So, I've read how good biotin is for growing and strengthening hair. My question is: how much is too much? What is the ideal dose? I've heard that once you get over a certain point, the rest is useless and just execrated - but I don't know what that point is. I just started taking 2000mg daily. I know it will probably also increase body hair growth, which I don't want but will deal with - it doesn't grow more hair on the body though, does it? I have a few hairs here and there that I deal with, but don't want more than that.
My container of Biotin said to take one tablet per day and each tablet is 300mcg. You mentioned body hair, well i've never taken that much biotin that i noticed anything unusual, but did recently read a comment somewhere on this board about one person who said they noticed all over hair growth so stopped with the biotin.
Personally i've never found the biotin to do much. I found out after approx 6 yrs that i was actually very, very low in iron which can cause loss of hair. I didn't lose it in one particular spot, just all over uniform, thinning out.
A lot of things can cause hair loss, anything from medication, hormones, genetics, thyroid, diet, lack of certain vitamins/minerals, stress, pregnancy. Hair will grow back after certain conditions are overcome, but unless you find out exactly why you are losing the hair in the first place it's kind of pointless to be buying products which you might not need.
Your best bet is to get a total blood test so you can see whether it's hormonal, thyroid or diet. With thyroid the doctors usual do a very basic blood test when it should be a very detailed one. I wish my previous doctor had explained things better so that i could have atleast addressed my iron deficiency. I'm now going to visit a specialist in hair and scalp just to verify that it's not only the iron but possibly due to something else.
Audrey - Sorry, I meant I've been taking 2000 mcg daily, not mg. My bottle says to take one tablet, 1000mcg, daily. Though, I know biotin comes in as high a dose as 2500, so I take two pills daily. I'm not experiencing hair loss; I'm taking biotin to get stronger, thicker hair. Also, faster growing hair would be nice, too. I've lost some volume, but it's been over a few years time. I think part of it is heredity - it is normal to lose thickness as early as your 20's. My mom has pretty thin hair. I'm 25, and I'm also already getting some gray hairs. I've heard that biotin will slow the graying process, but I'm doubtful of that - haven't heard any real evidence to back up that claim. I also wear my hair back a lot and color it at least every 8 weeks - that's taken a toll on my already dry hair. I'm hoping to make it stronger and more resilient. I know that the supplement only affects the new growth and it will take some time, but any improvement is worth it to me.
It may've not worked for you because 300mcg is not a very high dose. Someone posted here that it takes 5mg (5000 mcg) daily to see a real improvement. I'm not ok with taking that much, though. I've heard that biotin is very hard to overdose on as your body just expells the excess, but I'm taking an anti-depressant, and I want to be careful not to take anything that will interfere with its effectiveness. So far, I haven't noticed any side effects.
It gets confusing with all the measurements etc and it depends which brand you buy. One company will advise one tablet per day and another will advise more. You think when something is a vitamin or a herb that it's totally safe, but through my hair research i've found out that too much zinc and vitamin E lowers your iron absorbtion and too much vitamin A can lead to hair loss as well as the herb Astragalus, which a lot of people take to boost their immune system.
Anony i think sometimes it's just a case of being more or less allergic to a certain product or perhaps a preservative or some other ingredient inside the product. My mother cannot take Lysine tablets as she gets awful rashes and virtually breaks out all over. She once had a cold sore and i recommended Lysine and she phoned me saying that was i trying to poison her (she was joking :P ) At the end of the day it's all trial and error and if you are going to seriously up the dosage big time then consult a chemist or a doctor.
Yeap, you never know. I think the best we can do is research supplements thoroughly before taking them, talk to a pharmacist and just be cautious - be on the lookout for any new symptoms you're experiencing. I've heard that about vitamin e decreasing iron absorption. The only thing I've heard about biotin is that it can raise energy levels and increase burning of fats. This is something I am a little concerned about because I'm slightly underweight. I doubt, though, that biotin is a miracle weight loss drug - I'm sure it would be discovered by now if that were true and everyone would be talking about it. I'm still watching my weight closely, just in case.
Audrey-B ... How did you go about finding a Hair and Scalp Specialist in your area? I have very thin and fine hair and I am nervous about it all going sometime...both of my parents have very fine and thin hair. My Dad wears a hair piece.
I once read a newspaper article written about hair loss and that is the first time i had heard of a trichologist. I then did a lot of research online about trichologists in my city and there seemed to be one which stood out as he actually had a medical background prior to taking up trichology. He has also written some very informative articles for some leading hairstyle magazines and other womens magazines, he goes overseas and gives lectures to others within his field so i feel he must surely know something and not simply be after money (i hope so anyway). I have done so much research and made a list of questions to ask and he answered a lot of my questions before i had even asked them so i felt confident that he knew his stuff.
I didn't want to go forking out thousands of $$$ on unecessary treatment, especially as my hair had thinned out all over and i believe my condition to be somewhat reversible. My mum has ultra thick hair and my dad has thin hair which he has gradually lost ever so slowly over roughly 40yrs, but my hair was inbetween and not a problem until about 6yrs ago when i went through stress and my iron levels being so low.
Some people claim to be hairloss experts when all they will do is get you to try lotions and various drugs or get you to sign up to various schemes and contracts where you are paying money on a monthly basis. The one i found has a one off consultation fee which will last one hour and covers the follow up consultation to get my results. I wanted someone who would find a true reason and not lie or experiment on me simply to get money.
I did a google search looking for Institute of Trichology in my city/town as most qualified trichologists would be listed by the institute. At the end of the day you have to give somebody a go and unless you know someone who has visited one, which they were happy with, it is very hard to know who to trust.
If you can find a telephone number for an Institute of Trichology in whatever place is closest to you then give them a call and they can even inform you of what to look out for. They told me to basically stay away from anybody who wants you to sign a contract or wants a lot of money over a lengthy period of time, as once you are diagnosed then the medication or vitamins you need are either available over the counter or through a pharmacy using a prescription. It's different for people who have actual surgery eg: hair transplants, they would likely sign a contract and as the procedure is lengthy they would be paying for a service over a period of time, but anything other than that i'd be wary of contracts.
I'm going on Feb 14 and will post what happens. I just wish i'd done something about this a few years ago!!