We all want thicker, longer, healthier hair. Even the guys reading this article want great hair (don’t shake your head—you know it’s true). The desire for fabulous-looking hair is so ingrained in our culture that entire (multi-million-dollar) industries have been developed to satisfy our need.
The problem is that most of the products we use contain a LONG list of chemicals you can’t even pronounce. But what if there was a product that was good for your hair and made from all-natural ingredients? Well, guess what, there is! It’s hemp oil.
In this article, the experts at Honest Marijuana reveal six amazing benefits of using hemp oil for hair. But before we get to those benefits, let’s answer two vital questions:
- What is hemp oil?
- Will hemp oil for hair get you high?
What Is Hemp Oil?
Hemp oil is—wait for it—an oil produced from the seeds (and sometimes plant matter) of the hemp plant. That’s why hemp oil is also known as hemp seed oil. But don’t get it confused with other cannabis oils, like THC oil or CBD oil. Those products are drastically different.
Hemp oil is primarily a foodstuff, as opposed to a recreational drug or a medicine. That means that you can bake it in your brownies, pop it in pill form (as a supplement), or rub it on your skin and hair. It also means that you can’t take hemp oil to get high or treat PTSD.
In fact, hemp oil is more like other cooking oils than it is the stuff you buy in your local dispensary. Hemp oil belongs to the same class of foods as:
- Olive oil
- Peanut oil
- Vegetable oil
- Coconut oil
Like those more familiar oils, hemp oil is produced by “pressing” hemp seeds to separate the oil from the solid matter. Now, before you run out and buy a bunch of raw hemp seeds with the goal of pressing your own oil, know that “pressing” actually involves high temperatures, high pressure, and, sometimes, a chemical solvent.
When you examine the process in detail (which we won’t), you’ll find that “pressing” is closer to the extraction process used to make shatters and waxes. That means no matter how hard you push on those little hemp seeds on your table, you’re not going to get any oil out. It just doesn’t work that way.
Speaking of recreational use, let’s investigate one of the key differences between hemp oil and cannabis oil (a.k.a. THC or CBD oil).
Will Hemp Oil For Hair Get You High?
The simple answer is no, hemp oil for hair won’t get you high. Here’s why. Remember that hemp oil is primarily a foodstuff, like olive oil, and has very low levels of the cannabinoid THC (the stuff that gets you high). Cannabis oil, on the other hand, is a concentrate made from the cannabis plant that’s produced to have high cannabinoid levels (e.g., THC or CBD or both).
The reason for that goes back to the low levels of cannabinoids in the hemp plant. There’s just not enough THC or CBD in hemp to produce an effective concentrate without using a ton (literally, a ton) of plant matter.
So the hemp oil you drizzle on your salad at lunch, rub on your skin in the morning, or spray on your hair at night won’t take you on a psychedelic trip like THC oil will. What hemp oil will do is provide a host of healthy ingredients to your body, your skin, and your hair.
Let’s talk about the amazing benefits of using hemp oil for hair.
6 Amazing Benefits Of Using Hemp Oil For Hair
1) Hemp Oil Stimulates Hair Growth
If you want to grow longer hair, hemp oil may be just what you’re looking for. The fatty acids in hemp oil (omegas 3, 6, and 9) stimulate hair growth to add inches to what you’ve already got. The natural proteins in hemp oil also contribute to the production of keratin, which can help your hair grow longer.
The jury is still out on whether or not hemp oil will revive thinning or disappearing hair. But why not give it a try and see for yourself? What have you got to lose? Certainly not your hair.
2) Hemp Oil Strengthens Hair To Prevent Damage
The same fatty acids and proteins that stimulate hair growth also strengthen your hair to prevent damage. Add to that the fortifying properties of another all-natural chemical in hemp oil (gamma linoleic acid, or GLA) and you’ve got a potent recipe for fighting split ends and dry, brittle hair.
