biotin

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One month on biotin :) my skin is a lot more manageable and my nails are a lot stronger too. I have two months worth to go through still! 

UPDATE: 2 months after biotin and my hair is still steadily growing faster. In the last month it’s almost covering my ears (third picture) :)

UPDATE: 3 months after biotin, shoulder length hair here I come.

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Before & after hair progress! 

This took me about a year to accomplish. 

What I did:

-Used sulphate free shampoo

-Washed my hair 3 times a week

-Stopped using so much heat on my hair

-Always used heat protector  

-Took hair & skin multi 

-took biotion

-massaged my scalp with a mixture of jojoba, coconut & olive oil.

-Weekly deep conditioning with macadamia natural oil

I have taken my hair to hell and back and have suffered my fair share of every tragic hair condition in the book.  I’m currently dyed a boxed blue-black shade and the overall texture of my locks is an abominable mutation of parched and not parched enough.  Oily roots and dry ends make any sort of styling nigh impossible. (Partially why I chose to snip-snip.)  Anyway, I’d already blown hundreds of dollars playing around with high end hair products hoping for a miracle cure which more often than not seemed promising in the beginning but faded out into a major disappointment and a rapidly growing collection of $30 shampoos/conditioners only used 1/4 of the way.  

The past few months I had actually resigned myself to some generic brand like Pantene and adapted a slight air of denial that it was probably doing more bad than good.  I have always been a fan of Organix styling products (Vanilla Silk Serum is heaven) but have never had the best luck with their showering options.  Until I decided to give their new Biotin & Collagen range a shot.  Biotin for strength and Collagen for boost.  Two of my major tress problems easily handled in one for under $10 each.  How could I not be skeptical?  Desperation makes one impulsive so I caved and thank the gods I did because it’s been an amazing experience.  The sulfate-free formula keeps my color lasting and even if I don’t blow-dry, my hair takes on this springy, bouncy nature it was void of previously while still staying perfectly hydrated.  I am enthused beyond all possible description and have stocked up for the rest of my life in case this range gets discontinued.

Tips for growing out your hair! (by yours truly)

I’m a cosmetologist, and I’m currently growing out my hair. These are my tips for getting some length for the mop on your head! Keep in mind, your hair grows about half an inch a month. So, without factoring in your haircuts throughout the year, that’s around six inches a year. The most growth you’re going to get in a year is about eight inches. You can’t force nature, but you can give it a little push.

Biotin:

 Biotin most definitely helps your hair and nails grow. You must be regular about taking it one to two times a day.
**Some people have a reaction to biotin that makes their skin break out. If this happens to you- stop taking it! Your skin will keep breaking out (I know this from personal experience).

Avoid:

Flat irons, curling irons, curlers, etc. These can dry out your hair and cause more breakage. Even if you’re using a thermal protectant, your hair needs a break. It won’t grow healthy if you’re constantly using heat on your hair. Plus you’ll need to get your hair trimmed more often, because you’ll have more dead ends.
This goes for blow dryers as well! Let your hair air dry once or twice a week.
**PONYTAILS- True, the will speed up the process of growth a little bit. But not enough to really make a difference. Having your hair in a ponytail can cause a dent in the hair and make it start breaking off at the spot of the hair tie. 

Healthy tips:

-Eat an egg a day! Your hair is made of protein, so eat your protein! Eggs provide a good type of protein that promotes healthy hair growth. Your hair will be shiny, and grow just a little bit faster.
 -EAT YOUR GREENS! greens like spinach, broccoli, and cucumbers help your hair grow healthy. They also help your nails and skin! Cucumber water is a good way to hydrate. Try to eat your veggies raw as well, you’ll get the most out of them that way. -Use a leave-in conditioner on your ends. It helps provide moisture, and you won’t need to trim as frequently.
-Hair masque in the shower once a week. Same with a leave-in, provides moisture to the ends of your hair. (where you really need it!)
-BLOW DRY on a medium heat. It takes longer, but won’t fry your hair. Once your hair is 95% dry, go over with a cool setting on your dryer. This will seal down the cuticle and set your hair in place. 
-Sunshine! We are like flowers, we need the sun to grow. For long periods of sun exposure, try to put a spf of some sort on your hair. ESPECIALLY if you color your hair. Helps prevent further damage, and color change. 
-CUT YOUR HAIR. Well, get it trimmed regularly. We all know what happens with split ends. As much as you want your hair to grow, you just have to keep it trimmed. Before you know it your hair will be past your shoulders!

