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Do hair vitamins work?

January 11th 2008 01:19
If you're keen to grow your hair long and you want it that way as quickly as possible, there are several hair vitamin formulations available over the Internet. These include the two types that I've personally tried: Hairtopia and Hair Formula 37. Both are quite pricey as the shipping from the US to Australia costs a lot, and the vitamins themselves aren't cheap either. But do they work? Here's what my experiences have been.

women with long hair

I took the Hairtopia tablets for three months before I decided that they just didn't work. I was taking six tablets a day, and saw no extra growth from them. They also gave me a hot flush every time I took them, due to the high niacin content. Therefore, I can't recommend Hairtopia to anyone - for me, it was simply a waste of money.

As for Hair Formula 37, well, these vitamins definitely work - my hair's growth rate has almost doubled - but there are side effects involved that aren't mentioned advertisements. I found that the hair on my body, as well as my fingernails and toenails, grew much faster also, meaning that I have to shave my legs every other day. In addition I gained nearly ten kilos in weight, because I found that Step Two of the program - the amino acids component - made me really hungry. Being that I'm (now) only a 65kg woman, that is a lot of weight and I attribute it purely to the HF37 vitamins, as there were no other changes to my lifestyle during the six months I've been taking them.

But the growth! My hair's growth speed has really taken off since the first month of taking HF37. It may have something to do with the extra nutrients in my diet from all that extra food, but it's probably the hair vitamins themselves. The program is a 3-step process, incorporating essential vitamins and minerals, amino acids, and a herbal booster component. You can also buy Grow! Shampoo and Conditioner with the HF37 program, which contains a large amount of niacin to stimulate the scalp, but I doubt that this would cause a considerable difference in growth; it's just pleasant to massage into your scalp. Hair growth is a result of what happens inside the body, and topical treatments, in my opinion, wouldn't affect the hair's growth rate in any measurable way.

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The major problem with these vitamins is, of course, the price - one month's supply of the program will cost you nearly AU$200, including shipping. It seems rather extravagant for something that is ultimately superficial, but if you're hair-obsessed like I am, you'll find it to be money well spent. The extra growth I've experienced has really boosted my confidence, as I know I personally look much better with long hair.

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Comment by Anonymous

June 16th 2008 21:04
Ive also tried HF37, and although I'm still not through the first month, I already see results. My hair is thicker, and if I'm not mistaken, it has already grown two full centimeters since Ive started taking HF37.

Comment by Anonymous

May 3rd 2009 18:26
I have not tried HF37, but I thought I'd comment on a vitamin/mineral that my mom has started taking that has helped her grow her hair. My mom's hair was not growing for has nearly always been shoulder length since I can remember. She heard of this B-vitamin helping and started taking it semi-regularly. I have noticed her hair- it's growing! At the longest point it is probably nealry 2-3 inches longer than shoulder length. Best part is it doesn't cost very much (under $20). It's called Biotin. It's a B-vitamin. Hope the tip helps.

Comment by Anonymous

February 15th 2010 21:23
How much is HF37? And this Biotin? My hair is about right at my chin and i want to grow my hair out asap. I know it will take awhile but if people say that these vitamins work, i am willing to risk the money!

Comment by Journeywoman

February 16th 2010 23:36
HF37 is relatively pricey - here's the link - but worked extremely well for me. Biotin is a lot cheaper (less than $20 for a 3-month supply) and can be bought at most health food stores or online (I buy mine from a store on ebay) and it is effective, just not quite as effective as the HF37, in my experience.

I know how annoying chin-length hair can be! It keeps getting in the way and doesn't look the way you want it to... but it will grow, believe me! Hope this helps!

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