Biotin: a hair loss-fighting ingredient you need to know about.
This post is all about biotin – what it is, how it works, and its benefits for your hair. Biotin is one of the powerful ingredients included in our Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner, as well as our Follicle Activator Spray. Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about biotin and how it can help you get stronger, healthier, and fuller hair.
What is Biotin?
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin from the B complex family. Often associated with promoting healthy hair, skin and nails, biotin is an antioxidant. Antioxidants play a key role in helping your body manage the impact of aging.
Oxidative stress may be a big part of why your hair is getting thin.
Without enough antioxidants, your body will start undergoing oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when there are too many free radicals in your body. Free radicals are molecules with unpaired electrons that can hinder the healthy functioning of the cells in your body by stealing their electrons.
Your body produces free radicals in response to harmful factors in the environment, including air pollution and exposure to the sun’s UV rays. In addition, your diet and lifestyle can cause increased free radical activity in your body, especially when you drink, smoke, and eat unhealthy foods.
As you age, free radicals play a major role in the visible wearing down that you can see when you look in the mirror. Wrinkles, spots and, of course, thinner, weaker hair can all result from the oxidative stress caused by too much free radical activity in your body.
How Biotin Can Help Fight Oxidative Stress
As free radicals negatively affect your healthy cells, they can slow down the production of important proteins. One of the proteins synthesized by your hair that is essential in helping it retain its strength and healthy look is keratin. When there is excessive free radical activity in your body and you start experiencing oxidative stress, your hair may not have sufficient amounts of keratin, and can end up brittle and thin.
Fortunately, there is hope for your hair even as you get older and start to see it thinning. Supplying your body with plenty of antioxidants like biotin can help to stimulate production of important proteins like keratin that keep your hair healthy and strong.
Without keratin, your hair will definitely be worse for the wear. If you are noticing split ends, dryness, or texture issues in your hair, it is possible that your body is not producing enough keratin to maintain healthy hair. If you are experiencing these hair issues, biotin can make a big difference.
Biotin can strengthen your hair when you apply it topically as an ingredient in a hair product like shampoo or conditioner, but it can also be added to your diet or taken as a supplement. Biotin is naturally found in vegetables like cauliflower and carrots, fruits like berries, nuts like walnuts and almonds, and several forms of meat.
Getting enough biotin in your diet plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails, especially as you get older. Plus, healthy foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals, and other important macronutrients and micronutrients can help balance out free radical activity in your body, keeping you healthy as you age.
Your body does not produce biotin naturally, meaning it is important to include it in your diet, take it as a supplement, or apply it topically. You can combine all of these methods of getting biotin to make sure your body gets enough to keep your hair strong and healthy.
You don’t have to worry about overdoing it when it comes to biotin, either – the vitamin has no known side effects, even when you get a lot via your diet, supplements, or products that you put on your hair or skin. Plus, since it’s water-soluble, your body will naturally get rid of any excess through your urine.
There are plenty of effective ways to supply your body with biotin, and you can’t go wrong with including all of them in your life.
Biotin + DHT Blockers = Anti-Hair Loss Power
Some of the most effective ingredients to include in your anti-hair loss regimen are DHT blockers. In addition to biotin, we’ve included DHT blockers like stinging nettle, licorice root extract, and saw palmetto in our Shampoo & Conditioner for maximum growth benefits for your hair and scalp.
DHT is short for dihydrotestosterone. It’s a male sex hormone (also known as an androgen) that plays a major role in hair thinning and hair loss as you age. When you reached your teens and hit puberty as a male, DHT was largely responsible for the changes in your voice and appearance. Your ability to grow facial hair and body hair also comes thanks to DHT.
However, as you get older, your body’s production of DHT may start to make your hair thinner. Paired with the effects of oxidative stress on your body as you age, DHT can take a toll on your hair, making it look more sparse.
Thankfully, DHT-blocking ingredients work to keep your hair looking healthy as you age, but you don’t have to worry about them hindering your body’s production of testosterone.
Argan Oil: Another Key Ingredient
If you are using minoxidil to deal with hair loss, you may be experiencing some dryness or irritation in your scalp. This is a normal side effect of minoxidil, but it isn’t one that you are doomed to deal with throughout your time using it.
We’ve included argan oil in our Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner combo to help your hair stay hydrated and free of irritation, even while you use minoxidil. Combined with biotin, DHT blockers, and other helpful ingredients, argan oil adds a much-needed boost in moisture to your hair follicles, helping to keep your scalp nourished and healthy for maximum hair growth potential.
Taking Good Care of Your Hair
If you choose to use our Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner to help manage hair loss, you’re off to a great start. Our formula is packed with ingredients that are conducive to hair growth, and a stronger, healthier scalp. One of the best habits you can put into practice for your hair is using our Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner every day when you shower.
Practicing good hair care means taking each step of your daily hair routine intentionally. When you shampoo and condition your hair, make sure not to just rub some lather in your hair for a few seconds and then rinse it out – it needs time to work. To make sure that the ingredients in the Hair Growth Shampoo & Conditioner have time to absorb into your hair and scalp, vigorously massage the lather in and let it sit for at least three minutes before rinsing it out.
It is well worth it to opt for a nourishing and scalp and hair-healthy shampoo and conditioner whether or not you are dealing with hair thinning -- even if you aren’t experiencing hair loss now, it’s important to start taking good care of your hair as early as possible so it can stay healthy for as long as possible. Taking care of your hair takes a bit of time and effort, but our formula of powerful ingredients gives your locks the love they deserve.
Dr. Amir Yazdan, MD, is an internationally renowned hair transplant surgeon, expert guest on Dr. Phil and The Doctors, creator of the GroMD hair restoration product line, ISHRS member, accredited member of the IAHRS and a visceral advocate for patient care. Learn more about Dr. Yazdan or read rave reviews from his patients.