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By: Nicole Best

Nicole Best is a longtime Vital Proteins user. Here, she writes about her first-hand experience incorporating collagen into her daily routine.

“Your hair has grown so much!”

That’s something I never thought I’d hear but I hear it all the time now. My friends and family all know that my hair hasn’t been longer than shoulder-length for over seven years now. I have tried everything to help make it grow. I have even spent hundreds of dollars on hair extensions to make my hair look thicker and longer.

It wasn’t until I was training to become a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner that I learned about Vital Proteins. I have tried other brands in the past and I saw zero improvements in my hair, skin, and nails. Just after six months of adding Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides to my daily cup of coffee, my hair has grown three inches! I also use Vital Proteins Beef Gelatin.

I didn’t just start taking collagen because I wanted long and healthy hair, or beautiful skin and nails. I added VP to my daily routine because as we grow older, our bodies start to lose its natural ability to produce collagen on its own. Being 21 years old, I decided that now is my chance to make sure I am getting my fix since collagen is the most abundant nutrient for our bodies. 

Here is what I noticed after taking collagen daily:

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Hair

The reason I have always kept my hair short is because whenever my hair would start growing, my ends would start breaking. My hair would also grow very slowly. I remember my friend and I both cut our hair short and by the time my hair grew two inches, hers grew about six.

Four months ago, I had to cut some of my hair at the root for a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) test. It wasn’t until after that I realized how fast my hair was growing back! It has been six months since I’ve been taking Collagen Peptides daily and my hair has grown so much. It’s thicker and more voluminous, too.

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Skin 

Although I’ve never been one to get blemishes, I get tons of compliments now about how I have this “natural glow” and many people ask about my skincare routine. I always answer: “clean beauty products and collagen.” My skin is more moisturized. I used to get patches of dry skin in random spots on my face but now that’s a thing of the past. I can confidently walk around without any makeup on! 

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Nails

I used to bite my nails growing up, so they were always short and brittle. They barely grew and when they did, they would break off. My nails now grow quicker than ever before! Not only that, but my nails also grow in stronger and no longer break easily. My mom and I used to get our nails done together when I was younger but I would only get a pedicure since a manicure would have been a waste of money. Now, my mom and I can go together to get a mani-pedi!