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Vitamin E oil is an active ingredient in many skin and hair care products, and for good reason. It is a versatile and healing oil, which can be utilised for a significant number of hair and skin issues.
Vitamin E oil is derived from plant oils and falls under the family of tocopherols (TCP) and tocotrienols. It can be labelled as either of this on a product. Vitamin E oil has a thick and sticky consistency, which can be a bit annoying to work with but don’t let this deter you. It can easily be thinned down with a suitable complimentary oil and remains one of the best oils for hair.
6 Benefits of Vitamin E Oil for Hair
- Vitamin E oil is a strong antioxidant that helps nourish and soften the hair.
- Vitamin E oil increases circulation to the scalp.
- Vitamin E oil enhances the quality and texture of the hair rendering it shinier over long-term use.
- Some people say it helps them with greying hair but I prefer mustard seed oil and sesame seed oil for greying hair.
- It protects the ends of the hair and guards against split ends. Vitamin E oil can also coat and protect already split ends while you’re trying to come to terms with trimming it off.
- Due to its powerful antioxidant properties, vitamin E oil can act as a mild preservative in your DIY formulations.
My Favourite Vitamin E Oil Recipes for Hair
It’s difficult to use vitamin E oil on its own due to the consistency so I always thin it out with something else.
- As a sealing oil, I mix 3 – 4 drops of vitamin E oil with a bit of avocado oil, or something else equally suitable, mix together and apply to the length of my hair prior to styling.
- As part of my deep conditioning, I add 5 – 10 drops of vitamin E oil into my deep conditioning mix before applying to my hair as usual. When used this way, my hair is so soft and shiny afterwards.
You can also obtain vitamin E from food sources – green leafy vegetables such as spinach, rocket leaves, kale, collards and kale, unsalted almonds and fruits such as avocado, papaya and kiwi.
It’s important to go for the purest form of vitamin E, which can be determined by the IU (international unit) label on the bottle. The IU can be as low as 200 or as high as 70, 000. While the 35,000 – 50,000 is fine, I use the vitamin E oil with 70,000 IU such as Sundown Naturals Vitamin E Oil or Puritan’s Pride Vitamin E Oil. I feel the clearer version works better on my hair.
The bottle is small but a little goes a long way and can last for quite some time. You can also purchase it in capsule form to puncture and extract the oil but this sounds like a lot of work if you have long hair.
For more on what you can do with natural oils for hair care, have a look at How to Grow Hair Healthy & Long with Natural Oils: Choose the Right Oil & Learn How to Use Them for Optimal Health & Length.