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do vitamins that claim to promote hair growth actually work?

Hi,

Well, my subject line says it all :D Ever since I gave birth to my son seven years ago, my hair grows so slowly. I was wondering if the "hair growth vitamins" like Biotin really do anything.

For some reason I can never get results when I try to use the search function, so I'm sorry if this question has been asked before.

Thank you-
Sherry
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  • medusahairmedusahair Posts: 3,515Registered Users
    Biotin by itself didn't do it for me but the GNC hair vitamins work well for me. GNC's Ultra Nourishair is what I take. I take it twice a day. I used to try taking it only once a day and it didn't seem to do anything. Twice a day helped though.
    There were some others on the boards taking suppliments, hopefully they'll speak up
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  • The ScientistThe Scientist Posts: 239Registered Users
    I take the GNC UltraNourish Hair vitamins, too. They're very popular and definitely show some results. I only take them once a day, I haven't noticed much of a change in rate of growth, but the new growth is noticably healthier and my nails are SO strong, I can hardly believe it. Maybe I'll try taking them twice a day and see if it makes a difference...
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  • rymorg2rymorg2 Posts: 2,571Registered Users
    Believe it or not, I take an otc prenatal vitamin and it helps. My nails grow faster too! :)
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  • ZARIA**ZARIA** Posts: 706Registered Users
    Yes Hair growth vitamins do work...I used to take Biotin, Silica, MSM, hair growth vitamin, and flaxseed oil pills. When I was taking these I used to get 1-1 1/2 inch of new growth each month..

    I stopped taking them because I hate to swallow pills and I was taking a ton of pills each day. I just did not think it was worth it. But if you keep up with them they actually work.
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  • sherry7899sherry7899 Posts: 897Registered Users
    Hi,

    I had actually picked up the GNC Ultra Nourish today-what a coincidence!

    I noticed the dosage is two pills daily- If you take them once a day, do you take both pills at once? Or just take one pill daily? Can you still get results with one pill? I'd hate to go through a bottle a month since a bottle is ten dollars.

    Thanks for your help!
    Sherry
  • RedheadCurly2007RedheadCurly2007 Posts: 230Registered Users
    I believe in Hair Vitamins, and Biotin as well. I have been taking a Vitamin B12 with folic acid for several months. That seemed to make my hair much healtheir, less staticky and shiny. Now I have been taking the following vitamins for about 2 mos.
    :arrow: Nature's Plus Ultra Hair, sustained release I take these twice a day and I am pretty certain that my hair has grown a little over 2 inches since. It is growing like a weed. I know the CG routine is helping. Massaging the scalp will help. I have heard different testimonials but the types of oil used are jojoba, olive oil, coconut oil, and tea tree oil. I also found a specific oil recipe on the longhair.com site. What I use is olive oil every few days. It increases circulation. Another product I used in the past and worked great is as follows:
    :arrow: Capilong PSB/35 It stimulates growth at the root of your hair. I bought it when my hair was in a bad state, falling out and thin, and breaking. It made my hair grow. I preferred the old formulas with
    Stage 1, and Stage 2 but they mixed the formulas into one bottle now. I am going to order more. If you want to know where to get it I found this little promotion card-1-800-770-1155, ext:901. It costs $13.88 for a 4 oz bottle. That lasted me at least 2 mos. You can alos find ads in Hair Magazines, that is where I found it initially. Good luck everyone. :D
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  • st. louis bluest. louis blue Posts: 404Registered Users
    I took GNC Hair, Skin & Nails supplement for about 5 months, and I do think my hair grew faster while on them.

    However, I also experienced the most dramatic bloating that I'd ever known. While I can't directly tie it to the supplements, when I cut all the supplements out of my diet (which included a vitamin B supplement as well as magnesium and calcium), my bloat disappeared.

    So I'm personally not a big fan of supplements. I should say, though, that I eat a pretty varied diet, at least as compared to most Americans these days. I don't think that I need any.
  • PreciousHoneyPreciousHoney Posts: 254Registered Users
    I do the GNC ultra nourish hair and the GNC women multi vitamins. I think that it has helped the health of my hair and body. Also make sure you are eating a pleanty of protein!
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  • sherry7899sherry7899 Posts: 897Registered Users
    Hi,

    Thanks, everyone!

    I am going to try to eat healthier-I know that should help my hair also.

    Take care,
    Sherry
  • SnarlsSnarls Posts: 2,537Registered Users
    I can add this: NOW brand Derma Vits Hair, Skin & Nail formula did nothing for me (I used all 90 capsules). The formula has MSM, silica, B vitamins & amino acids. I also do omega 3 supplements and a multi vitamin daily.

    So I would try the brands recommended above.
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  • DubsbelleDubsbelle Posts: 12Registered Users
    I'm a former "GNC Hair Skin Nails" user and it worked tremendously for me! They also helped my nails grow faster and stronger. I didn't really notice a difference in my skin. As for my hair...it grew FAST and thick. I had just ended a really stressful time when I started taking the suppliments.
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  • sherry7899sherry7899 Posts: 897Registered Users
    My Rite Aid has a GNC store inside and they have the GNC Hair Skin and Nails bottle of 120 tablets on sale for $14.99. (regular price $17.99) I would guess this price is also in effect in the regular GNC stores.

