Vegan Foods For Hair Growth

Vegan Foods For Hair Growth

Top Vegan Foods For Growing Long hair

I’ve been a vegan since 2012 and vegetarian for 10 years. Around the time I became a vegan, I was trying to also grow long hair. I came across people who said that by being vegan, my hair would start to thin. But I have experience the exact opposite! My hair grew and it was very thick.

One of the things I had made sure of is that I never became deficient in any vital nutrients that my body needed. I think that’s one of the mistakes some vegans make. They don’t pay proper attention to their diet or don’t take supplements for things they are lacking in their vegan diet.

When starting the vegan diet, I did a bit of research on the best vegan foods for growing long hair.

These are foods that will help support hair growth for long , thick, and healthy hair.

What Vegan foods are best for hair growth?

Hair is made up of protein, so one of the main things that you want to get in your diet is adequate intake of protein.

Protein not only provides the building blocks for hair growth, but also increase growth in general. IGF-1 for example is an important hormone related to hair growth. We don’t want too much of it, but we also don’t want it to go too low either.

Aside from protein, your hair needs a plenty of nutrients to sustain its growth. Vitamins and minerals are very important if you want to grow long hair on a vegan diet.

List of vegan foods for fast hair growth

  1. Kale – A super food that you should absolutely include in your diet if you want to have beautiful hair. Kale is a powerhouse when it comes to nutrients. It’s rich in minerals like magnesium, iron, copper, potassium. Contains lots of beta carotene, which is a powerful antioxidant. Kale can be eaten raw or lightly steamed. Spinach is also a great substitute if you don’t like kale.
  2. Avocado – Who doesn’t love Avocado? Avocado provides beneficial monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats for shiny hair. Eat between 1/2 to 1 avocado a day depending on your calorie needs.
  3. Pumpkin Seeds – These are one of the best sources of zinc for a vegan, which is great for hair growth and also inhibits DHT. Pumpkin seeds also rich in Vitamin E.
  4. Strawberries – You should consume berries in your diet as they contain powerful antioxidants and help support our skin and collagen. Strawberries also contain ellagic acid which may reduce hair fall.
  5. Soy Milk – The milk contains isoflavones which are metabolized by the gut bacteria to create equol, which is known to bind to DHT and stop it from destroying hair follicles (great for men who are at risk of MBP). Soy milk is also a great source of protein and often fortified with vitamin D and calcium.
  6. Beans – Legumes are a good plant-based protein that you can eat to support healthy hair growth. Beans contain biotin, which is important for skin and hair. There are many different types of beans to choose from, so take your pick!
  7. Walnuts – A great source of omega 3 that will give shine to your long hair. Walnuts will help give your skin and hair a glow. Did you know walnuts also contain melatonin? If you eat at the right time, walnuts could also help you get your beauty sleep! Which is great for hair growth!
  8. Sweet potatoes – Sweet potatoes are loaded with beta carotene, which is then converted by the body to vitamin A. This vitamin is important in cell growth, and therefore, growth of your hair. Try to always choose sweet potatoes over white potatoes, because they also have a much lower affect on blood sugar.
  9. Green Tea – This drink is beverage that provides powerful antioxidants which can decrease free radical damage to the hair follicles, inhibit DHT, and also increase levels of endogenous antioxidants.
  10. Red Onions – They contain a antioxidant called “Quercetin” which has been shown to promote hair growth in mice. Quercetin is able to reduce inflammation, support the immune system, and acts as a natural antihistamine.

And lastly: Get some sun! Vitamin D3 is a well known factor in hair loss. Most people are low or deficient in vitamin D, because most people these days work in doors. Fifteen to twenty minutes of sun each day should be enough. If you can’t manage that, or if you’re in the northern hemisphere, then you can always take a vitamin D3 supplement.

Vitamin B12 should be supplemented by vegans

One of the most difficult to obtain vitamins on the vegan diet is vitamin B12. It is only in high amounts in animal-based products. Therefore, it is crucial that all vegans take a daily vitamin B12 supplement to support hair growth.

