Alright, everyone. Winter is on and since we’ve all been shuttered in our houses for the last few months and barely able to go to the salons, we need to get our hair looking and feeling right with these vegan natural remedies for hair growth.
Vegan and Natural Remedies for Your Hair
It’s time to prep and strengthen our hair for cold weather, and just a general good time. There are tons of products on the market that promise to solve all of your hair issues but, if you take a closer look, you’ll realize that they’re just packed with ingredients that aren’t good for you or the environment! That’s so not 2021. We should be treating ourselves and the planet right.
The best solution to this problem is to use vegan hair care products free from harsh chemicals and artificial fragrances. Vegan products are also free from any and all animal products, and they are usually made with all-natural and/or organic ingredients. This means high-quality care for your tresses and a sustainable solution for the environment.
So, what makes vegan and natural hair care products all the rage? Well, the proof is in the pudding. They’re packed with ingredients that are derived right from nature – not manufactured in a lab. Here are just a few.
Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids that are easily absorbed into the hair. What does this mean? Well, it protects your hair from the inside out to make it strong, healthy and shiny!
Even celebrities and their parents swear by it. Mindy Kaling says, “This is an Indian thing — my mom makes me heat up coconut oil, put it in my hair and wrap it in a towel. It keeps it shiny.” Who are we to tell Mindy that her mom’s age-old Indian tradition is wrong?
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Lots of vegan hair care products are fortified with essential oils. Just a tiny drop of a high-quality essential oil can pack a real punch! There are thousands of different kinds of oils and combinations that you can use depending on what you need.
- Lavender and peppermint oils are great for stimulating hair growth
- Rosemary oil helps to strengthen and thicken hair
- Cedarwood and lemongrass oils can help to prevent or reverse dandruff
- Thyme essential oil is great for preventing hair loss
- Tea tree oil has antibacterial and antimicrobial properties (plus an amazing tingly feeling) that helps to unplug hair follicles to reduce dandruff and stimulate hair growth
If you’re looking for a standout oil for hair growth, Sarah Panton, co-founder of the essential oil brand Vitruvi, says, “Rosemary essential oil is the first essential oil that comes to mind when thinking about ways to improve hair growth and strength.”
Essential oils contain extremely potent ingredients that can cause allergies. Before applying essential oils on your scalp, you should:
- seek for medical advice from your dermatologist
- test one or two drops on a sane part of your skin – e.g. your forearm- first. If no allergic reaction occurs, you’re good to go.
- always mix your essential oil with a carrier oil such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, olive oil, argan oil…
If you have a head full of natural curls, vegan hair care products with turmeric are your new best friend. Turmeric is rich in curcumin which is an excellent anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. These properties help to remedy scalp issues like itchiness and dryness. At the same time, curcumin helps your hair to absorb vitamin D better so your curls will grow long and strong.
In fact, even Gabrielle Union’s personal hairstylist, Wankaya knows the benefits of turmeric for curly hair! She has been known to make her own hair masks with coconut milk, turmeric and manuka honey.
If you’ve been on the natural hair products scene for a while, you might know that coconut oil is all the rage. But avocado oil is giving it a run for its money!
Avocado oil, just like coconut oil, is made up of medium chain fatty acids so it can be easily absorbed into the hair. When oils are absorbed into the hair, rather than sit on top of it, you end up with strong and nourished strands that are healthy and resistant to breakage.
Oscar-winning actress, Lupita Nyong’o swears by avocado oil for not only her hair – but her skin and nails, too! “I discovered it last year,” she said. “And at first, I was using it just on my body, but then I realized it works on my face, and my hair too, for that matter! It’s a one-stop shop.”
No, we aren’t crazy! Okay, maybe a little coffee addicted. But coffee really has great benefits for your hair!
In fact, a study conducted in 2007 proved that coffee can help men who are starting to bald as the age. Hair loss is typically caused by a sex hormone called dihydrotestosterone or DHT. The hormone like to attack hair follicles, causing them to be damaged and no longer produce hair. Well, that 2007 study proved that coffee can actually help to block the effect that DHT has on hair follicles and prevent hair loss for starting or progressing.
Added bonus of coffee on your hair: you can get a little bit of grey coverage!
Lemons are packed with nutrients that help to make them an excellent vegan hair care product. For starters, they have tons of vitamin C which helps your body’s natural collagen production which makes hair nice and strong. The acidity in lemon juice also makes it great for getting down into your follicles and unclogging them of dead skin cells. Once your follicles are cleared up, your hair will have more room to grow.
Vegan Tip: If you press your lemon juice, drink it right after it’s pressed. Once in your glass and in contact with air, vitamin C tends to oxidize very quickly (with oxygen), resulting in major vitamin loss.
Most people already know that aloe is great for the skin, especially after a sunburn. It’s lesser known, however, that aloe vera gel is just as good for the hair and scalp! When aloe vera is used as a vegan hair care product, the proteolytic enzymes it contains help to repair dead or damaged skin cells on the scalp.
At the same time, aloe is ultra-hydrating, so your strands are left nourished, smooth, and shiny!
It’s time to banish the chemical-laden products from your bathroom and replace them with all-natural, cruelty-free and vegan hair care products! You’ll quickly notice how easy the switch is, how much better you feel when you buy vegan products, and how healthy your tresses are.
Even if well-documented and carefully written, this content should not be used as a substitute for professional diagnosis and treatment. Consult a qualified health care provider before making any health care decisions about any specific medical condition.