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Should I take biotin for postpartum hairloss?


Biotin for Hair:

There are several vitamins that play a part in growing thick, healthy, strong hair.  Biotin is one of the only natural supplements backed by science that show growth for those having deficiencies. 

Postpartum Hairloss:

After giving birth a mother's body sheds the vitamins they have been holding onto while pregnant.  That sudden shedding can lead to a sudden deficiency extremely common in postpartum women.  The vitamins shed include vitamins needed to grow and maintain strong and healthy hair.  This is why it is so common for postpartum hair loss and shedding to occur.  

Biotin is part of the Vitamin B family. A water-soluble vitamin that your body needs to convert certain nutrients into energy.  Biotin also plays a significant role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails. If you aren't getting enough biotin, you may notice your hair shedding and even a red scaly rash (also often seen in postpartum women).  

Supporting Studies:

While limited studies have been done a 2015 study (by the Hindawi group) gave women who were experiencing thinning and shedding hair a biotin pill for 90 days with digital images taken of affected areas of the scalp before the study began. (image 1 below shows hair before supplementation began)

 

Within 90 days the participants had a significant amount of new hair growth along with a decrease in hair shedding (see new hair growth in image 2). 

There have been other studies providing similar results in regards to growth and slowing of hair shedding.  

 

Where to get Biotin: 

For those not experiencing sudden postpartum vitamin deficiencies biotin can be consumed by upping ones intake of biotin rich foods such as: eggs (specifically the yolk), bananas, cauliflower, mushrooms, soybeans and nuts to name a few.

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As a supplement, there are capsules, tablets, and most recently gummy forms to take. When supplementing you should start to notice a difference within 90 days in regards to growth and hair texture and shine. The thought is the longer you consume your supplement the better your results should be. 

Baby Blues Vitamins for Postpartum Hair Loss contains 6000mcg of Biotin per serving. 


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