Having great hair seems like something that all of us want.
Otherwise, there wouldn’t be so many products with the same goal – making hair as perfect as possible.
For centuries, people have strived to find the perfect concoction to improve their hair and achieve precisely that goal.
Well, it just might be that vitamin E is the key.
(Wow, what a rhyme.)
The benefits of vitamin E have been quite evident in the hair industry for quite some time. And, when we say quite some time, we mean, almost a century.
Here’s what vitamin E can do for your hair.
What is Vitamin E?
It seems like we, the common folk, with no earlier knowledge of medicine, can get lost in the various vitamins that we hear about on a daily basis.
Everywhere you look, some vitamins are being advertised for various uses.
Vitamin C for this, vitamin B for that… (and, of course, countless other vitamins that exist on our planet, which we can’t even begin to list).
And so we learn the uses of each and every one as we go.
But what about vitamin E?
Well, it seems as though it has been a bit neglected. Only recently has it started gaining popularity, so to speak, in the general public.
In general, its antioxidant properties are best known. Vitamin E helps reduce free radical damage and it also protects the cells in your body.
It’s been used in dermatology for a long, long time. It protects the skin against inflammation, sun damage and even aging. Many experts claim that it is vital if you want to have healthy skin and a strong immune system.
Where Can You Find Vitamin E?
Generally, it’s not good (and we mean, not good) to be deficient in vitamin E, since this can cause significant damage to your skin and hair.
However, you’ll be happy to know that vitamin E deficiency is not something that is common in today’s world. Most people simply get plenty of it through food that is rich in vitamin E.
So, just make sure you get enough of those, and you should be all set.
When it comes to supplements, vitamin E can also be found in that form. However, since most people do get their fill through their diet alone, taking supplements could lead to a risk of getting too much of it.
And, needless to say, too much vitamin E can be dangerous. Too high doses of it can disrupt thyroid hormone production, increase risk of prostate cancer in men and even weaken bones.
According to experts, an average adult only needs about 15 milligrams of vitamin E per day. Any more than that, and you could be facing quite serious health issues.
That is why it is important to always make sure to ask a doctor before starting to take any kind of supplement, including vitamin E supplements.
So, what does vitamin E do for your hair?
1) It Can Prevent Hair Loss
Hair loss is a problem that many people are familiar with. And even though it is quite widespread, scientists have yet to determine the overall cause of it.
It can lead to self-esteem issues, especially when it’s sudden and unexpected.
However, there has been some evidence that shows that vitamin E can help preclude hair loss.
A small trial was conducted back in 2010 which proved that vitamin E can actually reduce it, or, in some cases, even prevent it. About half of the participants received placebo, while the other half received vitamin E and it was concluded that vitamin E actually stimulated hair growth in the people who used the vitamin E supplement.
While it is a small case study and further research is needed, the findings of the trial provide a good basis for the assumption that vitamin E might actually be the key in one day finding the cure for hair loss.
2) It Supports A Healthy Scalp
Imagine if you were to plant a sapling in dried out soil. What do you think would happen?
Well, naturally, the sapling would wither away and disappear as though it had never existed.
The same could be said about hair – if you don’t provide it with healthy soil (i.e. the scalp), there’s not much chance that your hair will be healthy and thriving, either.
When your scalp is healthy, you’re creating the basis, that is, the perfect condition for your hair to be perfect, as well.
While hair is definitely important, many people seem to neglect the health of their scalp, and that is a major mistake. Always make sure that the basis is healthy, so that everything else is healthy, as well.
There are two crucial ways in which vitamin E benefits the scalp:
- It preserves the protective layer of fat outside of the hair’s cuticle;
- It reduces oxidative stress.
So, if you want to ensure that your hair has a good basis for growth, you will ensure that you have enough vitamin E in your system.
3) It Improves Blood Circulation
One of the major benefits of vitamin E, which is also the reason why it has been commonly used in dermatology, is that it helps widen the blood vessels.
It also stimulates capillary growth, which then increases blood flow to the scalp and hair follicles, thus promoting the growth of healthy hair.
Blood circulation in general is incredibly important for the health of your skin, including your scalp. It goes without saying that your hair will benefit from a healthy blood flow, as well.
There have been studies conducted on mice which prove the benefits this vitamin can have on circulation. However, further trials are necessary to see if it directly affects blood supply to the scalp in humans.
4) It Increases Shine
Imagine having hair like in all those commercials where the girl flips her hair and it reflects every ray of the sun from every angle possible. Everyone wants that glossy, healthy hair.
