Internal vs Topical

GreatcurlsGreatcurls Posts: 1,784Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
Some people have said that consuming or ingesting the ingredient such as biotin, garlic or B-5 is more effective than using the topical shampoos or treatment.

For porous hair especially, which is more beneficial for your hair, internal or topical?

For me, I've noticed faster and more results by consuming vitamins rather than the topical use.
Mod CG-Naturally Highly Porous and Dry
 *This list is not exhaustive...
CoWash: various
DT: various
Leave-in: 100% Mafura butter, Shima Hair Leave-in 
Stylers: MoroccanOil Curl Defining Cream, various
Spritz/Sealant:not now
*experimenting and loving it!
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  • OnduleeOndulee Posts: 1,303Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    I've never really tried topical application of those types of hair ingredients but I'm contemplating topical application of Nettle tincture to my scalp to help reduce DHT in the scalp causing androgenic Alopecia. I will take it internally as well...but of course I won't know which way works, if it does at all.
    shoulder length bob; fine; 3A-3B; thin density; normal porosity; normal elasticity- my hair loves keratin, ACV, silk protein ,Curlkeeper and AG:Recoil ; needs moisturizing products and hates oils except mineral oil; CG- Jan/'09-mod CG Sept/'09;CG again Jan/'10/mod CG from Mar'10


  • principessa1984principessa1984 Posts: 129Registered Users
    My hair is porous (I double process). Internally, B vitamins and lecithin make my hair grow faster. Adhering to my regimen keeps my hair from breaking. I am a fan of both.
    My signature style: the "braid n' curl"
    High porosity, normal elasticity, high density, thick strands, DRY (must moisturize/oil and DT a lot), tangles easily. Highly textured...curl softener+demi-perm color.
    Straightened length: Waist (layers)
    Textured length: (variable) full SL to BSL

    Condish/Shampoo: VO5
    Pre-poo: mild protein(VO5)+castor oil+tea tree
    Steam treatments: 1-2x weekly
    Daily routine and DT: Moisturize w/ Aubrey Honeysuckle Rose+Olive oil and seal w/ Avocado oil
  • sleepyjesssleepyjess Posts: 297Registered Users
    At this point, I'm not sure which is more effective...I've been taking a multivitamin, an Omega-3 capsule, and B-5 tablet, and I'm not really sure if my hair is stronger or not...but than again, I've only been taking them consistently for about two months, and I would assume the vitamins only affect new growth?
    Oregon curly!
    Fine hair; weighed down easily; high porosity; prone to flyaways & The Bedhead Look
    2b? (or not 2b? Heehee.)
    Mod-CG since Nov '10
    Cowash: VO5 Calming Chamomile
    RO: Desert Essences Coconut
    Gel: Pantene Curls Gel, LALSG
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    "She may be afraid of trees. But when push comes to shove, she won't let you drink the shampoo. No matter how good it smells."

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  • afrosheenqueenafrosheenqueen Posts: 5,400Registered Users Curl Connoisseur
    sleepyjess wrote: »
    At this point, I'm not sure which is more effective...I've been taking a multivitamin, an Omega-3 capsule, and B-5 tablet, and I'm not really sure if my hair is stronger or not...but than again, I've only been taking them consistently for about two months, and I would assume the vitamins only affect new growth?

    Yes, it would only be your new growth.
    4a/b Texlaxed hair w/ highlights. Medium texture & high porosity.

    HG's: CJ Daily Fix, Bobeam Cheris Hibiscus shampoo bar, KC Spiral Spritz, Knot Today, CJ Rehab, KBB LL Hair Mask, Cassia, KCCC, oil blend of Avocado, Camellia, Jojoba, & Meadowfoam oils

    SL APL BSL MBL

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