Favorite Product of the Month: Biotin!

I’m a little delinquent getting this post out, but better late than never!!  Especially since this is something I’m really digging a lot!

For this installment of my fave product, I struggled to think of something that I was totally in love with this month.  With all the skin problems I had, nothing seemed to be doing it for me.  However, after putting in a serious effort to find the culprit (the LM concealer, as well as sheets/towels washed in ‘bad’ [aka fragranced] detergent), as well as incorporating some Evening Primrose Oil capsules into the mix (thanks Mom Eugenia!!), I’m happy to announce that my skin is back to normal and feeling better than ever :)  So, once that was out of the way, I was able to think more clearly about a product that kicked butt this month, and I had a brainwave while I was walking to work (where all my most brilliant thoughts occur, natch) – how about a beauty-related product??  Something that helps increase my ‘beauty’ but isn’t something you apply, exactly.  Lo and behold, I found this month’s HG – the vitamin Biotin!
A couple years back, I got a tip from my hairdresser about biotin being great for hair growth, something I struggle with because my hair grows painfully slow (because curly hair essentially grows in a circle – you know what I mean??).  From his salon, I bought a teeny-tiny jar of powdered biotin that you were supposed to take twice a day.  However, that cost me like $27 and lasted maybe a month – wayyy too much investment for me!  So, I stopped taking it for a year or more.  However, back in the Fall, one of my fave SA’s from Shoppers was talking about taking it and how well it was working for her.  I marched to the vitamin aisle and found a 100-capsule bottle of it, on sale no less, for $5 (it’s regularly around $10CAD)!!  I quickly bought it and started using it immediately.

The first month or so I didn’t notice any change, though I had no expectations.  It wasn’t until I straightened my hair back in late January that I realized just how long my hair had gotten – it had easily grown inches in the span of a couple months, which is HUGE for me since my hair usually grows that much in a year (or it feels like, anyway!).  On the bottle is says it helps the body to metabolize fats and carbohydrates to produce energy.  I don’t know how that translates to my health overall, but I do know that my HAIR got a major energy boost or something, and I’m loving it!  I’ve also noticed that the little baby hairs by my hairline have started to finally get longer – something that has always driven me crazy to no end.  It’s a miracle product I tell you!

Please excuse the shitty quality photo :S

Additionally, though my nails have always grown fairly quickly, I do notice that they’ve gotten even more unruly – I have to trim them constantly as they get to the ‘too long to type’ phase within a week.  I’m certain that’s an added effect of the biotin as well.  Oh!  And there’s also evidence that it can help eczema as well – obviously it didn’t do much for my face, but I have noticed that my body has had a noticeable lack of flare-ups lately.  Coincidence?

Long story short: for anyone who is looking to boost their hair and nail growth (and possibly thickness/strength, though I can’t comment on either of those issues so I can’t say for certain), definitely check out a bottle of Biotin from your local drugstore – I can vouch for the fact that it really seems to work!  Just one pill a day…I plan to continue taking this until the time comes when I straighten and chop all my hair off like Halle Berry….when I’m like 50.  The day WILL come, but I’m not quite ready for that right now my friends :D

It is just ridiculous how beautiful she is!

Have you tried Biotin before?  Do you take any supplements for skin or haircare reasons?  And out of curiosity (re: jealousy) – how fast does your hair grow?

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  1. #1 by Amy on April 3, 2012 - 10:44 pm

    Awesome post, Latoya! I have the worst nails and have been using a nail treatment on them, but now I’m convinced I need to pick up some biotin, too. Thanks for the info, and I’m so pleased to hear it’s worked so well for you!

    • #2 by Latoya on April 6, 2012 - 9:13 pm

      Thanks Amy! I hope you try it out, at the very least you’ll only lose out on $10 if it doesn’t work – but I suspect it will :D

  2. #3 by Eugenia on April 3, 2012 - 11:12 pm

    Thanks for the shout-out, my friend (and may I say that I’m so glad that you listened – you’re such a good child, lol!) I have a suspicion that the biotin may not have had the same effect on your face, primarily because more foreign object are exposed to the skin of your face: makeup brushes, any bacteria that may be on your hands when you touch your face, which might account for it not seeming to be as effective – although it’s definitely still working behind the scene. Your diet may have also improved, as you’re becoming more & more conscious of your skin’s optimum health & what it needs to thrive, so overall, I think you’re doing just amazing! The little new growth hairs at the hairline drive me crazy too – and mine stick straight out like porcupine quills…nothing can slick them down, short of olive oil! I can’t believe how long and luxuriant your hair is – awesome, girlfriend! And the fact that your nails are growing like weeds is a good sign: means your system is checking out just fine! Thanks for the tip … I love learning about stuff like this! (see? even mom isn’t too old to learn!)

    • #4 by Latoya on April 6, 2012 - 9:45 pm

      Yay! I’m glad I could give you a little info as well, pay you back for all the good advice you’ve given me Eugenia :) My hair is pretty good I think, thank you! It helps that I don’t heat style more than like, twice a year LOL, and I try my best to look after it! I’m hoping that my diet it helping to improve things, and I’m confident that taking the Evening Primrose Oil is only going to give my body that extra boost too!!

  3. #5 by BeautyReflections (@BeautyReflectTS) on April 5, 2012 - 1:55 pm

    Your hair is so long and so GORGEOUS!!! I need to get my daughter taking this, her hair keeps breaking all the time.

    • #6 by Latoya on April 6, 2012 - 9:15 pm

      Ohh, THANK you for saying so Tracy!! That’s so kind of you to say!! It’s way longer than you’d expect, right?! I certainly think your daughter would benefit from trying it out, good luck – I hope it works!!

  4. #7 by awkwardcelebrity on April 8, 2012 - 10:14 am

    I have been using Biotin for years! I had some hair damage a while ago from hair extensions. I took Biotin for 2 months and my hair grew back perfectly. Also my skin and nails looked even better.Ever since then I swear by Biotin. Also I noticed when I drink enough water, eat right and exercise and take Biotin, my hair,nails, skin and body look outstanding! It is a miracle pill!

    • #8 by Latoya on April 14, 2012 - 8:30 pm

      Awesome Seree, I love to hear good feedback on this (especially so I can reinforce that I’m not imagining it’s great effects!! :P). I have to agree, it seems to work wonders!!

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