Vitamins and Minerals

People are always asking me if I take vitamins and mineral supplements to achieve growth. Well, I do. I'm not really into 'length' as much as I'm in to BIG HAIR. But obviously, big hair comes with more length. So, I've been popping pills since March 2008, and I hate swallowing pills.
My dream hair:

I love her length, fullness and shape!!!! I really don't want my curly length to change- between chin and shoulder length is ideal for me and IMO, really cute. I just want my hair to grow 'out' a little more...so I'm using The Secret.

After a couple months of research and reading, and re-reading this wonderful article, I decided on the following routine:

Daily Regimen (3 supplements total):

**Country Life Biotin 5000mcg (or 5mg)- Purchase from here.
I'm not sure if my added volume can only be attributed to henna. Granted, henna is playing a huge role in that area, afterall, that is the reason I decided to venture down that path. But, biotin is suppose to have 'hair thickening' effects as well. The best thing about this particular brand, is that the capsule is teeny!!
Biotin:
  • Is the best known supplement for the health and beauty of Hair, Skin and Nails.
  • Is often referred to as Vitamin H, this vitamin promotes hair growth, protects against dryness and is involved in the biosynthesis of unsaturated fats.
  • Increases the elasticity of the hair's cortex preventing breakage.
  • Thickness the actual hair cuticle providing a fuller appearance because of the increased diameter of the hair shaft.
  • A lack of Biotin would result in dermatitis and hair loss.

Source

I haven't experienced the break-outs that some ladies speak of. In fact, my skin glows and I attribute it to the biotin and msm.

**TriMedica Pure MSM Capsules-1000mg- Purchase from here.
When you get time, check out this article on About.com. It is very informative and has everything you'd ever need to know about using MSM as a dietary supplement. MSM stands for methylsulfonylmethane, and although it should be present in many of our foods, cooking methods and other factors leech it right out. Apparently, MSM is suppose to increase hair growth by lengthening the growth phase. My nails, once brittle and always chipping, are strong and grow REALLY fast. If I bite a nail on Tuesday (I know...gross, but hey), it'll be back by the weekend. This has given me the motivation to take better care of my nails. Again, I haven't experienced, the breakouts, the stomach aches or the vivid dreams that some members mention. The TriMedica brand capsule is pretty large, but since its a capsule, and not a tablet, swallowing it isn't an ordeal.

**Trader Darwin's Super Crusade Dietary Supplement- Purchase from Trader Joes (Serving Size: 2 Pills)
Recommended to me by Suburbanbushbabe at NC.com. I love SBB :D

I feel that TJ's offers a top quality multi at a very fair price. It'll last me 3 months, and it only cost 13 dollars!!!!! Besides the price, the best thing about this multi is the size of the tablet. Granted, its still large, but it is no where near the size of your average multi (you know, the dreaded horse pill). You could swallow both tablets in one gulp with no issues. Its about the size of a Tylenol gel cap, but flat. I'm loving these and I no longer dread taking my vitamins.

In the past, I've taken ALIVE! multivitamin (too expensive, 3 pills a day, LARGE tablet size, won't purchase again), and LifeForce Multiples (expensive, 2 pills a day, large pills, but would purchase again). I did research on both of those and they're suppose to be at the top of the multi list for quality, absorption and content, but I'm sticking with TJ's for now. You can buy Alive! and LifeForce at Whole Foods or Vitamin Shoppe.

I'm really bad about spreading my supplements out over the day. I'm sure they'd be more effective that way. Sometimes I remember, but most of the time I don't. About 90% of the time, I remember that I haven't taken them while I'm brushing my teeth before bed. I then swallow all 4 pills with a 16 oz bottle of water, and end up waking up in the middle of the night with the urge to pee, lol.

Here's my hair length as of May 30 2008:

My curly length after a T-n-C October 2008- I want it to stay around this length curly- I love the bobbed look. I just want it to expand significantly ;0) I truly believe the biotin is helping with that...my roots are thickkkkkk and I have lots of baby hairs that have sprouted- some are about 3 inches now!

I'll take more stretched length shots soon!!!


Who is taking vitamins and what have your experiences been?! I want thickness baby!!!! Specifically, what have been your experiences with Flaxseed pills or oil? I have some in the fridge but I already feel like I take too much...

34 Weigh in!:
Anonymous said...

Currently, I just started taking Flaxseed oil, Hairvitamins, and evening primose. Along with MSM and biotin. We'll see how that goes.

willsmakeithappen said...

i've never taken vitamins for my hair but i love vitamin shoppe's brand of hair, nail, skin vitamins. if i go too long w/out them my nails become soft and splitting...even though i forget to take my vitamins daily too. but i can definitely tell when i've gone too long without them. soooo maybe that's why my hair is sooo thick!! yea right ;) that's all my parents and G-O-D.

