Ohh MSM. If you put MSM and hair together in the same search box, you’ll find many stories from ladies (and men) who have had great hair success with taking it.
You may also find a few who have stated that MSM did nothing for them which is normal because as always, everything does not work for everybody. But for the most part, you usually find a plethora of success stories on MSM and the benefits that it can provide to hair.
Now, if you aren’t one to search for stuff online, then don’t fret. Because below, we have listed 6 reasons why you should include MSM in your hair vitamin arsenal.
Whats is MSM*?
MSM or Methysulfonylmethane (we promise you that this is not a narcotic) in short, is a form of sulfur* that can be found in everything from plants to animals. MSM* has been used to treat many symptoms from hair loss to snoring to joint discomfort. As promised, here are the reasons why you should include it in your arsenal.
1. MSM increases your anagen phase (growth phase)
One of the biggest reasons why many women take MSM as a supplement is because of its ability to keep the hair strands in the anagen phase aka the growth phase.
Now, as most of us may know, there are three main phases that each of our hair follicles go through: anagen (or growth) phase, the catagen (shedding) phase, and the telogen(resting) phase.
Now normally, the anagen phase would last 2-6 years (or possibly more depending on your genes); the catagen phase would last for 1-2 weeks; and the telogen phase would last for 5-6 weeks.
Here is where the beauty of MSM comes in. One of the reasons why many ladies take it is because this supplement has the ability to keep your hair follicles in the growth phase.
So for example, if your growth phase lasts for only 2 years, you may be able to increase the growth phase if you take MSM supplements*. This will allow for the catagen and telogen phase of your hair follicles to decrease and while you remain in the anagen phase, which would then help you reach your hair goals at a faster rate.
2. It decreases hair shedding
Remember when I said that MSM would allow for many of your follicles to bypass the shedding phase? Well, this can also mean less shedding occurring over all.
MSM is a great supplement for decreasing shedding. With a decrease in shedding, the density of your hair can increase which can create more voluminous looking hair.