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Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883

The hype with CBD hair care

By Theresa Tanner EVERCANNABIS Writer

Is everyone feeling extra self-conscious about their hair these days?

When stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19 came around in early spring, people wondered when they would be able to visit their salon or barbershop again. As the weeks rolled into months, we chuckled together at “home haircut fails” and other attempts to appear presentable for our co-workers on video conference calls.

Salons re-opened as Washington counties entered Phase 2, but some remain apprehensive to venture out into communal spaces or worry that spiking cases could lead to a second round of lockdown.

So, for now, the least we can do is pamper ourselves a bit with some at-home treatments that will keep our locks healthy between haircuts. And nothing says luxury like CBD, right?

The beauty industry has been incorporating hemp-derived CBD oil, the non-intoxicating component of cannabis plants, into its skin care products for awhile, so hair care products were inevitably next. But what does CBD actually do to your hair?

“CBD oil has two general benefits for the skin, scalp, and hair,” Dr. Joshua Zeichner, Director of Cosmetic and Clinical Research in the Department of Dermatology at The Mount Sinai Hospital, said in an interview with fashion website Fashionista earlier this year. “It is rich in natural oils that provide emollient benefits. It helps hydrate, protect, and soften the skin and hair. The molecule CBD itself has anti-inflammatory effects, and has been shown to improve conditions like itchy skin, eczema and psoriasis.”

So your scalp is likely to be the primary beneficiary of CBD treatments, but improving scalp health can lead to improved hair growth.

Also, take note if hair products contain hemp-derived CBD oil or hemp seed oil. Hemp seed oil is extracted from industrial hemp seeds, which contain almost no CBD content. CBD oil is extracted from the flowers and leaves of cannabis plants, including hemp. Because hemp seed oil contains fiber, protein, vitamin E, and omega fatty acids, it has been used in beauty products for years, but it’s important to know what you’re paying for: if you want CBD, hemp seed oil isn’t it.

Ready to treat yourself to a long, relaxing scalp massage to improve your hair health? Here are a few CBD products that you can try.

Prose Pre-Shampoo Scalp Mask, $38, 8.5 fl oz

Talk about pampering! After completing a brief survey about your “unique hair needs and goals,” this custom hair care company will specifically formulate products to you; they even put your name on the label. One ingredient available and recommended for scalp soothing: CBD, obvs.

Emera Nourishing CBD Scalp Therapy, $30, 2 fl oz

Great for anyone with an irritated, itchy scalp, this treatment soothes and calms, and it has a nice minty scent. There’s even a scalp massage tutorial video on the website (intended for professional stylists, but your partner or roommate could probably get the job done).

Steam High Healing Hair & Scalp Oil, $ 38, 2 fl oz

The Los Angeles-based beauty brand recommends a pre-shampoo or overnight treatment with this scalp oil to heal your hair at the roots, decongest hair follicles and reduce frizz. Another highlight: Steam publishes certificate of analysis testing results for each product on their website under “Transparency.”

Outré “Re-Up & Rescue” Duo, $66

Combo includes two CBD-infused products – Instant Repair Mask (4 fl oz) and Hair Oil (2 fl oz) – for a double dose of TLC to restore damaged hair. And while your hair de-stresses for 30 minutes each week, you can take time to meditate or unplug to refresh your body and spirit as well.

Theresa Tanner is the Health & Culture editor of EVERCANNABIS. Born and raised in Spokane, she enjoys good food and drink, pop culture podcasts, and relaxing at the lake.