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My History with Hair Supplements

I’ve received many questions regarding the vitamins I currently take (GNC Ultra Nourish-Hair and One-A-Day Womens) so I figured I’d do a quick run-down on what vitamins I’ve taken over the past three years.

Listed in order:

Many woman experience acne when taking biotin but luckily, I didn’t. I started at a small dose (1 mg) and gradually increased. I eventually started taking b-complex, which also helps minimize the risk of breakouts when taking biotin. Biotin is widely referred to the “hair growth vitamin” on hair forums because it is necessary for cell growth and generates the production of fatty acids. Biotin has definitely helped my hair growth. My eyelashes grew longer and my nails faster and stronger.

Country Life Maxi-Hair

Maxi-Hair and I started off on the right foot but after many months of use it started upsetting my stomach whenever I took it so I eventually stopped taking it.

Nioxin Intensive Therapy Recharging Complex
Nioxin has been the best supplement I’ve taken so far. I got the best growth with them, didn’t experience breakouts or upset stomach. I did monthly check-ins while I was taking Nioxin that you can read: month 1 / month 2 / month 3 – this month includes pictures of new growth.

I eventually stopped taking Nioxin because my BF was very concerned that all the pills in every bottle I had purchased were cracked. I did not experience any adverse effects from taking them, but he argued that cracked pills are most likely old. A few women on the hair boards raised the point that the cracked pills probably did not pass quality inspections and were given to other vendors to sell and listed on (where I purchased all my Nioxin pills from).

These Nioxin supplements were eventually pulled off store shelves as well as from online vendors. At first Nioxin claimed they were reformulating the supplements but weeks ago I read on their Facebook page that the supplements have been scratched completely.

GNC Hair, Skin, & Nails Forumla
These went the same route as Country Life Maxi-Hair. Things started off well. My eyelashes, eyebrows, and body hair grew in faster and my nails stopped chipping but over time, these supplements made me queasy every time I took them. I eventually couldn’t take it anymore and ditched them.

Nature’s Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails
This hair supplement was the absolute worse for my skin. Break out city. I have oily, acne prone skin and my problem areas are my cheeks. I never really break out at my temples but while taking these supplements, large painful pimples broke out all over my temples. I didn’t pick at or pop them but they still scarred. I want to say the 3mg of biotin is what caused me to break out, but I’ve taken biotin in the past but the difference was I started out with smaller doses and gradually worked my way up; I didn’t do that here. Who knows. I increased my water intake and even started taking b-12 complex again to lessen the break outs but my skin still kept going crazy.  I gave up halfway through the bottle and will never take these supplements ever again.


Currently taking GNC Ultra Nourish-Hair
I have acne-prone skin but haven’t experienced an increase in breakouts since I began these supplements about 3 months ago. They’re also gentle on the stomach; they haven’t (yet and hopefully will not) made me queasy or upset my stomach. Because I’ve also been using Hair Trigger over the last 10 or so weeks, I can’t say for sure that my growth is attributable solely to these supplements. I can say that my eyelashes, eyebrows and body hair have definitely grown faster and thicker while taking these.

GNC is also really great at offering a good sale for these supplements. When I first bought them, I got them for $5 with free shipping and just this week, GNC offered them for 5 for $35 with free shipping so I jumped on the opportunity to restock.

I don’t think hair supplements are absolutely necessary if you’re eating, healthy balanced meals full of the nutrients our body needs for healthy hair growth like vitamin D, biotin, vitamin C. Check out this article on WebMD on top 10 foods for healthy hair. I think the individuals who will reap the most benefits from taking supplements are those that aren’t getting the necessary daily levels of essential nutrients and vitamins. I’m in that boat because I don’t eat as well as I can and should, but my juicer and fridge full of veggies and fruits are working on that!

So there you have it, my history and experiences with supplements. What supplements have you tried, loved, or hated?