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The Ultimate Guide to Vitamin E for Hair

Vitamin E is one of the key nutrients required by our body for healthy functioning. Known for its excellent antioxidant properties, it is found in several skincare and haircare products available in the market. Wondering what makes Vitamin E for hair so special? Read on. 


What Is Vitamin E Used For? 

The nutrient Vitamin E refers to a group of 8 fat-soluble compounds. These compounds are usually found in fat-containing food and stored in our body’s fat tissues.

Our body needs Vitamin E to support its immune system and help regenerate cells. Being an antioxidant, it neutralizes free radicals a.k.a unstable molecules that attack healthy body cells to stabilize themselves. 

Without the presence of antioxidants to keep them in check, these free radicals can lead to severe damage making antioxidants like Vitamin E a key nutrient for the human body.

Vitamin E is also used to protect skin from photoaging i.e aging caused by exposure to ultraviolet rays, smoke pollutants etc.


What Can Vitamin E Do For Your Hair 

Vitamin E is no doubt an essential component for a healthy scalp and hair. This is why it is found in various shampoos, conditioners, hair oils, hair masks, hair serums, etc. Here are some of the key benefits of Vitamin E for hair.

1. Prevents Hair Loss:
If you are experiencing excessive hair fall or hair loss, using Vitamin E oil for hair can be useful. Oxidative stress inflicted by free radicals can lead to hair loss. And the antioxidant nature of vitamin E helps reduce such oxidative stress on the scalp.

Apart from this, it is also believed that Vitamin E can improve blood circulation to your scalp thereby increasing hair growth.

2. Nourishes Hair Follicles
Nourishing your hair follicles is essential to maintain good scalp health. Without these nutrients, your follicles may weaken and lead to hair fall, breakage, and

even lackluster.  And Vitamin E plays a key role in maintaining a healthy scalp with its ability to prevent oxidative stress and shield your hair from environmental damage. It helps strengthen your hair roots and reduces unwanted breakage.

3. Soothes Scalp
Along with its excellent antioxidant properties, Vitamin E also has an anti-inflammatory effect. It can help soothe scalp irritation caused by lack of sufficient oils, use of harsh shampoos, dandruff or other scalp issues. The emollient nature of Vitamin E also helps moisturize your scalp and balances oil production to prevent dryness and reduce flaky scalp.

4. Improves Hair Shine
Vitamin E can form a protective barrier on your hair strands to shield them from the harmful UV rays, pollutants, smoke as well as damage inflicted by heat styling tools. Damaged hair lacks shine and often leads to frizziness due to moisture escaping the strands.

But Vitamin E smoothens the outermost layer of your hair known as cuticle which when damaged can lead to dullness as well as frizz. It acts as a sealant to trap moisture within the hair strands.

So applying vitamin E-rich oils to your hair can help boost hair shine, eliminate dryness, tame frizz and improve your overall hair health.


How To Use Vitamin E For Hair

There are 3 ways to use Vitamin E  for healthy hair.

1. Diet
The easiest way to ensure your hair gets the required amount of Vitamin E is to eat a healthy, balanced diet. Since our body can store Vitamin E in fatty tissues, chances of deficiencies are usually rare.

You can find Vitamin E in a variety of nuts, seeds, meat and seafood items. Edible oils are one of the richest dietary sources of Vitamin E for hair.  So cooking your food in vegetable oil will provide you sufficient amounts of this vital antioxidant.

2. Vitamin E supplements
There are plenty of Vitamin E supplements that you can use to nourish your hair. These can be taken internally or applied topically to the scalp and hair as needed.

Since Vitamin E deficiencies are rare, it is advised to take these supplements only if recommended by your physician.

And since Vitamin E oil has a high viscosity, it shouldn’t be used directly on the scalp too.

It has to be diluted in an adequate ratio with a carrier oil before applying it to your scalp to avoid irritation.

3. Vitamin E Oil for Hair
An easy turnaround to the above situation is to use oils naturally rich in Vitamin E. Regularly massaging your scalp with Vitamin E-rich oils can help improve your hair growth and boost shine. Oils of wheatgerm, argan, almond, etc. are rich sources of Vitamin E and can be used directly on the scalp to nourish your hair.

At Juicy Chemistry, we source our oils from different parts around the world and extract them with the cold-pressed method to ensure they retain high nutritional values.

Here is JC’s range of Vitamin E-rich oils you can use safely for your hair care routine. 

All JC Oils are certified organic by Ecocert(France) as per COSMOS-standard.


How To Use JC Oils:

Take a small quantity of oil and massage it gently onto your scalp and hair. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes before rinsing gentle shampoo.

You can also apply 2-3 drops onto damp hair to eliminate frizz and increase hair shine and lustre. 


Sources Of Vitamin E 

Vitamin E is found naturally in a variety of foods including nuts, seeds, fruits etc. Here are some sources of Vitamin E for your daily diet requirement.

    1. Wheatgerm Oil: 1tbsp of wheatgerm oil contains about 20.3 mg of Vitamin E which equals 100% of your daily intake requirement. 
    2. Sunflower seeds: 1 ounce of dry, roasted sunflower seeds have 7.4 mg of tocopherol content which fulfills 37% of the daily requirement value.
    3. Almonds: Eating 1 ounce roasted almonds will give you 6.8mg of Vitamin E which estimates to 34% of your daily required intake. 
    4. Sunflower oil: Just 1tbsp sunflower oil contains 5.6 mg of Vitamin e which fulfills 28% of your daily requirement. 
    5. Safflower oil: 1tbsp of safflower oil will provide you with 4.6 mg of Vitamin E which equals 25% of the daily requirement.
    6. Hazelnuts: 1 ounce roasted hazelnuts contain 4.3 mg Vitamin E content which fulfills 22% of your daily intake value.
    7. Peanut Oil: This is yet another good source of Vitamin E as it contains 13mg per 100 grams of oil.
    8. Pine nuts: 1 ounce pine nuts contain 2.7mg of Vitamin E fulfilling 18% of the daily required value.
  • Spinach: ½ cup boiled spinach gives 1.9 mg of Vitamin E which equals to 10% of the daily recommended intake.
  • Soybean oil: 1 tbsp soybean oil has 1.1 mg of vitamin E which is equal to approx 6% of your daily required intake 
  • Avocado: Eating half avocado fruit will give you 2.1 mg i.e 10% of your daily value.
  • Mango: Eating a half-cup serving of mango fruit will provide you 1.5 mg of Vitamin E which equals 10% of your daily value.

  • Vitamin E for Hair FAQs

    1. Are there any side effects of applying Vitamin E to the scalp?
    We strongly recommend performing a patch test first before using any new ingredient to rule out allergic reactions to products.

    2. I have curly, frizzy hair? Can I use Vitamin E oil for my hair type?
    Yes, you can use it on curly hair as well. Vitamin E oil can help minimize frizz and manage your curls better by smoothening them.

    3. How often can I apply Vitamin E oil on hair?
    You can apply Vitamin E oil 2-3 a week or as needed. It is recommended to use it regularly for at least a few weeks to notice visible results.


    Sources:

    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3819075/
    https://www.healthline.com/health/beauty-skin-care/vitamin-e-for-hair#use
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4387693/
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3997530/
    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods-high-in-vitamin-e#TOC_TITLE_HDR_2