Biotin is known for its benefits for your hair, skin, and nails, but can it be used to help prevent and even reverse hair loss?
If you are looking for a shampoo to help boost your hair’s health and potentially reduce and reverse hair loss, biotin is one ingredient you need to know about. You may be familiar with biotin in supplement form, as a standalone supplement or as part of a multivitamin. However, biotin can also be applied to your scalp topically as an active ingredient in a hair product.
In this post, we answer the most important question anyone concerned about hair loss has about adding a new ingredient to their regimen: will it work? Before we get there, though, let’s start with the basics and work from the ground up to gain a deeper understanding of biotin and what it does exactly for your body and hair.
What is biotin?
Biotin is an antioxidant related to vitamin B, sometimes referred to as vitamin B7 or vitamin H. Antioxidants work to help keep the negative effects of aging in check, as well as helping your body withstand the negative impact of environmental and lifestyle factors like air pollution and alcohol use.
How do antioxidants fight the effects of aging? To understand the answer, we first need to talk about oxidative stress, antioxidants’ true enemy.
As your body ages, its natural production of antioxidants slows down and its production of molecules called free radicals increases. Free radicals can harm your body by binding with electrons from other cells in your body, causing these otherwise healthy cells to break down. When the free radical activity in your body overwhelms the antioxidant activity in your body, signs of aging are more likely to appear, and you may even be more susceptible to getting sick.
Free radical activity in your body can increase due to unhealthy stimuli in your environment and unhealthy factors in your lifestyle. Environmental factors that are known to increase free radical production include air pollution and UV ray exposure from the sun, among others. Lifestyle factors that can increase the amount of free radicals in your body include alcohol and tobacco use, an unhealthy diet, lack of sleep, and insufficient amounts of exercise.
How does biotin help with hair loss?
As an antioxidant, biotin works to counteract free radical activity in your body. Oxidative stress can cause hair loss and a decrease in your hair’s health by weakening the key proteins that keep your hair strong.
Biotin can help to strengthen your hair by improving its production of the protein keratin. An insufficient amount of keratin production can cause your hair and nails to become weak and brittle, and can lead to skin issues.
Antioxidants like biotin are often included in products designed to help reduce signs of aging due to their ability to stimulate the proteins in your hair, skin and nails that keep them strong and healthy. These same benefits cross over into the realm of fighting hair loss.
One of the best ways to keep the free radical activity in your body in check is to supply yourself with plenty of antioxidants like biotin via your diet. Some great sources of dietary antioxidants are fruits and vegetables, as well as nuts, eggs, green tea, and coffee.
Including sufficient amounts of fruits and vegetables in your daily menu is always a good idea when you are working to prevent and reverse hair loss. In doing so, you are actively helping your body get the nutrients it needs to grow healthy, strong hair.
What should I look for in an anti-hair loss shampoo?
When you are looking for a shampoo to help boost hair growth, especially when you are struggling with hair loss, biotin is a powerhouse ingredient that has major benefits. Our hair growth shampoo and conditioner includes biotin, argan oil, and niacinamide in addition to a whole other collection of scientifically-backed ingredients, all of which are great for your hair and scalp health. However, these ingredients don’t stand alone – they are boosted by a blend of powerful DHT blockers, some of the most important ingredients in a hair loss shampoo.
What is DHT? In short, it’s both a friend and a foe. DHT, or dihydrotestosterone, is an androgen, one of the male sex hormones that is responsible for the changes that occurred in your body when you hit puberty. You have androgens to thank for some of your distinctly masculine characteristics: your deeper voice, body hair, and even the formation of your male genitalia when you were still in your mother’s belly.
However, as you age, the presence of DHT in your body starts to have a negative effect on your hair. For anyone whose genes make them prone to hair loss, DHT begins to cause thinning and weakening in the later half of life. Ultimately, DHT is the primary culprit in hair loss for many men, even though it once helped those same men reach adulthood and traverse puberty.
While ingredients like biotin, argan oil and niacinamide help boost the health of your hair and scalp, your primary defenses against hair loss are DHT blockers. That’s why we have formulated our hair growth-boosting Shampoo & Conditioner with a combination of DHT blockers, biotin, argan oil, niacinamide and even caffeine and menthol to stimulate your scalp.
What about using a hair loss shampoo in conjunction with Minoxidil?
If you are dealing with hair loss, combining groMD’s Shampoo & Conditioner and Follicle Activator Spray with Minoxidil sets you up for success. Minoxidil is one of the best options for fighting hair loss, applied topically to stimulate hair growth. However, it can be even more effective when paired with groMD products.
Minoxidil alone may leave your scalp feeling irritated or getting dry and flaky. These side effects can be prevented by using groMD’s doctor-formulated hair growth products to keep your scalp hydrated and your hair healthy and strong.
Minoxidil’s absorption into your scalp can also be aided by the use of nourishing hair and scalp products. Minoxidil on its own is a powerful tool for working against hair loss, but it can be even more effective when paired with the right hair care products.
When will I see results?
This is a question that likely sits in the back of your mind whenever you are trying out a new product. Fortunately, we actually have an answer for you: GroMD’s shampoo and conditioner is best used daily, or at least four times a week, and after about 60 days of consistently using the shampoo and conditioner, a large portion of users have experienced significant, visible results.
However, some have seen results a bit sooner and a bit later. Everyone’s hair is different, but we’ve put together a formula that can turn the tide in your fight against hair loss, even if you’ve been struggling for years.
Now that you know how biotin and other key ingredients work to prevent and reverse hair loss, you don’t have to be in the dark anymore. Once the science of hair loss and hair regrowth is demystified, you can clearly see that there is plenty of hope for your head, and that getting back to a full head of hair is fully possible!
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.