Our hair is a big deal to most of us, and making sure we have enough of it can be the cause of some anxiety as we age. Even if you’re a young sexy veggie lover like I am, perhaps you just want to know how you can encourage your hair to grow faster, and be shiny, healthy, and strong. In the list below I am sure you will find an answer to your woes. Don’t forget that adequate nutrition is essential for your hair health. Just like your skin health, the condition of your hair is a reflection of your overall nutrition. One way to boost your nutrient intake is to consume superfoods like algae and grasses that have high nutrient content like spirulina, chlorella, barley grass, wheat grass etc. When you start feeding your body the nutrients it needs, everything will function optimally, and you’ll be ready to star in that veg-friendly Pantene Pro V commercial when they call. I’m always ready to toss my hair and a give the camera a wink, just in case your hiring. -XoXo Raw Girl
- Jojoba oil is a liquid wax derived from the seeds of the jojoba plant that can be refined to an almost clear colorless liquid. This plant is native to regions of Arizona, Mexico, and California and has incredible moisturizing properties which make it great to use for skincare and hair growth. Why is it so effective? Well jojoba oil is actually structurally similar to ‘sebum’ the oil produced by the sebaceous glands in our skin and scalp! It can help to ease conditions like dandruff, hair loss, dryness, or split ends caused by exposure to harsh chemicals in styling products and cleanse the scalp. Sometimes hair growth is stunted because excess sebum gets encrusted in scalp and blocks hair follicles. Application of jojoba oil can release these blockages. Some ways you can use jojoba are massage the oil on your scalp directly, use as a hot oil treatment, leave-in conditioner, or add it to your regular conditioner and use as normal. To see the brand I use visit or purchase online check out this link: Raw Girl’s Pick for Jojoba Oil
- B-Vitamins are important for hair growth, especially B12 & B3. make sure you supplement and take a good quality B-complex, or at the very least supplement B12, which is very important for vegans. Even meat-eaters tend to be deficient in B12 and this can lead to a host of health problems if not brought back to balance.
- Vitamin E is also crucial in the prevention and reversal of hair loss because of it’s ability to grow new blood vessels and increase circulation to the scalp. You can apply Vitamin E topically to regrow hair or it can be taken internally as a supplement. I am a big fan of focusing on whole foods instead of supplements whenever possible, so it would be good to incorporate foods in your diet that are high in vitamin E like sunflower seeds, avocados, almonds, pine nuts, olives, papaya, broccoli, spinach, pickled green olives, parsley, kale, and swiss chard.
- Stay hydrated and drink sufficient amounts of water. The hair shaft is mostly made up of water! So if you are running around thirsty most days, your hair health will suffer. Find the best quality and purest H2O you can get access to and get to chugging.
- Essential oils of lavender, rosemary, and thyme have all been shown to promote hair growth. You can purchase one or all of these oils and for more effectiveness add a couple drops of each to jojoba oil, apply to your head and massage your scalp.