cbd oil for hair growth

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.”

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.

Weeding out the roots at Hari's salon on Fulham Road

Can CBD Oil Help With Hair Loss?

Published: August 26th, 2019

A good hair day can really give you confidence. On the flip side, dry, dull, or thinning hair can prevent you from feeling your best. Could CBD be part of the solution?

CBD oil and hair loss

The possible benefits of CBD have been the subject of numerous scientific studies. More recently, CBD has emerged as an ingredient in innovative cosmetics products. These include shampoos, lotions, and other topical treatments.

When it comes to hair loss, CBD oil may not be a silver bullet solution. However, research suggests its diverse properties could help improve some of the symptoms of this common ailment. CBD oil also contains many nutrients that contribute to robust, healthy hair. Here’s how it works:

The role of the endocannabinoid system (ECS)

The endocannabinoid system is a network of cell receptors and related neurotransmitters (endocannabinoids) that is found throughout the body. More and more, scientists are discovering the role of the ECS in regulating various biological systems. It has been found to influence immune response, mood, appetite, and even skin health.

While the cannabinoids in cannabis are different from the compounds our bodies produce internally, they also interact with the ECS. Cannabidiol (CBD) is one such cannabinoid. Here are some ways CBD could have a positive impact on hair and skin:

CBD oil to protect and nourish your hair and scalp

CBD oil is full of amino acids, fatty acids, and antioxidants—all essential nutrients for healthy hair. It may also support production of the oils that protect and nourish the hair and scalp.

• Amino acids

CBD oil is rich in amino acids—the building blocks of proteins that strengthen hair and hair follicles. Around 88% of our hair is made of keratin, a protein built from 18 different amino acids. Amino acids also play a significant role in red blood cell production. This is important because red blood cells supply nutrients and oxygen to hair follicles.

• Fatty acids

Omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are popular in nutritional supplements for hair growth. Since the body doesn’t produce them on its own, we need to acquire these fatty acids from outside sources. CBD oil provides a rich supply. One key omega-6 fatty acid in CBD oil is gamma linolenic acid (GLA). GLA shows great promise in combatting hair loss. Researchers believe this is because it promotes blood flow to the scalp.

• Antioxidants

CBD oil also contains a long list of antioxidants, including vitamin E, vitamin A, calcium, and magnesium. Antioxidants protect against free radical damage, which can cause hair loss. Studies have also shown antioxidants to help keep hair shiny and vibrant.

Sebum production

Through its interaction with the endocannabinoid system, CBD may also help regulate sebum production. Sebum is a mixture of oils that lubricate and protect our skin and hair. Sebum-producing glands surround each of our hair follicles, secreting these natural oils to help our hair (and scalp) stay healthy and hydrated.

CBD and inflammation

Inflammation has been linked to hair loss, including male pattern baldness and other forms of alopecia. It’s also a central feature of skin conditions like eczema. Eczema can affect the scalp, causing irritated, tender patches and flaking.

Studies have found CBD to display anti-inflammatory properties. Cannabinoid receptors are highly expressed throughout the immune system, with the ECS playing a role in balancing immune dysregulation. CBD may help calm overactive immune response, reducing inflammation as a result. While more research is needed, this could be a powerful mechanism for addressing hair loss and skin diseases that affect the scalp.

CBD and stress relief

Have you ever gone to the doctor with a strange but persistent health problem, only to be told it’s likely due to stress? Stress can cause a lot of dysregulation in the body, including unwelcome skin conditions and hair loss. In the midst of modern life, controlling stress can seem impossible at times. Luckily, CBD may be able to help.

Research suggests CBD could help reduce anxiety and stress. One study even found that CBD influenced changes in blood flow to areas of the brain associated with anxiety. So, while CBD can’t pay your phone bill or get your boss to give you a break, it may help you manage the stresses of life. That could mean healthier skin and more good hair days.

CBD and cutting-edge cosmetics

CBD can’t completely cure hair loss, especially when it’s a genetic condition. That said, CBD shows promise for supporting hair growth and related biological functions. Because it’s rich in key nutrients, CBD could play an additional role in maintaining healthy skin and hair. While research is ongoing, many recent studies are encouraging, especially those related to immune regulation and skin health.

There are many ways to use CBD on your hair and scalp. You can apply CBD oil directly, use a shampoo that contains CBD, or add CBD oil to a conditioning treatment. It may take some experimentation to find the method that’s right for you. Whatever your preference, consider adding CBD oil to your self-care routine. The popularity of CBD-infused cosmetics is growing, and it’s no coincidence that hair care is included in that trend.

CBD cosmetics are on the rise. Here's how CBD oil's anti-inflammatory and nutrient-rich properties could contribute to hair growth, shine, and vitality.