    Thanks everyone-
    Sherry
  • JaxieJaxie Posts: 1,282Registered Users
    Since the end August I have been taking:
    1 Women's One a day
    1 500 mg tablet of Silica
    1 1000 mg tablet of MSM (apparently increases the length hair will grow to)
    1 500 mg Evening Primrose oil softgel capsule
    1 500 mg FlaxSeed Oil softgel capsule
    2 600 mcg Biotin tablets
    2 GNC NourishHair Tablets
    2 Calcium Chews (But that's really for the Calcium not my hair)

    My hair has grown over three inches (double the amount that hair grows on average)
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  • tinicurlydtinicurlyd Posts: 1,053Registered Users
    Well i finally picked up the ultra nourishair today , been hearing about for months on this board , i ran out of my other hair vitamins i was trying out since aug. wanted to try this for a while now , wasnt bad price for 60 tablets at $9.99 , my other vitamins were the same price for 60 tablets too.. i was gonna get the i think 120 for $16.99 but i decied to try the 60.. and when it calls taking it twice a day i only take it once a day , even with other vitamins i always take a lower dosage, figures it also last me longer too. :D
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  • *Belle**Belle* Posts: 43Registered Users
    Any hair & skin supplement should be taken in conjunction with a good general daily multi vitamin. Look for those Hair & skin formulations that contain:

    a full day's supply of Biotin, MSM, B12 and B5 (Pantothenic Acid) in the same formulation.

    A good general multi vitamin brand to try is:
    Essential Nectar (has over 200 vitamins & minerals)
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    5MG Biotin, Pantothenic Acid (B5) and liquid MSM can be found at:

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  • tinicurlydtinicurlyd Posts: 1,053Registered Users
    i take just the ultra nourishair for now , im a healthy person so i eat lotts and plenty of veggies and salads and all that good stuff everyday . :D im the only one in my family who eats more of that then they do lol..plus drink water too so i dont wanna take too much of a vitamin , i hear u can over do it by taking too much of a vit and also over do it with vit A too..i took another type of hair vit for a few months, was also a good everyday vit too and was fine but also had great balance meals too. the ultra nourish has good dosage of vits and such.
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  • HalfWavyHalfCurlyHalfWavyHalfCurly Posts: 907Registered Users
    This reminded me of a post at the Long Hair Community that became famous years ago: Bargello's Vitamin Regimen.

    I highly recommend Kal's Super Silica Plus with MSM, I was already taking all kinds of vitamins and minerals because I'm a "supplement freak" but that's what really did it for me. I had lost a bunch of hair that was not growing back and on my 2nd bottle of this I started to see the little hairs growing back - I learned about it here, btw, in a very long and old thread about growing hair fast. I still take it periodically because my thyroid problems (and menopause) tend to make my hair get thin and finer than it normally is. Silica is also good for skin, nails and bones, here's a really good article about it: /home/leaving?target=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.findarticles.com%2Fp%2Farticles%2Fmi_m0FKA%2Fis_5_62%2Fai_62702350%2Fpg_1" class="Popup
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  • sherry7899sherry7899 Posts: 897Registered Users
    HalfWavy/Half Curly,

    It's interesting to me that you mentioned thyroid problems. I have hypothyroidism, and I've wondered if that's a reason why my hair isn't growing as quickly as it used to. I've been taking medication for it since I'm twenty (I'm thirty seven now). I do keep up with the lab work to make sure I'm taking the right dosage of thyroid meds.

    Take care,
    Sherry
  • SmallFrySmallFry Posts: 614Registered Users
    Hello! I am taking GNC Ultra Nourishair, otc prenatal vitamins (I'm not pregnant!- these are awesome vitamins), and calcium. Sometimes its hard for me to remember to take them but I remember most days. I have noticed that my hair has been growing pretty well. The only thing is that ever since wearing my hair curly, I feel like it takes longer for me to notice the growth. I haven't straighted my hair in 6 months and I was pleased to see the difference in growth the other nite when I had my husband stretch a curl and point to its length along my back. Earlier in the year I had my hair cut up to the bottom of my ear lobe. now its a few inches past my shoulder. I've been taking the vitamins since October.

    I took hair vitamins daily, back in 2004 and I noticed a tremendous difference in length. My family and coworkers also noticed too. So yes, I do believe that hair vitamins work. :D
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  • CurlyMireyaCurlyMireya Banned Posts: 956Banned Users
    Has anyone had good results from taking biotin alone? I read on a couple of the other hair growth threads that biotin can cause an increase in body hair. Has anyone found this to be true? I started taking 2000 mg biotin. I also take a multivitamin. I don't mind an increase in growth of body hair (because that is to be expected), but don't want any new body hair sprouting up.

