Biotin, or what is otherwise known as vitamin B, or vitamin B 7 or sometimes even vitamin H, seems to be important for healthy hair. But is there a link between biotin deficiency, or vitamin B deficiency and hair loss?
Biotin is important for the production of energy in cells. It metabolizes carbohydrates, proteins and fats the cells to produce energy. You get vitamin B-7 from your foods including such foods as salmon, bananas, sardines, egg yokes and mushrooms.
While it seems that there is a link between vitamin B and hair loss this has not been clearly shown by science. However it is thought that biotin contributes to the health of your hair as well as your nails because people with biotin or vitamin D deficiency have hair loss symptoms.
For example it has been observed that are vitamin B deficiency can lead to alopecia (loss of hair).
There are a number of products formulated around vitamin B. Hair restoration products include such things as shampoos and conditioners, however it is not shown that biotin applied topically can penetrate the skin to increase the amount of biotin or vitamin B in your system.
It would seem that if vitamin B supplementation is to be successful to help promote hair regrowth it needs to be taken orally.
There is a lack of serious scientific studies demonstrating the effectiveness of vitamin B for hairloss. However many experts still recommend an increase in the level of vitamin B or biotin in cases of alopecia.
Anyone suffering from normal hair loss caused by male pattern baldness or female pattern baldness is unlikely to find that vitamin B supplementation will restore their hair growth.
However that does not mean that some form of vitamin B supplementation is effective to aid hair regrowth when combined with a range of other essential ingredients.
Certainly biotin has not been approved by the FDA as a hair restoration treatment of its own. However there are successful hair loss treatments which make use of biotin as a part of the overall formula.
There are only 2 treatments approved by the FDA for use in cases of male hair loss and one for female hair loss. The only product approved for both men and women is minoxidil and this has been demonstrated in studies to be effective as a hair restoration treatment.
However minoxidil used on its own is not as effective as using minoxidil combined with a range of essential hair nutrients which include biotin. When vitamin B 7 is included with other essential nutrients and minoxidil the result seems to be an effective hair restoration treatment.
So if you have thinning hair it is unlikely that you can use vitamin B for hair loss but that does not mean that you do not have any options for an effective hair loss treatment. One product combining minoxidil, vitamin B and other essential nutrients has been shown to work.