Hair means big business in the U.S. — and around the world. In 2018, the global hair care market was estimated to be worth about $87.73 billion, up year over year from 2012. It’s no surprise, really: “Good” hair has been sold as a self-esteem booster, a way to reflect one’s status, health, and personality. Women (and some men) will go to great efforts to achieve coveted hairstyles that project power or a sense of individuality, or even just to avoid a dreaded “bad hair day.”
On the cannabis and hair front, new research suggests that, when added to shampoos, conditioners, and styling products, CBD could help improve hair health by helping to keep natural oils in balance — reducing the appearance of greasiness, adding bounce and volume, and even strengthening hair follicles themselves. Beyond simple aesthetics, the anti-inflammatory properties found in CBD show promise in supporting those experiencing hair loss (due to old age, an existing skin condition, or genetics), though research is nascent and more is needed to prove conclusive results.