I wanted to share my experience with a popular hair growth vitamin called Biotin. For those of you who are unfamiliar with biotin, it is an enzyme that breaks down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, and promotes healthy hair and nails. It can be found in many multivitamins and prenatal pills.
I first discovered biotin a few years ago, watching a popular hair guru on youtube. I heard rave reviews about biotin supplements so I decided to give it a try.
The very first time I tried it was in 2012 when I still had chemicals in my hair. I was using 10,000 mcg of biotin [which is a ridiculously high dosage]. I used it for probably about 5 months total. I started with 1,000 mcg because I was afraid of the side effects. Many people claim that biotin causes bad breakouts and cyst-like pimples. I was afraid the same would happen to me so I made sure I started with a low dosage and gradually upped my dosage when I saw that I had no side effects. After taking 10,000 mcg of biotin for about 4 months here’s what I noticed:
-My hair was noticeably thicker and stronger
-The hair on other parts of my body appeared to grow at the same rate
-I experienced a lot less hair shedding
CONTRARY TO WHAT I WAS LED TO BELIEVE BIOTIN *DID NOT* MAKE MY HAIR GROW AT A FASTER RATE. What a lot of people don’t understand about these hair growth pills that contain biotin is that biotin doesn’t actually make your hair grow faster…according to research it is difficult to find a magic pill that will actually speed up the rate of hair growth. What biotin does do is make your hair thicker, thus causing a lot less shedding. When my mom would do my hair after I started using biotin she noticed the dramatic difference in the amount of shedding. My already super coarse hair was made a lot thicker and stronger after the use of biotin. I was a little disappointed because my eyebrows have always been kind of thin and I was hoping that biotin would stimulate the growth of my brows but unfortunately this wasn’t the case. One annoying thing about the high dosage of biotin I was taking [10,000 mcg] was that my skin started to break out slightly. In order to prevent breakouts you are supposed to increase water intake so that the biotin can be flushed out of your system. During my time of biotin usage, I was drinking upwards of 5 bottles of water a day (approx. 80 oz). Prior to taking biotin, I was only drinking a 8-16 oz. of water per day. Once I stopped taking the 10,000 mcg, the breakouts stopped.
I was satisfied with my results when I took biotin I didn’t notice a change in my rate of hair growth. I still take biotin supplements now, but sporadically and only a 1,000 mcg dosage (see picture). I have been natural for the past year and a half and during this whole journey I have taken biotin on and off. I don’t take a high dosage but I do like the fact that I have a lot less hair shedding.
The majority of the hair vitamin supplements on the market contain biotin so please don’t be fooled. Hair grows at a rate of about half an inch per month and no pill or magic elixir will change that.
*These are my personal experiences with this brand of Biotin supplements. Individual results may vary.