Everyone loses hair, every day. In fact, people lose on average 50 to 100 hairs a day. This shedding of hair commonly occurs in the shower, playing with it, or when we brush it. This is normal, and just our hair follicles going through regrowth cycles. On average, a person’s scalp has approximately 100,000 hair follicles. The saying “out with the old, in with the new” applies here, as hair falls out, and there will be new hair follicles that grow in place over a 2-5-year period. Once this rate of growth stops, usually after three months, the hair strand falls out of the follicle, and a new hair strand grows back in place.
Whether your hair loss is temporary or permanent, a condition also known as alopecia, can depend on a variety of factors, such as genetics, hormone levels, overall health, nutrition, and even stress and certain medications. Most people have slower hair growth as they age, due to the body’s overall growth and rejuvenation processes slowing down. Your hair loss may be just the normal cycle, or may be permanent due to certain conditions that cause your hair follicles to fall out and new ones to not grow in their place.
However, just because you are experiencing hair loss doesn’t mean you need to jump up and schedule a hair transplant. While it is one of the most common treatments for helping those who suffer from hair loss, it is a big decision to make, and should only be made after a consultation with a hair restoration specialist. While hair transplants do help give people with hair loss a new-found confidence, there are also a handful of effective non-surgical hair growth treatments available that can help stop and even reverse hair loss. One of the most common hair health treatments is through the use of a supplement called Biotin. So what exactly is Biotin, and most importantly, will it help restore hair loss?
What is Biotin?
Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7, is a water-soluble vitamin (formerly known as vitamin H or coenzyme R). Biotin has multiple benefits, most commonly known for being able to keep our skin, hair, and nails healthy and strong.
The word Biotin traces back to ancient Greek language, and comes from the word “biotos,” meaning life or sustenance. In other words, as a B vitamin, Biotin helps normalize and regulate the body’s blood sugar levels, but is commonly consumed to strengthen a person’s hair and nails, as well as helping the body convert food into energy, as well as keeping your skin, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy. Biotin is also a crucial nutrient for women during pregnancy, as it’s important for embryonic growth, and the birth of healthy babies.
Some people have a biotin deficiency for a variety of reasons. While the symptoms of biotin deficiency include tiredness, confusion, numbness in fingers and toes, rashes, and depression, the most commonly recognized sign is hair loss. Most people get Biotin from eating a healthy diet, but today, there are vitamin supplements, and even little biotin pills that people can take.
How Does Biotin Treat Hair Loss?
As mentioned before, Biotin is an essential nutrient for healthy hair. If someone has a deficiency of this vitamin, hair can suffer in appearance, texture, and strength, causing it to fall out more than usual. Along with Biotin, our hair is made up of keratin. Biotin and keratin are both a crucial component of healthy skin cells. Along with healthy skin cells, this means hair follicles as well. Weak or unhealthy hair follicles result in the inability to retain hair, which leads to hair loss.
Unfortunately, hair follicles do get weaker and hair loss increases over time. Not only that, but the follicles’ ability to regrow and retain new hair diminishes. Therefore, taking Biotin supplements, along with eating a diet full of vitamin B, can help with the following:
- Strengthening hair and follicles
- Hair loss
- Dull, lifeless hair
- Split ends
- Dry Scalp
- Slow hair regrowth
So, to answer the question, a Biotin supplement can give a person combating hair loss the ability to grow stronger hair. The average diet simply does not provide this desired level of nutrients, and that’s where supplements bridge the gap between what we get and what we need. Taking Biotin will not necessarily grow people a full head of hair again, but those who consume Biotin supplements or a diet that contains high levels of vitamin B, can help to renew and grow new, stronger hair follicles at the roots, resulting in their hair becoming thicker and most importantly, healthier.
In addition to professionally designed biotin supplements, there are also specialized shampoos that contain an enriching amount of biotin and keratin, to bathe the scalp in nutrients.
To learn more about Biotin, and how it can help with hair loss, call MAXiM Hair Restoration has locations in New York, Long Island, Connecticut, Chicago, Dallas, and the Washington, DC area. Contact MAXiM today for a consultation.