Luscious Locks

The night before my youngest daughter was born our house caught on fire.  We were very lucky.  We all made it out safely, but unfortunately, our home didn’t fare so well.

Needless to say, my daughter was brought in to this world during a very stressful time.  Several weeks later, we had settled into a rental house while our home was being rebuilt.   I remember looking at myself in the mirror and thinking “what has happened to you?”.   My skin was so dry, my hair was thin and I had some bald patches in my eyelashes.  We had been in survival mode and the stress had really taken a toll on me.  I had forgone the daily skin care rituals in place of sleep.  I had aged 10 years in just a few weeks!  Not acceptable.

I was blow drying my hair one morning and it felt so thin.  Just one more thing to stress about.  That day, I went out and bought myself some hair vitamins.  I couldn’t lose my hair!  Who was I without nice hair?  The vitamin lady at Whole Foods recommended  Country® Life’s Maxi Hair supplements  when she saw me floundering in the vitamin aisle.  So many choices!


After about a month, I noticed a difference.  I am not kidding, it was working.  Within a few months, my hair was back to normal.  I was ready to conquer the world again.  Or at the very least, battle with my insurance adjuster and contractor!

Maxi Hair is formulated with potent B vitamins

Thiamin (B1)img_3791

Pyridoxine (B6),

Cyanocobalamin (B12)

Biotin (2mg)

 Folic acid



Pantothenic Acid

It also comes in a Plus formula which is just a more potent formula (5mg of Biotin). All versions are certified vegetarian and gluten-free.  They are free of soy, milk and artificial colors, flavors and sweeteners. The recommended dose is 2 capsules a day and I find them very tolerable.  The one down side is that I do not see a big difference in my nails or lashes with the Maxi Hair.

Fast forward 6 years later and I still take Maxi Hair (with periodic breaks), much to the chagrin of my hair dresser.  She keeps telling me that I have to stop because I have too much hair and it takes forever to dry.  But, I think that is a problem I can live with!

I have taken another hair supplement that I actually liked a little better, but it is expensive and harder to get. I received the Biocyte® keratin forte® as a reward perk from Ayla Beauty Store.  When I took the Biocyte, it not only made my hair look healthier, it improved the health of  my nails and lashes.  Biocyte is a french company that specializes in high-end beauty and dietary supplements.  The keratin forte is meant to be taken for 3 months.


Keratin® Forte® is formulated with


Vitamin B6

Cysteine and Methionine (amino acids)



Prêle (horsetail)

The recommended dose is 2 capsules a day and they are very tolerable.  If you can get it, it is worth it.

There are many hair supplements on the market these days.  I hear the very annoying Viviscal commercials on the radio all the time and you probably heard that Gwyneth Paltrow uses it.  I personally have not tried it, so I cannot recommend it.

For me, the Maxi Hair works really well and is affordable and accessible.  I will also, continue to buy lots of amazing products from Ayla Beauty so I can cash in my reward perks for the Biocyte supplements as well.


Go get yourself some luscious locks!

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