3) Hemp Oil Moisturizes Your Hair
Hemp oil contains lipids that add moisture to your hair. That moisture keeps your hair flexible and shiny.
The nice thing about the lipids in hemp oil is that your hair will always absorb them. Your hair never “fills up,” so to speak, when it comes to lipids. The more lipids your hair absorbs the healthier and more manageable it will become.
4) Hemp Oil Gives Your Hair More Body
The combination of growth, strength, and moisture that hemp oil provides gives your hair more body. Hair with body looks healthier and is easier to style.
5) Hemp Oil Treats & Prevents Dandruff
Dandruff—dead skin that flakes off your scalp—is the result of extreme dryness on the surface of your skin. Not only is dandruff unsightly, but it can also cause the skin on your head to become itchy and uncomfortable.
Hemp oil can treat and prevent dandruff by:
- Opening blood vessels in your scalp and increasing circulation
- Moisturizing skin so that it doesn’t flake off
The combination of improved circulation and moist, healthy skin can treat and clear up existing dandruff, and even prevent it from forming in the first place.
6) Hemp Oil Cures Scalp Infections
If dry, itchy, dandruff-prone skin is left untreated, it can lead to painful scalp infections. The moisturizing power of the omega 3, omega 6, omega 9, and gamma linoleic acid in hemp oil can cure an existing infection and prevent dry, itchy skin from returning.
So those are the benefits of using hemp oil for hair. But how exactly do you use it in your daily routine? Great question. We’ll answer it in the next section.
How To Use Hemp Oil For Hair
Hemp oil is very versatile. You can purchase a hemp oil shampoo or conditioner, mix hemp oil into an existing product, add it to a DIY recipe, or use it all by itself. Here are five of the easiest ways to put hemp oil to work on your hair.
1) Purchase A Hemp Oil Shampoo Or Conditioner
Hemp oil shampoos and conditioners are a simple way to get all the benefits of hemp oil, with the added benefits of other ingredients like shea butter and coconut oil. Best of all, you don’t have to do any mixing or measuring.
2) Make Your Own Hemp Oil Hair Mask
A hemp oil hair mask is just like a mask you use on your face—except you use it on your hair (duh). Here’s a simple recipe for your own DIY hair mask.
In a blender, combine:
- 2-4 drops of hemp oil
- Half a banana
- Half a peeled avocado
- 1 egg
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
- A few drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix the ingredients together until they form a paste. Smooth it on your hair and let it dry for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water (don’t use shampoo).
3) Add Hemp Oil To Hair Dye
If you dye your hair or even add highlights, you can mix hemp oil in with the dye you’re using. Doing so will protect your hair from damage caused by the dye.
4) Mix Up A Batch Of Hemp Oil Spray
Hemp oil spray is a great way to detangle your hair and give it plenty of shine, not to mention reaping all the other benefits mentioned above. Here’s a simple recipe for making your own hemp oil spray.
- Measure 1 cup of water into a spray bottle.
- Add 2 drops of hemp oil.
- Mix in 1 drop of your favorite essential oil for aroma.
If you need more, just use the 1:2:1 ratio for a larger batch (e.g., 2 cups of water, 4 drops of hemp oil, 2 drops of essential oil).
5) Apply Hemp Oil To Your Hair At Night
You can even use hemp oil all by itself to achieve the amazing benefits mentioned above. Simply massage two or more drops of hemp oil into your scalp and hair before you go to bed. In the morning, you can wash with a hemp oil shampoo or wet your hair down with a hemp oil spray.
Try Hemp Oil For Yourself
If you’ve been searching for an all-natural solution for healthy hair, we recommend giving hemp oil a try. Unlike some products on the market, hemp oil for hair has no side effects. It won’t harm your hair, dry it out, or leave it dull and flat.
So there’s really no reason not to see for yourself what hemp oil has to offer. Longer, stronger, healthier hair awaits.