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Global Press Journal by Sharon Munjenjema | Wednesday January 10, 2018
Hemp-Infused Hair Products in Zimbabwe Gain Traction Despite Illegality
HARARE, ZIMBABWE - Chatter fills a spacious, well-lit room. On the walls, large mirrors face seated women, young and old. As they talk and laugh, stylists wash, comb, treat and style hair. Every hour or so, women shuffle out of the room neatly coiffed, and a new batch comes in. By the door, a woman greets the newcomers with a container of hair pomade labeled Ganjalizer. Mai Chichi opens the container, revealing a thick, oily mixture with dark-brown specks of ground hemp seeds. The product is a hit with customers at this hair salon in the central business district, where Mai Chichi has been selling cosmetics and hair products for years. She says she uses the pomade, too. "It helps with hair growth, and it's important to me as a woman to have strong, healthy long hair," she says. Hemp-infused hair pomades are increasingly popular among Zimbabweans. Customers say it makes their hair grow quickly. But selling Ganjalizer is risky, says Mai Chichi, who asked to be referred to by her nickname for fear of arrest. The broad nature of the law is the source of much confusion for manufacturers, sellers and users alike. Authorities say the hemp-infused hair products are illegal. But some manufacturers...Read more