MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is quickly becoming known for its role in hair growth. MSM is a naturally occurring form of sulfur found in many foods, such as milk, grains, fruits, green vegetables and seafoods. However, conventional processing and cooking methods significantly decrease the effectiveness of MSM from foods. That’s why it may be beneficial to take MSM as a supplement for hair growth.
How does it work?
MSM provides the sulfur required for healthy collagen and keratin, which are both essential for healthy hair growth. It is also believed to naturally increase the hair growth phase.
Your hair goes through three cycles: Growing, Resting, and Shedding. Each and every hair on your head (and on your body) is in one of these phases at all times. However, you may not notice significant shedding, because all hairs are in differing phases – so while some may be shedding, others may be resting or growing.
So how can MSM help your hair grow longer?
For example, if your “Growing” phase lasts two years, and your hair normally grows one half inch per month, your hair will grow 12 inches before entering the resting and shedding phases. (24 months x ½ inch per month = 12 inches). If, however, your “Growing” phase lasts 3 years, then your hair would grow 18 inches before entering the resting and shedding phases. (36 months x ½ inch per month = 18 inches). Since your growth phase is genetically determined, it won’t change unless you use a supplement containing MSM.
In order to achieve the longest hair possible, you need to do the following:
Stop Hair Breakage – By following the hair care techniques in Secrets for Beautiful Hair, you can minimize your hair breakage, and allow your hair to reach its maximum length.
Increase Anagen (Growth) Phase – Using Hair Vitamins with MSM will naturally lengthen your anagen phase and allow your hair to grow much longer before entering the resting and shedding phases.
Address Any Other Problems that May Limit Growth – Using specific types of products as part of a hair care regimen can help reduce breakage and increase your hair length.