Recently, we’re seeing yet another burgeoning avenue of the CBD world come into play. The beauty world is now picking up on the merits of cannabinoids. Increasingly, people have been searching for more natural solutions for hair care and with the growing popularity of CBD, it should come as no surprise to find it in the hair market.
According to Kevin Wachs, founder of Earthly Body, a natural beauty company, “CBD Oil contains all 21 known amino acids, and it’s also high in essential fatty acids such as Omegas 3, 6 and 9. Additionally, it’s antioxidant-rich and full of vitamins, including A, B, C, D, and E, just to name a few.”
With all these vitamins and minerals, the benefits to one’s hair are numerous. The nutrient-rich oil helps build up collagen and elastin which strengthen hair and prevent breakage. Then it’s the fatty acids found in cannabinoids that moisturize and hydrate the hair. Lastly, according to Wachs, the soothing aspect of CBD works to calm the scalp and promote healthy skin to restore balance and in turn, promote healthy hair growth.
Perhaps most important is the healthy scalp aspect of CBD hair products. Healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp and CBD hair products can address the usual dryness, flakiness, and itchiness that are common scalp ailments.
According to Professor Tamas Biro, department chair of Immunology at the University of Debrecen in Hungary, CBD contains anti-inflammatory properties which are key for the treatment of skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczeme, and even acne. According to Dr. Biro’s cell model research, CBD inhibited sebum production (which results in oily skin) and also normalized overactive sebacious gland cells (which are responsible for acne, among other things).
New York based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, says “CBD binds to a special set of receptors in the skin known as TRPV-1 receptors, where it can help feelings of heat, itch, and pain…the natural fatty acids and antioxidants in hempseed oil make it a good choice for people with dry skin and eczema.”
And Jessica Assaf, The Cannabis Feminist, says that cannabinoids can reduce swelling, puffiness, and soreness due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is ideal for all kinds of skin conditions.
A study conducted by Biro and his colleagues seem to indicate that CBD can do more than just soothe though. A study in 2008 shows that our own cannabinoids are likely needed to maintain healthy skin but also to protect us from pathogens. The presence of lipids in CBD also promotes skin repair–something those who suffer from skin disorders should be excited to hear.
Because skin conditions like psoriasis and eczeme often occur on the scalp, this can make them harder to soothe or heal with topical treatments. But CBD-infused hair products address that. Your hair products, instead of damaging hair and scalp with the presence of parabens, sulfates, phthalates, artificial dyes, and more, just might be the key to a healthier you. Consumers can have healthy and happy hair and skin.
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