Chances are, you’ve seen ads for Sugar Bear Hair floating around Instagram. The little blue bears can be found in the hands of the Kardashians and other mega popular influencers. The claim is that the sugary gummies will make your hair stronger, longer, and shinier. It’s easy to see the appeal. Candy vitamins that will give your Kardashian-esque hair? Sign me up. But do these vitamins actually work or are they just another “Fit Tea” scam?
Let’s start with the basics. The company claims that every “SugarBear is packed with a specific blend of vitamins and nutrients to help support healthy hair and nails.” But what exactly is in the little candy bears? The main active ingredient is 5,000mg of biotin (for two gummies). According to the Sugar Bear website, biotin is one of the most important vitamins you can take to promote hair growth. It also supports the health of your scalp and prevents hair loss. According to the Huffington Post, taking the vitamin does improve the keratin infrastructure (a basic protein that makes up hair, skin and nails).
Sugar Bear gummies also contain other vitamins (you can find the exact breakdown of the ingredients here). Basically, the little blue bears act as a multivitamin with a boost of biotin. However, the vitamin is missing protein and iron, both of which are pretty vital for hair growth and your health in general. If you have a poor diet, the blue bears aren’t going to do much to help your hair.
After trying the vitamins for a two months, I’ll admit one thing is true: they are delicious. Seriously, these vitamins taste like candy. The daily dose is two per day, but it’s hard not to eat them by the handful. Which bring up another concern: biotin overdose. The recommend dosage of biotin varies per person and you should always consult with a doctor. It’s possible to consume too much biotin, which can result in the slower release of insulin, skin rashes, lower vitamin C and B6 levels, and high blood sugar levels. So, whatever you do, don’t be like me and eat half the bottle in a sitting. Not only is this not good for you, but it’s a pretty expensive snack. It’s also an added sugar that doesn’t need to be part of your diet. Think about it: this vitamin that packed with glucose syrup and other additives. Kind of defeats the point, right?
Personally, I did not a huge change in my hair over the two months I took the vitamins. However, there are plenty of online testimonies that claim otherwise. The results are going to vary per person. I didn’t mind taking the blue gummies everyday (like I said, they are very tasty). However, you can walk into any drugstore and find cheap bottles of biotin that claim to make your hair and nails both healthier and stronger. Personally I found that by taking a drugstore biotin supplement and eating healthy (these foods in particular), my hair became stronger and shiner.
Overall, if you want to try the gummies, I say go for it. They aren’t bad for you and some people see awesome results. Just remember that they are only really effective in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle. Also, try not to eat too many because those little bears can be seriously addicting.
[Image: Sugar Bear Hair]