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Hair Botox 101: Treatment, Cost, Benefits, Side Effects, More

A hair botox is not administered in injection, but its primary purpose is to smoothen frizzy hair. Along with this, a good hair botox ensures a smoother and fuller set of hair with the ultimate deep conditioning treatment it requires.


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Hair Botox 101: Treatment, Cost, Benefits, Side Effects, More


What Is Hair Botox?

Think of hair botox as similar to skin botox. Botox, otherwise referred to as Botulinum Toxin or BTX, is a specially prepared injection. Apart from treating severe medical migraines, skin botox treatments are commonly conducted cosmetic procedures to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and signs of aging.

A hair botox is not administered in injection, but its primary purpose is to smoothen frizzy hair. Along with this, a good hair botox ensures a smoother and fuller set of hair with the ultimate deep conditioning treatment it requires. Hair botox is a highly beneficial treatment if you have dehydrated, dull and itchy hair.

How Does Hair Botox Work?

Hair Botox works by coating the fibre of your hair with a filler that is good for its health. The treatment fills up spaces or breaks in your hair, making it appear more lustrous and thick.

It makes sense to undergo a hair botox treatment if you have:

  • Split ends
  • Hair breakage
  • Dull and dry hair
  • Damaged hair
  • Frizzy hair
  • If you wish to straighten your hair

Benefits of Botox Hair Treatment

Hair botox is a non-chemical deep conditioning treatment which:

  • Strengthen your hair by replenishing hair fibres and repairing damaged hair
  • Eliminates frizz
  • Protects your scalp against psoriasis, dandruff, or other scalp conditions
  • Prevents hair loss, hair-thinning and split-end problems
  • Reduces hair damage post rebonding, strengthening or smoothing
  • Adds volume to hair

Also read: Fermented rice water for hair

Does Botox Hair Treatment Help With Hair Loss?

Hair Botox has Vitamins B5, Vitamin E, Amino Acid, Glyoxylic Acid, Collagen Complex and BONT-L Peptide etc., which reduces hair loss by nourishing your hair. This has been corroborated by a Canadian researcher, Professor Freund. He conducted an experiment with botox hair treatment and observed that participants' hair was growing back in the lesser-hair areas.

Disadvantages of Hair Botox Treatment

Following are some of the hair botox treatment disadvantages:

Expensive

Hair Botox is made up of complex formulas for hair restoration, so the treatment is costly.

Delicate After-care

After the treatment, you must use sulphate-free shampoos. Otherwise, usual shampoos will undo the effect of the treatment. It would help if you avoided flat iron and hair dryers for preventing the loss of minerals and vitamins from hair.

Won't Change the Internal Structure of Your Curls

It straightens curly hair to some extent. However, the results are ineffective because the treatment can't change the hair fibre's internal structure. The hair's internal cuticle needs to be broken down for changing hair structure, which one can only do by using formaldehyde (pungent-smelling and colourless chemical gas), which is not part of the hair botox treatment.

Changes Your Hair Tone

If you have dyed your hair, the hair colour may change a bit after the treatment since the treatment involves injecting vitamins in the exterior parts of the hair. It may slightly change your hair tone.

Can't Dye Hair After Treatment

You must avoid colouring your hair after the treatment because the chemicals present in the colours will diminish the effect of the hair botox.

Hair Botox Treatment Cost

Botox hair treatment price ranges between 11000 - 23000 INR. The price varies according to geographic locations, salon appointment and type of treatment (purchased material or at home set-up).

Hair Botox vs Keratin

Here are some significant differences between keratin and botox treatment for hair:

  • Keratin treatment involves chemical formaldehyde which straightens and smoothes your hair. Hair Botox, on the other hand, is chemical-free. It hydrates and strengthens your hair and decreases hair loss.
  • Keratin treatment is best suited to women with curly hair, whereas hair botox works for all hair types. Still, it is more suitable for women having thin hair.
  • Women, who have thick and curly hair but want healthy straight hair, can get both treatments together.

Other Treatment Options

Some alternatives for botox hair treatment are:

Pre-shampoo Conditioning

It involves applying a conditioning product before shampooing to bring shine and elasticity to your hair. This treatment locks moisture in your hair which is usually stripped off by the shampoo. Apply the pre-shampoo conditioner from root to tip for 10-20 minutes and wash with shampoo afterwards.

Charcoal-infused Shampoo

Use charcoal-infused shampoo to wash hair, as it has activated charcoal which removes toxins from your hair by absorbing them. It also rejuvenates your hair by detoxifying them and giving new life to your dull and damaged hair.

Hair Mask

It has a mixture of oils, butter, fruits, flowers or leaves, such as neem leaves, hibiscus and banana. It's an intense conditioning treatment that penetrates deep into your scalp and nourishes your hair roots. Apply a hair mask at least twice a week. You can either use masks available in the market or homemade masks, such as papaya masks or hibiscus masks.

Scalp Conditioner

They have nourishing oils like jojoba, almond, honey, olive, etc., that moisturises and soothes your scalp. Apply a suitable conditioner after shampoo and rinse off within 10 - 15 minutes.

Hair Oil

Massaging the scalp with any oil like amla, argan, coconut, almond or olive oils at least twice a week nourishes distressed hairs and makes them stronger.

Also read: Vitamin E capsules for hair

Summing up Hair Botox

Hair botox is a safe treatment for women with damaged, dull, dry, and frizzy hair that wish to undergo it. However, your hair goes through certain changes post botox treatment that you may or may not be aware of. Hence, please make sure to research all its pros and cons before opting for botox treatment.

FAQs

Is Botox Hair Treatment for Curly Hair?

The treatment is suitable for all types of hair, including curly hair. However, you can use it for managing distressed hair with split-ends but not for straightening curls.

Is Botox Hair Treatment Good for Your Hair?

Yes, please take it 2-3 times annually. More than that might cause hair breakage, thinning and dullness.

How Long Does Hair Botox Treatment Last?

A single Botox treatment lasts for 2-4 months.

Does Botox Straighten Hair?

Yes, the treatment straightens your hair to some extent. Yet, women with curly hair might not notice much straightening because it cannot change their hair pattern.

References

Brian J Freund,  Marvin Schwartz (2010) Treatment of male pattern baldness with botulinum toxin: a pilot study (National Library of Medicine) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/21042071/

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