There was a study done a few years ago showing that 52% of vegans were deficient in vitamin B12. In a more recent study, researches found that when they used a more sensitive testing method, over 92% of vegans were very low in B12.

I talk more about supplements that are suitable for vegans in my previous article.

References

  1. Serum concentrations of vitamin B12 and folate in British male omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans: results from a cross-sectional analysis of the EPIC-Oxford cohort study

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2933506

2. Vitamin B-12 status, particularly holotranscobalamin II and methylmalonic acid concentrations, and hyperhomocysteinemia in vegetarians

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/78/1/131.long

 

can thyroid problems cause hair loss?

Can Thyroid Problems Cause Hair Loss?

Does the thyroid affect hair growth?

The thyroid is an important part of our endocrine system which is located around the windpipe area and affects literally every single cell in our body (including hair follicles), by secreting hormones into the blood stream.  So of course, thyroid problems can cause hair loss.

Thyroid hormones regulate our cell metabolism, so if something goes wrong, then it can have major implications for our overall health, not just our hair.

The two main and most common problems with the thyroid are:

  • Hypothyroidism (under active thyroid gland)
  • Hyperthyroidism (over active thyroid gland)

Hypothyroidism can be a cause of hair loss in men and women

Having an under active thyroid is more common than having an overactive one. Some people who have an under active thyroid might not even be aware of this. It might be sub-clinical, so it doesn’t usually interfere with normal life. However, if the condition gets worse, then symptoms will often appear.

What are the causes of hypothyroidism?

can thyroid problems cause hair loss?

There can be a number of reasons for an under active thyroid. Some can be benign, where levels of T3 and T4 are decreased and TSH remains normal.

Calorie restriction can reduce thyroid hormone levels, but is unrelated to a disease. This is simply the body trying to conserve energy, and once calorie intake is increased, the thyroid gland will respond in turn.

A low thyroid (in the absence of disease) has actually been linked to longevity in animals and humans.

What are the causes of hypothyroidism?

  • Infections
  • Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune disease)
  • Underdeveloped thyroid gland during child development
  • Medications (anti virals, amiodarone, interferons)

One of the signs of hypothyroidism is slower hair growth and hair loss. But there are also other important symptoms that you should look out for.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism

  • Hair that becomes dry and brittle
  • Diffuse hair loss or patchy hair loss
  • Low body temperature
  • Weight gain
  • Low energy levels and feeling tired all of the time
  • Frequent infections
  • Cold hands and feet
  • Dry skin, eyes, and ears
  • Depression

If you have at least three of these symptoms, then it might be a good idea to check with your doctor to get a blood test. Try to look at: Free T3, Free T4 and TSH.

Hyperthyroidism can also be a cause of hair loss

This is less common, but can also present a problem for your hair and health when the thyroid is producing too much T3 and T4.  This sends the body’s cells into overdrive, causing a host of scary symptoms.

What are the causes of hyperthyroidism? 

The main causes of hyperthyroidism include the following:

  • Thyroiditis (inflammation of the thyroid gland)
  • Excessive iodine intake
  • High dose of thyroid hormones (T4)
  • Grave’s disease (one of the most likely causes)

Hair loss and hair graying are both signs of someone having a overactive thyroid. However, other symptoms are much more concerning, and are likely to be noticed and troubling before you ever start to worry about your hair.

Symptoms of hyperthyroidism

  • Rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Hand termors
  • Insomnia
  • Palpitations (irregular heartbeat)
  • General anxiety and nervous behaviour

Will my hair come back when thyroid levels are normal again?

There is a very good chance that once your thyroid levels have been corrected, your hair will return to normal.

Usually, because the hair growth cycle can take months, you should wait at least 3 or 4 months before you start to see any return of the hair. It may even take longer as your body starts to readjust.

Eat well, make sure you’re getting all the vitamins, minerals, fats, and protein that are essential for hair growth, and have a bit of patience.

