How Does Silica Help Promote Hair Growth?

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

Silica is the newest member from a long list of hair care ingredients to enter the spotlight. Much has been said about the benefits of using silica for hair growth. But is there any truth to them? Or are they mere claims? We are here to get to the bottom of these questions. Silica is said to strengthen and fortify hair, increase its shine, and decrease hair loss. Keep reading to know if there is any weight to these claims.

What Is Silica?

Silicon dioxide, also known as silica, is an oxide of silicon, a non-metallic chemical element. Silica combines silicon and oxygen and is primarily found in green leafy plants and available in oil, gel, and supplement forms.

Our body needs silicon in trace amounts for collagen synthesis and improving skin strength and elasticity. Silicon helps prevent hair fall and maintains hair shine (1). No scientific evidence supports the claim that silica can promote hair growth. However, silica supplements may help improve your hair health. In the next section, lets take a look at the benefits of silica.

Benefits Of Using Silica For Hair

1. May Prevent Hair Loss

Silica may not directly influence your hair health. However, studies suggest that silicon content in the hair is crucial for maintaining its strength and may prevent hair loss (1). You may take silica supplements to improve the silicon content in your hair and prevent hair thinning.

2. Improves Tensile Strength

A study demonstrated that choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid (ch-OSA) supplements improved hair structure and tensile strength in women with fine hair. Orthosilicic acid is an amorphous form of silica and improves hair elasticity and break load, resulting in thicker hair (2).

Now that you know the benefits of silica supplements for hair, let’s discuss the right way to use silica supplements.

How To Use Silica Supplements

The best way to use silica for maintaining hair health is by taking oral supplements. Silicon or silicon dioxide supplements are available in pill, powder, and gel forms. You may consume any of them. However, before taking supplements, consult a doctor to determine if your body has silicon deficiency. Do not self-medicate.

You will also find shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products containing silicon. However, the efficacy of topical silicon is not studied. You may or may not get any results after using silicon-rich hair products.

The supplements will work only in the right dosage. In the next section, find out how much silica supplement you may consume.

Dosage Recommendation For Silica Supplements

Silica supplements are used for managing issues related to the skin, joints, bones, and hair (1). The recommended dosage may differ, depending on the issues. Therefore, consult a doctor for the right dosage.

If you are wondering if silica supplements have any health hazards, scroll down and read the next section.

Is Silicon Dioxide Safe To Consume?

There is no evidence that oral silica can cause any health hazard or side effects. The FDA considers silicon dioxide or silica as a safe food additive (3). However, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) raised concern over the use of nano silicon dioxide smaller than the nano threshold of 100 nm (4). EFSA further urged the European Union to regulate the use of nano silicon dioxide until further research is conducted to evaluate its health implications.

To avoid any side effects, consult a doctor before using silica supplements.

Silica cannot promote hair growth. However, silica supplements may improve your hair quality, strengthen the strands, and reduce breakage and hair fall. Therefore, if you have fragile and brittle hair, you may try consuming silica for hair health. You may also find silicon dioxide (silica) in shampoos, conditioners, serums, and other hair care products, but topical silica does not produce effective results. Consult your doctor to determine the right dosage and supplement frequency, and follow the instructions to get the desired results. Remember that silica supplements work when taken in the right dosage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is silica or biotin better for hair growth?

For hair growth, biotin is better than silica. However, you can take both after consulting your doctor to get the best results.

Is silica safe in hair products?

Yes, silica is safe in hair products.

Is silica the same as silicone?

No, silica is a combination of silicon and oxygen while silicone is a synthetic polymer of silicon with carbon and oxygen.

Which is better: silica or collagen?

While collagen provides the framework of bones, silica helps produce collagen. Both are equally important and have their own benefits.

Can you take silica everyday?

Yes, you can take silica everyday. However, consult a doctor to determine the dosage.

Is silica toxic?

Silica is usually non-toxic. However, breathing in small crystalline silica particles may cause a lung disease called silicosis. Speak to your doctor for more information.

How can I get silica naturally?

Consuming bananas, leafy greens, green beans, cereal, brown rice, lentils, and beer may help you get silica naturally.

Key Takeaways

  • Silica is aids collagen synthesis and improves skin elasticity and strength.
  • It may prevent hair loss and thinning and strengthen the hair structure.
  • You can maintain your hair health by using silicon or silicon dioxide oral supplements, which are found in oil, gel, and pill forms.
  • You should consult a doctor to know the appropriate amount of silica you should consume.

References:

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  1. Use of silicon for skin and hair care: an approach of chemical forms available and efficacy
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4938278/
  2. Effect of oral intake of choline-stabilized orthosilicic acid on hair tensile strength and morphology in women with fine hair
    https://doi.org/10.1007/s00403-007-0796-z
  3. CFR – Code of Federal Regulations Title 21
    https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/scripts/cdrh/cfdocs/cfCFR/CFRSearch.cfm?fr=172.480
  4. Re-evaluation of silicon dioxide (E 551) as a food additive
    https://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/efsajournal/pub/5088

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