Hi! I’m Andrea Lavinthal, PEOPLE’s Style and Beauty Director, and like most of my stories, this one starts with my hair. It was shedding more than usual and no dermatologist, endocrinologist, gynecologist or any other -ologist could tell me why. So like any desperate person, I turned to drugs. My friend Amber was taking a cocktail of supplements (enough to “rival Valley of the Dolls’ Neely O’Hara’s daily allotment” as she puts it) and garnering impressive results. I consulted an expert (and by expert I mean Google) then did a virtual Supermarket Sweep of the vitamins and supplements section of Amazon, adding a handful of hair growth pills to my regular regimen of a multivitamin with iron and vitamin D.
It got to the point where I had to buy one of those plastic pill containers that grandparents use to organize their medications. (I felt like Katy Perry; in the photo below, holding her daily supplement intake which is more than 20 pills. She posted that pic on Twitter last year along with the caption, “I’m all the about that supplement & vitamin LYFE.”) Then, like most things that require time and discipline, I lost interest after a few weeks and moved my stash of half-empty bottles to the beauty product graveyard under the bathroom sink.
Courtesy Katy Perry