Hair growth is very sensitive to hormones

Our hair follicles are hypersensitive to sudden changes in hormone levels. The thyroid isn’t the only gland that affects our hair growth.

Hair growth can also be affected by levels of estrogen, testosterone, DHT, IGF-1 and others.

Therefore, it is important to recognize that just solving a thyroid problem, might not be the only thing that needs to be done for optimal and fast hair growth.

In addition to getting your thyroid checked, I recommend speaking to your doctor about getting a comprehensive blood panel such as:  complete blood count (WBC/RBC), metabolic panel, kidney, liver, glucose,  sex hormones (male and female hormones), and Ferritin.  IGF-1 and C-reactive protein are also useful information to have.

Important: messing with hormones can be dangerous, so it is always recommended that you never try to treat yourself by self medicating.

Is Biotin Good For Hair Growth?

Are Biotin Supplements Good For Hair Growth?

Should you take a biotin supplement for FASTER hair growth?

Anyone who has long hair has probably heard of the popular vitamin known by the name of “Biotin”. It’s claimed by many that taking extremely high doses of biotin speeds up hair growth significantly.

Over at the long hair forum community many women are making biotin a staple of their hair growth regimen. Some say it helps improve the quality of their hair, making it less likely to break and growth of thicker and stronger hairs. Others claims that it also actually speeds up the rate at which their hair grows.

In a poll taken on the forum, the results from taking biotin were mixed.

42% said that biotin did make their hair grow faster

40% said that biotin didn’t make any difference to hair growth

Are Biotin Supplements Good For Hair Growth?

My hair! 🙂

I’ve personally tried biotin and I can say that for me it did seem to make a difference in my hair. It simply looked healthier and grew faster. Although this is anecdotal, take it for what it’s worth! You can see my personal hair growth journey.

Throughout my hair growth I had supplemented Biotin, and my hair grew approximately 1 inch per month! Which is quite fast because the average hair growth is typically around 1/2 an inch per month.

I can’t say for certain it was the biotin that did it, but it may have contributed to the speed of my hair growth.

What are the best sources of biotin?

Biotin comes mainly from our diet and it’s very rare for someone in a developed country to actually be deficient in this important vitamin. The recommended daily intake for Biotin is 30 mcg for a man and 25 mcg for a woman.

The best sources of biotin include the following:

  • Tomatoes – 1 cup of tomatoes will provide you with 7 mcg of biotin.
  • Almonds – 1/4 of a cup of almonds will give you 14 mcg biotin.
  • Eggs – 1 egg will provide around 8 mcg of biotin.
  • Sweet Potato – 1 cup of sweet potatoes will give you 8 mcg of biotin.
  • Oats – 1/4 of a cup of oats will provide almost 8 mcg of biotin.
  • Walnuts – 1/4 of a cup of walnuts provides almost 6 mcg of biotin.
  • Avocado – One cup of avocado provides 5.4 mcg of biotin.

What are the symptoms of Biotin Deficiency?

As mentioned, a deficiency in biotin is incredibly rare in developed countries, but the symptoms to look for include some of the following:

  • Dermatitis
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Central nervous system abnormalities
  • Conjunctivitis (eye inflammation)
  • Brittle nails
  • Diabetes

Most people easily meet the daily requirements of biotin, so you’re probably fine

If you’re worried whether or not you’re getting all the nutrients in your diet, you can easily do a nutritional analysis of your diet using software called CRON-O-METER.

Note: Anticonvulsants can reduce serum levels of biotin by inhibiting intestinal absorption.

What are the benefits of biotin?

The benefits of increasing biotin in our diets is not fully understood, but some of the purported benefits include:

  • Stronger, thicker, and faster hair growth
  • Improved skin health
  • Less chance of hair shedding, especially when under stress

The evidence behind the effectiveness for biotin and hair growth is lacking and more peer-reviewed scientific research needs to be done. That being said, myself and many others have experienced benefits of taking biotin.

One caveat: When taking a biotin supplement, it can increase skin oiliness and maybe cause breakouts and acne. It’s recommended that you drink lots of water and give your body time to adjust if you’re taking high doses of biotin as a supplement.