I started with a pixie cut around January 2012, and after a year I’m almost past my shoulders.
Any other tips about hair or nails? Just ask! 

UPDATE! Now that I’ve got my hair on a regular schedule of trims its down to the middle of my back. I’ve noticed the most growth when I eat more protein and greens.
What Exactly Is Biotin?

Biotin has a few names. It’s been called vitamin B7 in addition to vitamin H. Biotin has many uses within the entire body, but is especially significant in metabolizing fats and amino acids. It’s additionally utilized in cell development. Biotin is an essential element in the Citric Acid Cycle, which is a procedure which energy made during aerobic exercise.

Biotin is also useful in keeping steady glucose levels. Due to this, research was done on the connection between diabetes and biotin. Biotin is, in addition, urged to serve as nutritional supplement to reinforce nails and hair. Horses are frequently supplemented by equine professionals with biotin to restrict cracking and to make sure powerful hooves. Due to these properties, it frequently found in wellness and cosmetic products also.

Biotin deficiency is an extremely uncommon event. The reason being the intestinal bacteria are much more and capable of for creating someone ‘s daily necessity. Cooking egg whites inactivates the avidin and releases the biotin. Biotin’s deficiency symptoms contain baldness. People with serious lack could lose their eyelashes and eyebrows.

Nevertheless, individuals with Type II diabetes frequently have low rates of biotin. There have been studies in creatures and individuals that indicate biotin could have the ability to aid individuals with diabetes enhance their blood glucose management.

Hair products generally contain biotin, as it’s regularly use to counteract baldness. Many shampoos are available which contain biotin, but because biotin isn’t consumed by the skin it’s not clear whether these shampoos are actually helpful.

Kids with the infrequent phenylketonuria (PKU) will generally grow skin conditions, like eczema and Cradle Cap. Nevertheless, these kids generally don’t grow Cradle Cap on the entire scalp, but on different elements of the human body. Both illnesses are characterized by scaly skin and it’s thought that individuals with PKU are not able to correctly use biotin. Supplementing with biotin has demonstrated to enhance these skin conditions.

Source - www.biotinstop.com

Quest to mermaid hair.

So this is my current lenght, and my first goal will be reaching bra-strap lenght, although it might take quite a while…

I will be alterning between Mane N Tail and Biotin&Collagen shampoo.

I will also be taking 3000mcg of Biotin and 2000mcg of Folic Acid a day. Might take more if my hair doesn’t respond well in the next month or so.

And finally, I will be putting coconut oil in my hair once a week.

Will uptade in a month to see how this goes :D

EDIT: I added 2000mcg of MSM a day, and decided to stop using heat for a month.

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VITAMINS EVERY WOMAN SHOULD BE TAKING DAILY FOR BEAUTY!


Women regardless should be taking vitamins however, there are several that are primarily for beauty.

Biotin - known as vitamin H - for hair and nails. It is found in many cosmetics and health products for the hair and skin

Evening Primrose Oil - a natural source of the unsaturated fatty acid (GOOD!), Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), that promotes women’s health and helps provide nutritional support for PMS.* <— curb those mood swings and flow ladies!

Vitamin E - Great for skin and prevents dry damaged skin. Good for your hair and nails as well. check out this link for more information.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/25515-benefits-vitamin-e-oil-skin/

CoQ-10 - also known as Coenzyme Q10 or Ubinquinol. Similar to Vitamin E. These vitamins run about $55 for Nature Bounty brand at any CVS. But the results for your skin is worth it. 

http://www.livestrong.com/article/246385-benefits-of-coenzyme-q10-skin-care/

Ladies and gentlemen believe me I take these vitamin daily and I have proof that the results are worth the regime and money. As a makeup artist I refer all my clients with acne issues and skin irritation and are prone to dry patches to take these vitamins on a daily basis. 

Try to stay clear from Oils, it is the actual chemical in it’s purest form and you may see clogged pores instead of clear skin. The capsules are the exact dosage one should take so I highly recommend the pill form. I do have the Vitamin E Oil for those rare occasions that I have a dry patch (especially during these winter months)

I hope this helps some of you and if you have any questions please feel free to contact me. 

xoxo