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Biotin

CurlFaceCurlFace Posts: 176Registered Users
Something I just thought of today for some odd reason. For awhile I've been taking biotin supplements to try to speed up the growth of my hair (300 - 600 mcg. per day). Now I'm wondering if maybe this has had something to do with my hair loss?? I'm just thinking - maybe it is growing quicker, but it's forcing old growth to fall out for new growth to come in... Does this make any sense? Lol. It's just a theory. I'm racking my brains trying to figure out what is causing this (after much bloodwork and dr. appts.) Does anyone else take biotin, and have you noticed any changes during the time you've been taking it?
Type: 3a - type 1 on the underside. Thinning.
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Currently using:
-Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo (occasionally)
-Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition conditioner
-Suave Waterfall Mist Conditioner or Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific as leave-in
-A mix of Shique Gel and HE Totally Twisted mousse
-FX Curls Up Mousse, on occasion


Comments

  • Heather0kayHeather0kay Posts: 667Registered Users
    I was taking 2000mg a day and only noticed my fingernails grew too fast but my hair did not get thicker or grow or fall out more. I think you are thinking too much! I have read this theory though when using topical products.
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  • CurlFaceCurlFace Posts: 176Registered Users
    Lol, oh I definitely am thinking too much! It's on my mind ALL the time. Thanks for the input, though! :)
    Type: 3a - type 1 on the underside. Thinning.
    :glasses11:
    Currently using:
    -Organix Tea Tree Mint Shampoo (occasionally)
    -Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition conditioner
    -Suave Waterfall Mist Conditioner or Gee Your Hair Smells Terrific as leave-in
    -A mix of Shique Gel and HE Totally Twisted mousse
    -FX Curls Up Mousse, on occasion


  • OnduleeOndulee Posts: 1,264Registered Users
    Now I'm wondering if maybe this has had something to do with my hair loss?? I'm just thinking - maybe it is growing quicker, but it's forcing old growth to fall out for new growth to come in... Does this make any sense?

    I think you're onto something. I take 15 000 mcg of biotin every day with my B supplements and for a few weeks I noticed a lot of shedding but that has slowed dramatically. I also think that using Mega-tek is helping with faster re-growth and hair strength.

    I think a multi-pronged approach with different things would be more effective than 1 thing at a time.
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  • redheadedcurlygirlredheadedcurlygirl Posts: 7Registered Users
    I also take biotin daily along with a prenatal vitamin because i straightened my hair for so long it made my hair fall out ALOT...so much i knew that straightening was not the only factor and im still not sure if vitamin deficiency was the cause but i will say that i have seen hair growth on the nape of my neck and hairline where most was falling out! Anyways i think you may be right about the old hairs and new growth!!
  • jlcurlsjlcurls Posts: 9Registered Users
    I also take biotin daily along with a prenatal vitamin because i straightened my hair for so long it made my hair fall out ALOT...so much i knew that straightening was not the only factor and im still not sure if vitamin deficiency was the cause but i will say that i have seen hair growth on the nape of my neck and hairline where most was falling out! Anyways i think you may be right about the old hairs and new growth!!
    I found my hair got thicker and grew slightly faster...I have taken 5000mcg daily for about a year and a half
    2c/3a fine texture, medium-high porosity

    So confused...
  • Little RedLittle Red Posts: 103Registered Users
    I've been taking 1000 mcg for several years and while it strengthened my nails, it didn't seem to have any effect on my hair. I've just recently increased it to 2000 mcg. Hopefully, it will have a positive effect on my hair.
    Curl Type: 2b/2c
    Porosity: Normal
    Elasticity: Normal (I get breakage when I pre-poo and then when I shampoo it all out and then some more over the course of the next 24 hours.)
    Texture: Medium
  • CurlyColombianaCurlyColombiana Posts: 82Registered Users
    CurlFace wrote: »
    Something I just thought of today for some odd reason. For awhile I've been taking biotin supplements to try to speed up the growth of my hair (300 - 600 mcg. per day). Now I'm wondering if maybe this has had something to do with my hair loss?? I'm just thinking - maybe it is growing quicker, but it's forcing old growth to fall out for new growth to come in... Does this make any sense? Lol. It's just a theory. I'm racking my brains trying to figure out what is causing this (after much bloodwork and dr. appts.) Does anyone else take biotin, and have you noticed any changes during the time you've been taking it?

