BY MARIE LODI
Before professional nail artist Mazz Hanna was beautifying the hands of stars like Julia Roberts, Constance Wu, and Alison Brie, she worked in advertising for over a decade. That is, until she had a full-blown panic attack. “After that happened, it forced me to take stock of what’s important in life, which is what propelled me to make a significant change,” says Hanna. “I didn’t give a shit about the advertising money anymore, and I decided that my time on this planet had a much higher valuation than the salary I was being paid.” Hanna realized her passion lay in nail care and art, as well as crystal healing, so she went to school and got certified. Now, Hanna is adorning celebrity nails with crystals and spreading her love of CBD with her eponymous brand of beauty products.
Ahead, we talk to Hanna about how she uses CBD at home, why she decided to incorporate it into her work, and more.
How would you describe your personal relationship to cannabis?
I really enjoy cannabis, but that wasn’t always the case. When I lived in NYC, I used to get paranoid when I smoked because you never really knew what you were getting. There was also something super shady about a “dealer” coming to my apartment, which ultimately led me to believe that weed wasn’t for me. That all changed when I moved to California three years ago and I got my medical card. I love how you can walk into a dispensary and have an open discussion about what you are looking for in a high, and have someone who is knowledgeable guide you through the process. It has helped me with pain relief, sleep, and just chilling out. I also have a rose quartz pipe that was gifted to me by a friend which I’m in love with.
When did you learn about the benefits of CBD?
I learned about CBD when a doctor recommended it to me. I was in a horrific car accident in my early 20s and have suffered from debilitating neck and back problems ever since. About a year and a half ago, I threw my neck out and it was so awful, I couldn’t move. My husband literally had to lift me out of bed to take me to the doctor. In addition to the narcotics and muscle relaxers my doctor prescribed me, she also recommended that we go to MedMen on our way home and pick up CBD oil. Within 10 minutes of applying it to my neck and back, I could move again. It was a miracle! It worked better than any pill I had ever taken over the years. Ever since that moment I became obsessed and couldn’t stop thinking about how I could incorporate it into my work.
How did you end up involving CBD in your professional orbit? As a celebrity nail stylist, massage and aromatherapy are a huge part of what I do. I believe that giving a client a spa-like experience is just as important as giving a great manicure. I was already incorporating crystal healing with all of my clients, and CBD just seemed like a natural addition, especially when my clients are constantly shoving their feet into uncomfortable shoes. My first product idea was my Smoky Quartz Infusion Foot Spray with 250mg of CBD per ounce. I couldn’t find a product that had the three qualities I was looking for—incredible scent, potent dose, non-greasy texture—so I decided to make my own. There are a lot of lotions on the market that people were using, but I’m always super-conscious about getting anything on my client’s shoes. As a shoe lover myself, I wouldn’t be able to live with myself if my products stained a pair of Manolos!
How do you feel about the cannabis beauty product trend?
I feel strongly that it’s here to stay. In my opinion, I think it’s only perceived as a “trend” because you don’t see any behemoth brands getting in on the action yet. Some of the larger brands are misleading consumers with “weedwashing” products with hemp seed oil, and quite frankly, that’s getting in the way of moving the industry forward. As an entrepreneur in the CBD space, I understand the risks and hurdles you need to jump through in order to bring these products to market. Let me tell you, it’s not easy! It makes complete sense to me why larger brands are unable to take that risk—when you have a lot, you have more to lose.
Can you tell us about your CBD products?
Right now, I have three crystal-infused CBD products available, with several more coming soon. We use the highest quality organically grown hemp in all of our products, and work with a full spectrum high percentage distillate (around 80%) for maximum efficacy. All of our products are made in small batches to ensure freshness and maximum potency. And, of course, each batch is tested by a third-party lab to confirm CBD content. As I mentioned, the first CBD product I created was the Smoky Quartz Infusion Foot Spray, with 250mg of CBD per 1-ounce bottle. It’s potent, smells incredible, and it’s non-greasy so you don’t have to worry about it ruining your fancy shoes—it’s also formulated with white willow bark extract and MSM, which have pain-relieving properties. I spray this on all of my clients’ feet at the end of each service and before they hit the red carpet. Our Magnifier Quartz Infusion Essential Oil Blend is a blend of 11 therapeutic-grade essential oils enhanced with 50mg of CBD. It smells absolutely incredible. I roll this on the back of my clients’ necks and on their arms and legs during my treatments.
How have your clients reacted to your focus on—and passion for—CBD?
The response has been nothing but positive. I set out on this mission to help people and make them feel great, and I’m so glad I did. Every time a client comments on how amazing something smells and feels, and every time someone places an order or reorder, my heart lights up.
What's next for you? More cannabis products, hopefully!
We have so many exciting things underway, including new product development and hotel and retail partnerships. It’s all so exciting and I feel so much gratitude. That’s all I can say for now, but I’m so excited for the day that I can shout it from the rooftops. In the meantime, my immediate next steps are to keep my head down and stay hard at work doing my part at moving the cannabis industry forward.