I’ll admit that taking a vitamin or supplement for hair growth wasn’t something that I’ve given much thought to until recently. I’ve read about women doing so on different websites, blogs, and some YouTube channels, but I never stopped to really look into it. What could it hurt, right? Vitamins are supposed to be good for you, and it’s something that is encouraged that we all do from childhood on. Flintstone vitamins always come to mind when I think of childhood vitamins. When I became pregnant with my first child (who will be 18 soon) I learned about the dreaded prenatal vitamins. I say dreaded because they never agreed with me as they made me so nauseous and very constipated. TMI, I know! To remedy that my doctor at the time told me to take a Flintstone vitamin because it had all the vitamins found in prenatal vitamins. I’ve been doing that ever since because my tummy can tolerate Flintstones better than any other multivitamin.
Before I go any further, let me get this fact about me out there that only my family and close friends know: I detest taking medication of any kind in the pill form. Horse sized pills terrify me, and that’s what most vitamins that you must swallow look like to me. Horse pills. So taking vitamins for hair growth doesn’t appeal to me, however I’m willing to give it a try. I have many phobias, and one day I will share all of them with you in my other blog. In the mean time just pray for me, LOL! 😉
One of the main vitamins that a lot women swear by is Biotin. Biotin is known to promote healthier and longer hair, stronger and longer nails, and even help with your skin such as stretch marks. There are pros and cons with Biotin because you have to be very careful of the dosage you take, which is why I strongly recommend consulting your physician before taking any supplement. Biotin is also known to cause acne breakouts and other side effects if used for a prolonged period of time. If you do decide to use Biotin it is recommended that you start at the lowest dosage first to see how your body reacts to it. Again it is best to consult a physician first.
Vitamin E is something my mother swore by since I a very young child. She always talked about the many benefits of vitamin E, but mostly how it promotes hair growth and how it was good for your skin. From time to time she would open a few capsules to use on me and my sister’s hair and scalp, or to help heal a burn or scar. Vitamin E is also good for the heart. In addition to lowering your blood pressure vitamin E has the ability to prevent cholesterol from clogging up the arteries. The accumulation of bad cholesterol in the arteries is what causes the heart to pump harder to circulate the blood, thereby increasing the risk of a heart attack. Vitamin E oil negates the effects of bad cholesterol and prevents it from lining up the arteries.
Vitamin E also helps heal your skin, make stretch marks fade away or disappear, as well as soften your skin. I don’t think there’s an organ in our body that vitamin E doesn’t help heal in some shape or form. It’s almost impossible to find a beauty product on the shelves that doesn’t have vitamin E as one of its main ingredients. Vitamin E also fights aging. It slows down the graying process, prevents wrinkles, and softens hard cuticles on your nails. What I like most about vitamin E is it can be used topically or orally, and the capsules are small and easy to swallow. Remember my phobia of big horse pills……
Some women still take their prenatal vitamins or other multivitamins with B12 and other B vitamins in them for hair growth. Taking a multivitamin is good for your overall health anyway, especially as you get older. While researching some of these vitamins and supplements, the recommended dosages were alarming to me. Some wanted you to take two pills 3-5 times a day, and these were 1,000 – 5,000 mg pills! I’m no pharmacist or doctor but that just seemed excessive. The price for these pills were also pretty high which would require you to purchase several bottles of them and use them for an extended period of time before you see any real results. Please be careful and cautious before purchasing such products.
Going natural is a huge decision and life style change in itself. You are bombarded with so many products that all claim to be “natural” “organic” or “For Natural Hair” and you simply MUST use them. Not true. Then there are the N.H.P., the Natural Hair Police, who feel you must do this and must not do that with your natural hair, whether if it’s taking a vitamin for hair growth or not combing your hair ever. Not true. The approach I’ve taken from the very beginning of my journey is still the same: Sift through all the information you’ve researched and then figure out what works for your hair type. Otherwise you’ll find yourself unhappy and discouraged because you spent so much money on products you didn’t like and can’t use. Remember – no two heads of hair are alike. What works for curly, fine hair will not necessarily work for coarse, tightly coiled hair. I see nothing wrong with taking vitamins or supplements for hair growth. Just be careful, be informed, and consult with your doctor.
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