Can Vitamin E Oil Help with Healthy Hair?
Besides the cure for the common cold, another Holy Grail of personal healthcare is the cure for baldness. The loss of hair is natural, though genetics play a big role in just how much hair you lose and how young you are when it starts to fall out. Few people prefer to have thin or balding hair, which makes the sector of beauty products that deal with hair care one of the largest.
There are dozens of traditional methods to keep hair looking and feeling healthy dating back millennia. They all eventually trace back to a natural oil of some kind, whether coconut, jojoba or olive oil. What many of these natural oils have in common is the presence of Vitamin E compounds known as tocopherols. Whether ingested internally or applied topically, using Vitamin E oil for hair can keep it healthy.
The Superhero Vitamin E
Vitamin E is one of the great superheroes of the natural realm, able to help our bodies in many ways to fight off the inevitable effects of aging, skin damage (such as scars and stretchmarks) and disease. This essential vitamin is found in all kinds of food, from fruits and nuts to certain fish, cereals and vegetables. By including a sufficient amount of these specific Vitamin E-rich foods into your daily diet you can easily keep your skin, nails and hair in good condition.
But for people who aren’t big fans of veggies or simply don’t have the free mental time to figure out how to naturally consume enough Vitamin E, supplements can prove very useful. Numerous studies over the years have demonstrated that Vitamin E oil promotes healthy hair growth as well as prevents hair loss. How it affects our hair isn’t exactly understood, but most researchers believe it acts similarly to the way it helps with heart problems.
Circulation is the Key
One of the main benefits of Vitamin E for hair is its improvement of our blood circulation. By promoting the growth of capillaries, our circulation increases. This increased blood circulation also extends to the scalp, where it prevents our hair from falling out and adds moisture and nutrients to our hair follicles. Split ends disappear, dry hair becomes more moist and day to day damage from things like hair dryers and UV rays from the sun are keep at bay. This increase in circulation also speeds up the growth of new hair for many people.
Vitamin E Treats Dry Hair Symptoms
For many people, dry hair is one of their biggest beauty issues. This condition creates brittle hair, split ends and hair loss, and is caused by many factors both genetic and environmental. Vitamin E oil heals hair if used regularly the same way a leave-in conditioner works. A small amount can be massaged into the hair after shampooing, covering both the hair and the scalp, and left in. You should be able to see the effects almost immediately. When applying Vitamin E oil to your scalp be sure and massage it in thoroughly. This massaging action also boosts the blood circulation to the scalp giving the vitamins an added advantage to start the healing process.
To apply Vitamin E to your hair, simply puncture gel caps of pure Vitamin E with scissors or a pin and blend a small amount into your hair. You should leave it in, although it may feel a bit oily or sticky. If this feels unpleasant, you can also make a Vitamin E healing hair mask. Again, take gel caps and cover the ends of your hair with the pure Vitamin E oil so that it feels oily. Leave it on for at least an hour or two and then shampoo it out and condition as you normally do.
If you suffer from serious long-term dry hair, then you need to deal with it internally by eating sufficient amounts of Vitamin E in your food or adding supplements to your diet. It is recommended that adults ingest around 10mg per day for the best results. More than 1,000 IU per day can be toxic over a long term so always monitor the amount you are consuming.
Another great benefit of using Vitamin E on your hair is that it can maintain your natural color, helping to slow the appearance of graying and balance out the effects of artificial coloration. As with all hair care products containing Vitamin E compounds, it’s important to read the label to understand whether it contains natural or synthetic tocopherol. Researchers universally agree that natural D-alpha tocopherol has much stronger antioxidant powers than synthetic DL-alpha tocopherol. While the natural compounds cost more, they offer the most return for your health investment.
photo courtesy of: Luciano Consolini