The subject of healthy eating in Ireland causes such debate, there are people on both sides of the fence when it comes to how we get the necessary goodness from our food.
Fad diets aside, veganism is becoming the choice of many who seek to live with a diet free from animal products.
According to celebrity hairdresser Edward James in the UK, this could be leading to hair thinning.
Edward says, “We see so many clients coming into our salons with hair-thinning issues.
The big question recently posed with the huge increase in veganism is whether this is taking its toll on client’s hair.
There is a lot of scaremongering regarding this issue, and what we want to do is educate our clients on how to avoid weakened hair because of their diet and lifestyle choices.”
Over the years, Edward James has seen clients on a vegetarian diet and says that “with the vegan diet it requires more conscious effort to sustain high levels of quality protein in the diet when dairy produce is removed.
Many vegan and vegetarian clients are incredibly well informed about their diet; however, I have noticed more of these clients suffering from weaker hair growth, increased hair loss and more brittle hair, and often it is a result of lack of adequate high-quality protein on a regular basis within their daily routine.”
Edward explains what happens to hair when someone isn’t getting adequate protein, saying, “Hair is made from chains of proteins, so if you are eliminating meat or dairy, it is important to supplement with alternative sources of protein.”
To help restore hair health he recommends using a reconstructor, “If coloring your hair, use a hair-bond booster such as the Olaplex system, which is 100% animal cruelty-free and vegan-friendly. It will create new chains of disulfide bonds (what the hair is made from) whilst the coloring process takes place.”
Olaplex is an in-salon treatment used during color in Irish salons so do inquire about it if you’re worried about hair thinning or overly damaged locks.
He suggests, “When clients come into the salon for their initial consultation we will normally look at the strength and condition of their hair.
We will assess the hair’s tensile strength and elasticity to establish if there is any weakness.”
With clients who follow a strict vegan or vegetarian diet, we will often find that their hair has lower tensile strength. If this is the case, we will then carry out a color strand test to assess the hair.
Hair that has a lower tensile strength is more likely to snap through over-brushing or heat styling, so it is essential that protective products are used to aid the hair.”
Protective products for heat styling are something we can all use to protect hair and keep it stronger, it is our crowning glory after all.