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate you telling me about the vitamins, I believe I will get the life force vitamins this week.

TailorMade84 said...

im using biotin and i really dont see much of a difference....im starting to think it more about the food i eat the the drink i drink rather than any pill i take.....

keisha said...

i take trader joe's high potency chewable vitamin. i don't like swallowing pills, either, so the chewable is perfect. i think i pay $6 for a three months supply. it has 300 mcg of biotin, 100% the DRV. i have noticed that my hair grows a quarter inch faster per month since i began the vitamins.

when i began taking the vitamins, i did experience breakouts, but my skin cleared up after a few weeks.

ValeriesWorld said...

I am taking vitamins, I take Evening Primrose oil, Vitamin E, biotin, B-vitamin, when I get the chance, I take flaxseed oil, which I found after a few weeks, my hair has a more velvety appearance.

CURLYNIKKI said...

tailormade, I totally hear you about 'the food we eat' versus taking supplements. This is why I did all the research I could to find the best quality supplements...I don't eat well, so I needed a decent alternative. I'm trying to do better with my diet (getting 5 a day and what not). I'll be posting about that too.

Misscoily, how do the chewables taste? I'm curious about that...

Thanks for the comments ladies, as always they are very much appreciated!

Dyferent said...

I started taking Ultra Mega Women (or whatever its called :/) and Biotin, for a little over a month now and so far I haven't noticed a big difference...I recently got long twists put in, so obviously I wont see it for a while but I think I'm seeing some growth on my edges.

I also purchased the Hair, Skin and Nails (all from GNC recommended by a Youtuber)but I don't know if I should take that and the Biotin since its kinda the same thing...I do see more growth in my nails which is promising considering its in shambles lol

Only time will tell :)

Anonymous said...

WOW, hair is just beautiful! thanks for the vitamins info

Unknown said...

I am new @ the natural thing. I recently did the BC. I am currently taking a multi and flaxseed tablets. I would like to add MSM and Biotin to this but, I wasn't sure if there was a health risk. Also, I am in need of a someone to encourage me and help me stay informed and talk with me. I kind of need a natural pinpal. But, I have a terrible time navigation the social networks like foti and long hair care forum... any help suggestions. PLEASE!

Anonymous said...

I just recently order the Biotin and the MSM(the MSM is in powder form). I plan to take before and after pics of my results with the new supplements. I've always taken hair vitamins but after seeing your results, I thought it was time to switch it up a little bit.
I'll let you know.

CURLYNIKKI said...

DblDee, keep me posted! I'm not sure which one is doing the magic, so I continue to take both.

Unknown said...

flaxseed oil is making ym skin smoother, I am getting less breakouts (thank God)and it prevents menstrual cramps. Im just waiting to see if I get any hair benefits because I was taking it because I heard its good for softening the texture of the hair.

Anonymous said...

I also take Biotin vitamins and can say that do help build strong nails. I recently started taking biotin 100mcg along with B-complex and my pee(sorry for the word) is a bright highlight yellow. Heve you experienced this nikki, or anyone else? Im curious to know is it too much.

Anonymous said...

yea this has happened to me too i dont really know why

KristytheDAWN said...

I am a believer in vitamins!!!! I have had over an inch of new growth in 5 weeks. I am natural but I henna my hair regularly except for this last month due to being so busy with the holidays and all. I last henna'd my hair 11/24/08 (Wednesday before Thanksgiving). I was just now (this evening) straightening my hair to do a length check and stopped in the middle of what I was doing because I noticed a strand of hair had quite a bit of gray. I ran downstairs and had my hubby measure the growth and from the root to the henna dye is over an inch. That is almost double the average monthly growth. I've read all over the Net/hair boards that the average monthly growth rate is a 1/2 inch per month. This has got me soooo excited. I started taking supplements faithfully about 3 - 4 months ago and I truly believe they are working.

MSM
Biotin
Flax seed
Multivitamin

I think the average person takes about 1000 mg of MSM a day but I take 8000 - 10,000 per day in a powder form for two reasons - an old basketball knee injury and hair. I don't know if the added mg/day of MSM have anything to do with the awesome hair growth or if it is a combination of all the supplements.

Yesterday I received my Hair, Nails, & Skin vitamins in the mail and will substitute my multivitamin for them once I've taken all the multivitamins. The ingredients of the two are pretty comparable so taking the Hair, Nails & Skin vitamins will act like the multivitamin and hair growth supplements...like a 2 for 1. :-)

I've also read there is nothing we can do to increase our hair growth rate but I don't know how else to explain such astonishing results.

fromthegroundup said...

