Biotin is known as the “hair vitamin”. It promotes hair growth and protects against dryness. It also increases the hair’s elasticity which prevents breakage. But, it also transfers carbon dioxide and is essential in metabolizing carbohydrates and fat. Natural sources of Biotin include beans, breads, cauliflower, egg yolks, fish, kidney, legumes, liver, meat, dairy products, nuts, oatmeal, oysters, peanut butter, poultry, and whole grains.
As I get deeper into my journey many (new) naturals ask how I obtain and retain my length (my third curliversary is next month). That’s a hard question to answer because I do a number of things, one of them being taking one Biotin tablet daily. Also, since the beginning of September I’ve been participating in the Kinky Curly Coily Me Castor Oil Challenge (check out my post here). For the Challenge I measured my hair at the beginning of September and then again at the beginning of October and found it had grown ONE WHOLE INCH in only a month! (Hair typically grows 1/2 an inch each month.) It was nice to know that my hard work has been paying off but I’ve never been as interested in length as I am in health so numbers don’t mean as much to me as it does to some.
Biotin has been working great for me. I’ve noticed a significant difference in my nails especially. They used to be a bit dry at the tips but not anymore. Since taking Biotin they are much stronger and never break. I’ve never had a problem growing or retaining hair length even when I was relaxed and I take so many measures to ensure that I retain my hair’s moisture that honestly the signs of Biotin “working” are most evident in my nails which is the only way I know it’s working for my hair.
Final Verdict: Everything works differently for everyone so it’s important to remember that. If you want to speed up your hair growth, Biotin is relatively inexpensive (especially compared to other hair supplements on the market) so it is definitely worth giving it a try. As with any supplement, you should speak to a doctor before you start using it.
Have you tried Biotin or any other “hair vitamins”? If so, please share your results below.