When you think about Botox, anti-ageing facial injections might instantly spring to mind. But, did you know about hair Botox? And, no needles are involved!
If you’ve ever undergone, or considered having, a Brazilian blow dry or similar semi-permanent hair straightening treatment, you could be keen to learn about this supposedly safer alternative which doesn’t involve keratin.
The problem with keratin is the potential presence of formaldehyde and methylene glycol, both of which are possible carcinogens which can cause cancer. Our ‘Everything you did (and didn’t!) want to know about keratin treatments’ blog is useful background reading on this contentious subject.
Recently arrived in the UK, rather than botulinum toxin (or Botox for short), the new hair Botox anti-frizz treatment’s main ingredient is actually hyaluronic acid. While deemed freer from danger than keratin for hairdressing clients, as it’s a substance that’s naturally produced in the body, it’s important to note at this stage that it’s not without controversy either.
As with any treatment using acidic elements, you must perform due diligence by researching and questioning before you book your hair appointment so that you’re aware of side effects. (More on this below.)
Some of the reasons for the growing popularity of hair Botox comprise:
(1) it promises to have a smoothing effect and youthify hair;
(2) it can be applied to hair that’s slightly damaged or super-fine (unlike keratin which may worsen existing signs of hair damage);
(3) it’s tailored according to how straight you want your hair (by adjusting the length of time it’s left on before being washed out);
(4) it doesn’t make hair flat and lifeless in the process (which keratin has a tendency to do);
(5) your hair requires less blow drying and straightening afterwards so it promotes healthier locks;
(6) it protects against the usual impacts of humidity; and
(7) it only takes around two hours in the salon to get the treatment.
Not yet widely available, if / when hair Botox comes to a salon near you, heed our earlier warnings regarding heat-and-chemical based hair treatments. Our ‘How to identify, prevent and cure hair damage’ and ‘Bad salon warning signs’ blogs are a good starting point. It’s not unusual to suffer hair breakage, hair loss, scalp burns and scalp blisters following a disaster at the hairdressing salon.
As always, should your hairdressing appointment go awry, contact us to discuss your options including suing your hairdresser. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0800 141 3682 from a landline for free, phone 0333 202 6560 from a mobile or complete our online enquiry form.