What happened when I tried a CBD oil hair treatment
Weeding out the roots at Hari’s salon on Fulham Road
BD oil is a hot topic in beauty at the moment, and many brands have recently added CBD-infused products to their range.
However, until now, it’s not really made its way into the world of salon treatments. Which is why when we heard Hari’s Fulham Road salon had launched London’s first ever in-salon CBD hair treatment, we couldn’t wait to give it a go.
What is CBD oil?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is one of 104 chemical compounds found in the marijuana plant. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) is the main psychoactive substance found in cannabis but unlike THC, CBD is not psychoactive.
So what’s the deal? Is it legal?
Medicinal cannabis products (the definition of which encompasses any cannabis oil containing more than 0.2 per cent THC) are currently illegal in the UK. CBD oil, however – cannabis oil containing less than 0.2 per cent THC – has been legal in the UK for some time.
Holland and Barrett were the first UK retailer to stock a CBD oil back in January of this year, and since then, several low concentration versions of cannabis oil (and products containing cannabis oil) have hit the shelves of British pharmacies.
Why *might* it help your hair?
While the medical benefits of CBD are as yet unproven, many take it orally (for pain, anxiety, depression) and topically for conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.
It’s rich in the fatty acids omega 3 and omega 6 and also contains high doses of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, potassium and vitamin E – all of which are great for the skin (and scalp).
It’s also understood to contain good levels of linoleic and gamma linoleic acid (GLA) – essential fatty acids which promote the maintenance of normal hair growth.
Hari, Founder of Hari’s hairdressers, is convinced of its benefits for hair. “CBD increases blood circulation therefore when used in our in-salon, Hari’s CBD Life Force Hair Treatment, it promotes hair growth and healthy hair production,” he says. “In addition, the CBD Oil balances sebum production so it’s great for both oily and dry or problem scalps helping to address a variety of hair and scalp complaints.”
So what happens in the treatment at Hari’s?
Hari’s have partnered with a specialist CBD oil brand called Spirit of Hemp to create a unique treatment. Spirit of Hemp’s products are unusual in that they contain a combination of pure, raw CBD oil combined with CBDA oil, which is essentially CBD before it’s heated and treated. CBDA is a more potent compound, so the logic is that you need less of it to feel the therapeutic effects.
The initial ritual
Once shown to my seat inside the beautifully botanical Hari’s salon on Fulham Road, I was offered the usual magazines and refreshments (it was post-6pm on a Friday, so mine was a gin and tonic) before being presented with a little pipette full of CBD oil (a third of the size of those we used in science class), which I was instructed to squeeze out under my tongue and hold there for 60 seconds. Full disclosure: ingesting CBD oil tastes faintly like licking a stoner’s carpet – best washed down with a gin chaser.
As a total novice in the marijuana department, I was intrigued (read, mildly concerned) to know what the pipette’s effects might be. Would I be chuckling my way through a head massage? Falling off my salon chair? However, my therapist assured me that (thanks largely to the lack of THC in the oil) any noticeable effects, which would take 15-20 minutes, would be very gentle. “You may feel particularly relaxed and revived,” she said “equally some people feel nothing.”
While the gulp of CBD oil worked its magic, the therapist set about applying the topical CBD mask to my hair. The treatment contains CBD and CBDA oils blended with coconut oil, Tamanu (a Polynesian nut oil) and other essential oils designed to deeply nourish the hair from the roots to the tips. It’s meant to help sensitive scalps, cleanse pores, balance sebum production and stimulate blood flow, encouraging healthy hair growth, lustre and shine.
While one therapist spent an intensely relaxing ten minutes massaging all that oily goodness into my scalp, neck and temples, another treated me to a wonderful hand massage (there’s a choice between optional hand and foot massage at this point), again using CBD oil.
While the distinctly weedy smell of the CBD means it wouldn’t be my massage oil of choice, the excellent double massage more than made up for it.
Tea and Infusion
Once it’s all massaged in, I sat under a heater for 20 minutes to ensure the mix penetrated to maximum effect. I was presented with a freshly brewed pot of Spirit of Hemp tea to enjoy whilst it developed. The Hemp Flower tea was brimming with CBDA and Flavonoids which I was told helps to reduce inflammation and offer protection from chronic and age-related diseases.
I wasn’t sure if it was the oil, the tea or (most likely) the gin and tonic, but there could be no doubt that by then I was feeling intensely relaxed.
Finishing Life Force Blow Dry
Finally, my hair was given an all-natural rinse to clean, cleanse and strengthen strands and smooth split ends. With glossy locks blow dried to perfection, I left the salon feeling all warm and fuzzy… and ready for another gin.
Weeding out the roots at Hari's salon on Fulham Road
4 Reasons To Use CBD Oil For Healthy Hair
For most of us, the circle of life laps between stressing about hair loss and the stress of it causing more hair loss. Hair problems have become one of the biggest concerns of people across the globe, and only a few solutions have managed to help. From ayurvedic tonics to hair transplant treatments, there are so many options to explore, but so few of them show positive results. Does it mean you just watch your hair disappear down the shower drain? Well, the answer is no, and the solution might be found in cannabis.