    Yeah I have been taking Biotin since 2008. When I stoped taking them I began to lose a lot of hair. Now that I'm finally taking them again, my hair is starting to grow back. Biotin just works for me, along with the Fish Oil vitamins.
    2c/3a; low porosity; fine texture
    Shampoo: Aussie Moisturizing Shampoo; Giovanni TTT Shampoo, Renpure Organics Shampoo (red bottle), Bragg ACV
    Conditioner: AO Honey Suckle Rose, Renpure Organics Conditioner (red bottle)
    Co-Wash: Suave Tropical Coconut
    D.T: CJ Curl Rehab
    L.I: CJ BC; KCKT; Alba Botanica Fragrance Free
    Styler: KCCC; L.A Looks Sports; Alba Botanica Fragrance Free Strong Hold Gel
    Pomade: Kinky Curly Gloss Pomade
    P.T: CJ Curl Fix
    Scalp Moisturizer: Shea Butter


  • MintaMinta Posts: 45Registered Users
    Does Biotin really work?
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  • twirlygrannytwirlygranny Posts: 1,114Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Minta wrote: »
    Does Biotin really work?
    Yes it does. I took biotin (2000 mcg) and MSM (1000 mcg) for a long time but decided to try Biosil instead. Well the Biosil made my nails grow insanely fast but my hair got thinner and I started getting acne:( I went back on the biotin and MSM and reduced the Biosil (silica drops) to 2mg per day and my skin is back to normal and I have not noticed any unusual shedding. I was on the Biosil for 5 months.
  • nu_natural10nu_natural10 Posts: 90Registered Users
    I've been using GNC's be Beautiful Beauty Enhancing Pak for a little over a week. Within days I've noticed positive changes. Its expensive 30day supply $40. But it works.
    Shampoo: Terressetials Mud Wash (lavender or lemon)
    Co-Wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Conditioner
    Deep Conditioner: Anita Grant's Rhassoul Deep Condish
    Leave In: Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Creams/Oils: Raw Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jamican Black Castor Oil and Jojoba Oil
  • MintaMinta Posts: 45Registered Users
    Minta wrote: »
    Does Biotin really work?
    Yes it does. I took biotin (2000 mcg) and MSM (1000 mcg) for a long time but decided to try Biosil instead. Well the Biosil made my nails grow insanely fast but my hair got thinner and I started getting acne:( I went back on the biotin and MSM and reduced the Biosil (silica drops) to 2mg per day and my skin is back to normal and I have not noticed any unusual shedding. I was on the Biosil for 5 months.

    Oh wow so it does. How often did you see your hair growing? What is Biosil? Is that a liquid or a pill? Acne and thinner hair, word. Idk if I want to use that, with those side effects. Are you still taking biotin or biosil? How long would you say your hair has grown since using the two?
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  • twirlygrannytwirlygranny Posts: 1,114Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Minta wrote: »
    Minta wrote: »
    Does Biotin really work?
    Yes it does. I took biotin (2000 mcg) and MSM (1000 mcg) for a long time but decided to try Biosil instead. Well the Biosil made my nails grow insanely fast but my hair got thinner and I started getting acne:( I went back on the biotin and MSM and reduced the Biosil (silica drops) to 2mg per day and my skin is back to normal and I have not noticed any unusual shedding. I was on the Biosil for 5 months.

    Oh wow so it does. How often did you see your hair growing? What is Biosil? Is that a liquid or a pill? Acne and thinner hair, word. Idk if I want to use that, with those side effects. Are you still taking biotin or biosil? How long would you say your hair has grown since using the two?
    I am still taking biotin and only 2 drops of Biosil instead of the 6-10 drops recommended. My hair is growing nicely & thickening back up without the extra shedding. Biosil is a liquid silica supplement for hair, skin, nails & bones...it is very powerful and since I take other supplements, I think I was getting too much of the silica. I don't know how much it has grown since I started taking them. I've never had any problem growing long hair...I take supplements to prevent my hair from thinning because my hair became thinner after a hysterectomy, 14 yrs ago. I usually cut my hair a couple of times per year and it is mid-back length.
  • crimsonshedemoncrimsonshedemon Posts: 2,098Registered Users
    I've been using GNC's be Beautiful Beauty Enhancing Pak for a little over a week. Within days I've noticed positive changes. Its expensive 30day supply $40. But it works.

    what changes?
  • MintaMinta Posts: 45Registered Users
    Minta wrote: »
    Yes it does. I took biotin (2000 mcg) and MSM (1000 mcg) for a long time but decided to try Biosil instead. Well the Biosil made my nails grow insanely fast but my hair got thinner and I started getting acne:( I went back on the biotin and MSM and reduced the Biosil (silica drops) to 2mg per day and my skin is back to normal and I have not noticed any unusual shedding. I was on the Biosil for 5 months.

    Oh wow so it does. How often did you see your hair growing? What is Biosil? Is that a liquid or a pill? Acne and thinner hair, word. Idk if I want to use that, with those side effects. Are you still taking biotin or biosil? How long would you say your hair has grown since using the two?
    I am still taking biotin and only 2 drops of Biosil instead of the 6-10 drops recommended. My hair is growing nicely & thickening back up without the extra shedding. Biosil is a liquid silica supplement for hair, skin, nails & bones...it is very powerful and since I take other supplements, I think I was getting too much of the silica. I don't know how much it has grown since I started taking them. I've never had any problem growing long hair...I take supplements to prevent my hair from thinning because my hair became thinner after a hysterectomy, 14 yrs ago. I usually cut my hair a couple of times per year and it is mid-back length.

