Vitamin E For Hair: Benefits And How To Use It

Medically reviewed by Dr. Vindhya L Veerula, MD, FAAD
by Ramona Sinha

Vitamin E has been recently getting a lot of attention for its ability to treat and repair hair and skin. This fat-soluble vitamin e owes its fame to its high antioxidant capacity and is believed to improve hair health and growth.

Before you start popping vitamin E supplements, scroll through this article to find out the truth and understand how vitamin E may help keep your hair healthy.

The Benefits Of Vitamin E For Hair

There is no substantial scientific evidence to support vitamin E’s role in maintaining hair health and promoting hair growth. However, a few inconclusive studies have noted possible hair benefits of vitamin E.

1. Prevents Hair Loss And Helps Hair Growth

A small trial found that mixed tocotrienol supplements (chemicals belonging to the vitamin E family) could promote hair growth (1). Another inconclusive study found that decreased antioxidant (like vitamin E) levels might have some connection with alopecia (2).

2. May Prevent Premature Graying

Oxidative stress is one of the prime causes of premature graying, and vitamin E and other non-enzymatic antioxidative molecules can neutralize free radicals and minimize premature graying (3).

3. May Help Repair Split Ends

You can squeeze a vitamin E capsule and mix the oil with other protective natural oils and apply it to your damaged hair ends. Vitamin E oil, together with other nourishing oils, can help nourish your damaged tresses.

There are several ways to incorporate vitamin E into your hair care routine. Find out how in the next section.

How To Use Vitamin E For Hair?

1. Vitamin E Hair Oils And Products

You will find a range of vitamin E hair oils on the market. These oils contain naturally derived vitamin E and other herbal extracts that may help strengthen the hair, nourish the scalp and follicles, and keep your hair healthy.

You may also squeeze out the oil from vitamin E capsules, mix it with your regular hair oil, and use it. However, do a patch test to avoid allergic reactions.

You may also use shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks fortified with natural vitamin E.

2. Take Vitamin E Supplements

Consuming vitamin E supplements is the best way to get enough vitamin E in your body. You will find vitamin E supplements in the form of pills, gummies, and capsules.

However, there is always a risk of excess vitamin E intake through the supplements. Moreover, supplements are not recommended unless you have a vitamin E deficiency. Hence, consult a doctor before taking vitamin E.

Research indicates that the most effective way to get vitamin E is through food (4). In the following section, we have listed the best food sources of vitamin E.

Vitamin E-Rich Foods For Healthy Hair

You may include the following foods in your diet (5):

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Vegetable oils (safflower, wheat germ, sunflower, and corn oil)
  • Nuts, such as peanuts and almonds
  • Peanut butter
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as broccoli and spinach
  • Avocados
  • Kiwis
  • Mango
  • Breakfast cereals and fruit juices fortified with vitamin E

Try to increase your vitamin E intake by including at least one or more of these foods in your diet. To ensure that you are getting the required amount of Vitamin E each day, check the recommended dietary allowance below.

Daily Recommended Intake Of Vitamin E

The National Institutes of Health recommends the following dosage (5):

AgeMaleFemalePregnancyLactation
0-6 months4 mg4 mg
7-12 months5 mg5 mg
1-3 years6 mg6 mg
4- 8years7 mg7 mg
9-13 years11 mg11 mg
14 years and above15 mg15 mg15 mg19 mg

Excessive levels of vitamin E in your body can cause serious health risks. Also, vitamin E supplements can interact with other drugs. Check the side effects below before using vitamin E.

Vitamin E: Risks, Side Effects, And Interactions

Taking more than the recommended daily value of vitamin E may increase your risk of:

  • Hemorrhagic stroke (5)
  • Nausea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Intestinal cramps
  • Headaches
  • Diarrhea and flatulence
  • Blurred vision
  • High creatinine in the urine

Apart from this, vitamin E is also found to interact or interfere with certain medications (5):

  • Anticoagulant And Antiplatelet Medicines: May increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Chemotherapy Or Radiation Drugs: May affect the efficacy of the treatment.
  • Simvastatin And Niacin: May interfere with the cardioprotective effects of the drugs.

The risks are only associated with the excessive intake of vitamin E supplements. Vitamin E from food sources does not cause any such side effects.

Summing it Up

Research is limited regarding the hair benefits of vitamin E. A few studies have found this antioxidant to be beneficial for maintaining hair health. Taking oral vitamin E is the best way to replenish your body with this antioxidant. However, you should be aware of the potential side effects of excess intake of vitamin E supplements. Always consult a doctor before you start taking vitamin E supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can vitamin E oil be applied directly on hair?

No, as it may cause an allergic reaction. Dilute it with any carrier oil or your regular hair oil before applying.

How often should you apply vitamin E to your hair?

You may use vitamin E-rich hair masks, shampoos, and conditioners 2-3 times a week.

Can I leave vitamin E on my hair overnight?

Yes, you may. However, ensure that it is diluted with hair oil, and you wash it off thoroughly the next morning.

Can vitamin E be mixed with coconut oil?

Yes, you may mix vitamin E and coconut oil.

Which oil is high in vitamin E?

Wheat germ oil has the highest percentage of vitamin E.

What is the best time to take vitamin E supplements?

Consult a doctor to know the right time for taking supplements.

Can vitamin E cure dandruff?

No. It cannot cure dandruff.

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Ramona is a journalist-turned-content writer. She holds a Master’s degree in English Literature and has been writing for the digital world for over five years. She specializes in writing for Skin Care. She has done a certificate course titled ‘Dermatology: Trip To The Skin’, offered by Novosibirsk State University. She believes that beauty begins with a good skin care regimen and is on a mission to eliminate all toxins from her routine. She helps and guides readers in selecting products and ingredients specific to their skin type/issue. When Ramona is not working, her books and passion for music, good food, and traveling keep her busy.
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