Should you supplement biotin to grow your hair faster?

Based on the mixed anecdotal evidence, it might be worth giving biotin a shot. Since we’re all different, nothing is going to work the same for everyone. We all have different needs and our lifestyles, diet, stress levels are different.

There is obviously not magic pill to make hair grow super fast, but there are things that can make some difference, however small.

In one recent study published in 2017, the researches found that in 18 reported cases of people taking biotin, all patients who received a biotin supplement reported improvements after taking the supplement

Biotin supplements can provide you with far more than what you are able to obtain with the diet. One of the supplements that I used when growing out my hair was a biotin supplement containing 5000 mcg of biotin and cold-pressed in organic coconut oil.

You can check out the reviews over at amazon

Closing thoughts…

Since so many people swear by this supplement, if you’ve never tried it before, then give it a try. If there is any further evidence to support the use of biotin, I will share in future updates to this post.

Remember, supplementing in never a substitute for a healthy and balanced diet. Supplements are simply ways to enhance our nutrition for optimal health.

I’d love to hear your experiences with biotin. Do you think it helped you grow your hair faster? Or did it improve your hair in any other way?

why is my hair shedding a lot?

Why Is My Hair Shedding So Much?

Why does hair shed and what can you do about it?

People who have short hair just won’t understand because hair shedding can easily go unnoticed. But if you have long hair, it will tangle up in the brush, you’ll find it in the drain of your shower, and you’ve probably spotted a few hairs in your food too!

Hair shedding is completely natural and happens to just about everyone that has hair left on their head. There are many causes, and most often it’s just the natural cycle of hair growth. Some hairs are in growth phase, some are in resting, and some are just about ready to fall out, so the whole process can start again.

Losing hair is a scary experience for many women (and men)

Losing hair can be scary when you’re losing more than you normally would. I’ve had times when I could find my hair just about everywhere in the house. You wonder if you’ll have any left by the end of the month!

But in reality, people lose 100 – 150 hairs each day! This number number can increase for a variety of reasons, which I’ll go into in just a a second. But consider this: the average person has over 100,000 hairs on their head. Even if you are losing more hairs than normal, you have time to deal with the underlying cause before it’s even noticeable.

A healthy person will have over 90% of their hair follicles in active growth phase, but this number can change for a number of reasons:

Increased hair loss (shedding) can be caused by

  1. Stress
  2. Surgery
  3. Hormones
  4. Childbirth
  5. Nutritional deficiencies
  6. Seasonal hair shedding
  7. Autoimmune disease
  8. Medications (steroidal anti-inflammatories).
  9. Infections and skin diseases
  10. Hair pulling
  11. Sudden weight loss

This is just a short list of things which can affect hair growth and cause shedding. Most of these will only cause temporary hair loss by initiating a process called “Telogen Effluvium”. As long as the hair follicle is alive and in good shape, your hair can resume growing normally again.

If you’re taking any medications that you think is the cause of hair loss, then please speak to your doctor about it. Don’t just quit taking the medication.

Don’t panic! 

When I experienced more hair shedding than normal, I went to my doctor and spoke to him about it. He did a few blood tests to help reassure me that everything was fine. And everything was fine. My hair returned to normal some months after and it became thick again.

Identify if anything in the list might apply to you and check them off. Take action to correct any problems you think could be the cause of hair loss.

Once you’ve done that, it’s going to take quite a bit of time before you will even notice an improvement in hair shedding. Resting phase of hair can be as long as 3 months, so you’re going to need a bit of patience.

If you’re still worried…

You can see a dermatologist to check what’s actually going on. For men, the cause might be androgenetic alopecia, but for women the cause is often related to something else and is usually temporary. Dermatologists should be helpful in diagnoses the problem.

how to stop my hair from shedding so much?