    To those of you who take Nourishair and other hair vitamins, do you take these in place of a regular multivitamin? I've always taken One-a-day and don't want to quit or switch, which is why I just want to take biotin and not a vitamin like Nourishair that is a combination of vitamins and minerals specifically for hair. But is this enough to see noticeable results, or do I need to take it with something else like MSM or silica? I'd like an increase in growth, but stronger hair is what I'm really seeking. Using hair color and other harsh chemicals damages it quite a bit and has caused it to lose some of its thickness. I know it will take time for supplements to work and they will only affect new growth, but will biotin in the 2000mg help or do I need a hair vitamin?
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  • Texas MamaTexas Mama Posts: 178Registered Users
    Hi ladies,

    I am also curious about the hair skin and nails formula from GNC. How does it differ from the Nourishair? It looks like the biotin amounts differ, but some of you are strong supporters of either one or the other....my question: Does it matter?

    I have a gold card and want to get started on some, but want to take the ones that are really gonna rock my world.....
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  • tinicurlydtinicurlyd Posts: 1,053Registered Users
    i have taken a hair skin nail vitamin before , cant say it did anything special.. i never really had an issue with my nails growing , they always grow long and strong , i do have to cut them every five days. on occasion i do take gelatine pills for my nails which i find is way better.. im taking Ultra nourish hair and now a multi vitamin as well . i got both from GNC, the multi vit i take is called Womens Utra Mega , i like it cuz its a time release vitamin so im getting the vit slowly thru out the day and whatever i dont need i expell it out , excuse the pun :oops: plus for ppl that dont eat alot of veggies or fruits it has an antioxident of that inside the vit so thats good..only been taking both for about two weeks so it takes time to notice a change , but i only take one a day on each instead of the two a day it calls for .
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  • Texas MamaTexas Mama Posts: 178Registered Users
    Bump

    What's the difference between the two??
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  • tinicurlydtinicurlyd Posts: 1,053Registered Users
    the Ultra nourish hair is for the hair and the Ultra multi vitamin is for the body
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    I didn't have any results with Biotin, either on my scalp or anywhere else on my body. I've not tried a Hair vitamin so I can't comment on that. I also had no obvious results with Horsetail/Silica or MSM.

    I prefer to just take a regular multivitamin with minerals. I don't think it's making my hair grow any faster but it supplements my food.
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  • CurlyMireyaCurlyMireya Banned Posts: 956Banned Users
    curlylaura wrote:
    I didn't have any results with Biotin, either on my scalp or anywhere else on my body. I've not tried a Hair vitamin so I can't comment on that. I also had no obvious results with Horsetail/Silica or MSM.

    I prefer to just take a regular multivitamin with minerals. I don't think it's making my hair grow any faster but it supplements my food.

    curlylaura - how much biotin did you take, if you don't mind me asking? Did you at least have stronger nails? I took silica coupled with biotin some time ago, but I don't think I was on them long enough to notice a difference - I only got through one bottle of each. I was taking the 2500mcg GNC biotin, and GNC silica (don't remember the silica dosage). My nails at least grew quicker while on them.
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  • curlylauracurlylaura Posts: 8,352Registered Users
    Hmm good question, I can't remember. I think it was about 1000 mcg a day, I couldn't find it in any higher dose. I don't think my nails grew any differently than normal.

    It was a few years back but I remember being disappointed with the hair growth considering all the luck everyone else had been having with the supplements.

    Things work for different people in different ways, obviously this was one of them. :)
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  • AlexjoujouAlexjoujou Posts: 2,364Registered Users
    Is anyone using the GNC Hair vitamins?

    What other vitamins are you taking?

    I want an all in one. I'll go get a women's daily and then a hair one but I don't want to take like 10 pills.

    Input appreciated!
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Posts: 3,443Registered Users
    For those of you using the GNC vitamins, I'm curious what the levels of the helpful vitamins are. So far Vitamin B-12, Folic acid, and Biotin have been mentioned (probably missing a couple) in this thread.

    On hand I have some Trader Joe's Women's Formula Multivitamin and Mineral that supports Nails, Hair and Skin.
    Levels
    Vitamin B-12: 18 mcg. 300% of Daily Value.
    Folic acid: 400 mcg. 100% DV.
    Biotin: 400 mcg. 133% DV
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  • sew and sewsew and sew Posts: 3,443Registered Users
    Should probably google before asking :lol:

    This isn't the Ultra Nourish but it sounds like some of you use GNC Women's Hair, Skin and Nails Formula (around $19).

    Not seeing any Vitamin B-12 on the label.

    But it has:

    Folic acid 200 mcg. 50% DV.
    Biotin 3000 mcg. 1000% DV....so that's a lot of Biotin.

    I wonder if there's another vitamin or mineral that helps you absorb Biotin, and that's why it doesn't always net results... depends on the formula.


    Eta: Here's what the Ultra Nourish has. I'm only looking at 3 components though so there's got to be other good stuff in these vitamins to compare.

    Vitamin B-12: 6 mcg. 100% DV.
    Folic acid: 400 mcg. 100% DV.
    Biotin: 2000 mcg. 667% DV.

    These two GNC vitamins and the Trader Joe's formula all have a long list of vitamins and minerals in them. There's considerably more Biotin in the GNC though. I'm hoping to stick with TJ's because it's something my mom always has on hand.
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