Health & Wellness

CBD and Hair Care

By Mary Sauer
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CBD isn’t only becoming popular in the health and wellness industry, it is also gaining massive popularity as an ingredient in skin and hair care products. Here at Remedy Review, we’ve talked a lot about how CBD can be used to improve your sleep, manage pain, and even help anxiety, but we haven’t spent a lot of time diving into CBD products made for hair.

In a time when CBD can be found in seemingly countless products, discerning whether or not a product is right for you can feel overwhelming. Is a CBD simply a marketing ploy, used as a way to sell hair products in a market that is experiencing incredible growth? Or, could it be possible that CBD shampoo or conditioner could help you address annoying hair problems you’ve been struggling with for years?

The truth is, CBD as a supplement for hair health is a part of an emerging movement. While much research still needs to be done, innovators in the hair-care industry believe there is amazing potential for this ingredient to help consumers to tackle some of their most annoying hair issues. Here’s what we know so far.

How Do CBD Hair Products Work?

The evidence for using CBD oil on the hair is largely anecdotal, explains Keith R. Durante, M.D., F.A.C.S., hair rejuvenation expert at the Ash Center. In his own practice, he has used CBD and seen results and he hopes the rising popularity of these products will lead to more research in the future. For now, he explains how what we know about hair and what we know about CBD can help us to draw common sense conclusions about how these hair products work.

First, we know that a strand of hair is made of up three parts—the shaft, the root, and the bulb. While the bulb is the part of the hair below the root that is deeply buried, the part of the strand that we see is the shaft. The shaft is largely made up of keratin, which is a protein that makes hair strong and resistant to the wear and tear that comes with exposure to the environment.

In order to remain healthy, keratin needs vitamins, according to Durante. More specifically, the hair needs essential fatty acids.

“When you look at CBD oil, it’s extremely rich in essential fatty acids, particularly Omega 3, 6, and 9,” he explains. “CBD oils are exactly what the hair follicles need and like to remain healthy.”

Additionally, CBD has a high Vitamin E content, says Durante. Vitamin E has long been known to be a powerhouse vitamin for the skin in hair, with evidence that it can combat hair loss, improve shine, improve scalp health, and help keep the oils in the hair balanced.

What Does CBD do for Hair?

According to Durante, hair products containing CBD are perfect for individuals who are dealing with dry and brittle hair. If your hair is stressed out from repeated coloring or harsh weather, you might also be a good candidate for a CBD hair product. While he says that CBD might improve the health of all hair types he also clarifies that it won’t hurt to try.

Additionally, because CBD is so good for the skin, these products are a good choice for individuals who are plagued with dandruff or psoriasis on their scalp.

“CBD oil is particularly good to massage into the skin and into the scalp to help nutritionally support the scalp as well as the keratin or the shaft of the hair,” he says of individuals with eczema or skin inflammation on their scalp. Using it reduces the inflammatory process and can help achieve the hydrated, full body hair so many people desire.

Finding CBD Products for Your Hair

When you’re looking for the right CBD product for your hair, there are a few things to keep in mind. First and foremost, Durante suggests that the quality of the product and the CBD oil in the product be taken into consideration. While not all manufacturers are being transparent about growth and manufacturing practices, many are choosing to have their products tested by a third-party and then publish their laboratory reports online.

This means, with enough research, you can find out just how accurate the label of a product is when it comes to THC content and CBD strength. You can also ensure the product does not contain dangerous levels of pesticides, heavy metals, or bacteria.

In addition to the CBD component of the hair product, considering the other ingredients is helpful, too. Paraffins and sulfates are often used in hair products to help clean the hair, but can also increase dryness, according to Durante. For this reason, he suggests finding a paraffin and sulfate free hair product. Additionally, alcohol can have a drying effect and should be avoided as well.

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