nails.


Minerals, in conjunction with vitamins, are a significant factor for hair, nails and skin. Minerals aid in nourishing the hair, nails and skin.  In particular, the minerals calcium, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium and manganese work together and provide the components essential to hair, skin and nail growth.

So why not just take a multivitamin?  Well, HSN vitamins include many of the same ingredients as regular multivitamins but also have in addition biotin, silicon, MSM, l-cysteine, l-methionine, panthenol etc.

What I came to realise in reading up on this subject is that the success of the HSN vitamins may depend on your general diet and what deficiencies you are experiencing.  If you already take a multivitamin and eat healthy balanced meals, adding HSN vitamins may not make a difference as you are already getting what you need from your diet.

HSN vitamins do not work overnight – you need to keep taking them for at least 3 – 6 months before you see any significant change.  If your body has a deficiency the body will first need to correct this and send nutrients to the most important areas of the body first – i.e. internal organs, brain, etc – and only then will it go to the hair, skin and nails.  The hair, skin and nails are some of the last things in the body to receive nutrients.

All this got me thinking though and coming to the conclusion that taking HSN vitamins alone will not answer all your hair problems.  Your hairs health is also dependent on other factors like diet, exercise and how you take care of your hair.

Remember, as with all pills, there can be side effects.  Consult your doctor before taking any supplements, especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

the brand of HSN vitamins I am taking


  1. says

    I used Vigro after i’d undergone some radio-active treatment and it restored my hair. I have a friend using it becuase her hair is thinning and she has a bald patch – it’s also working for her.

  2. Marcia says

    Alfa lipoic acid is a good supplement for those looking for healthier skin. However, a vitamin alone will not do the trick…you must include a healthy eating regimen as well. I was fasting a few months ago and started drinking a lot of carrot juice…it’s works wonders for everything.

    • says

      The difference that i have seen is in my nails. They are rock hard now! Hair and skin, there seems to be no change. I am thinkinh of trying another brand just to see if there would be a difference.

    • says

      hi Sarah
      If your hair is shedding excessively you can take garlic pills as well as use products with garlic. Just speak to your doc first obviously before taking them. I remember reading that garlic pills can thin the blood.



  4. debra says

    the best pills to use is hsn made by nature sunshine. my hair down my back love them. but it would it alot. but down worry that mean it working. after awhile it will stop.

  5. Treegah says

    Im a guy and Im using the Vital Vitamins for hair, skin and nails. is this product good for me? isn’t it typical for ladies?

  6. greta says

    Hair SKin and Nail vitamins do not work.I bought a 6 months supply of these and my nails were rock hard no hair growth.I don’t know if this has to do with the biotin content .I decided to try hairfinity hair vitamins but they cost a fortune but they work.I only bought a months supply and now am using nutri -vites hair vitamins.They retail in UK so you can order directly they are also sold in Zimbabwe now.My aunt brought them for me from Zim and they are working wonders.

    Sometimes you get what you pay for

    • Tendayi says

      So many hair vitamins out there promising all sorts of things. It can get confusing. So you are happy with Nutri-vites?

        • amberlilstar says

          I would be interested in trying these Nutri Vites as they are a lot cheaper than Hairfinity. I paid nearly 1000rands for a 2motnhs supply that I ordered. They are currently looking for a retailer her in South Africa I hope they find one soon as I would like to try them .

          I recently purchased Environ supplements but they failed to meet my expectations so sad.

  7. claudia says

    Hello am looking for biotin pills,multivitamin pills, hairfinity anything that can make my hair grow am based in Zimbabwe bulawayo where can l buy these please help

    • Tendayi says

      These pills are usuually found in pharmacies. I can’t give specifics about Bulawayo though. I hope someone else can provide them for you.

  8. nkamo says

    im taking vigro(full set) this is my 4th month but people stated noticing the positive change in my hair last month already. my “bald patches” are no longer there and my hair feels great-the colour texture and volume

  9. dahir says

    i have a big bald and i started this month using vital hair skin and nails so can it help me for my bald?

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