We all know April 20 or 4/20 as the pop-culture holiday that marijuana smokers and non-smokers recognize as the day to celebrate cannabis. But what’s not commonly known is that ingredients like CBD, cannabis and hemp are used in a variety of beauty products, including products for curly haired people — and they have properties that helps our curls grow and shine!
Here’s some background on the compounds found in marijuana:
- Cannabis: Cannabis is a family of plants with two primary classifications, Indica and Sativa, in which marijuana can be classified under those two families. Cannabis is not to be confused with hemp, which only belongs to the Cannabis Sativa family. Cannabis contains two rich properties, THC and CBD, which are known to produce psychoactive effects, i.e. getting “high.” In the United States, the cannabis industry has generated billions of dollars in states where it's legal either medically or recreationally, or both.
- Hemp oil: Hemp oil is harvested directly from the marijuana plant, but it does not have the same properties that get people “high”. The oil has a ton of great benefits for natural hair, including strengthening your hair against breakage, moisturizing your scalp, and triggering hair growth.
- CBD: CBD oil is having a popular moment right now, where you can find the ingredient infused in products from food to lotion to body oils — but you can also find it in hair products, too! CBD is extracted from both marijuana and hemp plants and has anti-inflammatory and cell regeneration properties as well as the ability to help with conditions like acne, psoriasis, and eczema. With hair, CBD oil can stimulate hair growth and improve scalp health.
Looking for a new hemp hair product to try, scroll below!
In light of the 4/20 “holiday — and yes, these are all legal to put on your curly locks.
Ecoco, known for their popular hair gels, released its Eco Natural Cannabis Sativa collection last summer, which included a styling gel (pictured above) and a Texturizing Salt Spray. All of the collection’s products included CBD oil to protect and strengthen the hair.
“Eco Natural fuses the therapeutic properties of Cannabis oil with modern formulations,” Ecoco business manager Talia Tiram told NaturallyCurly last year. “Entirely non-psychotropic, CBD boasts anti-inflammatory benefits which can aid in calming stressed skin and minds.”
This product targets detangling and conditioning hair thanks to its honey-hemp oil infusion that targets tangled strands, giving extra slip to the hair while maintaining moisture. You can also use it as a pre-shampoo deep conditioning treatment or nourishing leave-in conditioner!
This product is used to soften the hair while reducing frizz to ensure defined and bouncy curls. On days where you’re doing a co-wash and wash-n-go, this product is great to help define girls before adding in your final layer of moisture.
If you’re looking to gain all of the moisturizing and protective properties of Hemp Oil, try out this SheaMoisture mask! The hemp oil helps seal in moisture and form a protective layers over your curls to prevent future damage. For a deep condition, SheaMoisture recommends you cover hair with a plastic cap after applying the mask and use moderate heat on your hair for up to 30 minutes.
Tight Hold offers all the same great options for starting locks, lock grooming, two-strand twists and more that Lock It Up does, only it offers superior hold for hard to hold hair. It’s also great for wavy hair and color-treated hair. Tight Hold is infused with Yarrow Root Extract, Rosemary Extract, Soy Bean Oil, and Indian Hemp for an all-natural herbal hair experience!
CurlMix started as a DIY subscription box to create your own hair products has now taken the curly world by storm with their innovative and clean hair products. This flaxseed gel in particular is their top seller made with hemp seed oil to help lock in moisture and is packed with vitamin E, iron and zinc.
Another product from the brand that brings you EcoStyler Gel is this Cannabis Sativa oil conditioner that happens to be a spray rather than a heavy cream that we typically find as conditioning products. The spray, that’s meant for all hair types, is supposed to lock-in moisture and keep frizzy hair away, thanks to the moisturizing properties of the Cannabis Sativa Oil.
This conditioner that helps seal-in and retain moisture with argan and hemp oil ingredients that you can either wash out or use as a leave-in conditioner. A SHOPNaturallyCurly reviewer used this product as a leave-in while visiting the beach and claimed that it maintained moisture!
Infused with CBD, Emera’s Nourishing CBD Scalp Therapy deeply penetrates the hair shaft to stimulate strong scalp health. When paired with EMERA’s “exclusive massage technique”, the CBD scalp therapy is a relaxing experience like none other.
Formulated using ultra-hydrating Mongongo and Hemp Seed Oil, this product targets frizzy and damaged curls and turns them to hydrated and smooth strands, thanks to the protective property of Hemp Oil.
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