Vitamin E is one of those super supplements that can bring all sorts of health benefits. It’s used in skin creams, body lotions, shampoos and conditioners. It’s known for its anti-aging properties, and it can protect the skin against sun damage. So what exactly can it do for your hair?
Vitamin E contains antioxidants which boost the immune system and aid circulation, so vitamin E in your diet can boost circulation to the scalp. This is essential for hair growth and also for healthy hair. While scalp massage can also boost circulation to the scalp, the effects wear off, and the massage has to be repeated on a regular basis to maintain the benefits. Vitamin E, by improving circulation, is, in effect, giving your scalp a permanent massage. Taken internally, vitamin E is also thought to prevent hair loss.
While applying vitamin E products to the hair can also assist in growth, it’s thought that internal intake, preferably via the diet, provides optimum benefits. It’s a good idea to incorporate plenty of vitamin E into the diet you eat, and use hair products containing vitamin E as well.
Once a week, treat your scalp to a hot oil massage using vitamin E oil. As well as promoting hair growth and shine, it will help to strengthen brittle hair, and is a great treatment for dry hair. Massage with vitamin E oil increases the supply of blood and oxygen to the scalp, which promotes hair growth and also guards against hair loss. After massage, wrap your hair in a warm towel for at least an hour to allow the oil to do its work. Then shampoo and condition the hair as normal.
As vitamin E oil is suitable for all skin types, its use is unlikely to give you problems, unless you have particularly sensitive skin. Test the oil on a small patch of skin to ensure you do not react to it before using it on your whole scalp.
Some people may have problems in absorbing vitamin E from their foods, and if you’re one of them, don’t worry – you can still reap the healthy hair benefits of this wonderful supplement. Cut up around 20 vitamin E capsules and apply the gooey gel to your hair, with a brush or your hands. Leave for an hour and wash off with a mild shampoo.
Vitamin E is essential to good looks and good health, whatever your age. Do your hair a favour and make sure it gets enough vitamin E to make it shiny and silky. It is your crowning glory, after all.