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Biotin for hair - why is it important?

by Lotte Lindgren on Mar 04, 2020

Read through by Dorthe Kristensen

Hairdresser and former co-owner of the award-winning hairdressing chain Zoom by Zoom
With many years of experience in the hairdressing industry, Dorthe has advised many customers about hair and hair care. Dorthe has read through this blog entry to ensure high quality and professionalism. This blog post is professionally updated on May 3, 2024.

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The importance of biotin for your hair

In the vitamin B family we find biotin, which can help the body with a number of important properties. Perhaps you have come across the vitamin in connection with having searched on Google "which vitamins are important for my hair?" or "how do I get thicker hair?". In this blog post you can learn more about biotin and whether it has any effect on your hair.

What is biotin?

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, which is also called vitamin B7, it therefore belongs to the b-vitamin family. Biotin is a complex vitamin that is used for many different functions in the body. it contributes, among other things. to:

  •     A normal energy metabolism
  •     Normal functioning of the nervous system
  •     Normal metabolism of macronutrients
  •     Normal psychological functioning
  •     Maintenance of normal mucous membranes
  •     Maintenance of normal skin

In addition, biotin also plays a role in maintaining normal hair and nails. Precisely because of its role in maintaining normal hair, skin and nails, it is often emphasized in many products that target the hair. If the body is therefore deficient in biotin, it can affect whether the body can maintain the normal function of the aforementioned properties. For example, if the body has a low turnover of macronutrients, this may mean that it misses out on important sources of energy, such as could be used to maintain normal hair.

What function does biotin have for hair?

Biotin plays a role in relation to the hair through the metabolic function. It helps to maintain a normal turnover of macronutrients such as vitamins, amino acids, etc. It also helps to break down proteins into smaller parts so that they can be absorbed normally in the body. It is good for the hair, among other things, because it also helps to ensure a normal level of keratin in the body. Keratin is a protein which is the foundation stone in the structure of our hair and is therefore essential for maintaining normal hair.

Biotin er med til at vedligeholde et normalt hår

How much biotin should you have?

Biotin is found in several different foods. Therefore, it is estimated that many people meet their basic needs through their diet if they eat a varied diet. Perhaps you then think: "Do I need to take a dietary supplement that contains extra biotin?" The short answer is 'no', but that doesn't mean you shouldn't. When the body has absorbed all the biotin it needs, it excretes the rest. About 100 mcg of biotin per day is recommended for a normal person. Many nutritional supplements go all the way up to 5000 mcg of biotin, which means that you will at least get enough biotin absorbed.

How long does it take for biotin to work?

If you start taking food supplements containing biotin, don't expect it to be a quick fix. The hair growth cycle varies from person to person and depending on whether you really lack biotin it may take several months before you can see/feel a difference.

If you are unhappy with your hair, you often want it to change for the better NOW and yesterday would have been preferable! We completely agree, but the truth is that you have to arm yourself with patience. We recommend that you take our hair vitamins for 3 months before you can see results. Here it can often be a good idea to take before/after pictures so that you can see the difference more easily. According to a study, users in a double blind-sided study could only see visible results after 90 days. Therefore, it is a good idea to have patience and use before/after pictures to follow your process continuously.

It must be remembered that the vitamins do not go in and speed up the hair growth process, but instead maintain normal hair and normal hair growth. Therefore, your hair growth will still be within the normal 1-2 cm per month. On the other hand, you will often be able to experience a great effect because the hair strands will become "normally" strong and therefore you will not lose as much hair as usual. It is often this that can produce a significant effect quickly for some.

Other vitamins and minerals you can combine with biotin

If you dream of having beautiful hair, luckily there are also a lot of other vitamins and minerals you can combine to maintain healthy normal hair. Some of the ingredients you can consider combining with are:

  • Silica (from bamboo extract)
  • D vitamin
  • Vitamin C
  • Folic acid
  • Zinc

We have made a large guide to which vitamins and minerals you should pay attention to in order to support normal hair. Read the guide here.

We have developed a food supplement that uses these ingredients in combination with biotin to give you the best conditions for maintaining normal hair. You can find the dietary supplement here.

Dietary supplement for the hair with 5000 mcg biotin

Can biotin deficiency lead to hair loss?