  1. Consider taking a multivitamin which includes biotin
  2. Brush your hair carefully
  3. Don’t brush your hair when it’s wet
  4. Don’t pull your hair or wear hair styles that will pull on the roots of the hair
  5. Try a shampoo which can fight any fungal infections which may cause hair shedding
  6. Eat a healthy diet with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables
  7. Deal with stress better by taking up yoga, meditation, running or whatever suits you the most
  8. Try a different hair routine. Maybe the shampoo you’re using is too harsh
  9. Don’t use harsh chemicals on your hair like bleach

Common questions about hair loss

Why is my hair falling out when I wash it?

This is due the fact that the hair was already about to shed anyway. And if your hair is long, then it might’ve just got caught up in the other hair, and the process of washing simply untangled the hair so it come away more easily.

What causes seasonal hair shedding and what can I do about it?

Seasonal hair shedding is completely natural and happens to many mammals. It is most common in the Autumn, but by no means is it restricted to this time of year. There might be a slight increase in shedding around spring time as well.  After a few weeks, things will return to normal and new hair will start growing where it was lost. There also isn’t much you can do about seasonal hair shedding.

Does washing my hair too often cause hair to fall out?

The process of washing will not cause excessive hair loss unless the chemicals you are using are harsh. If you wash your hair, you are also exfoliating the skin and removing dead skin cells which can improve the quality of the scalp and help your hair grow better. A healthy ans clean scalp is good!

Have you found anything that helps stop hair shedding? If you have, please share below in the comments!
best clarifying shampoo to remove build up

Best Clarifying Shampoo To Remove Build Up

What is the best clarifying shampoo for dull and lifeless hair?

Have you ever used hair products which made your hair look amazing and feel great, but then they seem to just stop working? Well, you probably need to just use a clarifying shampoo.

Women often use multiple hair products, which all build up in the hair. This causes the hair to lose its color and makes it look dull. The hair also becomes weighed down with product build up, and tends to look and feel stringy.

Clarifying shampoo is designed to strip away all of the impurities and oils in the hair, leaving your hair in its natural state. It’s really surprising how much dirt, oil and other products the hair can absorb over time.

If you want to restore your hair back to life again, then a clarifying shampoo is the first step to do that, so you can start anew.

What is product buildup and what causes it?

There many many things which can contribute to the build up of substances in your hair. These are just a few of them.

Use of hair waxes: This is one of the big culprits for buildup in the hair. It’s difficult to remove, but can be done with a good clarifying shampoo.

Silicones: Silicones can be found in a lot of different hair products on the market. They  are good in that they help make the hair feel smoother and look better. However, since they form a film on the hair strands – which is great for detangling hair – it means that it can be difficult to properly clean the hair. The product can build up over time and it’s one of the reasons why most people notice their hair getting worse over time when they continue to use their normal products which contain this ingredient.

Not washing the product out: We’ve all been there, when we’re in a rush and we’ve not fully rinsed out all of the product in our hair. Maybe you’ve left a heavy conditioner in the hair (or most of it) like I did, and just forgot to rinse. Trying to get it out can be a nightmare, but fortunately most clarifying shampoo’s will do the job.

Non-porous hair: Some people have hair that is not as porous and therefore the product doesn’t get absorbed well through the cuticles. The product will lay on the hair and lead to buildup over time.

There are other ingredients which might be ‘water soluble’ but that doesn’t mean you can easily rinse them out with water.

If you want to avoid product buildup in the future, try to use less of these products and style your hair in a way that doesn’t require so much product.

However, if you really have to use things like Silicones, then a good clarifying shampoo should remove the product buildup quite well.

Choosing The Best Clarifying Shampoo For Your Hair

Since using a clarifying shampoo can strip away almost all of the hair’s natural oils, you should probably start of with a mild product and see how you go. Even the most mild hair clarifying products can be very effective in restoring life and bounce back to your hair.

If you’ve never used a clarifying shampoo before, you will likely be surprised how much better your hair can look.

I’ve decided to share just two clarifying shampoo’s. One of them is a typical store brand shampoo, and the other is a professional grade clarifying shampoo. I’d personally recommend going for the cheaper product first, but it’s entirely up to you.

