I would like to try prenatal vitamins to make my hair grow. But I am not sure which vitamin I am actually looking for. Can anyone help?
Nichola from England
Is it Vitamin E? Take pre-natals anyway.. they are cheaper and are just multi-vitamins with extra folic acid. If you eat poorly...take vitamins. I have always drank alot of milk and I have always had thick hair(grows fast) and long nails(fast too) So maybe calcium? best wishes.
The only difference between prenatal vitamins & other vitamins is that they contain a higher dose of folic acid & folic acid does nothing to help in hair growth. It's just a "old wives tale" that prenatal vitamins will help your hair grow faster because most women's hair DOES grow faster when they are pregnant because of their hormones (then it can later fall out or stop growing for a little while after the baby is born) My hair did exactly that when I was pregnant all 3 times. If you NEED vitamins & are deficient in them, then & ONLY THEN will vitamins help your hair grow... But, what might help is protein... Hair is made from protein. You can drink plain gelatin or even eat egg whites like body builders do... But each persons hair has 3 stages: A growth stage, a dormant stage & a stage where it no longer grows & falls out. It's how long your growth cycle is that determines the actual length your hair will grow to. For example, in general, a Black woman of African descent's hair will usually stop growing at shoulder length, while a Chinese, or an Asian women's hair can grow to well below the hips. (This is why the manufactures of human hair wigs go to India & China to "contract" women to grow their hair to a certain length for them) The average person's hair grows at about half an inch per month & there's really nothing you can do to speed up the hairs growth cycle. If someone tries to sell you a product that will make your hair grow faster... It just will NOT work. It's all about genetics. The Gelatin & egg white protein I mentioned above are only to make the hair stronger so it won't break off or split as easily. But the truth is, unless you are protein deficient, they won't help your hair either. Some women's hair will grow faster when they take birth control hormones, (& some women's won't) but there's all kinds of problems associated with these hormones too.
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If your hair is falling out, there ARE some natural things you can do to help, like using the food additive "Polysorbate 80". It's an emulsifier. You put it on your scalp in the areas where your have hair loss & massage it in for several minutes before shampooing & it binds with the oil that's clogging up your hair's pores. This works best in men that have oily scalps, but it usually won't help if it's a hormonal thing that's causing the hair loss. You can buy Polysorbate 80 for about $10 for 8 ounces at most Health Food Stores in the USA.
I don't think it's the prenatals that make your hair grow so well. I think it's actually the pregnancy hormones that do it. The reason I think that is because I started taking them about 2 months before I got pregnant, and now, 4 months into my pregnancy, I'm still not seeing the results. I was upset about this, naturally, and asked my OB about it. She said that it takes a while for the hormones to kick in everywhere, and that despite the vitamins, my hair would take its time getting fuller and thicker, just depending on the progesterone. ("What to Expect When You're Expecting" confirms this, too)
Honestly, though, vitamins probably wouldn't hurt, but I don't know that I'd recommend prenatals over just an average daily multivitamin. First off, prenatals have a lot more minerals than regular vitamins because pregnant women need more than your average woman, and that may or may not be a good thing for you personally. Second, there's an awful lot of iron, and that can be, um, uncomfortable. I'd ask your doctor, only because vitamins are medications, just like any other over-the-counter pill, and there's always a possibility that you could have a bad reaction to something in them. Always good to play it safe, you know?
It is the folic acid. My mom takes it for help with her balding and thinning hair.
I was told by my OBGYN doctor to take pre-natal vitamins for thinning hair and chipping nails. It has made my hair thicker. I've had a lot of people comment on how thick it is! That was not always the case. It started to thin with the onset of menopause. Anyway, the doctor told me to buy the store brands in the large containers because they are cheaper. You can get "Pre-natal" vitamins at Target and Walmart.
My mom (78) had problems with thinning hair, where she actually wore a fall. One day when I took her out, I noticed she did not have her fall and her hair looked full and longer! She told me she takes MSM. I am taking it too (genetics) She said it takes about 6 month to notice a difference. Hers was dramatic!
Mary mentioned MSM. My sister knows a woman who took MSM. She also said it took 6 months, and had good results. Don't know how many pills a day she took - believe they mention taking 1 to 3 pills a day.
I swear my hair grew so much when I was on prenatal vitamins. The funny thing is that my hair used to grow really slow. My daughter is 10 so I have not taken these vitamin in years - but my hair never quit growing fast. Unbelieveable.
Prenatal pills can make your hair grow.
My cousin started taking the prenatal pills and she's not even close to being pregnant; like thinking about it and all. Her hair grew alot. I started to see what she was taking and she said it helped her hair grow a lot.
Yes I believe prenatal vitamins have nothing to do with healthy hair growth either. With all three pregnancies my hair was the healthiest I've ever seen it. So I do believe in the "pregnancy hormone" theory. Also your diet and the amount of stress in your life has a lot to do with your hair health. Vitamins are good if your body is lacking nutrients.
Prenatals do make your hair grow. Ever since I dyed my hair 11 times in a years period my hair would never go. In just three weeks I noticed how fast my hair has grown. I dyed streaks in it the same day I started taking them and it's helped taking track of the growth. My hair in three weeks grew the same amount it did in 2 months, I got mine at walmart. 240 pills an 8month supply for only 5 dollars and change. works great. Mane and tail shampoo and caballio conditioner works great too.
Prenatal vitamins does thicken and help your hair grow even if you are not pregnant! My friends and I have been taking them and we noticed a change is hair thickness and growth. If you're taking them and your hair isn't growing and you're not pregnant, it could be just how your body reacts to them. Every woman is different and no it is not a myth that prenatal vitamins help your hair grow. It is true. My Dr. actually prescribed them to me for healthy hair and nails. What you eat also effects hair growth.
While taking the vitamins an increase in fruits and vegetables is healthy for the hair and if I'm not mistaken fruits and vegetables contain folic acid which is recommended not only for a healthy diet but for healthy hair so therefore the folic acid in prenatal vitamins does help it, and again if they're not working for you then it could just be you because they work for my friends and I and we are not pregnant. So just give them a try for about 3 months. Nothing ever happens right away but you should at least see a result within 3 months.
I have the Issue of hair thinning. I am having this problem from the past two months and I lost a good amount of my hair volume. I am not able to think about anything but my hair. Please suggest me the prenatal multivitamin name as i find a lot of them in the market. It would be a great favor.
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