The question whether a vegan diet is better for a person’s hair and skin depends a lot on if a balanced vegan diet is followed, in addition to the level of toxins that are in the body. It also depends on what type of vegan a person is and what vegan foods are eaten. At first, the skin will look much worse as the body begins to detoxify itself due to the amount of toxins in the body. The hair will become overly oily or too dry, depending on the diet and the level of toxins. When meat or dairy products are consumed, it takes anywhere from one hour to a full day to process, it would be like placing a hamburger or glass of milk out in the hot summer sun all day and then eating it.
A healthy diet improves the appearance of skin and shiny healthy hair, but genetics and stress are important factors. Vegan people have noticed a big difference in their skin and hair within 30 days by simply changing their diet and making different food choices. Dairy products have a lot of toxins in them, so vegans would switch from dairy milk to soy milk and from regular cheese to vegan cheese. Another change for vegans is moving from a low fat vegan diet to a higher fat vegan diet, due to necessary hormone processes kept under control – meat and dairy products contain high levels of hormones in them. Colorful fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and avocados are higher in fat content and add softness and color to the skin and natural looking hair, as compared to dry colorless skin and hair from low fat vegan diets.
Dermatological studies have shown that diary and acne are connected. Hormones in the pregnant cow’s dairy milk over stimulates the human oil producing glands. Cows are milked when they are pregnant, in addition to being milked while she is pregnant with her second calf – and the first calf possibly still suckling. Seeing as vegan diets eliminate all dairy products, it stands to reason the hormones affecting human skin and oily hair would be less in vegans. Foods like milk, butter, cheese, ice cream, cream, pizza, cheeseburgers and lasagna are adding extra hormones into the human body and converting to DHT. This increases cellular activity that creates acne, hair problems and skin issues.
Unfortunately, the words natural and organic have become over-rated with today’s products. Used as selling gimmicks, most natural and organic products are still using animal derived ingredients. Not all vegan products are vegan because of this. There are some vegan websites, like kristensguide.com that will test any vegan products in question, promoting those that are 100% vegan. Vegan makeup companies keep the hair natural looking and the facial skin toxic-free, with products available at Jason Natural Cosmetics, Beauty Without Cruelty, Giovannie, Nature’s Gate, Crystal, The Merry Hempsters, Home Health, Yves Rocher, and Kiss My Fact (a less expensive company than others). Vegan hair products can be found at Giovannie, ABBA, or Jason. Vegan skin care products can be found at Jason. Each company has their own type of vegan products, crossing over with some. Just make sure it is vegan based to match the vegan diet for your hair and skin