As mentioned earlier in the blog post, biotin is important for the body to maintain several different functions normally. If you therefore lack biotin and the body cannot absorb nutrients normally, you can in some cases feel a lack of energy and fatigue. Likewise, biotin deficiency can also mean that the body cannot maintain normal maintenance of the hair. However, this can have many causes.

Are there any side effects of taking biotin for hair?

Although there are plenty of benefits to using biotin for hair, even the best biotin supplements can have side effects. According to the Danish Health Authority, there are no signs that biotin is toxic even if you get a high dose. Biotin is water-soluble, which means that the body itself excretes the biotin it does not need. In rare cases, some may experience stomach irritation when consuming high amounts of biotin. However, there is no upper limit to how much biotin may be in food supplements.

If you experience side effects when using food supplements with biotin, like any other food supplement or medicine, you must consult your doctor before use.

Could there be other reasons for dull and tired hair and skin?

Since you usually get your basic need for biotin through your diet, there can be many other reasons why your hair and skin look a little sad/tired or that you even experience hair loss.

First of all, it can be due to hormonal imbalances or changes in your body. For example, if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or in menopause, it is very normal for your hair and/or skin to change. This is often expressed by your hair becoming thinner and your skin becoming more dull, impure and sad.

It may also be because you have an unhealthy lifestyle. Do you remember to eat healthy and varied and do you do the recommended amount of exercise? If you cannot answer yes to both things, it can in some cases leave a mark on your body and have negative consequences for your health now or later in your life.

In addition to being healthy physically, it is also important to take care of your mental health. Stress over a long period of time can also leave a mark on your body and push you into some kind of imbalance, so that the body does not function normally.

In short, it is therefore important that you remember to eat healthy, exercise and live a less stressful life. A biotin supplement can therefore not only solve the problem, but simply supplement it. If you experience hair loss, but cannot recognize the aforementioned and are about to panic, you can read about other causes of hair loss in the blog post Causes of hair loss and how to avoid it.

Is it possible to see results from biotin hair care in a short period of time?

Yes, it is possible to see results from biotin hair care in a short period of time. Biotin is known for maintaining normal hair, so it can quickly lead to visible improvements. After a few weeks of regular biotin hair care, hair can become shinier, stronger and more resistant to damage. However, how quickly the results become visible can vary from person to person, as it depends on one's individual hair type and condition. It is often said that it takes between 3-6 months for you to be able to experience a real effect of biotin for your hair. It is important to emphasize that biotin is not a magic solution and that it takes time and persistence to achieve long-lasting and healthy results.

Should I take biotin every day for best results?

Biotin is an important vitamin B when it comes to normal hair and nails. However, how much biotin you should take depends on your individual situation. In general, it is best to take the recommended dose of 30 micrograms per day, which is included in a regular multivitamin. If you experience hair loss or weak nails, you may want to consider increasing the dosage, but it is always best to talk to your doctor or a professional first. Also remember that hair health is affected by many factors, such as diet, exercise and stress. Ensuring a balanced lifestyle and a healthy diet is also important to achieve the best result.

Links

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Product recommendations

Not sure which biotin products to use? Here we give you some good specific product recommendations for products with biotin

Supplements with biotin

There are many biotin supplements on the market and it can often be a jungle as to which ones are the best and vice versa. We have faced the same problem, which is exactly why we chose to develop our hair vitamins. The formula has been developed over several years and today we dare to say that we are among the best on the market. Its high content of biotin and zinc helps maintain hair. It also contains bamboo extract, which is a source of silica, as well as many other vitamins such as Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C and many more. The supplement contains 5000 mcg Biotin, so you get plenty of biotin. They are also vegan and free from gluten, lactose, gelatine and lactose. More than 10,000 women swear by these hair vitamins, so why shouldn't you be next?

Hair mask with biotin

If you can't get enough biotin, you can supplement with a delicious hair mask that contains both biotin, but also other delicious ingredients like hydrolysed keratin and wheat protein. In addition, it also contains Capilia Longa, which helps prevent hair loss. So you get a really good hair mask with lots of care, strength and moisture. It's free from both sulphate and silicone and perfect for those with thin and fine hair.

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