It is possible to have healthy hair on a vegan diet. The key is to make sure you’re consuming the right amount of nutrients from the best plant-based sources, and that you’re staying clear of nutrient-deficient processed foods that can exacerbate hair loss.
Many people who make a shift towards veganism can experience hair loss at some point. Initially, hair loss can follow the detoxifying effects of eliminating animal-based foods from your diet. However, it is possible to have healthy hair on a vegan diet. The key is to make sure you’re consuming the right amount of nutrients from the best plant-based sources, and that you’re staying clear of nutrient-deficient processed foods that can exacerbate hair loss. Other problems that arise on a vegan diet that can affect the health of your hair include not consuming enough calories in the form of essential fatty acids, and foods rich in iron, and B vitamins. Vegans can find non-heme iron in dried beans and legumes, dark green leafy vegetables, dried fruits, nuts and seeds, and wholegrain cereals and breads. Excellent sources of plant-based source of ALA omega-3 fatty acids include avocados, brussel sprouts, chia seeds, hemp seeds, flaxseeds, edamame, and kidney beans.
Plant based diets also tend to be lower in proteins which can also result in hair loss. Plant-based proteins can be found in whole and ancient grains, beans, green peas, nut butters, and protein powders. They are essential to the health of your hair follicles and scalp. You can also choose to supplement your diet with common vegan vitamins such as biotin, omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, and vitamins D, B-12, and K-12.
If you’re experiencing hair loss and you think it may be due to your vegan diet, consider including some of the foods suggested here. Increasing these foods in your diet will replenish and regrow your hair. However, if hair loss persists consult with a trichologist to determine if other causes may be contributing to your loss. Similar types of hair loss or thinning can also be sparked by low estrogen levels, a low functioning thyroid, or high levels of endocrine disruptors found in many consumables such as plastic water bottles, and processed food containers.