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Dr. Alpana Mohta Ranka, MD, DNB, IFAAD, is a dual-board-certified dermatologist with over 90 research publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


Hair Botox: How Does it Work?

Updated: Aug 13, 2023

When we hear the word Botox, needles may come to mind. But does that mean hair botox is a treatment involving needles in your scalp? The answer is no! In fact, it’s nothing like skin Botox!

What is Hair Botox?

Hair Botox is a cosmetic treatment aimed at improving the overall health and appearance of the hair. Despite its name, it does not contain actual Botulinum toxin AKA Botox. The term is used metaphorically to describe its rejuvenating effects.

It is a deep conditioning treatment designed to repair damaged or weakened hair, reduce frizz, and enhance hair texture and shine. It involves the application of a specialized formula containing ingredients like vitamins, proteins, amino acids, and nourishing substances. Note that this is not a medically recognized term. It's a term used in the beauty industry as a nickname for the treatment as it purportedly does for hair what Botox does for the skin.

How Does Hair Botox Work?

The Hair Borox product is made up of a mixture of proteins, amino acids, peptides, collagen compounds, lipids, and vitamins (including vitamin B5), that are applied to the hair. The ingredients of the product being used may vary depending on the brand of the product being used.

Hair botox infusions claim to help address hair concerns like dull and lustreless hair, chemical and heat-induced hair damage, rough hair, and split ends. The solution replenishes the fiber in your tresses—repairing damage while adding volume so you don't have to resort to wearing those unflattering hats anymore (sorry, Lillian Hellman). It works well for all hair types, making your locks look glossy and healthy.

Hair Botox Treatment Procedure

Following is the step-by-step process:

The image describes the step-by-step process, involved in hair botox, outlines in the written bullet points below.
  1. First, the hair is washed thoroughly, removing any dirt or product residual that remains on it. Conditioner should not be applied after the wash because it will cover the opened-up hair cuticles and prevent the hair botox treatment from absorbing into your scalp.

  2. The hair should be dried thoroughly before treatment.

  3. The hair botox concoction is then applied to the scalp, spreading down each strand evenly and staying on for 45 to 60 minutes.

  4. The product is then washed off the hair.

  5. An expert will then use a heating tool to seal the treatment. Once that's done…you're ready for hair that feels smooth, hydrated, and rejuvenated!

It seems simple enough, doesn't it? As I said earlier, there are no needles involved. It's as simple as conditioning your hair after shampooing. Only in this case, the product being used is a slightly advanced form of conditioner which is to be left on the hair for a long period of time. Also, after the product is washed off and your hair is dried, a hair straightener iron is used to lock in the cuticles.

The Benefits of Hair Botox

  1. It smooths out frizz.

  2. It keeps split ends at bay.

  3. It gives your hair extra volume.

  4. Treats broken and damaged hair strands.

  5. It makes hair smooth.

  6. It also repairs damage caused by color treatment.

Post Hair Botox Hair Care

After you get your hair treatment done, take some time to look after it. Try using a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner so that your locks don't dry out during this process; also, make sure not to use any products with silicones or parabens, as they could interfere with the effectiveness of botox treatment.

It is important to moisturize hair daily and use a hydrating mask once or twice weekly. The sun's harmful rays, and pollution can dry out the scalp and make hair brittle, so it's best to cover your locks when you're outside in dry or hot weather.

Heat styling can damage hair. Before applying heat, use a product that protects the hair from excessive dryness and breakage (such as a reconstructor or serum).

Please consult with an expert to determine how many sessions are necessary and the length of time between them.

Final Verdict!

Hair botox is making waves for its ability to deal with split ends, dry locks, and frizziness. It will also give you the volume your hair has been missing out on—for maybe forever! Although the procedure can take a toll on your wallet and requires proper aftercare, it is worth a try. However, only stick to using a quality product made by professionals for the best results. We also did some research to find if any studies were done on "Hair Botox" treatments but found a different kind of hair Botox treatment (one that actually does involve needles). However, let's reserve this for another article.


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