Neutrogena Shampoo – Anti Residue 

 This is the first product that I used when I began to clarify my hair. And boy did it make a huge difference.

I made the mistake of using a really heavy product on my hair, which made it feel terrible.

After using Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo, my hair felt shiny, silky and soft again.

Neutrogena claims that the shampoo ‘Instantly Removes 90% of Dulling Residue’

They recommend to use it once a week ( I prefer once every two weeks).

Neutrogena anti-residue shampoo is also suitable for all hair types.

Nuetrogena is a store brand and is relatively cheap. If you want to find out more information about the product, you can go over to Amazon.

Professional Grade Clarifying Shampoo by Kenra

If you’re not on a tight budget, then I would recommend trying out a professional grade clarifying shampoo.

This product contains extracts of Grapefruit and Witch Haze, along with chelators for eliminating hair dulling residue and built up.

This shampoo is especially good for those washing their hair with hard water or swimmers.

The product is suitable for those who have highlighted, beached, or gray hair.

It’s also suitable for those who have colored their hair.

See more information and reviews of the product on Amazon.

After clarifying your hair, always follow up with a good moisture restoring conditioner

If you’ve never used a clarifying shampoo before, then you probably don’t realise just how dry hair can feel once you’ve stripped away all the natural oils.

To stop the hair from becoming brittle, frizzy and breaking, always follow up clarifying your hair with a good conditioner.

Leave the conditioner in your hair for a few minutes to let it absorb into the hair, then wash off as normal.

Hair masks or deep conditioning is also something that I recommend to people who are using these types of products. You don’t have to use them often, but just treat your hair every now and then.

Your old hair products don’t work anymore?

One of the most annoying things is that you find a good hair product, and it works great at the start, but slowly your hair starts to look rubbish.

I used to use a brand called Herbal Essences and it seemed great for my hair at first. Until my hair became greasy, flat, dull and just not great. But after using a clarifying shampoo, I was able to use the product again (although I did eventually change my shampoo).

Having a clarifying shampoo at hand is also useful because if you are experimenting and trying out new hair products, then at least you have a clarifying shampoo to remove all of the product quickly if there is a disaster and regular shampoo doesn’t work to remove the built up hair products.

And finally…  Any hair products that you thought were great in the past, but just ‘stopped working’ – perhaps you can give them another shot! What you should find is that they work just as great as they did the first time you tried them.

vegan supplements for healthy hair

Best Vegan Vitamins For Hair Growth

Choosing Vegan Vitamins For Hair Growth

Growing long hair can already be a struggle for the average girl or guy, but growing long hair when you’re eating a vegan diet can be an even bigger challenge.

The reality is that you need to be a lot more careful with your diet when you’re eating a vegan diet. And sometimes it’s easier to just ‘pop a pill’ to deal with the difficult-to-get nutrients.

When you’re not eating animal products, you will be short on a few nutrients that are important in hair growth. Any time there is a deficiency in the body, your hair is the last part of your body that takes priority.

You’re a Vegan And Have Slow Hair Growth?

One complaint that I’ve heard from vegans over the years is that their hair seems to be thinner since they started eating a vegan diet. But is it the fact that they are vegan, or is it that they are missing out on some vital nutrients that are required for hair growth?

I’ve had personal experience with this issue, and it was fixed by simply correcting for some deficiencies when I was eating a vegan diet.

It’s not just vitamins that vegans can be short on, but minerals also. Here are some of the vitamins and minerals you might be low in when you’re eating a vegan diet:

  • Vitamin B12
  • Calcium
  • Vitamin D
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Iodine
  • Protein

It’s easy for people who are not informed about the dangers of eating a vegan diet to become deficient in any one of these. Although ethically, being a vegan is a wonderful thing to do for the animals, it can put human health at risk.

We are omnivore’s, but due to our modernized lifestyles and technology, we can live without animal products. For ethical reasons and for health reasons, I chose to be vegan and have been vegan and healthy for five years (vegetarian for 10). And my hair is very long and healthy!

