August 24, 2022 5 min read
CBD products have become more popular, and the latest developments have seen CBD shampoo and hair products being introduced into the market. While there is not enough scientific evidence that CBD can help with hair regrowth, early studies see potential in CBD-filled hair products.
Are the hype around CBD increases, we see new products with CBD featuring in the market. There is currently not enough evidence to prove that CBD shampoo is better than the traditional non-CBD hair products, but people embrace them anyway. Research shows that CBD may promote hair regrowth, and it is not surprising that top hair companies are considering a CBD-infused line in their inventories. This article is your informant; it helps you understand how CBD shampoo may be different in what they offer your hair than what the traditional non-CBD shampoo offers.
As the hype around CBD picks up and more people embrace it, there is a greater need for people to understand it. What is CBD? According to Massi et al. (2006) and Bauer et al. (2020), CBD is the non-psychoactive chemical compound in cannabis plants. Non-psychoactive means that, unlike THC, which according to Schlienz et al. (2018), is intoxicating, CBD does not cause the ‘high’ effect.
According to Watt & Karl (2017), CBD is therapeutic, particularly in Alzheimer's disease, and many believe in such therapeutic properties. Consequently, many CBD products are on the market. The supplement world also features CBD, and you can easily find CBD oils, tinctures, capsules, and edibles that people find great. Moreover, the beauty industry is not left behind, and many topical products now feature CBD as a key ingredient.
Since the Farm Bill was passed in 2018, there has been a crazy growth in the hair and beauty industry, and many products in this line feature CBD. The passing of the Farm Bill was a milestone in the CBD world since the cannabinoid remained under the radar and was illegal for many years. Big hair and beauty companies like Briogeo now have a CBD hair product line, specifically a CBD-infused scalp oil. Besides, R + Co now offers a CBD calming hair shampoo and conditioner. Steam, one of the biggest Los Angeles-based hair companies, also offers CBD-infused hair, body, and face products. What’s more, Raincry, another big beauty product company, now offers CBD bond repair treatment and shampoo, all claiming to massively boost your hair.
Before looking at CBD-based hair products, you may want to understand the whole essence of shampoo. Shampoos have been there for the longest time, even before the hair giant brands thought of incorporating CBD into them. How do shampoos work? According to Cornwell (2018), shampoo causes scalp mildness, polymer deposition, and rheology, and also cleans and foams the hair to make it soft and set for growth. The primary ingredients in the shampoo work cumulatively to result in the claimed benefits. Besides, most shampoos feature essential oils, which, according to Djilani & Dicko (2012), are medicinal and therapeutic. If these benefits are real, shampoos should be good for your hair, with or without CBD. Still, many factors come into play in determining how well your hair may respond to shampoo and other products, and hormones and genes top the list. Regardless of how good some hair products might be, resistant hair may not respond to them.
As stated, many beauty and hair companies are creating a line of CBD-infused products. What does CBD in such products do? According to Nel et al. (2021), CBD helps fight inflammation and render the hair massive scalp benefits. This confirms what Hammell et al. (2016) reported, that CBD has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, making it ideal for managing chronic conditions like arthritis.
For most people, good hair is a plus, and having a good quality of hair, coupled with a good skin tone, boosts one's self-esteem. However, many people suffer from alopecia and other instances of hair loss that worsen with time. While some of these issues are solved for better hair quality, others persist, making a person live with hair loss. Can CBD treat or cure hair loss? No, at least not now since the FDA has not approved it for this. However, according to Gupta & Talukder (2021), CBD can promote scalp conditions to make hair growth and regrowth possible. These study findings sound promising and represent the benefits that people look for in shampoo, conditioners, and other hair products, but more research is needed to prove this.
Shampoos, with or without CBD, can help your hair. Still, CBD seems to have some hair and scalp benefits, although more studies are needed to prove the claims right. Therefore, if you are a CBD fan whose previous exposure to the cannabinoid has yielded fruits, CBD shampoos might be good for you. However, if you don't fancy CBD products and are skeptical about the whole CBD idea, you can stick to the traditional shampoos. Meanwhile, keep digging deep into what CBD can offer your hair, which might change your outlook in the long run.
CBD is growing in popularity, and some big hair and beauty companies have dedicated lines for CBD products. CBD shampoos are found in many brands' inventory and promise wonders for your hair. Still, CBD studies are limited, and so far, early studies promise that the cannabinoid can fight inflammation, boost scalp status, and promote hair regrowth, but more research is needed to prove this. Ultimately, your choice of CBD shampoos depends on your preference.
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