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Do Hair Growth Supplements Cause Hair To Grow Everywhere On Your Body?

August 16, 2016 by Katelyn Holland
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My quest for long locks has not been an easy one. It seems like after a certain length, my hair just stops growing. I’ve tried several supplements to make my hair grow past this dead end. Recently, I got sucked into the newest hair growth fad: SugarBearHair Vitamins. The blue gummies are famous for being endorsed by the Insta-famous and Khloe Kardashian. I took the vitamins for two months and didn’t notice any results. I was about to buy another jar, when my friend commented that she refuses to take hair growth supplements because she’s afraid they will “make her body hair grow.”

Which made me wonder, will hair growth supplements make the hair on other parts of my body grow? Because if that’s the case, I’ll deal with my short hair. According to the SugarBearHair website, their vitamins “do not contain any hormones and will not affect the hair on the rest of your body or face.” The gummies contain biotin, the most popular hair growth vitamin. Biotin has a reputation for increasing the density of your hair and it helping you produce more hair (read more here). However, there are no scientific studies that prove that biotin actually works. In fact, doctors have drastically different opinions on biotin. If you’re worried about your hair and nails, the best option is to reevaluate your overall health and diet. It’s probably best to take a multivitamin, which can improve your general heath, opposed to focusing just on your hair.

According to hair experts at Paula’s Choice, “When it comes to vitamins and supplements for hair growth, if you aren’t seriously vitamin deficient (and most of us aren’t), there are no studies showing any vitamin or mix of vitamins and supplements can change a single thinning hair on your head.” Basically, we don’t even know if vitamins and supplements truly work for the hair on your head, so there’s no reason to worry about unwanted body hair growth.

Even though they taste delicious, I won’t be buying another round of SugarBearHair vitamins. Not because I’m worried about my body hair growing, but because there’s no scientific proof that these kinds of vitamins will actually improve my locks. Sorry, Khloe.

For more hair help, check out how to conceal your roots and these rules for shampooing your hair.

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