MSM is becoming popular for its ability to promote hair growth. MSM, or methyl sulfonyl methane, is a natural substance that is present in the human body and various foods including milk, meat, green vegetables and fruit. This organic sulfur compound plays a major role in the production of collagen and keratin which are two key components of hair, skin and nails.
MSM can be taken as a supplement, or it can be used in the form of a topical cream or lotion. However, a supplement will provide more benefits for the body. In regard to hair, MSM extends the growing phase of each hair follicle. The hair on our scalp is either growing, resting or shedding, and each phase, or cycle of growth, lasts for varying amounts of time. The growing cycle is largely pre-determined by genetics. MSM nourishes the scalp and increases blood circulation to stimulate hair growth. It also thickens the hair and combats baldness.
For African-American hair, using MSM is a natural way to add sheen to the hair and increase its length. After taking the organic sulfur for several weeks, the new growth will appear to be softer and more finely textured. It also helps to repair hair that has been damaged from the use of chemicals.
To increase hair growth, a daily dose of 1,000-2,000 milligrams is recommended. This water-soluble substance is considered to be non-toxic with very little chance of an overdose. Any MSM that is not used up by the body will be excreted as waste. Supplements are available as a low-cost powder, capsule or tablet. They can also be taken in combination with vitamin C for extra strength and shine. In addition to supplements, there are a variety of shampoos and hair moisturizers on the market that contain MSM.