When you are trying to grow your hair faster you actually have a couple of options.
You can either take a hair growth medicine or you can use some vitamins for faster hair growth.
Is one better than the other?
There are some factors to consider when you are trying to grow your hair faster.
In this article I will compare these two different strategies and clue you in to what I think will be the best way forward.
Whatever your reason for wanting to see some rapid hair growth, you need to come up with a plan.
Read on to get all the information you need to make the best decision for yourself!
Which medicine actually works?
There are only two hair growth medicines that are proven to regrow hair. Minoxidil and Finasteride. Minoxidil being Rogaine which is the only over the counter hair regrowth medicine and Finasteride being Propecia and is only available with a prescription.
Rogaine is a topical solution that you spread directly on your scalp. Propecia is a pill, which explains why it is only available by prescription.
Now, these drugs both work to regrow hair, but what about growing hair faster?
It would seem like the best thing to do to grow in less time would be to just zap your hair with some drugs and call it a day. But, since that is not what they are designed for, it may not be the best solution.
So, the question is, do you also have hair loss? Or do you have a full head of hair and are just impatient when it comes to the speed in which it grows?
When you should use a hair growth drug
I’ll start with Propecia.
You should only take Propecia when you are already losing your hair. It really is not worth it to take when you aren’t and, honestly, no doctor will prescribe it if you have a full head of hair.
It has some serious side effects that aren’t justified if you are just trying to grow your hair faster.
Impotence and loss of sexual desire is top among them. I don’t know about you, but if I lose my sex drive and can’t perform then is it worth having a lot of hair? I’m guessing you’ll agree that it isn’t.
Now, if you are starting to see some signs that you are losing some hair and you feel like growing the hair you have faster will hide the fact, then maybe a doctor will be inclined to agree and decide to write you a script.
Otherwise, I would give Propecia a miss. Too much downside.
Now, since Rogaine is over the counter and has only negligible side effects, of which impotence is not one, it is more worth it to use it as a preventative.
In fact, the earlier you begin using Rogaine, the better the chances are that it will have an effect in growing your hair.
It is even marketed as being preventative. You don’t have to have any hair loss to start using it and it may even hold off any baldness by taking it early.
It doesn’t work for everybody, so if you are losing your hair it is no guarantee that you’ll regrow hair. It didn’t work for me and I used it for about six months before I threw in the towel and shaved my head instead.
That said, does Rogaine hair growth medicine grow your hair faster?
It might, but it doesn’t work for everybody.
Vitamins for faster hair growth
Ok, I will save you the suspense.
Vitamins actually work better than a hair growth medicine. As far as growing your hair faster that is. Rogaine and Propecia will regrow hair, but they are not designed to grow your hair faster. They might do that, but vitamins will do it better and with some other benefits, too.
Which vitamins work best to grow hair faster?
For any cell to grow, including that of the hair, the body needs enough Vitamin A. Getting a boost of this during the growth phase of hair will increase the speed of growth for your hair.
Vitamin A is also responsible for the body to produce sebum. This is an oily substance in the scalp that helps keep your hair moist and healthy. Having enough sebum will keep the hair growing, where not enough, or even too much can actually slow down your hair growth.
Too much Vitamin A can actually have the opposite effect. If you have too much of it flowing through your body, it will actually cause your hair to stop growing and even fall out in a worst case scenario.
How much is too much? It’s hard to say, but if you are taking a supplement, don’t go ver the recommended dosage and you should be fine.
This vitamin is really important for your hair growth. Whether you are trying to grow your hair faster or trying to stop your hair loss, there is no substitute for loading up on Vitamin E.
Its main function is as an antioxidant that will help fight off the free radicals in your hair cells that can damage the follicle and slow down growth.
People that took Vitamin E supplements in a hair growth study reported an almost 35% increase in their hair growth than those taking a placebo.
That isn’t an insane amount of growth, but it is a noticeable difference.
One of the most important aspects to growing your hair fast is your blood flow to the follicle.
Getting plenty of iron will bring more oxygen to the hair through the circulatory system.
Iron is so important, actually, that people with anemia usually end up with some heavy hair loss.
Regulating your sebum production on the scalp will keep your hair follicles clear. This will allow the hair to grow as it should.
