MSM making my hair rougher and duller?

OK so this probably only happened to me since I almost always have the exact opposite results of everyone else but I started to take MSM about 4 months ago to increase growth. I heard that MSM could change texture, but I was not expecting anything and did not want a texture change anyway. Fast forward 4 months when I started to notice the hair closest to my roots was very dull and rough. I would try to add extra cream and gel to add some shine since the roots did not match the rest of my length. My mom made a comment one day, and then my aunt another so I know its not just me. Tonight as I was pondering the reasons why the new hair is so different, I took out my ruler and measured the rough hair, and realized it was about 2 inches long. I though back and remebered that I began taking the MSM exactly 4 months ago hence the 2 inches of growth. I concluded that the MSM must have made the change because I do not take anything else and have not changed anything else. I am going to stop taking it for about 6 months to see if another change happens. I like the strength and the fast growth, but the unmanegble texture and the dullness is enough to make me stop using.
Have any of you experinced texture change with MSM?

ETA: This is not about anything silly like going from a 3C to 4B, its not about curl pattern but the feel of my hair has changed, and it is very dull and dry, which does not feel or look good which is why I am concerned.


Last edited by rociobutterfly; 09-29-2008 at 07:14 PM.
That's intriguing. I've never used MSM so I can't compare notes, but given that nutrition impacts hair condition as much as, if not more than outwardly haircare, then it makes sense that something you are taking internally could impact your texture. I know a lot of people taking EFAs say that they notice smoother hair within a couple weeks of starting them, so maybe MSM could have the opposite effect.

It's a shame to have to choose between brittle hair or faster growing hair, but given the fact that less supple hair is harder to protect from breakage, it probably makes more sense to cut out the MSM for a few months to see if that was the reason for your hair change.

It could also be things like stress, hormonal changes that could be altering your hair's condition.
Thanks for replying jeamaria. I agree 100% that dry brittle hair is in no way a positive side effect to fast growth. I would rather have strong healthy hair that grows 1 inch a year than this.
I am just surprised at this result since so many hair boards and health magazines have people praising the POSITIVE change their hair made since taking MSM. I was just surprised to see the exact opposite results happen with me. I already take EFAs, and there have been no stress or hormonal changes to occur, and since the amount of growth matches the time I have been taking the MSM, I am pretty sure that it is the culprit.

I have the same problem. Has your problem ceased after you quit taking msm and for how long did the change take?
I have the same problem. Has your problem ceased after you quit taking msm and for how long did the change take?
Originally Posted by newbiehere
This is a very old thread, so I don't know if the OP is even still on the board, but IMO, it is very unlikely that MSM is making your hair brittle and hard. MSM is organic sulfur, and sulfur is in keratin, the main protein in your hair. Sulfur is essential to your body for healthy hair growth (not necessarily faster growth though).

How is your nutrition otherwise?
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I have the same problem. Has your problem ceased after you quit taking msm and for how long did the change take?
Originally Posted by newbiehere
This is a very old thread, so I don't know if the OP is even still on the board, but IMO, it is very unlikely that MSM is making your hair brittle and hard. MSM is organic sulfur, and sulfur is in keratin, the main protein in your hair. Sulfur is essential to your body for healthy hair growth (not necessarily faster growth though).

How is your nutrition otherwise?
Originally Posted by EllyEllyOxenFree
My nutrition is ok I guess... low-carb style, should get enough good fats to support my skin, hair and nails. Haven't had a problem for 3,5 years I've been on this diet except now when I started MSM in January. Month from that and I noticed the brittle and dry hair and weird feeling, "soft" and dull skin complexion and no sebum anywhere. I used to have quite a good sebum flow...
Zinc and vitamin A support sebum production - are you taking supplements for these as well?

Here is some additional info on MSM - FAQ for msm supplements for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and symptoms

I wish I could be more help.
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I've actually heard of MSM doing just the opposite. However...it is said that taking msm sort of gets rid of toxins in your body, hence maybe why some people get more breakouts on their face when they start taking it. So maybe it does the same with hair? Just throwing it out, food for thought.

Now I've been eating vegetarian/vegan lately and cut out the sugar and upped the pills of msm and lo and behold no breakouts. So maybe there is something to it getting rid of toxins in your body.
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I've actually heard of MSM doing just the opposite. However...it is said that taking msm sort of gets rid of toxins in your body, hence maybe why some people get more breakouts on their face when they start taking it. So maybe it does the same with hair? Just throwing it out, food for thought.

Now I've been eating vegetarian/vegan lately and cut out the sugar and upped the pills of msm and lo and behold no breakouts. So maybe there is something to it getting rid of toxins in your body.
Originally Posted by empressri
That's why I am confused...I've taken MSM since I started caring more about my hair, and it has not increased my growth, but my hair is very healthy...the only time my roots were dry is when I was using sublimed sulfur (not MSM) on my scalp, which can dry out hair.
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Yeah I'm confused too! Could be the dry winter air that's dried my skin and hair but the winter's always dry and cold here and this hasn't happened before!
Yeah I'm confused too! Could be the dry winter air that's dried my skin and hair but the winter's always dry and cold here and this hasn't happened before!
Originally Posted by newbiehere
well definitely up or start taking some fish oil. i take triple strength omega, cod liver oil and borage oil. they definitely help if your skin and hair is dry.

you just have to be consistent with it.
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Ithink i recall reading on NP that this happened to a young lady, her new growth was totally different then the rest of her hair, I think she said she had to cut out QB products due to this. Let me do a little searching to see if i can find it


ETA, I remembered the post wrong. I also went to her fotki and doubled checked, after cutting out alot of her products she found out it was glycerin and protein issues

Hey ladies, I'm experiencing a change in texture with my hair and I tried to find similar threads, but nothing sounded like my case. My hair at the roots is growing in a different texture that is noticeable in appearance and feel. The texture that I have had for almost 2 years is very coily, fine to medium in thickness, and has a medium sheen. The texture that is growing in is not clumping (little definition), frizzy, little elasticity, porous (it absorbs conditioner quickly, but does not wet easily?) less sheen, finer than my current hair, yet drier and denser. The roots in the front are especially dense, but when wet, they nearly straighten into one glob of hair. They used to separate and spring up into individual tight coils. Honestly, I wouldn't care if my roots were growing straight, it's not fun dealing with two different textures again like when I transitioned. I have to treat the roots differently and re-learn how to care for my hair. I've been trying to figure out the cause and whether it is natural, just something that occurs as the hair grows, something with diet, or maybe my products?

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