5 Mg Biotin For Hair Growth

Remember when mom used to encourage you to eat your veggies? It’s obvious she realized the importance of getting vitamins and minerals into your body. Biotin is one vitamins that works to improve hair growth as well as other bodily functions.

If you’re not getting enough of it, you’ll ruin your future chances of hair growth. Well let’s look quickly at how you can see phenomenal results with your hair with the use of this vitamin.

In order to make biotin work well for you, you must take the right amount of it daily. A great recommendation is 3,000 mcg per day. Sounds like a lot but really it isn’t. You can find this particular vitamin in your local drug store at a reasonable price.

While I wanted to specifically talk to you about using biotin to improve your hair growth, there are other things you can do to benefit your hair.

They’re all natural, which is what you really want. You avoid side effects, you’ll spend less money, and on top of it all you’ll notice changes occurring much faster than with he use of other hair loss treatments.

In addition to your use of biotin be sure to get proper blood circulation to your follicle roots. How can this be achieved? In two simple ways. Scalp massage which you can make use of with just 15 minutes of your time per day.

The second one is with the use of ginkgo biloba. Taking 325 mg three times daily will work quite well to improve circulation to your scalp. Be sure to include this in your arsenal for hair using biotin.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    How much Biotin is suggested for hair growth?
    I recently finished my Accutane treatment and have suffered from hair loss as a side effect. I heard Biotin helps hair growth and also nail strength. How much is suggested (5 mg, 1000, 3000, 5000)? Is there a formula depending upon weight? (i.e. 107 lbs) Are there any other vitamins suggested? Since Accutane is still in my system, I want to avoid any type of multivitamins since they contain Vitamin A. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      I don’t believe any study that says a vitamin will make hair grow faster. Hair is a waste, made up of keratin, a protein that is not alive. Hair grows on average 1/2 inch a month. Biotin may make new growth stronger, but I don’t believe faster. Biotin is found in many common foods such as eggs, milk, carrots, lots of things.
      Nevertheless, here are the recommendations.
      Recommended Adequate Intake* for Biotin
      AgeBiotin (mcg/day)
      Infants0–6 months5
      7–12 months6
      Children1–3 years8
      4–8 years12
      Males and Females9–13 years20
      14-18 years25
      19–70 years30
      70+ years30
      Pregnant<18-5030
      Lactating<18-5035

  2. QUESTION:
    need to know this about biotin and b complex for hair growth?
    ok i am so dying for LONG hair so i am doing everything in my power to do so.
    i have stopped drying and straightening my hair i leave it natural every day and i shower only every OTHER day…
    also i use a leave in conditioner sometimes
    most importantly i started taking biotin (5000 mg) a day, and B-complex which has biotin in it and folic acid.
    i am only 5 ft tall and 87 Lbs…i noticed my urine is bright yellow because i think too much b vitamins… as of now i take a biotin pill and b-complex pill at same time every day should i space it out? and wat is best time to take it and how long till anyoone notices a difference with hair growth with taking a combo of these supplements?

    • ANSWER:
      You are wasting your money on the biotin (B-7), and probably the B-complex as well. A normal American diet contains MORE than enough B vitamins. If you happen to be a vegan, you need to take a B-12 supplement. A vegetarian would too, unless they eat dairy.

      Hair grows about 1/2 per month. Nothing can change this, though hair does grow slightly faster in the summer than in the winter. The maximum length of your hair is genetically determined. For most of us, when we get older (past 40), we are usually not able to grow our hair as long as we did when we were younger. The best way to get longer hair is to treat it gently (as you are now doing), and get it trimmed regularly to reduce split ends that can travel up the hair shaft.

