Wednesday, June 22, 2011

better hair, stronger nails

Ever since high school, I've had fairly thin and fine hair. I was okay with it, because I never had thick hair to deal with. Sometimes I wished my hair was a little thicker, but I've overall been happy with what I've been able to do with my hair.

In the last few months, however, I've seen an increase in the amount of hair that I've been shedding. It was starting to scare me a little bit, so I did all kinds of google searching, talked to a girl at the salon, and talked to my doctor. Everyone said what I had read online:
-you lose 150 to 200 strands of hair per day
-you shed more in the summer because it's hot
-etc etc etc

During this time, I was having my thyroid medicine checked, I had changed birth control, and I had changed my exercise habits. All of these things were things that were suggested to increase shedding. Of course everyone said to wait it out...but I didn't like worrying. So, with the suggestion of my doctor and hair stylist, I started taking vitamins and supplements.

*cue* angels singing.

Oh My Gosh. Do you take vitamins? It's amazing how much of a difference it's made in just the two weeks that I've been taking them. I'm taking a multi-vitamin for women, biotin, and B-12. My doctor said I should also take calcium, but I haven't run out to get that yet. 

I have legitimately gone from seeing what seemed like hundreds of strands of hair falling out per day to seeing no more than 30 or 40 in the shower. It's been such a sense of relief for me. Aside from the wanted effects that it has had on my hair, I've also seen an improvement in my nail growth! It's the Biotin. They're growing faster, and they're growing stronger.

It's not necessarily something that girls and women like to talk about, but I would really encourage you if you have thin or fine hair or feel like you're losing more than you should (or really just if you breathe) to start taking vitamins! The positive effect I have seen already has been fabulous! Of course, you should obviously talk to your doctor, but I was so skeptical about the vitamin recommendation when people would mention it. I just didn't want to buy into it. It seemed silly.

But now, I have to admit

So, are you a believer in vitamins or supplements? What do you take? Do you see the effects? I'd also be interested in hearing what you take to replenish energy lost while running or working out!

If you're looking, I'd recommend the Women's One-A-Day as a starter!
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Jax @ JaxandMarbles said...

I took Women's One a Day - Energy version and it made me have HUGE mood swings. I googled all about it and lots of women were saying they had a change in personality as well. So, I havent taken any vitamins ever since...haha. I'm scared they are going to make me mean!! Are you on a regular one-a-day...any personality changeS???

Meghan said...

I went through the SAME THING! For me, it was because I went off birth control (I think - it's the only explanation that made sense to me). But now that I am taking pre-natal vitamins, I've seen such an increase in hair and nail thickness.

Lamb said...

I take a daily vitamin, calcium, Vitamin A&D, and B12 every morning. I started taking B12 more recently. I oddly like the way it tastes?? Anyway. You should try Viactiv calcium chews. You can get caramel or chocolate. I like the chocolate. It satisfies my sweet tooth too (too many candy dishes in my office!).

So happy you've seen an improvement with the way you feel and with your hair! :)


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Amber said...

I lose SO much hair each day too, it's ridiculous, (it's really fine too) and my nails have always been weak but I thought it was because I bit them for so long that I ruined them. I take pre-natal multi vitamins (when I remember), and I take a Vitamin D supplement every morning. My DR told me I need to be taking a B supplement as well, but I haven't gotten that yet!

Kristin W said...

I'm a huge advocate for vitamins! I've been taking one-a-days and fish oil for a few years now. I started about a year ago calcium as recommended by my doctor.

I always feel like I start getting sick around the time that I slip off from regularly taking my vitamins. I've noticed a huge difference in the strength of my nails and hair too!

Torrie said...

I am so happy that you posted this.

My hair started to shed way too much. I bought vitamins but failed to take them. It's been on my mind that I need to start again... and now you've inspired me to do so.

I asked my doctor which vitamins I should be taking and she recommended a vitamin store- which is another HUGE item on my to-do list. Again, thank you for pushing me to get started. I'd love to see a noticeable difference, as you have!!

Jessica said...

Thanks for posting this. :) I have seen a really big increase in the amount of hair I shed each day. So much so I went to the doctor and got my thyroid checked but everything came back normal. It is noticeable to me that a lot of hair is shedding. I had read other bloggers taking biotin to make their hair grow but I wasn't sure if it was appropriate for stopping the shedding. I am going to pick some up this weekend for sure.

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