    Nice. Do you have a link or a site for the Biosil and Biotin your taking? I'd really like to grow the thickness of my curls back. What is hysterectomy?
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  • twirlygrannytwirlygranny Posts: 1,114Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Minta, I get Biosil from the Vitamin Shoppe and I also take the Vitamin Shoppe Brand biotin capsules. They also have a website at vitaminshoppe.com......a hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus
  • coracora Posts: 456Registered Users
    My hair is thinning on the sides and my dermatologist just told me to take 2.5 mg twice a day of Biotin--as well as Rogaine, so I'm guessing Biotin must work, at least for us balding gals :)
  • MintaMinta Posts: 45Registered Users
    Minta, I get Biosil from the Vitamin Shoppe and I also take the Vitamin Shoppe Brand biotin capsules. They also have a website at vitaminshoppe.com......a hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus

    Oh, Imma have to check that out. Thanks a bunch. Ah, I thought I have heard that word before.Thanks for all your help.One more question how much mg is the biotin your taking? I think it goes up to 5000
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  • twirlygrannytwirlygranny Posts: 1,114Banned Users Curl Neophyte
    Minta wrote: »
    Minta, I get Biosil from the Vitamin Shoppe and I also take the Vitamin Shoppe Brand biotin capsules. They also have a website at vitaminshoppe.com......a hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus

    Oh, Imma have to check that out. Thanks a bunch. Ah, I thought I have heard that word before.Thanks for all your help.One more question how much mg is the biotin your taking? I think it goes up to 5000
    I take 1000mcg twice a day. 1000mcg is the same as 1mg.
  • MintaMinta Posts: 45Registered Users
    Minta wrote: »
    Minta, I get Biosil from the Vitamin Shoppe and I also take the Vitamin Shoppe Brand biotin capsules. They also have a website at vitaminshoppe.com......a hysterectomy is the removal of the uterus

    Oh, Imma have to check that out. Thanks a bunch. Ah, I thought I have heard that word before.Thanks for all your help.One more question how much mg is the biotin your taking? I think it goes up to 5000
    I take 1000mcg twice a day. 1000mcg is the same as 1mg.

    Sweet ok. I just bought some today at a vitamin shop. Hopefully it works. I saw on the youtube videos, people say it takes about 3 months for biotin to actually work. Is that true?
    A Child Is a Curly, Dimpled Treasure. ™
  • AdamTanzAdamTanz Posts: 11Registered Users
    biotin is water soluble, if your body has too much it will get rid of it
  • pureityhairbeautypureityhairbeauty Posts: 27Registered Users
    The shedding part is definitely natural, and everyone's body does react to Biotin differently. Sometimes Biotin will help stimulate new growth of hair and that's where the shedding comes from. Though the shedding can be temporary. I take Biotin and my hair is growing at a good rate, but little shedding involved.

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  • nu_natural10nu_natural10 Posts: 90Registered Users
    I've been using GNC's be Beautiful Beauty Enhancing Pak for a little over a week. Within days I've noticed positive changes. Its expensive 30day supply $40. But it works.

    what changes?

    Longer stronger nails, clearer skin and the broken areas of my hair have grown in.
    Shampoo: Terressetials Mud Wash (lavender or lemon)
    Co-Wash: Trader Joe's Tea Tree Conditioner
    Deep Conditioner: Anita Grant's Rhassoul Deep Condish
    Leave In: Kinky Curly Knot Today
    Creams/Oils: Raw Shea Butter, Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Jamican Black Castor Oil and Jojoba Oil
  • LadyAshley7LadyAshley7 Posts: 48Registered Users
    I've been using GNC's be Beautiful Beauty Enhancing Pak for a little over a week. Within days I've noticed positive changes. Its expensive 30day supply $40. But it works.


    I actually wanted to try that. I would like to know what positive changes you saw as well? I'm curious. Thanks! I'm all about taking everything I need all at once, lol.
    3c with a mix of 4a. BC'd February 5, 2011!!! :happy8:

    Shampoo/Co-washing: Shea Moisture-Moisture Retention Shampoo; Shea Moisture- Coconut Hibiscus Curling Control Shampoo
    Deep Treatment: Shea Moisture Intensive Treatment
    Leave-in Conditoner: Karen's Body Beautiful Sweet Ambrosia; Darcy's Botanicals Coconut Lemongrass Transitioning Creme.
    Styling Products: Karen's Body Beautiful Butter Love; Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie; Jane Carter Wrap & Roll
  • CurlyCowgirlyCurlyCowgirly Posts: 295Registered Users
    Yeah I have been taking Biotin since 2008. When I stoped taking them I began to lose a lot of hair. Now that I'm finally taking them again, my hair is starting to grow back. Biotin just works for me, along with the Fish Oil vitamins.

    How have the fish oil vitamins helped your hair?
    Besides Biotin and Fish Oil, are there any other vitamins that promote hair health?
    Low/Med porosity, very fine, low/med elasticity & density, 3A
    AKA hard to work with hair!


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    CO: AG Ultramoist, AO GPB, Nature's Gate Aloe Vera
    Gel: GFCC mousse, HETT, Aquage Megagel
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