Having trouble finding vegan products products for hair growth?

As a vegan myself, I have been searching for good products to recommend people who are thinking about becoming vegan and are worried about deficiencies. These supplements cover some of the vital nutrients that you need on a vegan diet to ensure that your hair keeps growing.

Of course you will always want to eat a healthy and balanced diet as well. When you take of your body, you give it the best chance to repair, regenerate, and grow.

How to choose the right vegan-friendly supplements

Gummies – These have become a popular way to take supplements. When choosing a product, make sure that it doesn’t contain any gelatin, which is derived from animals.

Read labels – Don’t just trust that a product is vegan-friendly before reading the product description. If it doesn’t specifically say that it’s suitable for vegans, then read the label for animal-based ingredients.

Vitamin D form – Vitamin D can be created when we expose our skin to the sun, but many of us require supplements to keep our vitamin D level up. Many vegans that I’ve spoke to are absolutely fine taking vitamin D that was derived from Sheep’s wool, since the animal was not hurt in any way during the process. However, if you still don’t feel comfortable with that, you can always look for vitamin D2 or a vitamin D3 supplements derived from wild Litchen.

Questions? Please feel free to comment below or send me a message if you’re still unsure.


Hair Anew 

Hair Anew contains many different ingredients that will help with hair growth. A large dose of Biotin (5000 mcg) may significantly improve the rate of hair growth by itself.

The supplement also contains Ginko Biloba, which is known to improve blood flow to the skin and therefore the scalp. Healthy blood flow can deliver the nutrients your hair needs to grow.

Silica is also another ingredient which stands out, and is important in maintaining the health of hair and nails.

The supplement is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

See more details about Hair Anew.


Vegan Vitamin D3 and B12 Gummies

Two vitamins that many vegetarians and vegans alike tend to be short on. And both are vital for hair growth.

Even people who are living in sunny places in the world can be at risk of vitamin D deficiency if they work in-doors or have darker skin. If you live in the northern hemisphere, you are at risk of vitamin D deficiency.

Although many vegetarians and vegans have no problem taking vitamin D3 supplements derived from Lanolin (Sheep’s wool), this supplements provides vitamin D3 from Wild Lichen, which is one of the plant sources of vitamin D3 and is Vegan Society and Vegetarian Society registered.

Another vitamin that all vegans should take with no exception is vitamin B12. Most vegans will become deficiency in vitamin B12 if they don’t supplement.

In a recent study, it was found that 52% of vegans were deficient in vitamin B12. A more sensitive test measuring levels of methylmalnic acid showed that this increased to 92% for vegans. It’s clear that vegans must supplement vitamin B12.

This supplement is a non-GMO, Vegan-friendly supplement that you can take if you are worried that you might be deficient in these nutrients.  See more here. 


Garden of Life Vegan DHA Supplement 

Although not a “vitamin”, it nevertheless is something that many vegans miss out on when they adopt this lifestyle. As a vegan you will be avoiding one thing that can make your hair silky smooth and beautiful! Omega 3.

The essential fat is abundant in fish like Salmon; but for a vegan who wishes to obtain these fats, we must look elsewhere. Algae is one alternative source of omega 3 that you can obtain DHA. You can already get plenty of EPA from a vegan diet by consuming ALA, which is converted mostly to EPA.

This supplement also contains a powerful antioxidant known as Astaxanthin, which is great for skin and hair health.

See more info here.

While you Wait…

Before you start taking the supplements, why not create a shirt so that you can begin to record your hair growth rate of your hair.

KashTV gives you some tips on how you can measure hair growth using a shirt.

And Finally…

You need to have patience! No vitamins or pills are miracles by themselves. Hair still grows at a slower pace that we want it to. But even though we don’t have any miracle pills that can grow hair overnight, these things can make a real difference.

Remember that it’s the little things that make a difference. It’s the thing that you are consistent with for weeks and months which will improve your health and beauty.

Don’t be complacent when you’re on a vegan diet. It’s very easy to fall into deficiencies, and it can happen slowly.

