Saturday, August 25, 2012

biotin: a dietary supplement

Here is the direct link for: Cheap Treats: Biotin.

What is Biotin you ask? Biotin is a vitamin that helps your body break down food and use it for energy, and biotin is needed to metabolize protein, fats and carbohydrates. And it can help your hair grow (she says after just getting a haircut in which the stylist was scissor-happy).

The suggestion for taking Biotin supplements to enhance your hair and nails comes from the blog, Elle Sees. The blog's author, Elle, swears by Biotin saying your hair will grow faster, healthier and fuller. She isn't claiming to be a doctor, but her recommendations come from her past experiences from the use of the product. She uses between 1000-5000 mcg of Biotin per day.

I found my bottle of Biotin in the vitamin section of my local grocery store. It wasn't expensive, under $5.00. Each capsule holds 1000 mcg. The bottle recommends 1-5 capsules a day taken with meals. One of Elle's readers writes, "My hair stylist said that a client of hers is taking 3000 mg a day. Her hair is completely different and stronger. I had always just taken 1000 mg a day. I upped it to 3 pills after the recommendation!"

One caution that several of Elle's readers mention is that Biotin encourages hair growth not just on the top of your head. Another reader writes, "I have been taking it for about a year now and yes, my hair is thicker and fuller but expect all your hair to grow. I used to shave once a week and now I shave three times a week and I have to get my eyebrows done at least once a month . . ." I hope I don't grow a sudden mustache!

From the little research I've done there doesn't seem to be any real side effects (except 'extra' hair in the unwanted places). Research says that Biotin supplements are not necessary if you are eating a balanced diet. In the hopes that my hair (on my head) will grow back a little quicker, I started taking Biotin 3000 mcg a day. I thought I would try it for a couple of months for sure. Several readers recommended 1-3 months until they noticed a significant difference in their hair.

The red pin award for the start of a new and 'growing' adventure!

Happy pinning!


  1. Please keep us informed --- I'm one who sheds like there's no tomorrow.

  2. I have recently been shedding too. Biotin is supposed to help against thinning. I will keep you posted.

  3. This is helpful for those who have any problem with hair loss. Yes, your hair will grow faster and according to research, there are no side effects except it grows continuously in different parts of your body. But, it is still advisable to ask your doctor about the product coz you would never know whether you are allergic with the said supplement.

  4. Good advice, Serena. Thanks for that!