  3. QUESTION:
    biotin for hair and nails mainly hair?
    I take 5,000 mg Biotin.. 2 times a day after i eat. Is that too much? Should i start taking only 1 a day? As for Hair and Nail growth, does it really work? Please share your experiences and estimated time.. Thank you

    • ANSWER:
      There is little solid evidence that biotin supplements are effective for acne, eczema, brittle nails, diaper rash, cradle cap or hair loss. I don’t think you need to take it at all.

      http://altmedicine.about.com/cs/herbsvitaminsa1/a/Biotin.htm

  4. QUESTION:
    What to do for hair growth?
    I have very thick hair, but it grows like literally a cm a year. Once it’s a certain length, it just stops growing. I have plain 1,000 mg biotin pills…someone told me to take 5 of those a day. I know that you shouldn’t use heat on your hair..but its literally impossible for me to do that. My hair is a mess unless i curl it or straighten it. I’ve cut back on blow drying it though. How often should i wash my hair? I’m white and have super thick hair that just doesn’t grow. Don’t give me those hair growth supplements..i already have thick hair i don’t want to have a main. I just need it to GROW

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  5. QUESTION:
    centrum for hair growth?
    wud centrum multiviatiman speed up hair growth?
    here r the supplement facts:

    vitamin a 3500 IU
    vitamin c 90 mg
    vitamin d 400 IU
    vitamin e 30 IU
    vitamin k 25 mcg
    thiamin 1.5 mg
    riboflavin 1.7 mg

    niacin 20 mg
    vitamin b6 2 mg
    folic acid 500 mcg
    biotin 30 mcg
    pantothenic acid 10 mcg
    calcium 200 mg
    iron 18 mg
    phosphrous 109 mg
    iodine 150 mcg

    magnesium 100 mg
    zinc 11 mg
    copper 0.9 mg
    manganese 2.3 mg
    chronmium 35 mcg
    molybdenum 45 mcg
    chloride 72 mg
    potassium 80 mg

    boron 150 mcg
    nickel 5 mcg
    silicon 2 mcg
    tin 10 mcg
    vanadium 10 mcg
    lutein 250 mcg
    lycopene 300 mcg

    wut other vitamins r good for (fast) hair growth?

    • ANSWER:
      I would ask how they are measuring this. Was this ever done in a controlled clinical trial? My guess is that there is some anecdotal evidence that Centrum might somehow be good for your hair but not necessarily speeding growth.

      Because this is sold as a supplement they can claim almost anything they want to. If it was sold as a drug such as Rogane they would have to prove it speeds hair growth via clinical trials.

  6. QUESTION:
    Hair growth for a teen!?
    I’m about to turn 14 and I just got my back to school haircut. Over the summer I had managed to grow it to about 16-18 inches from root to tip(i did measure) (the mid of my chest). About 2 inches was dead/split ends so I asked the lady to cut off the crap but try and conserve as much length as she could. I must’ve had more damage than I thought because when she turned the chair and I looked in the mirror I wanted to cry! I miss my long hair! I’ve heard of biotin so I asked my mom to get me some and she happily agreed. I’ve been taking it off and on. I have a few questions?

    1) Suggested MCG/MG for the quickest results, how long will those results take, and about how big of an impact?
    2) I was taking Biotin 2500mcg (2.5 mg) but now I am taking Biotin 7500mcg (7.5). Is that too much or just fine?
    3) What is the highest mcg I can find at walgreens, sams, kroger, walmart, target, ect…

    I know you can’t overdose and I know you pee out the excess. I’m almost 14 and am 125 lbs if that matters.

    OBTW My hair is about 12.5 inches right now.

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  7. QUESTION:
    How long before reuslts from biotin……….?
    I just bought a three month supply of biotin (5 mg or 5000 mcg.)

    My question is how long before I see noticeable results.

    I already have genetics for fast hair growth, but I used alot of heat so that kinda ruined the results. I always use protection but it still effects the ends. But I’m cutting down to a minim.

    Also, I took a multi vitinmin for hair/skin/nails a while back, and within a few days noticed results, like healthier hair, and weeks for faster growth with the biotin dose at 300 mcg in them.

    So wit that in mind…..how long before and what kind of results can I expect?