But, not many people actually have it. Due to everything that our hair is exposed to daily, sometimes, it looks absolutely nothing like in the commercials, and that is mostly due to damage.
If done often, dying your hair or using curling irons or flat irons or any number of other types of hair styling that is a bit aggressive will most certainly lead to damaged hair if you don’t take the necessary precautions (and, sadly, many don’t).
It’s common knowledge that hair can look dull when it is damaged.
Your hair also loses shine when the protective fat layer on the outside of the cuticle is removed. This makes it quite difficult to style and manage.
If you have noticed that your curls look always frizzy, it might be because they don’t have that protective layer of fat, which is essential if you want shiny hair.
That’s where vitamin E steps in.
Vitamin E can slow down hair breakage and it can also protect your hair from future damage. So, if you want that glossy hair, start using vitamin E.
5) It Balances Oil Production
One of the main causes of hair loss is the excessive production of oil. Also, hair loss can be caused by an imbalance in the pH levels on your scalp.
If you’ve noticed that your scalp is dry, that is not exactly good news, as this can push the sebaceous glands into overdrive. That means that they will start producing more oil than necessary. This further leads to clogging of the hair follicles, itching, dandruff, and, ultimately, hair loss.
In fact, if you have dry and flaky skin, which is prone to irritation, you may actually have (the truly uncommon) vitamin E deficiency. If you suspect this to be the case, you should consult with a medical professional.
Vitamin E can help create a layer of protection on the surface of your scalp, which helps your skin stay moisturized. It “locks in” moisture and prevents your sebaceous glands from going into overdrive. It calms the glands and balances out the pH levels of your skin.
How to Use Vitamin E
a) In Your Diet
Basically, the easiest way to incorporate vitamin E into your routine is to eat foods rich in vitamin E.
If you want to start treating your hair kindly, you need to start from within. After all, it’s been proven that your hair reflects the overall state of your organism.
You simply need to eat a lot of fruit and vegetables, as well as lean protein and complex carbohydrates.
Not only is such a diet beneficial for your hair, it is also beneficial for your entire body.
These are some of the foods that will help the health of your hair:
- Olive oil
If you think you cannot achieve the necessary intake of vitamin E through your diet alone, you may want to consider using supplements. However, as we have already mentioned, you should definitely consult your doctor before taking them.
b) By Using a Shampoo and Conditioner with Vitamin E
If you take the time to go through several options for shampoos and conditioners, you will find that a great number of them actually include vitamin E.
Many, and we mean many shampoos are especially made to provide you with vitamin E, necessary to nourish your hair.
Such shampoos usually state that they are for dry, damaged hair.
However, while you’re looking to improve the general health of your hair, you should also avoid shampoos that have sulfates and parabens, since those shampoos may strip away natural oils in your scalp and hair.
And that’s just the opposite of what you’re trying to do.
So, always be careful to provide your hair with the best options out there.
c) By Using Vitamin E Oil
While vitamin E oil is incredibly beneficial to your hair, it is important to note that you most likely cannot use it in its undiluted form.
In fact, a majority of vitamin E oils also come with a carrier oil to dilute it. Otherwise, the undiluted one can cause skin irritation.
Here’s how you can use vitamin E oil on your hair:
- Wash your hair and dry it.
- Massage the oil onto the scalp.
- Using a wide-tooth comb, gently comb through your hair.
- Let it sit for about 15 minutes, then wash the oil out.
- Wash your hair with your regular shampoo.
When it comes to applying conditioner, it is not necessary if your hair already feels sufficiently moisturized after the oil. Conditioner would simply be overkill.
Since vitamin E oils can be expensive and difficult to work with due to their thickness, you can use other hair oils that have high doses of vitamin E as their secondary ingredient. These include avocado oil, wheat germ oil or palm oil.
d) By Applying a Hair Mask Infused with Vitamin E
In recent years, hair masks, much like face masks, have become the talk of the town (and the world, for that matter). Their benefits are numerous and, quite frankly, unparalleled.
Now this is the kind of pampering we’re talking about – a full experience for your hair.
It almost cannot be described.
It’s like going to an all-day spa to relax from a very stressful month.
It’s like a foot massage after you’ve been walking for eight hours.
Basically, it’s hair perfection.
After the treatment with this mask, your hair will become silky and smooth. All you have to do is spread the hair mask on your hair, comb through with your fingers, and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.
When you’re done, rinse it off and voila! Perfectly silky hair in no time.