Hair Botox: The Latest Hair Craze

Eunice Lucero | 29 July 2016

Younger-looking hair and bonus, no needles involved!

We’ve all come to associate botox as everyone’s not-so-secret weapon for a youthful face, but what about for hair? Hair botox is the latest hair trend to take the scene by storm, and to say we’re super curious is an understatement. A hair procedure that’s named after a cosmetic procedure supposed to turn back the clock? Where do we sign?

What is Hair Botox?

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Hair botox: no downtime, full-on shine. Photo credit:

We break this trendy hair process down:

1. It is a deep conditioning treatment.

Hair botox is a conditioning treatment and not a straightening treatment. Kind of like an at-home deep conditioner on steroids, it’s a treatment that’s specially formulated to nourish dry, damaged hair and provide frizz-free results for up to 10 weeks.

2. It fills in gaps in the fiber.

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, virtually restoring the shaft to a smoother, more moisturized state.

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3. It does not have any actual toxins.

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.

4. It does not contain formaldehyde.

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

5. It’s less of a commitment.

Since it’s not a chemical treatment, its effects wash out after around 8 to 10 weeks, depending 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.

6. It’s friendly to all hair types.

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, afro-textured or wiry, you’re still bound to benefit from a potent shot of moisture, which is what hair botox is.

How Hair Botox Works

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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, and then carefully massaged in for optimal absorption. It is then rinsed off after 45 minutes 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 (we like how Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Rebalancing Shampoo gently detangles while removing build-up). And don’t forget the Nexxus New York Salon Care Color Assure Rebalancing Conditioner to be used as a part of a hair care system.  You’ll also need a at-home deep conditioner, such as Suave Professionals Moisture Mask with Almond + Shea Butter, and smoothing treatment, like TRESemmé 7 Day Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment, can help maximize the smooth effects.

Would you try hair botox?

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