And if you’re in any doubt, see your physician so they can do blood tests on you to make sure that you’re healthy. Just explain to your doctor that you’re eating a vegan diet and you would like to be tested  to check for vitamin and mineral deficiencies.

If you want to spread the word about veganism and attract people to it the cause…

Be a healthy vegan! 🙂

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How Long Will Hair Grow In 6 Months?

HOW MUCH HAIR CAN YOU GROW IN SIX MONTHS?

The rate of hair growth can vary depending on many different things. Your age can be one of the biggest determining factors on how fast your hair could potentially grow in 6 months.

Factors which can alter the growth rate of hair includes the following:

  • Stress levels,
  • Nutrient intake
  • Illness,
  • Hormones
  • Sleep
  • Smoking
  • Drugs
  • Medications

Growth rates are also different depending on gender, hair color, and ethnicity. Hair also tends to be thicker in blondes, with approximately 120,000 to 150,000 hairs, while brunettes may have between 100,000 to 200,000 hairs. The reasons behind this could be evolutionary to protect against UV rays for blonde people who have less melanin.

The average person’s hair growth each month will be approximately half an inch. So in one whole year you could expect your hair to have grown about 6 inches in total. Assuming that you are healthy and don’t cut it of course. Growing long hair takes a lot of patience!

Cutting hair is not a good way to grow your hair fast, unless you have lots of split ends and the hair breaks off easily so you make little or no progress at all. In that case, please do cut an inch or two off when needed. And only when needed! Remember: cutting hair does not stimulate growth. Believe it or not, this myth still persists!

The more hairs THAT STAY IN growth phase, the Longer your hair will grow

The growth cycle of hair occurs in three different stages: anagen, catagen, and telogen. If you think about it, this is a good thing because it means that we don’t end up losing all of our hair in one go if they had been synchronised in their growth cycle. Imagine losing all of your hair when the seasonal shed happens!

Most hair on our scalp are in growth phase, they account for about 90% of the hair on the scalp. Many of them are at different stages in their cycle and length, so some will be short, and some hairs will be longer, nearing their terminal length or maximum hair growth potential.

When you age, the cycle of the hair growth changes. The anagen phase becomes shorter, so your hair tends to not grow for as long. And no matter what you do, you might only be able to achieve a certain length. Some women cut their hair shorter later in life for this reason. It just becomes more difficult to grow thick and healthy long hair.

The length of anagen phase varies from person to person. It can be as short as just 2 years, but as long as 10 years or more. Genetics is a strong factor here, and we’re still a few years away yet before we can change this. Many people though are not reaching their genetic potential, and that is something that can be changed by doing the right things.

I’ve spoken to many girls who wanted to grow their hair out long, but complained that no matter what they do, their hair stops at a certain point.  So If you’re doing everything right and still not making any progress, then you might have to accept your hair as it is or consider buying hair extensions.

But before doing that, you should make sure that you follow all the basic steps first and avoid doing things that will slow down hair growth.

Hair Growth and Priorities

Growing hair is something that isn’t a top priority for your body. Hair might help attract the opposite sex, and can reflect overall health. In fact, one of the reasons men find long hair attractive in females is because it gives a bit of history into her nutrition and whether or not she is healthy. Hair is basically a record of your recent health.

If there is something else going on, like if you’re sick or not getting enough nutrients, then your body will adapt and allocate those resources to where it’s needed. Simply put: if you feed your body well and you give it everything it needs, then it will also reflect in your skin and your hair.

IN CONCLUSION

Your hair has the potential to grow around 6 inches in one year if you’re lucky. Some people can grow it a bit faster than that, but they are the exception rather than the rule.

Some people people that certain supplements helped them increase their hair growth. Have a look at the review of biotin.

Biotin is one supplement that many people swear by. You could do a little experiment and measure the growth of your hair when you’re taking the supplement, and then measure it without taking it. See if there is a difference. If you notice a difference, please share!

And while you’re waiting for your hair to grow long, think of all the things you can do with it when it is long!

 

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