I’ve actually typed this question in Google several times myself. And I’m here today to put in my two cents. I mean, are hair vitamins worth the hype? Do they actually do anything? Well, after years of trying several hair vitamins, I’m finally ready to dish.
Back in the day (as in, back in high school days) I sported a nice full head of hair. So much hair, that I did anything to flatten it as much as possible. Blow dry + flat iron + hair gel was my M.O.
Sadly, around my college years, lots of that hair fell off. Although I wasn’t diagnosed with PCOS until years later, I now realize my thinning hair was one of the first symptoms.
Needless to say, my hair’s been relatively thin ever since. I say relatively since I know I have a lot more hair than others. But, if I compare to the amount of hair I had before, I now have a whole lot less.
Since then, I’ve tried several hair, skin & nails vitamins . I knew the odds of growing more hair were slim – the purpose was primarily to keep the hair I do have as healthy as possible.
Over the course of several years, I tried all the following vitamins for 3-4 months at a time:
GNC Women’s Advanced Hair, Skin & Nails Formula
Irwin Naturals Healthy Skin, Hair plus Nails
Solgar Advanced Skin, Nails & Hair
Futurebiotics Hair, Skin & Nails
This list is certainly not exhaustive, I know I’ve tried a few others but can’t remember the names.
Bottom line, I’ve tried a lot. And to my dismay, I didn’t really ever see a difference with any of them other than slight strengthening of my nails. It actually made me question whether vitamin supplements are effective at all. So, after some time, I dropped all the vitamin supplements specifically geared towards hair, skin & nails.
That was until my sister in law mentioned the Phyto PHYTOPHANÈRE Hair and Nails vitamins. I immediately read countless reviews. And, as with most dietary supplements, they were all over the place. Some people claimed to regrow hair even on their eyebrows, while others claimed no results. However, the average review on Amazonwas four stars.
Still, considering the $60 price tag for a two month supply I held out. But, eventually I bit the bullet and ordered it off Amazon. I then waited until the Sephora VIB 20% off sale to purchase my second bottle.
The claim: “A daily dose, high-potency biotin supplement to support fuller, healthier-looking hair and stronger nails, while creating a glowing complexion. Featuring the perfect balance of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and antioxidants, it promotes the look of fuller, thicker, and shinier hair—as well as stronger nails and beautiful, glowing skin. Expect results in as little as four weeks”.
The suggested dosage is to take two capsules a day for four months in the Spring and in the Fall.
Let me tell you – I was pretty skeptical and had fairly low expectations. After my stint with various other supplements, including fairly expensive Dr. Perricone skin supplements, I prepared for disappointment. But, I purchased two bottles (a four month supply) and gave it a shot.
I definitely did not experience any results in four weeks. In fact, I didn’t see any results for months. Around the three month mark I stopped taking it every single day. My second bottle lasted much longer than it should have…
After failing to notice any results I decided I would finish off the second bottle, stop taking the supplement and include this in one of my beauty product fails posts.
Until…(you knew this was coming right?) one day in February I was blow drying my hair and I noticed a ton of baby hairs sticking out. There were so many of them, and it was so obvious that I dusted off my straightening iron in an attempt to tame the little hairs. I didn’t even think much of it until I was styling my hair again (in a bun this time) and I had to use several bobby pins and hair spray to control all the baby hair. And then it hit me… I’m growing hair!
Yes, everyone has some baby hair at any given time, but this is easy 4-5 times my normal amount. I’ve never had to intentionally tame baby hair in my life.
After that I started paying closer attention and in fact, the amount of hair I’m shedding is visibly reduced. I even asked my husband (he cleans the bathrooms in our house) if he’d noticed any changes in the amount of hair. Keep in mind I asked him if he noticed changes, I didn’t ask whether he’d noticed more or less hair. He thought about it for a few seconds and then said that now that he thought about it, there seemed to be less Samara Morgans (his nickname for the hair in the shower drain).
Anyways, after around 3-3.5 months of taking the supplement, I finally had some visible (and tangible) changes in my hair. I keep checking out my baby hairs in the mirror just to make sure they are still there haha. Never mind that I look frazzled all the time with all the hair sticking out. Now my hubby’s calling me medusa…
My hair is stronger, fallout is much reduced and new hairs are growing. It’s a Christmas miracle in March!
So, to conclude, in this particular case, hair vitamins, worth the hype? YES. I even ordered another bottle with an Ulta coupon. I’m not going to follow this whole four months at a time suggestion. #rebel. I’m taking it for 6 months and then taking a break.
What about the other claims? Sadly, I haven’t noticed much change in my nails. They continue to be brittle AF. I also haven’t noticed changes in my skin (but this was expected considering all my skin problems). And, sadly although MANY reviews mentioned thicker, fuller lashes, I did not see any change in my lashes.
That being said, the significant improvement with my hair is enough for this to be worth it me.
Lastly, now that I know this works for me I did a bit more research and found that you can purchase two bottles (a four month supply) on Amazon and Sephora for $84. That comes out to $21/month which isn’t bad. Plus, it seems like 4 months is the minimum recommended time to see results, so if you are going to try it, may as well buy the four month supply for a lower price.
Has anyone else every tried these? Are there any other hair supplements you’ve taken that have worked? If so, email me or leave me a comment down below.
Also, any recommendations on taming the baby hair situation are welcome.