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What happened when I tried a CBD oil hair treatment

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.”

The Treatment

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.

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Why Hemp Oil Can Help Strengthen Your Hair & Scalp + How To Use It

Most people know hemp for its calming, relaxing benefits—but that’s not all it’s good for. Whether taken as a supplement or used topically, both hemp oil extract (which contains beneficial cannabinoids) and hemp seed oil (which is cold-pressed from hemp seeds and does not contain cannabinoids) can deliver benefits to the hair and scalp. Here’s how hemp products can help you achieve healthier hair, according to research.

What does the science say about using hemp extract for healthier hair?

Hemp oil extract is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Your body can’t make these nutrients naturally, but it needs them either through diet or supplementation. When it comes to our manes, these omega-3s and omega-6s may help manage hair loss, help maintain the thickness of the hair shaft (the part that you can see above the scalp), and support hair density, according to one study that tracked the hair health of over 100 female participants over a six-month period.*

Hemp oil extract is also high in antioxidants that protect our cells from damage by combating the effects of free radicals and oxidative stress.* Plus, as long as the product is full-spectrum, hemp oil has an abundance of terpenes and flavonoids that can help manage inflammation as well.* When it comes to your tresses, hemp oil also contains vitamins and minerals that have the potential to protect against damage and hair loss, though more research needs to be done into how exactly they work in the body.*

Hemp oil extract can be taken as a daily supplement to nourish your hair and scalp—and it also comes with a host of other ingredients that can be beneficial to overall well-being.* CBD, for example, can help keep the body in homeostasis.* And when CBD works in concert with the hundreds of other compounds in the cannabis plant, you benefit from what’s called the entourage effect, a synergy of ingredients working together to keep you and your body on an even keel.*

What does the science say about using hemp seed oil for healthier hair? (Plus, how to use it for your hair type.)

Like other oils, hemp seed oil may have protective qualities when applied directly to the hair and scalp. We have long known that oil can prevent too much water or other substances from invading the hair shaft. The more porous hair is from chemical damage or over-styling, the more vulnerable it is to water’s wear. Water can be an enemy to locks because wet tresses swell and become more susceptible to breakage. Oil also helps manage hair harm by lubricating the shaft and reducing combing force on soaked strands.

With hemp seed oil, the protection starts with the essential fatty acids omega-3 and omega-6. Fatty acids have a hydrophilic end that aids in moisture retention, and a hydrophobic end that boosts shine, “making hemp seed oil a perfect product for coarse, curly hair,” says Austin-based stylist Sarah Lund.

Additionally, vitamin E also plays a role in fending off the elements and battling damage. “This will create greater elasticity in the hair while adding shine,” Lund explains.

You can tailor your use of hemp seed oil to your hair type. For dry, coarse, or curly hair, use the product as a daily leave-in moisturizer. “A small amount distributed through hair midshaft [the middle of your strands] to ends will help to strengthen and moisturize hair that is older and more vulnerable to styling damage,” says Leigh Hardges, a Chicago-based stylist. “Those with straight or fine hair that steer clear of daily oils could benefit from hemp seed oil as a hot oil treatment.” For a dry or oily scalp, Hardges recommends applying the hemp seed oil directly to the scalp overnight and then shampooing in the morning. “The amino acids in hemp seed oil can deliver properties to help balance the scalp and regulate the production of sebum, the body’s natural oil,” she explained.

The bottom line.

If you’ve been looking for an all-natural way to up your hair and scalp health, hemp oil extract and hemp seed oil could be great options.* Hemp oil extract can be taken as a daily supplement for added nutrition that helps manage hair loss and promotes thickness and density.* And hemp seed oil can be applied directly to your hair and scalp to moisturize and combat breakage. Or take a two-pronged approach. Enhance your hair from both the inside and out by using both products to produce happy, healthy tresses.