Why Taking Biotin Isn’t Cheating On Your Hair Growth Journey

December 27, 2013  |  


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APL, BSL and WL (Armpit Length, Bra Strap Length and Waist Length, respectively) are acronyms for popular hair growth goals in the self hair care community. With so many methods that women discuss and try with each other in-person and online, hair growth to a certain length is often one of many reasons that many women go natural or become interested in learning more about maintaining healthy hair. Growing black hair has seemed elusive in the past, but not anymore.  There are lots of tips, tricks and old wives’ tales on the Internet about how to grow your hair to whip-worthy lengths, including the use of supplements. But is there anything wrong with using vitamins to induce hair growth?

In my opinion, it’s definitely not cheating to ingest supplements like vitamins to help boost the inches of hair growth you desire to gain. There are plenty of people who take vitamins daily, so it shouldn’t be an issue if a woman takes them to aid in her hair growth journey (just don’t go crazy on them as there are recommended daily dosages). It doesn’t make her growth any less organic or valid—it’s still her hair growing out of her scalp. Vitamins are a great addition to a healthy lifestyle and often they can help absorb more of the nutrients from various foods. No one would run up on a ripped body builder and slap the protein shake out of his or her hand, so why should they slap the prenatal pill from yours?

I love how it’s totally fine to plop a wig on your head and claim every centimeter of the bundle of Remy from a single donor swishing down the center of your back, but when it’s time to toss back a few hair growth vitamins with your breakfast to help strengthen your hair, it becomes faking the funk. It’s not that serious.  It’s not as if individual sprouts of hair budding from your scalp are monitored by the powers that be of proper and civil hair growth. Some self hair care folks act like anyone who swallows an MSM capsule is out here ‘roiding it up like a major league baseball player. Not the same thing at all. Even if we were all buying miracle pills from the black and white back pages of hair magazines—provided that they’re safe to ingest—I don’t see the problem of trying something new on the growth journey.

Perhaps it’s because a journey should be the signal of a lifestyle change or a new beginning, as most hair folks use it to signal a big chop for going natural, but the journey shouldn’t have tough rules to follow, lest women be chastised for veering off the path of “no this” and “definitely no that” during the time they try to reach their goals. Taking a few hair vitamins is fine, and it’s a lot better than slathering a tube of Monistat 7 on your scalp


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  • coco

    all I know is that due to not having enough funds, I have been eating lots of beans lately, and all gas aside, my hair has been growing like weeds. I am in my late thirties and was told that my growth just wasn’t going to grow the same as in my earlier years, but I guess I was misinformed

    • shero

      What kind of beans and how often? I have cicatrical alopecia aka scarring alopecia. Any suggestions? My hair naturally grew down my back prior to getting this alopecia and now it slowed down drastically to the point where it looks like it’s not even moving anymore and is not even shoulder length anymore. Help please.

  • QueenOfLife

    I never even heard of ppl feeling any type of negativity about hair supplements. I need some myself. I’ve been wanting to try Hairfinity. I’ve been hearing good things about it online..

    • shero

      I tried it, toe months supply. It didn’t work for me but it’s individual -based. I think I’m like the only 1% that it didn’t work on. But I’d say try it. Nothing seems to work on me, but I’d say try it indeed.

  • I_am_a_Gladiator/Scandalista

    yes biotin does make your hair grow faster and thicker. I know from experience. It also makes hair grow faster in other places too. Again, I know from experience. Its a win, lose battle.

    • shero

      Lol what dosage do you use/ recommend and what brand did you use?

  • Mo

    definitely not cheating but more of a necessity because you need to have the proper nutrition to grow and have healthy hair, actually a lot of people take their daily vitamins to aid in adding nutrition to their whole body our hair and nails are always the last to receive em so that’s why some instructions say 2 or 3 or maybe more pills daily…

  • J.Nicole

    I never heard anyone say taking Biotin was “cheating” since it’s discussed in a variety of hair blogs, so this is news to me. Unless it was some personal shade thrown her way; not sure. I will say that if you’re prone to breakouts or acne, Biotin increases the chances of a flare up. I stay away from pills and just try to eat foods that naturally have it in them

  • folamix

    It is a reflection of my attitude in general. I don’t believe in a lot of physical enhancements. It is what it is and learn to work with what you got. That is my attitude but I don’t try to impose that on anyone else. To each his own.

  • Cjsurvivor

    I’ve been taking Biotin for over a year to combat alopecia areata as recommended by my dermatologist. I’ve had no excessive hair growth in unwanted areas nor problems with acne. Although using it hasn’t grown my hair back completely, I haven’t lost anymore, which is a positive.

    • QueenOfLife

      Bless u 🙂

    • kiki

      Try pantogar

      • shero

        What’s pantogar? I have scarring alopecia. Would it work on bald edges?

  • ChocolateGirlWondah

    I’ve been taking Biotin for YEARS. Well before I went natural and all during my “Cream Crack” addiction. Its a B vitamin supplement and water soluble. Oh yeah, that Monistat ish is super EXTRA for no reason. SMH.

  • FromUR2UB

    Oh my goodness! Who are the purists who’ve decided that vitamin / nutritional supplements are “cheating” when it comes to growing hair. You mean someone actually had time to think of that?

    • Stacey

      This is a case of the some natural hair nazi’s going too far.

      I guess eating a balanced meal is cheating too because those nutrients help your hair to grow

    • papillon

      I’ve never heard/read anyone say that vitamins are cheating. It sounds totally made up. I’d like to know what the author is basing this on, since this article has no direct quotes or links from anyone making this claim.

      • bronzedyva

        I don’t believe anyone has EVER said this.

      • Sandi

        Moreover, the first thing that impacts growth, thickness, etc. is genetics. Next is taking care of the hair properly.

  • MsMinah1908

    When taking Biotin I noticed an increase of acne breakouts. Beware, you may have long locs and a face full of pimples.

    • Tee Elyse

      I also heard it increases hair growth in other places, such as facial, back, stomach, etc. I thought about giving it a try, but facial hair and pimples are a no go in my book!

      • Stacey

        Not everyone gets pimples from biotin. I didn’t, it does increase hair growth in other areas though. I just pluck because I am willing to take what comes along with it.

    • marina

      I took biotin for 2 months.. the trick is drinking lots n lots of water.. n yes biorin made my hair thicker n longer

    • Leah Robinson

      Yep. You just have to know your skin. I know my skin is acne prone so I stay away from biotin. Also it can mess with you stomach as well.