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Old March 22nd, 2007, 04:44 PM   #1
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Vitamin B (Biotin)

hi folks,

does vitamin B actually speed up hair growth or is it a myth?(sorry if there's some article here talking about it).thanks.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 05:02 PM   #2
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

I'm not sure about hair, but I know biotin helped my nails. So it should help hair too, theoretically... I really need to start taking that again.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 05:05 PM   #3
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

It's my understanding that your rate of growth is predetermined by your genetics. That being said, there are certainly factors that play a large part in that picture. In warmer seasons hair grows faster. Age also plays a part, as kids' hair will grow like weeds and adults don't so much. Now, if your feeding your body with all the vitamins it needs, your hair will grow at it's best rate possible. Vitamin B is very essential for hair and nails.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 05:11 PM   #4
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Biotin gave me horrible terrible acne within a couple of days. Not sure if anything happened to my hair one way or the other, but I've mercifully outgrown my pimply teenagerhood and have no desire to return to it.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 05:28 PM   #5
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Hair growth rates are genetically predetermined, but I have had great success with the addition of biotin to my diet. You see, you may actually have a pretty fast growth rate, but if you are deficient in the key ingredients used to support that growth, then it makes sense that you would not be at you maximum potential. Even really fast runners don't perform at their peak if they are dehydrated and haven't eaten in a couple days. The same is true for our hair. The better nourished it is, the better able it is to perform (grow) at its best. Good luck
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 05:37 PM   #6
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

I've been taking biotin since December 19, 2006, and I've also noticed my nails growing really fast. Since it's cold where I am I can tell you I only noticed about 1/2 inch growth per month, but I am looking forward to increased growth this spring. Since I have started biotin, I take it religiously and I do not intend to stop until next December, I'll let you know if I notice any major growth spurts.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 05:38 PM   #7
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

It's worked for me. I am vegan, and have always taken my vitamins. I eat tons of fruits and vegetables. I'm a health nut.
So my case isn't about malnutrition. I really think it's the combo of Biotin and Silica.
Yes, it does give me horrid acne.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 06:52 PM   #8
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Biotin has definately helped my nails and skin for sure.
I am not sure if it has helped my hair because I also use Hair Fornula 37 so that might be the reason for my rapid hair growth.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 07:08 PM   #9
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

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Biotin gave me horrible terrible acne within a couple of days. Not sure if anything happened to my hair one way or the other, but I've mercifully outgrown my pimply teenagerhood and have no desire to return to it.


It gave me bad acne, too. All that time I thought it was job stress, but it was the biotin. Once I stopped taking it, the acne stopped. I never figured that out till it was mentioned in the Mane Forum a few months ago.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 08:40 PM   #10
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Hi Jacob!

I started taking a B vitamin megacomplex last September which also includes biotin as well as folic acid, I heard from some guys over at the MLHH that B vitamins, and especially biotin, are good for hair. I can't really conclude if biotin has had any effect, my hair does seem to be growing better than it was a year ago, but that may simply be due to better hair care. I also try to eat relatively healthy foods, with lots of fruits and vegetables and at least one meal a week of something like salmon, which contains omega fatty acids.

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Old March 22nd, 2007, 08:43 PM   #11
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

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In warmer seasons hair grows faster.

That's not been proven at all. Some people, myself included, have even found the opposite to be true.

As for biotin, I tried it for a few months and didn't notice a blessed thing. It didn't change my growth rate at all.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 08:57 PM   #12
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

So if you can't take biotin, is there a sustitute? Even Complex-B's break me out.
Mutivitamins don't, but I'm looking for a special supplement for hair.
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 09:34 PM   #13
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Just being picky, but Biotin is Vitamin H, or B7 but not generally called Vitamin B

* Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
* Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
* Vitamin B3, also Vitamin P or Vitamin PP (Niacin)
* Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)
* Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine and Pyridoxamine)
* Vitamin B7, also Vitamin H (Biotin)
* Vitamin B9, also Vitamin M and Vitamin B-c (Folic acid)
* Vitamin B12 (Cyanocobalamin)
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Old March 22nd, 2007, 09:36 PM   #14
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

It hasn't been bothering me with Acne. I will just have to wait and see if it causes thicker hairs on my head. With horses the mane and tail hairs would become noticeably thicker after biotin was given consistently.

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Old March 22nd, 2007, 09:48 PM   #15
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Biotin will help with hair growth if you aren't already getting enough. Some people (particularly meat-eaters) probably get plenty of biotin without really trying, so supplements don't help. But if you're vegetarian or vegan and your vitamin supplement doesn't supply much biotin, you should consider taking a B-vitamin or biotin supplement to specifically increase your intake. (Or see this site for foods containing biotin.)
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