I’ve been vegan for a little over a year and it has served my hair well so far. I hate to admit it but it’s been about a year since I’ve trimmed my mane and when I went to my stylist he only had to trim off 2 inches, which is awesome for a year of growth. In addition to great hair care maintenance, I owe my locks to a well-balanced diet.
It’s pretty easy to get the vitamins and nutrients you need for healthy hair and body on a vegan diet if you’re consuming enough food. Vegan foods are practically bursting with nutrients to make your hair, skin, and nails look fantastic, not to mention your mind and body.
If you’re considering including more plant based foods in your diet to improve your locks, check out these 18 vegan foods for gorgeous hair.
Bananas, oats, cucumbers and raisins
These foods contain mineral silica, which is thought to improve hair thickness by making the hair stronger and more durable. It strengthens by improving collagen in the body, so these foods are a great way to prevent your hair from breakage and damage. Oatmeal is a great way to get oats in your diet once a day and if you haven’t tried cucumbers and tomatoes with a little olive oil and lemon juice, you’re missing out.
Chia seeds are awesome! They are rich in calcium, iron, and B vitamins, all which help promote strength and healthy hair growth. They are also a great source of protein that your hair needs to stay strong and resist breakage. There are a ton of great chia recipes out there but I love to sprinkle a tablespoon or so on my oatmeal in the morning. They don’t add any additional taste, just an additional dose of nutrients for healthy hair and body.
Almonds & Walnuts
Nuts are great for adding the proper oils to your body. If you don’t have enough oil in the body your hair will snap. Almonds and Walnuts are a great source of protein and they have a large amount of Vitamin E. Protein helps improve collagen in the body, which is needed for proper hair growth and strength. Vitamin E helps improve elasticity and moisture so your hair will resist breakage and dryness.
Lentils are a good source of zinc and biotin which help with good hair health. They’re also a great source of protein which helps with the strengthening of the actual hair strands. A good source of protein in your diet will help with the healthy growth of hair. Check out this simple Lentil recipe.
I sprinkle a little cinnamon on my oatmeal every morning. It helps with blood flow and circulation which brings oxygen and nutrients to your hair follicles.
Sweet Potatoes, Carrots, Pumpkin, Cantaloupe
Sweet potatoes are filled with an antioxidant called beta carotene. Your body turns beta carotene into vitamin A. That helps protect against dry, dull hair. It also encourages the glands in your scalp to make an oily fluid called sebum that keeps hair from drying out.
Blueberries, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Kiwi
Blueberries are very high in vitamin C, which keeps the blood vessels to the hair follicles health and improves circulation to the scalp. If you do not get enough vitamin C from your diet, your hair will break.
Like so many dark green leafy vegetables, spinach is full of amazing nutrients. It has tons of vitamin A, plus iron, beta carotene, folate, and vitamin C. These work together for a healthy scalp and mane. They keep your hair moisturized so it doesn’t break.
What’s your favorite of these plant-based foods that make your hair gorgeous? Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comment section below.