I am currently taking flaxseed oil well actually the other day I purchased a fish/flax/borage oil combo because I read in an article the Omegas our bodies need are not provided by just fish oil or just flaxseed oil. I have been taking flaxseed oil for 4-5 months now and have noticed a DRASTIC difference in my nails but not so much in my hair (just decided no more relaxers last month and this week little to no heat). I also used to take Biotin but stopped for some reason (hmmm???? not sure why) and now this has peaked my curiosity about the MSM. I am like you and wonder if it's okay to make our own vitamin cocktails.

labelfreementality said...

this is so helpful. I was wondering which vitamins to buy and the vitamin stores are fairly close to my house so they won't be hard to find at all. I hope I have the same luck as you ladies!! =] (crossing my fingers)

Serita said...

Hey Nik,

On January 2nd I started taking GNC HairNourish, 2500 mg Biotin, 500 mg Flaxseed Oil, and 500 mg Evening Primrose. We'll see how it works out, but as you know, I'm a firm believer in Punjabi henna (thanks to you) and I'm loving my results. My hair really does look like doll baby hair and it feels even better!

Anonymous said...

I am a firm believer in dietary supplements. For several years, I have been taking the following items: flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil, vitamin E (200-400 iu), and fish oil. I have noticed an significant improvement in my hair, skin and nails. With my skin, the occurences of hyperpigmentation is less pronounced. My nails are stronger and the tips are whiter. My hair growth is regular and significant, but nothing to write home about. The individual strands have a healthier porosity.

Anonymous said...

Hey Nikki

In Teri's (biracialhair.com) site it says to take caution with henna, but you don't seem to be having any problems with it your thoughts please. Also I just went natural after pressing for years (no perms), do I need to BC?

Unknown said...

Hello
Its really very interesting to read your post.Well I am not taking any vitamins and minerals but I think hair oil is best for my hair.I have also checked that article which you have given.Its very good.Thank you.

thé vert

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Thank you for your post. I find your post very interesting. Vitamins and minerals is definitely helpful for your hair. Not only in pills but also in shampoos. Hair loss shampoos have been adding vitamins, botanicals, amino acids and minerals to grow beautiful hair. Hair loss sufferers can now even have a dose of medical procedures like hair transplants and other hair restoration procedures. The best advice though is that when you are in doubt, tell your doctor about it.

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Susy "Hair Loss Prevention Women" Lampson said...

I used milk hair with my curly hair. Make your hair smooth and emphasize.

best diet supplements said...

Vitamin C prevents hair loss because it acts as an antioxidant. The recommended dose is 500 to 1000 mg twice daily. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, especially citrus fruits like lemons, limes, grapefruit and oranges.
-Most B vitamins are considered necessary for healthy skin, hair and nails. These vitamins are thiamine (B1), calcium pantothenate (B5), pyridoxine HCl and pyridoxal phosphate (B6)
-Vitamin D is actually a hormone, because hair loss can be related to hormones, making the addition of vitamin D in food hair grows. Vitamin D can be synthesized in the skin after sun exposure, but to take extra vitamin D can prevent a deficiency. The recommended daily dose of vitamin D is 400 IU per day, but research now suggests that the daily dose of 4000 IU is an advantage.
-Vitamin A stimulates the hair follicle, where hair growth begins. Carrots are a good source of vitamin A, the other dark green vegetables and red.

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Hi, Great Site, Vitamin supplements are a large part of having good health. We need water, sleep, exercise, a healthy diet love and prayer are some of the essentials of good health and well-being.

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For beautiful and healthy hair you need the following vitamins :
Vitamin B5: Prevents hair loss and premature graying. - Vitamin B6: Create melanin and prevents hair loss. - Biotin: May prevent graying and hair loss
- Inositol: Supports to cellular level strong and healthy follicles. Produces keratin - Niacin: Promotes capillary circulation

Oran Band said...

Heya, great post, but i have stumble upon a new info about Biotin and the usage of Biotin hair growth, and it has some really good research regarding the Biotin supplements and their effect on your hair - http://www.biotinhair.org
i was very much suprised to see that biotin has such a good impact on hair growth

Anna Breault said...

It's really important to take our daily vitamins for our healthy living. Go to the first's Vitamin Shop in the internet and look for more health tips.

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Hi Nikki,
Great blog and very informative post. We must take rich amount of vitamins trough daily meals as they are vital for human health and we must take essential vitamins to maintain our health.

Melasma treatment said...

I can totally vouch for MSM supplements.
I suffer from hair loss and this has been part of my regime and it has done wonders for my hair along with other hair loss treatments.

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