    Thanks ^^

    • ANSWER:
      About how much growth, that would depend on your deficiency (if any) of biotin in your body and how well the intake of Biotin is being absorbed. Remember that if your taking medications or OTC medications you need to wait at least 2 hours before taking the vitamin or it will not be absorbed.

      I take Biotin tablets that carry 5000ug (5mg) from Nature’s Bounty. They even sell them in capsules that are easier to swallow. Getting 5,000ug per day equals 1,667% of daily value so that’s a LOT. I’ve been taking biotin for a couple of months and my hair grows pretty fast and healthy BUT not strong as I wanted so keep in mind that you will have to cut one inch of hair every two months if you want to keep the hair strong. Remember that Biotin doesn’t accelerate hair growth. The vitamin is basically food for your hair and without it the hair takes longer to grow.

      Don’t leave everything to the vitamin, once a week do hot oil treatments to repair hair, use a hair sunscreen, massage scalp and avoid ponytails. Hope this helps!

  8. QUESTION:
    Vitamins? 10 points for best answer!?
    Ok my hair grows very slow.. SO……..I started getting protein treatments and washing once a week… I started doing that 7 months ago.. my hair is healthier and looks nice.. BUT

    Its growing at a very slow rate

    So I started taking Centrum liquid multivitamin 2 weeks ago

    Natures bounty stress formula.. which has vitamin c and the b vitamins

    Today I started taking 5 MG of biotin.. And took an iron pill( 30 mg).. I will cut the iron pill in half each day becuase I dont think 30mg of iron is safe…

    MY question is::: When can I start looking for new growth? How long should I try this vitamin regime to see growth? Has anyone Tried biotin for hair growth??
    Serious answers please and thank you///////////

    • ANSWER:
      Well taking the vitamin supplements will show results slowly…usually any result to be seen is more than 6 months to an year……and taking biotin actually reduces hair loss…and is proved that it results in thickening of hair but there is no evidential proof that it helps to grow your hair.. i mean there will be no hair growth by taking that…

      u can follow these things for hair growth :

      1. Drink Recommended Daily Amount Of Water

      Coffee, tea, sugar drinks or beer does not count in your daily water count. Water means exactly that – water. Carbonated and caffeinated drinks may actually speed up dehydration which means that the body is not functioning at optimal levels. Not only can dehydration make you feel drained and exhausted, it can be a hidden factor in hair growth stoppage, dry strands or tresses that break off.

      Adjust your daily levels according to the seasons of the year (hot weather may require more daily water consumption) and the amount of stress in your life.

      When pressed for exact formulas, most experts can not give a simple answer to how much water humans should drink every day. A general rule of thumb is for women to drink between 2 and 2.6 liters of water a day. For men the rule of thumb is 2.8 to 3.5 liters.

      There are many exceptions to this general rule of thumb which are tied back to age, lifestyle, weight and climate. In essence, experts advise that you replace all the water that you excrete every day.
      2. Drink Green Tea

      As always, experts disagree with the merits of green tea and whether or not it does conclusively help hair health and encourage growth.

      Experts who believe in the hair health benefits of green tea point to the fact that certain compounds found in green tea cause the relaxation of blood vessels, helping overall cardiovascular activity through increased circulation. Of course increased circulation will naturally help nourish hair roots and scalp tissues.
      3. Take A Brisk Walk Several Times A Week

      Experts have discovered that walking at a quick pace for just 15 minutes will help to raise your normal heart rate which improves circulation to your entire body, including to your scalp and hair follicles. It also helps shake out the cobwebs and aids in a feeling of alertness and energy.

      The ideal time to take a walk is about one hour after a meal. This allows your body to digest and puts less overall strain on your system.

      Of course it is important to always consult with your personal physician before beginning any new exercise routine that would be strenuous in any way.

