Hair vitamins are a great way to support you along your hair journey. However, it’s important to understand what they can and cannot do for you. There are a lot of myths and misinformation about hair vitamins. Sometimes it it difficult to know what is true and what is not. Therefore, I want to help debunk some of these myths and help you differentiate between fact and fiction. In this article, I will discuss 4 myths about hair vitamins that aren’t actually true.
Myth #1: Hair Vitamins Don’t Work
My goal is for you to have a healthy hair experience and healthy results with growing your hair. To do this, I must be real and tell the truth about hair vitamins or hair gummies (as I like to call them). The number one question that I get is: do hair vitamins/ hair gummies really work? My response is, like all quality hair care products, they work but require consistency and patience. It can typically takes 90 days to start to see results with hair vitamins because your body needs time to adjust to the nutrients. People experience some of the best results after taking them for several months. This may seem like a long time but it really is not because reaching your hair goals is so worth it. One survey showed that 81% of women feels most confident when their hair looks great. So when you think about feeling confident and loving what you see when you look in the mirror, a few months is not too long at all.
Myth #2: Your Hair Will Grow Instantly
Okay, we have to set some real expectations. You’re not going to be bald, take two hair gummies at night, and wake up with hair like Rapunzel. For some reason, people think that hair vitamins (or any hair care product or supplement for that matter) will cause their hair to grow instantly. In fact, your hair only grows about 1/2 inch per month. Hair vitamins provide your body with the some of the needed nutrients that help support healthy cell and hair growth such as biotin, vitamin A, B, B12 and others. They key is to use a quality hair vitamin as part of your overall hair care regimen with sleep, water, proper diet and nutrition, and effective products.
Myth #3: Hair Vitamins Will Cause Acne or Breakouts
If you don’t want any additional acne or breakouts, trust me, I totally understand. I don’t either. It is possible that someone can experience breakouts while taking hair vitamins. But often those who have breakouts with taking biotin experience them when they take over 5,000 mcg of biotin per day. Yet, there is still little evidence to support that biotin is the sole cause of breakouts. In fact, research suggests that hormones, age, stress, and lifestyle play a much bigger role in causing acne and breakouts than hair vitamins. However, in cases where people experienced acne or breakout, it cleared up after their body got used to the new supplement (i.e., hair vitamin).
Myth #4: Hair Will Grow All Over Your Body
If I heard it once, I have heard it a thousand times. People say I don’t want to take hair vitamins because they will cause hair to grow all over my body. Some women think that taking hair vitamins will cause their mustache or sideburns to start growing more noticeably. The reality is that hair vitamins don’t cause hair to grow all over your body. This is because hair vitamins target hair follicles on the head. Besides, the hair on your head and the hair on your body(androgenic hair) grows in different ways. For the hair on your body, the resting phase is longer and the growing phase is shorter. It is the opposite for scalp hair. Typically, scalp hair is in the growing phase for 2-7 years while body hair is in the growing phase for a few months.
It is important to educate yourself so that you know what is fact vs. fiction. Again, always I want to remind you that I am not a doctor and that you should check with your doctor or health care professional before taking any new supplements. Also, these statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Please leave your comments and questions below because I would love to hear from you.