Should You Take Biotin Supplements?

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by Mary Wolff

We all want beautiful, healthy hair. If there were a pill that promised to give you healthy, strong hair, pretty nails, and promoted hair growth, would you take it? Of course, you would! This is the premise of biotin supplements. They claim to offer all of these benefits and many curlies are jumping on board with it. However, there are a few things we should keep in mind about biotin supplements before you try it.

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Thicker Natural Hair with Biotin and Castor Oil? The Science.


by Erica Douglas aka SisterScientist 

Ladies, can we agree that we live in a world of hair envy? We constantly want what somebody else has, and want to know why our hair cannot do what her hair does. However, achieving those results (without hair extensions) may be physically impossible due to genetics, age, or health. Big, voluminous hair is all the rage, and whether or not you have it is often determined by your hair density and your hair width.

The Science Behind Your Hair Thickness
First, let’s clarify the difference between hair density and hair width.
  • Hair density measures the number of hairs in a given area of the scalp
  • Hair width measures the diameter of each individual hair strand
Before you start spending money on products that make claims to thicken the hair, first try to understand the cause of your thinning and become better informed on how products achieve these claims so that you can set realistic expectations. 

Biotin for Healthy Hair Growth: The Pros and Cons.



A quick search on google for "vitamins for hair growth" yields countless results and brands, all promising to help usher in strong, vibrant, and growing hair. Amid proprietary blends and secret formulas, there is one ingredient at the core of every hair boosting vitamin: biotin.

Biotin, formally known as Vitamin H, is technically a complex B vitamin with a coenzyme. It supports healthy hair, nails, skin, nerves, digestion, and metabolism. It is even believed to help regulate blood sugar (when paired with chromium), and decrease insulin resistance (on its own) - both great news for those with type 2 diabetes. As far as hair and nails are concerned, it is believed that biotin improves the infrastructure of keratin -- the protein that they're made of, particularly for those individuals deficient in Biotin.

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