Hair Botox: A Deep-Dive into The Latest Treatment for Your Tresses

Younger-looking hair, and bonus, no needles involved!

First things first, what is hair botox? Consider hair botox as a super intensive conditioning treatment. Kind of like an at-home deep conditioner on steroids, it’s a treatment that especially nourishes dry, damaged hair and provides frizz-free results for up to 10 weeks. It’s also one of the buzziest and trendiest treatments of the season.


Similar to keratin treatment technology wherein hair is technically “spackled” with missing keratin bonds to form a healthy cuticle, hair botox contains organic microspheres full of vitamins, proteins and antioxidants. These are then designed to penetrate the hair shaft, repairing lost lipids and filling in the gaps. Therefore, they virtually restore the shaft to a smoother, more moisturized state.

Hair botox does not contain any botulinum toxin (or actual, reality-show-plastic-surgery botox), which is a neurotoxin typically used in cosmetic procedures for its anti-aging properties. It’s these anti-aging, damage-repairing benefits, we surmise, that give hair botox its buzzy nickname. This treatment will certainly breathe new life into your hair!

Finally, it fills in protein gaps in the hair fiber and lasts for months, yes, but its similarities to a keratin straightening treatment end there. This isn’t a chemical treatment, therefore it contains no formaldehyde, which is a known carcinogen said to be present in some keratin procedures. Finally, it is also said to be safe for pregnant women or on those with color-processed hair. Yay!

How long does it last?

Since it’s not a chemical treatment, its effects wash out after around 8 to 10 weeks. That really depends on the original state of your locks. Your hair structure isn’t altered either, meaning you’re free to style it however way you want to—whether that’s in the craziest of curls or updos.

Deep conditioning treatments are usually very inclusive and nourish all hair types across the board. So whether your strands are straight, curly, wavy, coarse, fine, thick, natural-textured or wiry, you’re still bound to benefit from a potent shot of moisture, which is what hair botox is. That’s the most noteworthy characteristic of this treatment: It works for every hair type.

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Hair is first washed with a clarifying shampoo. Photo credit: JDHall Photo

The procedure, which takes less than an hour, starts with washing hair with a clarifying shampoo. The hair botox treatment—it usually comes in a bottle—is then applied to freshly sectioned hair. Then the stylist carefully massages it in for optimal absorption. After 45 minutes, it’s rinsed off with a sulfate-free shampoo, and hair is then free to be styled as desired. The result: smooth, shiny, frizz-free hair and up to a reported 1/3 decrease in drying time. What’s not to love?

Those looking to make the most out of hair botox’s benefits should look into investing in a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. We suggest Love Beauty and Planet Sulfate-Free Tumeric & Tonka Essence Shampoo and Conditioner because of their sulfate-free formulas. A sulfate-free system is vital for the reason that it will allow the treatment to last much longer!

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