Biotin, also known as vitamin B-7, is an essential nutrient that can be found naturally in foods such as eggs, brewer’s yeast, cauliflower and cucumber. Biotin supports carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism and it is not common to have a Biotin deficiency. Many of us consume plenty of Biotin in our diets naturally, but it has been shown that taking higher doses of Biotin in supplement form can greatly benefit the hair, skin and nails.
Biotin for Hair Growth
Biotin has been called 'hair food' and rightly so since one of the effects seen most often is an increased rate of growth in the hair when taking biotin supplements on a daily basis. The magic number seems to hover around 5000 mcg a day, with daily consumption being very important. Being inconsistent with taking biotin will definitely vary your results. It's also important to let your clients know that hair growth will not happen overnight. You will most likely see results after about a month or so. Biotin has also been shown to increase nail and eyelash growth and can be a great treatment for people who are suffering from eczema.
Does Biotin Make all Hair on the Body Grow?
The question I get most often from my clients is, "Will the rest of the hair on my body grow too?". Thankfully, no. Unlike the hair on our head, the hair on our body is only programmed to grow to a certain length. This is what thankfully allows us to avoid having to cut and style our client's arm hair.
Biotin Side Effects
Anyone who is pregnant or trying to become pregnant should avoid taking Biotin or consult their doctor before doing so. Biotin has also been shown to decrease the effectiveness of some heart and anti-seizure medications. Make sure to check with your clients and see what medications they are taking before suggesting Biotin.
Where Can You Find Biotin?
Biotin can be found at most drug stores and almost all vitamin stores. Make sure to note how many mcg's of Biotin that you are buying. If you are looking to take 5000 mcg's a day, you don't want to buy a bottle of 500 mcg pills. There are several brands out there that come in 1000 and 5000 mcg form.