      It is also best to avoid walking at the hottest times of the day. And yes, don’t forget your sunscreen, regardless of the time of year that you walk, which is why many people have become devoted mall walkers.
      4. Get Enough Sleep

      Many people are sleep deprived. As a result of daily stresses and strains studies have found that humans are getting less and less sleep. For the body to function at optimal capability, which includes having the necessary energy to nourish and grow hair, humans need enough sleep.

      Unfortunately there is no pat answer for how much sleep is enough. Again, it depends on the individual. Most sleep experts recommend an average of 6-8 hours for active adults. Depending on age, health conditions and other factors you may need more than 8 or be able to survive on a little less.

      As a result of more sleep deprived people, cat naps are becoming more popular. A great way to get a daily energy boost is to schedule a 20 minute cat nap. Be sure not to sleep longer than 20 minutes though or else you will more tired than before you napped. Studies have shown that 20 minutes is the very best amount of time for getting maximum benefit. So set an alarm for exactly 20 minutes and catch some mid-day Zzzs.
      5. Eat Energy Snacks

      When hunger hits between meals, eat to nourish your hair roots. Reach for one handful of unsalted natural cashews or a few almonds. Almonds are loaded with magnesium which is an essential mineral for growing healthy strands.

      Other good hair healthy snacks include yogurt, hard boiled eggs and tofu which all have great nutrients to help hair grow.
      6. Indulge In Daily Aromatherapy

      Many studies have been done on the effects of aromatherapy when used in daily or regular scalp massages for both healthy hair and scalp as well as overall health.

      Studies have found that there is a direct link between the use of aromatherapy and hair growth.

      A study performed by the Archives of Dermatology in 1998 by Scottish researchers found that aromatherapy can promote new hair growth. Patients who massaged various aromatherapy oils on their scalps every day enjoyed significant and measurable improvement in their hair growth.
      7. Laughter Is The Best Medicine

      Attitude is everything. Studies have shown that chronic negative moods can impact the human body and cause all human systems to slow down or become sluggish. This includes the circulatory system which feeds the roots of the hair, helping it to grow and remain properly nourished. When life gets you down rent a funny movie or read a humorous book. Take a break and have some fun to light your mood.
      8. Eat Power Foods

      Extreme diets that eliminate major food groups can be detrimental to healthy hair and can actually cause a slow down in new hair production. Diets that are too low in calories or completely eliminate either proteins or carbs can stimulate a form of alopecia that causes hair loss. Always eat a balanced food plan that incorporates healthy amounts of proteins and carbs. Don’t forget to take either your daily vitamins.these vitamins include..
      Vitamin A – Antioxidant that helps produce healthy sebum in the scalp. Food sources: Fish liver oil, meat, milk, cheese, eggs, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, apricots and peaches. Daily Dose: 5,000 IU.
      # Warnings: More than 25,000 IU daily is toxic and can cause hair loss and other serious health problems.
      # Vitamin C – Antioxidant that helps maintain skin & hair health. Food sources: Citrus fruits, strawberries, kiwi, cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, green peppers, potatoes and dark green vegetables. Daily Dose: 60 mg.
      # Vitamin E – Antioxidant that enhances scalp circulation. Food sources: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, wheat germ oil, soybeans, raw seeds and nuts, dried beans, and leafy green vegetables. Daily dose: Up to 400 IU. Warnings: Can raise blood pressure and reduce blood clotting. People taking high blood pressure medication or anticoagulants should check with their doctors before taking Vitamin E supplements.
      # Biotin – Helps produce keratin, may prevent graying and hair loss. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, whole grains, egg yolks, liver, rice and milk. Daily dose: 150-300 mcg.
      # Inositol – Keeps hair follicles healthy at the cellular level. Food sources: Whole grains, brewer’s yeast, liver and citrus fruits. Daily Dose: Up to 600 mg.
      # Niacin (Vitamin B3) – Promotes scalp circulation. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, fish, chicken, turkey and meat. Daily dose: 15 mg. Warnings: Taking more than 25 mg a day can result in “niacin flush” – a temporary heat sensation due to blood cell dialiation.
      # Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5) – Prevents graying and hair loss. Food sources: Whole grain cereals, brewer’s yeast, organ meats and egg yolks. Daily dose: 4-7 mg.
      # Vitamin B6 – Prevents hair loss, helps create melanin, which gives hair its color. Food sources: Brewer’s yeast, liver, whole grain cereals, vegetables, organ meats and egg yolk. Daily dose: 1.6 mg. Warnings: High doses can cause numbness in hands and feet.
      # Vitamin B12 – Prevents hair loss. Food sources: Chicken, fish, eggs and milk. Daily dose: 2 mg.

