Does Biotin and Other Hair Loss Vitamins Really Work?

Does Biotin and other hair loss vitamins really work?

By Ben Kharakh
March 25th, 2020

There are several supplements you can take for hair loss. They’ll be effective if the cause of your hair loss is a vitamin or nutrient deficiency. They won’t, however, be effective if the cause of your hair loss is androgenetic alopecia, which is the most common culprit behind baldness.

Biotin for Hair Loss

It makes sense to start with biotin, a B vitamin, and the most frequently recommended hair loss supplement. As explained by Healthline, there’s not an abundance of studies about the effects of biotin on hair. Keratin is a protein that serves as one of the building blocks of hair, skin, and nails. Biotin bolsters keratin infrastructure, but that’s as far as our understanding of its effects on hair production goes. Research has been lacking, so there aren’t enough studies to support a positive correlation between hair growth and biotin supplementation.

Collagen Peptides for Hair Loss

Hair Loss is, however, the side effect of several vitamin and nutrient deficiencies. This includes deficiencies of the B complex, vitamin A, Iron, Zinc, and protein. Extremely low caloric intake is also responsible for hair loss. Collagen peptides, meanwhile, require an in-depth look because of how important they are for the human organism.

Roughly 30% of the proteins inside your body are made up of collagen peptides. They provide structure for bones, cartilage, ligaments, skin, and tendons. It used to be the case that humans consumed organ meat and connective tissue, giving them access to more collagen peptides. Not so much these days! That’s a shame, because the older you get the less collagen peptides your body absorbs. The effects of decreased collagen peptide absorption include less firm skin, more fragile bones, joint pain due to reduced cartilage, and lowered muscle mass and strength.

Collagen Supplements

Collagen supplementation has been shown to decrease joint pain and stiffness by upwards of 32% and 44%, respectively. Additionally, collagen peptides improve skin hydration after eight weeks and skin density after four weeks. Collagen also plays a role in hair production and, as reported by Healthline, there’s a number of ways that collagen can improve the quality of your hair. Collagen is used to make the proteins that make up hair, can improve damaged hair follicles, may reduce thinning, and potentially slow graying. Take note that reversing hair loss is not one of the things collagen has been shown to do!

And while there’s scientific evidence that explains how collagen peptides may improve your hair, collagen is also not effective in the face of androgenic alopecia.

Why Hair Loss Vitamins Don’t Work

The reason that biotin, collagen peptides, and other supplements are ineffective against the overwhelming majority of hair loss cases is because male pattern baldness is a result of androgenic alopecia, which none of these vitamins are proven to treat. Hair vitamins and supplements are great for people that want to enrich and strengthen their existing hair. But unfortunately, if you’re dealing with hair loss, taking biotin gummy bears is not going to change much of anything.

Hair Loss Vitamins vs Scalp Micropigmentation

Luckily, where vitamins and supplements fail, scalp micropigmentation (SMP) succeeds. SMP, also known as a head tattoo or a scalp tattoo, is a hair loss treatment that gives you the look of a fresh buzz cut. It’s the most effective hair loss treatment available because it 100% works! In just two to three treatments, you’ll be good to go for years to come, and you’ll only potentially need a touch up every four to six years. Scalp Micropigmentation offers people struggling with hair loss a stylish alternative to taking medications, vitamins or resorting to serious hair transplant surgeries.

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