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Old 03-26-2012, 08:09 PM   #1
 
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Default Prenatals in shampoo?

I'm watching The Bad Girls Club, and two of the chicks went to a psychic and she said "you're supposed to crush up prenatal vitamins and put them in your shampoo" if you want long hair,pregnant or not.

What the what?
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I'm just guessing, but maybe it's because of Folic Acid? Prenatal vitamins contain a lot more folic acid than regular vitamins, and folic acid makes hair grow.
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I assume you'd have to basically crush the pills to dust otherwise you'd have chunks of vitamin in your hair for days... Yuck. And really, what would the benefits actually be? Leaving it in for a certain amount of time?

So skeptical of this method.
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Sounds like a complete waste of expensive vitamins.
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Putting vitamins on hair wouldn't do anything because hair is dead. I guess you might absorb negligible amounts of the stuff through your scalp, but it makes a lot more sense just to eat the vitamins.

Why was a psychic giving people weird haircare advice on a TV show?
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Sounds like a complete waste of expensive vitamins.
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It doesn't seem too good to me, either. Vitamins are usually coated with stuff - plus they have a nasty smell. Esp. prenatals...eeww.

Maybe if they're dissolved in water, then added to shampoo? I still think they'd smell awful, but maybe the fragrance of the shampoo covers it.
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Spreading crushed-up vitamins over your hair isn't going to do anything except make your hair look dusty. Hair is dead. It's BS advice just like anything else a psychic would tell you.

Doesn't hair grow well during pregnancy because of the pregnancy itself, rather than prenatal vitamins?
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I think it's the scalp that's affected. Folic acid can help with hair growth, and B vitamins, Biotin, etc. are all great for hair.
Folic Acid has been shown to penetrate skin, especially when UV rays are present:

Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2007) 127, 2463–2466; doi:10.1038/sj.jid.5700871; published online 17 May 2007:

"These studies suggest that in both epidermal and dermal cells folic acid uptake is significantly increased after UV irradiation."

"Skin cells increase both their folic acid uptake and their RFC-1 gene expression in response to UV exposure. As folic acid levels are increased in suction blister fluids after topical application, this approach appears to be a targeted means to enhance the cutaneous supply of this vitamin in human skin."
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I always thought hair grew so well during pregnancy because of the hormones and pregnancy itself also. Not solely because of the vitamins. I didn't even take prenatal vitamins the second time around because I was already on a regular multi vitamin and my hair still grew like crazy.
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Spreading crushed-up vitamins over your hair isn't going to do anything except make your hair look dusty. Hair is dead. It's BS advice just like anything else a psychic would tell you.

Doesn't hair grow well during pregnancy because of the pregnancy itself, rather than prenatal vitamins?
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I always thought hair grew so well during pregnancy because of the hormones and pregnancy itself also. Not solely because of the vitamins. I didn't even take prenatal vitamins the second time around because I was already on a regular multi vitamin and my hair still grew like crazy.
*gasp* what about the folateeeee
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I think it's the hormones. I never took prenatal vitamins...or any vitamins at all...during my pregnancies, and my hair grew extremely well.

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I think it's the hormones. I never took prenatal vitamins...or any vitamins at all...during my pregnancies, and my hair grew extremely well.

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During pregnancy - definitely hormones! (With my boys my hair thinned, but with my daughter it grew like crazy).

The OP wrote that the psychic said to use prenatals for hair growth, pregnant or not, and I was just hazarding a guess as to the possible reasoning behind the suggestion.

I have no idea if the vitamins suggestion is snake oil or not, but I figured prenatal vitamins were mentioned specifically for something in them. Prenatals have at least 400 micrograms of Folic acid, because it reduces the risk of neural tube defects in the baby. Lots of topical products for promotion of hair growth contain folic acid. I've never used one, and I don't know if there's any possibility that they work, but I'd be willing to give one a try...

I don't think I'd dissolve prenatals and put them in my shampoo. It seems like the mixture wouldn't be on the scalp long enough to do anything, and it would waste expensive vitamins.
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They really work. My nails and my hair both grow very fast since I've been on them tho it took a few mons to notice a difference. I was taking a womens multivitamin before but they hurt my stomach. I like these but you have to take a calcium supplement separate to get enough calcium. Tho my mom doesn't think I should have them b/c I'm not pregnant. I'm only 15. The main difference is they have a lot of iron and more folic acid too. I don't think they have much more folic acid than a regular vit tho. Maybe I shouldn't have so much iron but i read about what the max levels are and it's not above that.
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I agree. It's just not a reliable or even practical thing to do. It'd be better to just stick with oral use as directed. Especially since it would be a powdery mix that most likely wouldn't be completely dissolved anyway.
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Mica - not sure if you're serious or just joking around, but the Mom in me is responding anyways, (in case you are really 15 and confused). Too much iron can be toxic. You can overdose. Too much iron stops your body from absorbing other vitamins, and it can cause other serious problems.

Prenatal vitamins have a lot more folic acid than regular vitamins, but folic acid is unlikely to harm you.

This thread is about putting prenatal vitamins in shampoo, not about consuming them.
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I agree. It's just not a reliable or even practical thing to do. It'd be better to just stick with oral use as directed. Especially since it would be a powdery mix that most likely wouldn't be completely dissolved anyway.
IA I've heard nothing you use on hair and scalp will help it grow. That would never work, putting vitamins in shampoo. Even shampoos that contain vitamins they prolly just coat the scalp and hair. Taking prenatal vitamins work. It must be iron. My hair never grew fast b4.
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