Great looking hair is something everyone wants – especially women. In fact all over the world people spends millions on haircare products and treatments trying to achieve the kind of results that they see on models and celebrities. Before hair can look its best and grow strong and long it needs to be healthy. Biotin for hair growth is something you may have heard about. But is it something worth trying or just more hype to sell hair care products?
What is Biotin?
Biotin is a naturally occurring vitamin that is found in a number of common foods. It is essential to human health in general for several reasons. It is a B complex vitamin and is also sometimes called Vitamin H. The right amount of this vitamin helps the body metabolize fatty and amino acids in the body so that they can efficiently be used for energy and there is also some research that suggests it can help stabilize blood sugars as well.
The idea that biotin can also help promote healthy hair is rooted in science. One of the early signs of a biotin deficiency in the body is otherwise unexplained hair loss and hair breakage, as well as dry skin and cracked, brittle nails. Therefore many people feel that if they get extra biotin logically the result will be healthier hair.
Where is Biotin Found?
- liver and kidney
- swiss chard
- almost all nuts (almond, walnut)
- egg and daity
- and some soy
- wheat products
- vegetables (red beet, cabbage, spinach) and fruits
- beans and the mushrooms.
Technically most people should get all the biotin they need from their daily diet but as is increasingly the case for most vitamins the poor diets many of us follow these days do not supply is with all the vitamins and minerals we need and taking a supplement is an idea worth considering.
In addition not everyone tolerates biotin found in food well. Research and scientific studies have found that those people who have an A blood type have difficulty absorbing biotin from food as do those who suffer from severe acid reflux or GERD. For these people obtaining biotin from a supplement instead may be a good idea.
Just how much biotin a person needs to gain the hair growth benefits they are hoping for from it on top of their regular diet is something of an unknown. In one recent scientific study researchers found that men who added 5mg of biotin a day to their diet using a supplement not only improved hair density but eventually, when taken over a period of several months many people experienced an unexpected but welcome “side effect” – the restoration of their natural hair color.
Biotin Supplements and Hair
Before going into the different kinds of products that are available it is important to remember that biotin is a vitamin, not some wonder substance that has been recently discovered and can miraculously produce healthy shiny hair that grows long and strong! Biotin might help hair growth but you also need to look after your hair , avoiding subjecting it to too many chemical processes or high heat treatments. Subjecting your hair to continual bleaching, blow drying and high heat treatments using a tool like a flat iron – all very popular trends – does more to damage and break hair – as well as limit its growth – than almost anything else.
With that in mind though if you are concerned about thinning hair, hair loss or just want to try to make your hair grow faster here is a little about some of the types of products that are available that contain biotin and are designed to do that:
Hair Vitamins» - These days a great many people take a vitamin supplement of some kind on a daily basis. Vitamin supplements that are marketed as hair vitamins are formulated with the recommended dosage of vitamins that are considered to be especially beneficial to healthy hair, including biotin. Usually these supplements are designed to be taken on a daily and consistent basis and in addition to being sold in health food stores hair vitamins are also popping up for sale in a number of hair salons and spas as well nowadays.
There are a large number of shampoos on the market at the moment that heavily feature biotin as an ingredient. As is always the case with any beauty product that becomes very popular, they are not all created equal… Read full article Biotin shampoo list
Biotin Enriched Shampoos and Conditioners – Walk into any store that sells hair care products and you will likely be faced with a huge selection of shampoos and conditioners to choose from, each of them claiming to offer all kinds of special benefits for your particular hair type. Many of them these days contain biotin for hair health – or at least that is what they say on the label. They range from the affordable to the rather expensive but the price difference does tend to be more about the brand than the actual ingredients which are fairly similar across the board.
There is ongoing conversation and controversy about whether or not these hair care products actually really work, at least in terms of getting biotin into your hair. Whether or not biotin enriched shampoos and conditioners actually help people with relatively “normal” hair is a matter of opinion in most cases – some say it has helped their hair others say they really did not help. Biotin enriched shampoos and conditioners have been demonstrated to help those with alopecia (severe hair loss) although taking a vitamin supplement, delivering the biotin internally rather than externally, does seem to be more effective.
Biotin and Old Wives Tales
Did you ever hear the old wives tale that using a glass of beer to wash your hair can make it stronger and longer? There is actually perhaps something to that particular tale as brewers yeast is an excellent source of biotin and beer, of course, contains brewers yeast. Rather than actually smother their hair in beer though some people create a hair mask that uses brewers yeast instead and many people report that in terms of hair health they are happy with the results.