      I wish u good luck……

  9. QUESTION:
    If I take a multivitamin for 1 month.. will my hair grow a bit more than 1/2 inch?
    I was taking 5 mg of biotin for three weeks along with centrum multivit..

    Now im gonna take 3mg of biotin and GNC Womens ultra mega dietary supplement ( a nutritional shake).. it has 1000mg of calcium, 25 mg of each b vitamin, antioxidants, vits a, d, e, c, protein 250 mg of magnesium..

    ^^ Will taking that for 1 month give me signifigant hair growth???.. I know hair normally grows 1/2 inch but mine grows a bit slower than that

    • ANSWER:
      I’ve taken a multivitamin designed for hair, nail, and skin health for 2 months… but I’m starting to think it’s money well wasted. Sorry to be a party-pooper.

      Please keep in mind that too many pills can hurt your kidneys and/or liver, depending which way the particular nutrients filter.

      The best way I’ve found to promote hair growth is to use a leave-in conditioner every day, and a conditioning masque periodically.

      Good luck!

  10. QUESTION:
    Biotin/MSM causing massive headaches?
    I’ve been taking biotin (3700 mcg) and MSM (1500 mg) daily for 5 days (for hair growth). A couple days ago, I started getting these sporatic headaches. The one I have now is almost unbearable. I think the biotin is causing it, but I figure it could be the MSM. Should I lower the dosage or stop taking it altogether? Advice please.

    • ANSWER:
      stop taking it and see what happens. do you really need the stuff???

  11. QUESTION:
    Biotin pills for weight loss?
    Hey im 17 and im 5’4 and I weigh 160. Although I’m not that big,I still need to lose weight before school starts back up. I heard Biotin pills work as a diet pill and they also work for hair growth, which is another great advantage. I was wondering how many pills a day should I take if their 5000 mg?
    Also, does anybody have personal experience with biotin pills? if so, please share!
    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      Yes, it helps with weightloss. But I would take a vitamin B-complex supplement (it’s like a multivitamin, but only has the B-vitamins in them, like biotin, vitamin B12, vitamin B3, vitamin B1, etc…) because vitamin B12 and vitamin B3 have said to help with weight-loss as well. but make sure you’re counting calories, eating healthy, and drinking enough water too, because this is as important.

  12. QUESTION:
    Would is be safe for me to take two tablets daily of B-Complex?
    Im taking Natures Bounty Super B-Complex with Folic Acid plus Vitamin C.

    One tablet has:
    Vitamin C – 180 mg
    Thiamin – 100 mg
    Riboflavin – 20 mg
    Niacin – 25 mg
    Vitamin B-6 – 5 mg
    Folic Acid – 400 mcg
    Vitamin B-12 – 30 mcg
    Biotin – 45 mcg
    Panthothenic Acid – 5.5 mg
    Debittered Brewers Yeast – 100 mg

    Will it be okay for me to take two tablets? Will anything bad happen? The reason I’m taking it is because I read these tablets promote hair growth.

    • ANSWER:
      As long as you’re not taking any other medication these should be fine. I’d recommend getting B vitamins naturally through food however as the body has an easier time absorbing them and using them. Vitamin B is a great choice for hair and nail growth. Save your money and eat your veggies! Best of luck.