Amongst the sea of skeptical CBD products and miracle claims, the CBD Life Force Treatment at Hari’s Herbal Salon completely converted junior beauty writer Ava Welsing-Kitcher.
CBD’s completely blown up as a goldmine of a trend, spanning from cocktails to chocolate to supplements to facials. It’s been predicted to racket a worth of £17 billion in three years’ time – and that’s just in beauty. But the market’s fast becoming oversaturated, with many products toting CBD (short for cannabidiol, a compound found in the cannabis plant) as their hero ingredient when the stuff they’ve sourced is actually diluted or too poor quality to measure up to the miracle claims.
It’s for this reason that I was sceptical about any old CBD product being worth its salt. It didn’t stop me trying everything that was sent to the Stylist office with CBD in the hopes of finding something that would prove me wrong. Eventually, I was – but that ‘aha!’ moment didn’t come about until I visited Hari’s Herbal Hair Salon in Chelsea.
Sat in the plant-lined sanctuary post-scalp massage, hair slick with very green-smelling oil, I could barely keep my eyes open. As I got up to be led over to the sinks, my legs felt floaty as I drifted along, and the loud hum of hairdryers seemed a bit more subdued than it did an hour ago. “Am I… high?” I asked myself, wondering if those around me had noticed my altered state and dreamy half-smile (I definitely wasn’t). I was halfway through the salon’s CBD Life Force Treatment, having had a few drops of Spirit of Hemp extract oil, a large cup of their loose leaf hemp flower tea, and a scalp and hand massage with their neroli CBD hair elixir collaboration, which you can buy in salon. I suddenly felt completely blissed out and pleasantly sleepy, a result I was not expecting after my packed tube journey there.
After the total serenity wore off (before I stepped back onto the tube, of course), I tried to debunk what exactly had made me feel such a strong sense of calm. I’d tried CBD oils of varying strengths before for weeks with no effect, so this wasn’t beginner’s luck. It wasn’t brought on by the massaging; this was a seriously impactful cloud of calm that even a two-hour full body treatment couldn’t bring on. I’d never felt this way after a huge mug of herbal tea, either – and I won’t even entertain the thought of a placebo effect, as I was definitely expecting this whole experience to leave me slightly disappointed.
After my hair wash (the scalp-scrubbing game at Hari’s is so strong) and bouncy curly blow-dry (my hair had drank up the oil and definitely joined me on cloud nine), I quizzed my hair therapist on what made this CBD oil so different to the hundreds of others out there. As it turns out, Spirit of Hemp’s blend mixes raw hemp flower extract with other important molecules that are usually left out in lesser formulas, such as terpenes (which makes it smell so green), flavonoids, and often overlooked cannabinoids like CBDA, CBG, CBN, and THCV that are extracted with CO2, to ensure their product is as close to how nature made it as possible. And with less than 0.2% THC, you don’t need to worry about any psychoactive effects.
And what about the hair bonuses? I followed up by talking to Spirit of Hemp founder Louise Callinan.”CBD increases circulation, which we all know is vital for healthy hair growth,” she explained. “It can also help manage a dry scalp, ward off itchiness and regulate sebum production by calming down the sebaceous glands.” For best results, mix it with a carrier oil like coconut or argan, and use it pre-shampoo; keeping oil on your scalp day after day can exacerbate scalp issues, so let it breathe.
Once I got home, I inspected my line-up of little brown bottles I’d been testing to see if their claims and ingredients list held up to Spirit of Hemp’s – and of course, they didn’t. I got my hands on some of their Life Force Oil (the same one I dropped into my mouth in my treatment, available online and in-salon) and that magical tea, £4.99, and got testing. I dropped some oil under my tongue before bed, sprayed some This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (which I’ve used for months but can be hit and miss depending on how anxious and stressed I’m feeling) and had the deepest sleep I’ve had for a year. A few days later, I shared a small pot of CBD tea with my flatmate without giving too much away – ten minutes later, we both smiled at each other sleepily across the kitchen table as we felt such a lovely intense cloud of calm settle over us both. This stuff
Months later, and I’m still devoted to Spirit of Hemp’s unique miracle blend. Nothing compares to the amazing bliss I felt at Hari’s that day, and I have yet to do another CBD oil mask on my hair, but when my discoid eczema’s acting up, a couple of drops of the oil in my body lotion seems to calm it down. There’s proof in the leafy green pudding, after all.
Hari’s Hemp CBD Life Force treatment is available in salon for £125 including a blow-dry, or for £80 without blow-dry.
Spirit of Hemp Life Force Original 3% Oil