Thursday, March 6, 2008
For Healthy, Shiny Hair From the Inside Out, Give Biotin A Try
Ask any hair expert out there, and they will all tell you that it's not so much what you put on your hair that makes it healthy and shiny, it's what you eat. Yes, some oils and special shampoos can make a slight difference in your hair's appearance, but if your diet is lacking in the nutrients it needs, these potions are only going to mask the problem and not fix it for the long run. Drinking lots of water and eating healthy foods is a must, but did you know that supplementing your diet with the vitamin Biotin (also known as Vitamin H) can significantly improve the health of your hair? And even regrow hair?
Trust me, I wouldn't have believed it if I didn't give this a try for myself. My hairstylist turned me on to taking Biotin about four months ago when I was complaining to her about how much my hair was falling out. It had gotten so bad, that when I washed my hair in the shower, clumps would fall out in my hands, and my hairbrush would be so full of hair after I brushed, it looked like I had used it to groom a puppy. I had even started to develop bald spots along my hairline, it was a total nightmare.
My hairstylist recommended I start taking Biotin every night before I go to bed, along with a multi-vitamin. She said, many women start losing hair in their 30's and 40's and it's usually due to stress and a poor diet, in addition to other factors (hormonal imbalance, childbirth, environmental factors, the local water, etc..) I think the reasons my hair falling out was definitely the stress and poor diet part. (Note: I had already consulted my doctor about the hair loss problem and he ran all the blood tests, etc... to rule out any kind of medical disease. I was told I was normal, and that the hair loss was probably a temporary response to the stress of motherhood or hormones, and to just ride it out. My patience with "riding it out" ran out after 2 months of falling hair, and I was willing to try anything by then.)
Clearly, I was not alone in experiencing female alopecia. My hairstylist said she had the same problem with the hair loss and bald spots developing, but since she started taking Biotin, she had not only stopped losing hair, her hair was actually starting to grow back! And her bald spots were starting to fill back in. It was convincing enough for me to give it a try for myself, because quite literally, I had nothing to lose. Except for more hair.
So, on my hair stylist's advice, I went to Target and got a bottle of 100 tablets of 1000mcg of Origin brand Biotin for only $1.49. Only $1.49. I can't believe how cheap this stuff was. That's more than a three month supply for only a buck and a half. I took one tablet every night religiously before bed, along with a multi-vitamin and a full glass of water.
After 3 weeks, I noticed a reduction in hair falling out. After 2 months, I noticed hair growing back in the bald spots. And by the time I finished the whole bottle 3 months later, my hair looked healthy and full, just like it did before stress took its toll on me and made my hair fall out. It was incredible. I also noticed that in addition to my hair becoming stronger and healthier, it looked shiny without the need of any hair product. My nails had become stronger too, which was unexpected but pleasantly received. I still continue to take the Biotin and the multi-vitamin every night to maintain the health of my hair, even though I no longer suffer from hair loss and brittle hair. I can't manage to eat well every single day, so the vitamins help compensate for deficiencies in my diet and keep my hair, skin, and nails healthy.
Biotin is a vitamin naturally found in eggs, cheese, beef liver, cauliflower, mushrooms, chicken breasts, salmon, spinach, and nuts. Not everyone needs a supplement because our bodies are able to manufacture this vitamin on its own if it senses a shortage. But for people suffering from hair loss or weak, brittle hair and nails, their bodies may not be making enough Biotin to combat the problem, which is where taking a supplement can help considerably.