Despite its name, hair botox does not contain any actual botox, nor does it require any injections. Instead, the hair treatment received this snazzy name, because hair botox’s swift ability to soften damaged hair, is comparable to botox’s ability to soften wrinkles. Celebrity hairtylist, Bernardo Vasconcelos, whose clientele includes Adriana Lima and Alessandra Ambrosio says hair botox helps “nourish the hair fibres and make them more hydrated and less brittle.” Whilst many deep conditioning treatments can weigh the hair down, hair botox helps “plump and fill each hair strand” so it looks fuller and more voluminous says Yann Beyrie, a French hair stylist who owns a salon in Singapore. Although this treatment can help tame unruly locks, it is not a straightening treatment — it is primarily a deep conditioning treatment that does not alter the hair structure.
Hair Botox harnesses the power of proteins, vitamins, amino acids, and plant-based oils to repair dehydrated and unruly locks.
Hair botox improves the actual quality of your hair, healing internal hair damage, as opposed to merely sitting on top of your locks and offering a temporary bandaid solution. The general result immediately after treatment is a glossy and silky-smooth finish. This effect will be most prominent in the first 3-4 months, with the striking luminosity gradually fading after that period. To maintain maximum shine and softness, a touch up every 6 months is recommended. This is because general exposure to pollution, sun, heat application, and chemical treatments etc can reduce the treatment’s effectiveness. However, because hair botox strengthen your underlying hair integrity and structure – even after the treatment fades your hair will be less prone to breakage.
If your schedule or wallet doesn’t permit a trip to the salon, there are still effective at-home products with a high concentration of ingredients, similar to the formula hair botox is supercharged with.
The HH Simonsen Moisture Moisture shampoo and conditioner are as close to the composition of Hair Botox’s ingredients as you can find across any hair care products. Hair botox contains a mixture of amino acids, keratin, botanical extracts and natural oils, and similarly the HH Simonsen duo harnesses the holistic power of keratin, algae, seaweed, wheat-based amino acids, jojoba and macadamia oil. The products have managed to resuscitate my dehydrated hair, and give it a renewed lease on life. Whenever I use the product, the texture of my hair immediately feels silky and nourished. My split ends are diminished, the brittleness is gone and most noticeably, there is a nice glass gleam it imparts on my hair.
The smoothing and softening effect reduces my styling time in the morning, because the hair just looks good naturally. I can also attest to its effectiveness in deeply conditioning dehydrated hair and repairing the damaged potions of your hair, so your both looks and feels healthier. Sometimes I just use the shampoo and it is nourishing enough on its own. I simply add a conditioner in two times a week for that extra dose of moisture. The shampoo and conditioner do not make my hair look oily or limp when used sparingly.
The ZENZ Menthol No.10 shampoo and Menthol No.11 conditioner is perfect for people who want the effects of hair botox, but have fine or greasy hair that can’t tolerate any emollient ingredients. The product is abundant in one of hair botox’s more key ingredients – aloe vera. It also contains protein-rich ingredients such as coconut water and also cold pressed essential oils such as avocado oil. The shampoo and condition give me incredible volume — I liken it to a subtle root perm and overall hair tease. Although my hair feels deeply cleansed and bouncy – similar to the effect of clarifying shampoos, except the formula doesn’t leave my hair feeling stripped or dry. The conditioner is lightly hydrating and after applying the product two times a week for a fortnight, my split ends are reduced, flyaways and any frizziness are tamed and it is easier to brush my hair.
I like to alternate between using the ZENZ and the HH Simonsen, because this particular routine keeps my hair in the best condition. I suspect because the products balance each other out, with the HH Simonsen infusing more moisture and nourishment, whilst ZENZ provides my hair with a stronger clean and more body and bounce.
Story by Kristina Zhou. Holding shot by @romeestrijid