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ashily_kirsten 06-04-2013 01:39 PM

Biotin for a healthy hair
 
Yes, biotin is proven to promote a healthy hair. Biotin is actually vitamin H which is part of the B Complex group of vitamins. When taken regularly, biotin helps your hair looks more shiny and healthy. Your scalp will be stronger and helps in preventing too much hair fall. I've been taking biotin from Hercules Vitamins for almost a year now and everyday I'm getting great results. Indeed, biotin is a promising supplement in helping one maintain a healthy hair.

allie.clark. 07-14-2013 12:27 AM

Yep, biotin is great stuff. Unfortunately for some, it can cause acne breakouts, so be warned! I am acne prone, and I want to try biotin but I'm fairly certain I'm not going to have good results. :(
My mom was losing her hair rapidly, and biotin was the only thing that helped her. Granted that is not always the case for everyone. Some people may have a medical condition that is causing it, or male pattern baldness.

Ana4waves 08-09-2013 02:39 PM

I've been wanting to try Biotin too. Is it over the counter? And can anyone who've used it tell me how long they've been taking it, and if they've gradually stopped? Do we have to keep taking it or can we stop after a definite time?

Blueblood 08-10-2013 04:36 PM

Biotin is a B group vitamin.

So if you can get Vitamin B supplements over the counter you should be able to buy biotin.

However to be honest if you want your hair to grow faster and you are healthy without thinning hair you should be taking a mixture of vitamins such as a hair and nail formula, doing regularly exercise, eating healthy, etc plus having the right amount of stress.

Firefox7275 08-13-2013 05:34 AM

Nutrients work synergistically and in opposition, you can do more harm than good by randomly supplementing them individually or in small groups. It is healthier and safer to eat a balanced diet, being sure to eat enough B group vitamin rich foods.
Igors bell tower: The (in)famous biotin rant

KiraSavannah 08-13-2013 10:10 AM

I'm scared off the side affect of acne, I'm acne prone and can't take any chances :/
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anissafersure 08-13-2013 10:26 AM

I've been taking Biotin for almost 2 months & I've noticed great results so far. My hair has already grown 3 inches! Which is amazing since you usually grow about 1/2 an inch per month. I've also noticed that my hair doesn't shed as much either. I didn't experience any side effects while taking this. I was scared of trying it at first though because I saw a lot of people saying that they started to break out after taking it. But I figured I wouldn't experience that since I've never had a problem with acne or breaking out.

Jeliah 08-13-2013 11:45 AM

I was taking biotin supplements on and off for the past year and a half When i first started taking them i had horrible acne breakouts even on my back, which I NEVER get so I started taking a lower dose and still got occasional breakouts. So lately Ive been taking a hair, skin and nail vitamin that has 1000 mcg of biotin in it and that seems to work the best for me

CurlyInTheFog 08-13-2013 12:34 PM

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Originally Posted by ashily_kirsten (Post 2176899)
Yes, biotin is proven to promote a healthy hair. Biotin is actually vitamin H which is part of the B Complex group of vitamins. When taken regularly, biotin helps your hair looks more shiny and healthy. Your scalp will be stronger and helps in preventing too much hair fall. I've been taking biotin from Hercules Vitamins for almost a year now and everyday I'm getting great results. Indeed, biotin is a promising supplement in helping one maintain a healthy hair.

Are you actually aware of the daily suggested amount of biotin and how easily available it is through food? Unless you have a specific health issue, you're very unlikely to be deficient in biotin, and even if you were, there's little point in taking tens to hundreds of times what you need. Your hair isn't going to grow a foot just because you're taking 1000mcg when all you really need is 35mcg, especially when average daily intake through food is estimated to be 40-60mcg.. Biotin, along with many other nutrients available in healthy food, is necessary for hair--a very small amount of it. More isn't necessarily better.

Since hair doesn't grow at a constant rate, there is no way to ascribe increased growth to vitamin intake unless you're doing it in a scientific and controlled manner. You got extra growth this month, and it must be due to vitamins? Hell, I grew 3" in six weeks once, and guess what? I wasn't taking vitamins! Can I argue therefore that not taking vitamins increases hair growth? Not really--I don't have a basis for it, and in fact sometimes my hair grows 1/2" a month, sometimes 1", sometimes 1 1/2", and it's been that way for years. Just because something is necessary for maintenance of healthy hair doesn't mean that it will be better if you take huge doses of it, and if you have an underlying undiagnosed health issue (such as kidney disease), megadosing could actually be very dangerous. If you must supplement with biotin, the amount should be well under 1000mcg, and even that is far more than you need.

I really don't get the obsession with vitamins. Unless you're sick, they're not going to make you healthier, and they put a definite ding in the pocketbook. I'd rather save my money, go out to a nice restaurant, and enjoy my nutrients that way. :dontknow:

Purplecurls17 09-16-2013 09:19 PM

Eating leafy greens, lean meat, omegas like flax and drinking lots of water has made a huge difference in my hair growth and health. I do take a multivitamin with a healthy skin support to help clear up acne and that has been improving both my hair and my skin. That multi had only 300mcg of biotin!
I think having enough protein, vitamin C, and omegas are more effective than a bazillion mcg of biotin.


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