Recently, cannabis and its components—CBD, most notably, along with CBG and a host of other ednocannabinoids—has been ingredients of interest to almost every possible industry you could think of. Apart from its incredible therapeutic benefits of healing chronic ailments, the constituents of the plant are quite competent to tackle everyday problems such as that of your hair. Simple at-home remedies with the magic of CBD oil infusion could give you luscious and gorgeous hair in no time.
Here, discover five ways in which CBD can reduce hair loss and influence growth and health.
1. CBD Encourages Hair Growth
Hair fall becomes a problem when your hair does not grow back at the same rate as you are losing it, causing thinning and bald spots. Several factors could restrict your hair growth, such as lack of nutrients, dandruff, or chemical deposits. As such, combatting hair loss requires an ingredient that can act upon these underlying causes to promote hair growth. Many people dream of enjoying thick and luscious hair, and this might be possible using a CBD oil with your regular hair care regimen. CBD oil brims with the goodness of omega fatty acids that seal moisture in the hair and nourishes the cuticles. Massaging the scalp with the oil soothes the dryness on the scalp by absorbing the nutrients and promotes hair growth, according to a recent study on the inhibition of human hair follicle growth by endo- and exocannabinoids.
Another way in which CBD oil can benefit hair growth is by improving blood circulation. Improved blood flow in the area near hair follicles encourages the growth and strengthening of your hair. CBD interacts with the endocannabinoid system to elevate cerebral blood circulation that results in nutrients reaching the hair for good growth. It also detoxes the hair of harmful chemical deposits and dust particles to promote growth. It’s important to ensure you’re purchasing high-quality and authentic CBD, from a brand such as CBDfx dispensaries, where the products have been lab tested. Combining CBD with a potent carrier oil can help achieve healthy hair growth and beautiful looking locks.
2. It Treats Scalp Conditions
CBD has potent anti-inflammatory properties that aid in soothing inflammation on the scalp, for example, like eczema. The irritation and patchy flaking of the skin in the scalp can affect hair growth and lead to premature baldness in serious cases. The cannabinoid receptors present on the scalp interact with CBD oil to regulate the functioning of the immune system. It calms skin inflammation in these areas and decreases hair loss. Similar effects are also visible while treating conditions such as psoriasis or folliculitis. The interaction of CBD influences the natural sebum or oil levels in the scalp that reduces problems such as dandruff and dry scalp. It also has antimicrobial properties that reduce the risk of scalp infections, which cause dandruff. It heals the flaky patches in the scalp and ensures good scalp health. Also, the deposit of hair products such as conditioners, hair spray, can cause an imbalance in the pH level and increase hair loss. CBD oil has cleansing properties that eliminate deposits and particles from the scalp to stimulate hair growth.
3. It Treats Hormonal and Stress Induced Hair Loss
Hormonal fluctuations and stress are some of the most common reasons for hair loss. Women going through pregnancy or menopause witness drastic fluctuations in hormone levels that could cause hair fall. The common hormone DHT is responsible for causing receding hairlines. External treatments alone cannot help you cope with such problems, and that is where CBD oil can help. CBD interacts with several receptors that control the hormone regulation functions in the body. The cannabinoid can work to achieve hormonal balance to aid in coping with hair fall and also stimulating hair growth. Similarly, stress can have an intense impact on your scalp health and overall nutrient availability for hair growth. It can also influence hormone fluctuations and further the problem. CBD has powerful anti-anxiety and anti-stress benefits that aid in creating feelings of calm and relaxation. It balances stress levels in the body and in turn keeps the chemicals responsible for hair growth at the right levels to give you gorgeous hair.
4. It Prevents Hair Damage and Breakage
Exposure to dust, pollution, and UV radiation damages the very building blocks of your hair and skin. With time, your hair loses its charm and starts looking dull and lifeless. Environmental factors paired with poor lifestyle choices can have an intense impact on the overall health of your hair. Styling tools and products further damage the integrity of your hair follicles, leaving them damaged and weak. CBD oil is one of the best solution to repair damaged hair and restore its beauty. It features a potent moisturizing property that can help treat dry and lifeless hair, and also smoothens texture and creates a better appearance. CBD oil also acts upon the scalp to cleanse deposits of chemicals that could block the hair from growing properly. It strengthens the roots by providing the necessary nutrients such as calcium and iron for healthy hair growth. The antioxidants from the oil can help protect it from environmental damage and repair the breakage. It even protects the hair from suffering water loss by keeping it well hydrated and nourished, even in harsh weather conditions.
There are simple ways of utilizing the power of CBD oil to promote healthy and beautiful hair. You can explore CBD infused hair care products, on the market or use high-quality CBD oil directly to nourish your hair with the necessary nutrients and enjoy good hair day, every day.
There are tons of simple ways to utilize the power of CBD oil to promote healthy and beautiful hair.