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What is Botox for hair and what does it do?

By: Medically reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN — Written by Rachel Nall, MSN, CRNA
Source: Medical News Today

Botox for hair is a cosmetic treatment that is designed to enhance the strength and appearance of hair.

There are two types of Botox for hair treatments that are currently available, and understanding how these work can help a person decide whether they are suitable.
What is Botox for hair?
Two types of Botox treatment exist for hair: Botox for hair and injecting botox into the scalp.

Botox has been advertised for use in creating more beautiful hair. Two types of Botox treatments exist.

The first is Botox for hair, which does not contain Botox at all. Instead, it is a topical application designed to “fill in” damaged hair, making it shinier and healthier-looking.24

The other application involves injecting Botox into the scalp. This is an off-label use of the Botox product, meaning that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have not approved it for this purpose.

Botox is a compound made from botulinum toxin, a substance that is known to cause muscle paralysis.

While botulinum toxin can be toxic in large quantities, doctors use it in smaller amounts for several beneficial purposes. These can include reducing sweating, migraine headaches, lazy eye, and swallowing difficulties, as well as for cosmetic purposes.
Who might use Botox for hair?

Topical applications of products marketed as Botox for hair are usually recommended for those who have brittle, damaged, or frizzy hair. People whose hair has been damaged by heat styling and coloring may also benefit from hair smoothing and strengthening treatments.

Botox injections for the scalp are marketed to people who sweat excessively because sweating can cause hair to appear stringy and unclean quickly.

People who get the injections may be able to leave their hair for longer periods between washes. Botox scalp injections are also rumored to boost hair growth, but this has not been proven.
How does Botox for hair work?
A person may not sweat as much when Botox is injected into the scalp.

The idea of Botox for hair comes from the theory that topical treatments can fill in damaged portions of hair, making the hair appear smoother and healthier. The same is true for Botox that is injected into the face to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

Some of the products that are marketed as Botox for hair include L’Oreal Professionel’s Fiberceutic. This product contains a compound that the company calls “Intra-Cyclane,” which is intended to smooth and plump the hair.

Other companies and hair salons may market a combination of products — such as vitamins, essential oils, and collagen — as Botox for hair.

Repair lotions and treatments for hair are available for purchase online.

When Botox is injected into the scalp, it reduces the work of the eccrine or sweat glands. As a result, a person may not experience such high amounts of sweat.

Botox injections can result in fewer incidences of frizz and the ability to go longer without washing the hair. One of the nicknames for this approach to Botox for hair is “Blotox,” because the injections are reported to extend the life of a blowout.
Risks and considerations

While topical Botox for hair injections are intended to strengthen the hair and improve its appearance, sometimes the opposite occurs.

Most stylists do not recommend using these treatments more than three to four times a year. Otherwise, hair breakage, thinning, and dullness can occur.

There is also a chance that these treatments will not work, and they are very expensive.

Botox injections into the scalp may be a short-term solution to frizz or greasy hair. In the end, the body absorbs the Botox into the system, which means that a person may start seeing less of an effect about 2 to 3 months after the initial Botox injections.

Like topical treatments, Botox injections can be costly. Some treatments can cost more than a $1,000.

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