Biotin, a part of the B Vitamin family, has grown in popularity in recent years, especially in the natural hair community, because its benefits for hair and nail growth.
Before even introducing Biotin into my routine, I have found great ways to care for my hair and am happy to see healthy and consistent growth. As I mentioned in my haicare regimen it’s really more about your hair needs than type. So every evening I dampen my hair (with Jamaican Mango Lime No More Itch Grow spray) and apply some oil (usually JBCO/argan oil/lavender oil mix) then massage my scalp to stimulate the follicles and encourage hair growth. I then moisturize with Earthtone Naturals hair butter and style it. Since the start of the colder months I have mostly been wrapping and flat-twisting my hair for protective styling (against the harshness of the cold), which could also make for some stylish looks.
So a couple of years ago when I first started to suffer some hair loss along my hairline due to traction alopecia (hair loss due to pulling my hair back and having a weak hairline to begin with – I’ve never worn a weave), I started to research and saw biotin repeatedly being mentioned. I have found that some love using biotin for mainly hair growth but most seem to dislike it because they see no change. The main reasons for negative responses were:
Some suffered acne breakouts
Some noticed no change at all after weeks or months
So I did more research and talked to my naturopath to find my answers:
- Biotin is water-soluble; in other words, you have to drink tons and tons of water to break it down and see any real – though minimal – results. If you don’t drink enough water while taking it, it doesn’t break down and because of scientific reasons that I’m not going to pretend to know, it can cause break outs.
The other issue is the “dosage” people are consuming – the lower the amount the less likely to see results.
I recently finally decided to jump on the biotin train to test all the varying theories myself. I sauntered into GNC and browsed and mulled until I settled on one that had 5000 mcg per pill. I went for one with higher mcg with the hope there would be noticeable results. I mainly started taking it because I thought there was no harm, plus I already consume a substantial amount of water throughout the day so I wasn’t worried about breaking out. The instructions were simple: take one pill daily.
Over the weeks I continued to notice new growth especially along my hairline and but I wasn’t too excited to blog about it just yet. After all, my hair has been growing consistently since I picked out my locs. Over the past several weeks, I have definitely noticed faster hair growth since taking the biotin. I don’t actually measure how much hair grows per month – I just… notice. If I start measuring, I would become a bit too obsessed with length when I’m content just seeing my hair continue to be healthy! If you treat your hair well, it responds with love.
I finished the tedious process of picking out my locs on April 1, 2013 and had to get used to styling my hair in its natural state and also good ole shrinkage:
As the months progressed, and you will see in our Hair-apy section, I have reviewed great products and found a Hair Niche (a hair care regimen that works for me and my hair). With that, my hair continues to grow healthily. In some photos, my hair is stretched more than in others.
I was talking about inversion method with Ash and it dawned on me that I wash my hair while inverted (sitting and bent over in the tub or standing bent over the laundry room sink) so maybe that has attributed to some hair growth. I will have to pay closer attention to that!
I am curious about Hairfinity since that has also received rave reviews and has a few more ingredients on top of Biotin that help with hair growth. But since I have only been taking the biotin for going on 2 months, I’ll keep using that for a while and revisit this topic to do an update on whether or not I’m all about the biotin.
What, if anything, do you do to help with your hair growth? I’d love to hear EVERYTHING! I’m always open to new ideas. 🙂