Vitamin E For Hair: Here’s Everything You Need To Know
If you’ve not been living under a rock you must have surely come across the en vogue of the hair-care industry to inculcate Vitamin E in their products. One can certainly see the sudden increase in the demand of Vitamin E. The way your hair look speaks volumes about your appearance and thus you need to keep your luscious locks on check. If facing hair troubles worry not because we have found the holy grail for your hair; Vitamin E. Vitamin E is one of the most crucial vitamins which is needed by our bodies for the proper functioning of the immune system and other organs. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble compound that consists of tocopherols and tocotrienols together. Vitamin E is an antioxidant as well. All of which form the basis of healthy hairs.
What is an antioxidant?
More often than not we hear the word ‘antioxidant’ yet not many of us know what it exactly means. Antioxidants are the ingredients that slow down and prevent the process of cell damage. Antioxidants can also help you in neutralizing free radicals which are harmful to your body.
Benefits of Vitamin E for your hair
We all know that hair fall is no disease yet the number of hair strands we lose each time we brush our hair is worrisome. I personally feel overwhelmed every time I look at my hairbrush and remove my broken hair strands from it. In case you happen to be someone who is equally worried then Vitamin E might be the omnipotent weapon for you.
1. No shades of grey-
Gone are the days when we all had to get our hair colored often in order to hide those pesky grey strands. It’s time to bid adieu to your grey hair and replace them with healthy hair. Vitamin E is an antioxidant and thus it slows down the process of damage on the scalp which helps your hair look forever young without much effort.
2. Goodbye Damage-
A dry scalp is a place where most of the brittle hair resides. If you are someone who is tired of chopping down your hair every fortnight due to split ends, then you might want to consider nourishing your scalp. Applying vitamin E on your scalp might not save your regular trips to the parlor but is surely going to eliminate the dryness and give them a healthy texture.
3. Shiny like Rapunzel-
This goes without saying. Vitamin E, when applied on your scalp, promotes blood circulation. A good circulation on the scalp is the key to shiny and bouncy hair. It also promotes hair growth which means if you’ve been looking for ways to have Rapunzel-like hair then Vitamin E will surely help you out.
How do I include Vitamin E in my life?
Every time someone asks me how they could impart Vitamin E in their diet my answer is pretty simple ‘you can hardly be deficient of it’. Yes, you heard it right, one cannot easily be deficient of Vitamin E since it is present in most of the things you consume. Yet there are certain foods which are high in Vitamin E as compared to others. Thus, a good healthy balanced diet is sufficed to inculcate Vitamin E in your diet.
What are the Sources of Vitamin E?
1. Natural sources-
Natural sources are food products which are high in Vitamin E. Food sources like avocados, green leafy veggies, sunflower oil, olive oil, nuts, and peanut butter are some of the richest sources of Vitamin E out there. And thus, if you are someone who is not in a mood to engage in the hassle of buying new hair products or experimentation then natural sources might be the easy way out for you.
2. Direct sources-
Direct sources are Vitamin E oil and tablets which are mostly available online or at the pharmacy. You could make some very easy hair masks with them.
3. Indirect sources-
Indirect sources are products are the ones which have Vitamin E infused in them like hair masks, shampoos, and conditioners. Now you must remember that not all the products by default will contain Vitamin E in them and you must look for specific products depending upon the needs of your hair.
Who can use Vitamin E for Hair?
I know after knowing the benefits of Vitamin E you might be excited to give it a go and trust me anyone can use Vitamin E yet there are some ground rules that one must follow before trying it.
1. Patch test-
Patch test is the thumb rule that I follow for any new product. A patch test will look out for any signs of irritation or burning sensation. If everything seems good you can go on-board with your new product.
2. Skin conditions-
If you have any skin allergies or conditions like psoriasis, eczema or even acne then you must consult your dermatologist before exposing your skin to something new. Once you get a heads up from there you’ll be good to go.
Too much of anything isn’t the best- while you might wanna try and use every product which contains Vitamin E in hefty amounts please remember not to go overboard with it. For the best results, it’s better for you to use it as per the instructions that are given or to use it in limits. Going overboard might not give you the results you yearn for.
DIY Vitamin E Masks you can try at Home [Plus Readymade Masks]
While the option of using readymade products infused with Vitamin E is always going to be at your disposal in case you are trying to go for more of a natural approach then a DIY Vitamin E mask will do wonders for you.
1. DIY Vitamin E oil mask
If you have been waiting for a weekend hair TLC then a DIY mask is going to help you relieve all your stress. Stress these days can take a bad toll on your scalp and that is why it is important for you to keep it healthy and nourished all the time. This DIY mask is one of my favorites because not only it takes hardly two minutes to prepare it but all the ingredients are super easy to find online or at the nearest departmental store. All you need is:
- 1 tablespoon of honey
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of Vitamin E oil
Mix the concoction well inside a bowl and apply it evenly from your roots to tips. Once you’ve covered your hair evenly with the mix cover your hair with a shower cap. Leave it on for like 30-40 minutes before rinsing it off with any shampoo of your choice. This mask will not only treat all your dead hair but will also remove any unwanted radicals from your scalp.
2. DIY Egg and vitamin E hair mask
- Vitamin E oil
Take a bowl. Beat an egg (or more, as per the length of your hairs) in it. Add one tablespoon of vitamin E oil per egg. mix it well. apply this not so good smelling mask all over your scalp evenly and through the length of your hair. Leave it for 30 mins and then rinse it off with lukewarm water. Shampoo your hair with your favorite shampoo ( Your hair might smell of egg so make sure you use a shampoo that smells good). Make sure you rinse your hair with cold water in the end. Rich in protein and biotin, eggs can provide the much needed nourishment and luster you want in damaged tresses. Eggs also prevent hair breakage by conditioning the scalp and increases hair growth too.
Pro tip- If you are planning to go ahead with Vitamin E the traditional way which is by applying it directly on your scalp, then make sure you don’t use a light color pillow cover and change the covers as soon as you wash your hair. This will not only prevent oil stains but will also keep your skin from absorbing the excessive oil from the cover.
Vitamin E Hair Products worth Trying
Okay, so I know how overwhelming choosing the right product for your hair can be especially if you are absolutely naïve about it. So I’m going to tell you some of my favorite picks of all time:
- Palmer’s Coconut Oil Formula with Vitamin E Body Lotion 8.5 Oz, ($7.45)
- DLC Vitamin E oil, ($8.51)
- Vitamin E oil by Kate Blanc, ($11.99)
- OGX Healing Plus Vitamin E Penetrating Oil, ($9.49)
OGX Healing + Vitamin E Penetrating Oil
- Help Replenish, Hydrate, & Nourish Hair
- Protect and Help increase Elasticity
- Concentrated with Vitamin E Oil Formula
- Cost – $9.49
Product Link: https://amzn.com/dp/B00QRSNRJ0
Now, these products have worked just fine for me and I hope they work well for you too. However, you should not be afraid and be ready to experiment with some new products to find the best ones for you as well.
I completely understand the feeling of being thrilled and giddy to see the results of the product that you have just used. But you must remember good things come to those who wait. The results might not be spontaneous yet eventually, after a couple of uses, you’ll be able to see them. Then it is on you if you want to continue with this new Vitamin E regime or stay miles away from it.