Magnesium & hair growth

Updated February 21, 2017

Proper nutrition is perhaps the most important ingredient in growing a mane of beautiful hair. Although B complex vitamins are often cited as some of the most important, minerals are also key to healthy hair. One of the most important minerals for strong, beautiful hair is magnesium. It is also one that many of us do not get enough of, but through proper diet, and even bathing in Epsom salts, you can get enough of this important mineral.


Magnesium is the fourth most common mineral in the body, and most of it is located in the bones. It is essential to good heart and muscle function. Recently, it has been found to be integral in maintaining healthy hair. Many people do not consume enough magnesium, and its absorption needs to be in balance with both calcium and potassium.


The balance of calcium and magnesium is important. Eating too much sugar can affect calcium levels. If calcium levels are too high, this can affect your hair and make it less healthy. Taking a supplement of calcium and magnesium is one way to ensure that you are getting the proper levels of both minerals. Watching your sugar intake is also important to ensure the proper balance. One benefit to taking a good quality calcium and magnesium supplement is that these minerals can promote restful sleep. Magnesium especially acts as a muscle relaxant, which can help you sleep more soundly.


Sleep is a very important factor in hair growth and health. Hair tends to grow faster at night, and so by getting good quality sleep for at least seven hours can contribute to healthy hair. According to the Proctor and Gamble website, we do not know why hair tends to grow faster at night while we sleep, but we are beginning to understand the connection between sleeping well and good hair growth.

Magnesium Rich Foods

Foods rich in magnesium include halibut, almonds, cashews and soybeans, but also green leafy vegetables such as spinach. Oatmeal, peanut butter and yoghurt are also good sources of magnesium in foods. Eating a healthy diet with whole foods and as many green leafy vegetables as possible will ensure the correct amount of all the nutrients necessary to good hair health, including magnesium.

Magnesium Bath

For an extra nice way to get your magnesium, though, you can bathe in it. Epsom salts, the economical mineral found at health food stores as well as many grocery stores, is magnesium sulphate. By bathing in Epsom salts, you can promote good hair health, relax tired muscles and perhaps get a good night's sleep. Even better, the sulphate in Epsom salts is another important nutrient for good hair health.

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Christopher Hall founded and published a magazine which was sold on newsstands across the United States and Canada. Since 1995, his work has been featured in magazines such as "Massage Magazine," "Fitness Link," "B.C. Parent" and "Toddler's Today." Currently, he is pursuing his master's degree.