When your pores and follicles get clogged, there is a good chance of developing folliculitis which is a type of acne. You accumulate bacteria in the clogged pores which creates an infection.
Not only is it uncomfortable, but it also slows down your hair growth and can lead to hair loss.
There are a number of B Vitamins, but the one we will focus on is called Biotin. It is one of the building blocks for hair and fingernails.
When you have a biotin deficiency, which is rare, you will lose hair and your growth will slow to a snail’s pace.
Now, the jury is out on whether or not increasing Biotin will actually regrow your hair since the deficiency affects so few people. But, it should help in growing your hair faster and leading to the hair growing out more thickly.
It seems that topical treatments with Biotin don’t do much. But, increasing your Biotin intake, either through supplements or diet, will help.
Diet vs Supplements
What promotes hair growth better? Diet or vitamin pills?
Why not both?
Yes, diet is very important when you are trying to grow your hair faster or trying to stop your hair loss.
But, by taking a holistic approach and using both supplements and a change in diet can result in much better growth.
Here is a list of the foods you should be eating to increase your hair growth:
- For Vitamin A:
- Sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, and kale.
- For Vitamin E:
- Sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocados
- For Iron:
- Clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach and lentils
- For Zinc:
- Oysters, beef and pumpkin seeds
- For Biotin:
- Whole grains, meat, seafood, eggs and dark, leafy greens
Diet alone can give you some decent results, but I really recommend taking some supplements too. This is especially true if you are a vegan or vegetarian. Meat and dairy are the only foods that provide enough B12, so a vegan will definitely need to take a supplement to get enough Biotin to get your hair growing quickly.
Are there any Biotin hair growth side effects? Let’s explore that in the next section.
Biotin dosage for hair growth
How much Biotin should you be getting?
To avoid a Biotin deficiency, you need to be getting at least 30 micrograms per day, but up to 100 micrograms per day is normal.
In other words, you’re pretty much getting as much as you need to avoid a deficiency just by eating a normal diet.
To give your hair a growth boost, many supplements will give you a dose of about 10,000 micrograms per day.
That sounds like a lot, but a recent study has shown that taking a supplement with that much of a dose can show some thicker hair in about 90 days.
What about Biotin hair growth side effects?
Not to worry. Any side effects from getting too much Biotin are very minor.
Here are a few side effects you may experience when you take supplements:
Always follow the instructions for when and how much Biotin to take based on the manufacturer’s instructions.
It’s usually a good idea to take the pills when you are about to eat or shortly after eating so you don’t have an empty stomach.
If you have any of those side effects and it proves to be uncomfortable, just stop taking the pills. It may take a few days to see the symptoms stop, however.
What promotes hair growth? Here’s my advice
There is no right way that is going to work for everybody. Let me just get that out of the way.
But, if you think you can be happy with some modest results in either regrowing your hair or growing it faster, then taking the right approach will be beneficial.
Start with using a hair loss shampoo that will help your hair grow faster and healthier to start with.
Don’t use it everyday, however. You shouldn’t wash your hair everyday as it strips your hair of its natural oils.
Next, take a supplement. Any of the ones I linked to will be a good way to start. You may need to use some trial and error. If you take one that doesn’t work, then just try another and you may find you get better results.
Use a hair serum or a conditioner with some essential oils. That alone will likely have a nice effect, but in combination with other methods will increase the odds of seeing better results.
Lastly, use a hair growth medicine like Rogaine. Especially if you are just starting to see some signs of hair loss, you will want to get started with this over the counter hair growth medicine.
Since Rogaine, aka Minoxidil, doesn’t work for everybody and won’t regrow tons of hair, you should be using it in conjunction with these other treatments.
Oh, and you should definitely change your diet and eat some of the foods I recommended in an earlier section.
Do these things and there is a huge chance that your hair will grow faster.
That bad haircut you got from your barber? Now you can grow your hair back faster and look better.
Just got out of the military and can’t wait to have a haircut that isn’t a high and tight? Within a couple of months you’ll be able to finally get a regular haircut.
Whatever your reason for wanting your hair to grow faster is irrelevant. Just follow this guide and get your hair back to where you want it.
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