Biotin for Hair Growth

Biotin for hair growth
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Biotin, also known as vitamin B-7, is an essential nutrient that can be found naturally in foods such as eggs, brewer’s yeast, cauliflower and cucumber. Biotin supports carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism and it is not common to have a biotin deficiency. Many of us consume plenty of biotin for hair growth in our diets naturally, but it has been shown that taking higher doses of biotin in supplement form can greatly benefit your hair, skin and nails.

Biotin for Hair Growth

Biotin has been called "hair food" and rightly so, since one of the effects seen most often is an increased rate of growth in the hair when taking biotin supplements on a daily basis. The magic number seems to hover around 5,000 mcg a day, with daily consumption being very important. Being inconsistent when taking biotin will definitely vary your results. It's also important to let your clients know that hair growth will not happen overnight. You will most likely see results after about a month or so, but I've had some clients notice a difference in as little as two weeks. Biotin has also been shown to increase nail and eyelash growth and can be a great treatment for people who are suffering from eczema. Even alopecia has been shown to respond positively when biotin is introduced. 

Does Biotin Make All Hair on the Body Grow?

The question I get most often from my clients is, "Will the rest of the hair on my body grow too?" Thankfully, no.

Unlike the hair on our head, the hair on our body gets a molecular signal to only grow to a certain length. This is what thankfully allows us to avoid having to cut and style our client's arm hair. Biotin has also been shown to decrease the effectiveness of some heart and anti-seizure medications. Make sure to check with your clients and see what medications they are taking before suggesting Biotin.

The only hair that I've seen biotin thicken on the face are eyebrows, and most clients are very grateful when this occurs. 

Where Can You Find Biotin?

Biotin can be found at most drug stores and almost all vitamin stores. Make sure to note how many mcgs of Biotin you are buying. If you are looking to take 5000 mcgs a day, you don't want to buy a bottle of 500 mcg pills. There are several brands out there that come in 1000 and 5000 mcg form. There are also numerous shampoos and treatments that are starting to come onto the market that contain biotin. Though I'm unsure of its effectiveness when used topically. Personally I feel like those products wouldn't make much of a difference, so purchase with caution. 

As far as biotin in supplement form, I truly believe that it's the number one most important thing to add to a client's routine if they are suffering from hair loss or thinning. And remember to stress to your clients the importance of taking their biotin consistently. Consistency is key when it comes to fighting hair loss and thinning.