Hair botox vs keratin: What’s the difference?

Jeanette | 21 February 2017
healthy long smooth hair botox treatment

The truth about this restorative hair treatment


When it comes to hair treatments, it’s easy to get caught up in a whirlwind of press fanatics, without really knowing what they do for your mane. But luckily for you, we’re here to debunk some of these mysteries. So, if you’ve been look to give your tresses a little extra TLC, but are pondering the difference is between hair botox and a keratin treatment, you’ve come to the right place.

Ahead, the All Things Hair team have answered what you’ve always wanted to query, but were perhaps too shy to ask. So, whether you’re in the midst of considering hair botox yourself or just want to know, once and for all, what exactly it entails, just read our guide, below!

Hair botox: A complete guide


healthy smooth hair being brushed
Help restore your hair to its former glory with hair botox.

What is hair botox?

We think it’s only right that we start by explaining what exactly hair botox is. Hair botox is a hair treatment that claims to help eliminate frizz, as it smooths and “turns back the time” on your hair clock.

The anti-ageing hair treatment (hence the catchy name) is not a chemical treatment, rather, it’s a deep conditioning treatment that helps restore and reconstruct your hair, using key ingredients such as proteins, amino acids, vitamins, and lipids. Basically, hair botox rebuilds and fills in any gaps in the hair fibres, leaving it silky, shiny, and more youthful-looking.

So, what is the difference between hair botox and a keratin treatment?

Many keratin treatments involve chemicals (typically formaldehyde) which can produce a rather unpleasant odour and sometimes cause an irritation for those who have a sensitive scalp. However, as we mentioned earlier, hair botox isn’t a chemical treatment – so, you can worry less about strong odours or scalp sensitivities (hooray!).

Are there any side effects to hair botox treatments?

Hair botox is free of harsh chemicals and considered to be a deep conditioning treatment, which looks to help repair damaged hair. Simply put: you’re quite unlikely to get any nasty side effects with it. However, like most things: moderation is key.

So, we suggest getting a consultation at a reputable salon and having the treatment done by a trained professional. They will able to suggest and advise you on the best treatment options, as well as the recommended frequency of the treatment.

woman having hair botox washed out of her hair
A gentle, low or sulphate-free shampoo is used to wash out the hair botox treatment.

Is it suitable for my hair type?

The great news about hair botox is, that it’s pretty much suitable for all hair types. However, you’ll probably reap the benefits more if you suffer from dry, frizzy, dull locks. So, if you have over-processed or damaged hair, and want to try to restore your tresses to their former glory, this hair treatment is definitely one you should consider.

Okay, so tell me more about the process.

Typically, your hair will be washed (skipping conditioner) with a clarifying shampoo to remove any residue on your hair and open your hair cuticles. Afterwards, the hair botox treatment will be applied and left on for roughly 45 minutes, before being washed off with a gentle, low or sulphate-free shampoo, blow dried and typically, sealed with straighteners.

How long does the treatment last?

The effects of hair botox typically lasts between 2-4 months. Similar to keratin treatments, it’s recommended that you use a low or sulphate-free shampoo to help maintain the treatment’s benefits.

Try: We suggest testing out the TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth System. The range includes the TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Shampoomade with lower sulphates, while the TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Conditioner contains Thermal Technology, activated by the heat of your straighteners. 


Feeling more confident about your hair product know-how? Great! Then if you’re keen to learn more, why not brush up on your shampoo knowledge, with our experts explaining key ingredients? Trust us, you’ll be picking the right one for you after this!

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