Your refrigerator might be full of thinning hair remedies you can eat. Biotin, also known as Vitamin H, can be found in common, everyday foods.
Thinning hair and women
Hair loss is a natural part of life. Even at age 20, women and men both lose dozens and dozens of strands of hair every single day. But as the hormones in your body change, so does hair. Hair may become finer in texture, and hair loss may become heavier. Stress, age, hair products, genetics and many other factors contribute to hair loss.
Biotin is a B-complex vitamin that promotes hair growth and health (not to mention skin and nails). Physicians prescribe biotin supplements to women with thinning hair, but you can find natural sources of the vitamin without a doctor’s help.
Using biotin to fight hair loss
In scientific studies, biotin has been clinically proven to increase hair growth. An added effect is that biotin also prevents scalp dryness, so existing and new hair stays healthier. One study showed that patients who took biotin for 6 months experienced less hair loss. There is no evidence to show negative, long-term effects of taking biotin supplements, but you should always consult with your physician before starting any supplement regimen.
The human body stores many vitamins and nutrients naturally, building reserves for times when your intake of these nutrients is low…but biotin isn’t one of them. You have to ingest biotin every day for it to be fully effective. Even some non-prescription multivitamins contain biotin. Check labels carefully to find a daily vitamin offering biotin or vitamin H. You can also eat foods that are rich in natural sources of biotin to promote healthy hair growth and fight hair loss. Some of your favorite foods may already be thinning hair remedies.
- Eggs. Ordinary eggs contain biotin. Many protein-rich foods have a positive effect on hair. Incorporating more protein into your diet helps thicken fine hair and prevent thinning hair.
- Nuts. Both walnuts and peanuts are natural sources of biotin, and readily available to consumers.
- Whole wheat. Eat whole-wheat bread to get natural biotin.
- Meat. Pork and salmon are naturally rich in biotin. Both salmon and pork are lean, protein-rich meats.
- Soybeans. Biotin can also be found in soybeans, soybean oil and other products made from soybeans.
- Cauliflower. Add more cauliflower to your diet to increase your biotin intake.
Living with thinning hair
It’s not always possible to re-stimulate hair growth once it stops, and for some women thinning hair may not be reversible. You can always complement and camouflage your thin hair with strategic hair cuts, styling tricks and coloring.
The hairstyles you choose can make even thinning hair look healthy and beautiful. Even longer hairstyles can become flattering and attractive with thin or fine hair. Remember to be gentle when styling thinning hair, and use products that aren’t harsh on your hair or head. Excessive styling and chemicals will damage your hair and scalp, making thinning hair problems worse.