Thinning Hair: Treating with Biotin

From Women’s Health, January 2005

Q: How can I prevent/reverse thinning hair? (A.T., Oviedo, FL)

A: The quickest natural remedy is high-dose biotin, a type of B-vitamin. Some of the better shampoos contain biotin. Taking 8-10,000 mcg of biotin in capsule form each day can help restore a lush, full quality to your hair within 4-6 weeks. You may have to hunt (check with your local naturopathic doctor) to find a high-dose biotin that doesn’t require swallowing a handful of pills. Another tip: avoid conditioners or use them sparingly. They tend to have lots of chemicals (much more than shampoos) that ultimately poison the hair. Spend the extra money for high quality hair products, preferably with organic ingredients. Massage your head every night to stimulate blood flow to the scalp.