Biotin and Hair Growth

I am always getting in random hair conversations with women and that is one of the things I love about having Natural hair!  It has such a unifying component, an instant sense of connecting. Almost always hair growth comes up in these conversations.  Everyone's growth patterns are unique.  There are also several growth phases (look up anagen, catagen and telogen when you get a chance) that everyone's hair goes through.  That being said, my standard answer has been "Try Biotin."  Once you begin researching and looking for which brand of hair growth vitamins to take, things can become quite overwhelming!  Then you have the task of figuring out how many Mcgs to take.  Biotin comes in usually 1,000mcg, 5,000mcg all the way up to 10,000mcgs!  Here is a word of caution: Be careful of how much Biotin you choose to take!  Many women (including myself) have experienced face break-outs due to an over consumption of Biotin.  These break outs usually show up around your jaw-line and/or cheek area and may leave scarring.  The solution (I've been told) is to drink PLENTY of water while taking Biotin.  I, however, am notorious for never drinking enough water.  If you're concerned about break outs or if you don't drink as much water as you should, I suggest taking a lower mcg.  After taking 5,000 mcgs, I started breaking out.  I changed Biotin brands and still those pesky bumps kept popping up.  I decided to do some research and find an even lower mcg which was difficult to find.  I ended up finding a Certified Gluten-Free brand called "Country Life" that makes a Biotin vitamin at 500 mcgs.  With this dose you can try taking it 2 or 3 times a day, which gives you 1,000-1,500 mcgs, introducing Biotin to your body systematically as opposed to a huge dose all at once.  If your body STILL won't tolerate Biotin after trying different brands and dosages, you can switch to Evening Primrose Oil. I have had success with hair and nail growth using this supplement as well.  (See my video on Evening Primrose Oil below)  Whatever you decide to use for hair growth, be careful, be smart and listen to the signals your body is giving you.  Hair growth is never worth bad health. The goal is to have healthy hair and a healthy body.  I hope you can find your balance and that this post can help you achieve that!  Email me with any other concerns or questions and I'll do my best to help!