There’s a hair revolution taking place and it has little to do with the actual locks. ‘Blotox’ is the name which has been given to the regime which involves Botox jabs being done all over the scalp, rather than the face, in order to keep the hair looking freshly blow-dried for longer.
When we sweat, either at night while sleeping, or in a gym class, our hair becomes damp and all the hard work your hairdresser might have put in while you were having a blow-dry is undone. To avoid frizz and fly away baby hairs, Botox is injected into the scalp and hairline to prevent sweating. The drug blocks the impulses between nerves that tell a sweat gland to activate and the gland itself. The procedure involves around 200 injections of Botox under your hair follicles and it is available in the UK as well as the US – where the procedure first started.
Botox has long been used to treat hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) in places like the armpits and so this is just an extension of that. A treatment lasts anywhere from three to nine months and will leave you able to go longer between washes and looking more groomed in between. It’s especially helpful if you love to work out – and walk out of the gym looking fresh. “It’s common for SoulCycle people [to get blotox],” says New York dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler, who is administering the treatment more and more frequently. “SoulCycle [spinning class] is infamous for killing the hair.”
It’s also used on people who have curly or afro hair and want to keep professionally straightened hair looking glossy for longer.
Some camps are also touting it as a treatment for hair growth, but here at Lumity we tend to prefer sticking to providing our hair and scalp with a steady stream of nutrients in the form our flagship day and night capsules. With a professional blow-dry costing as much as £300, while our supplements coming in at less than the price of one tall latté per day, we think it’s a simple solution to beauty on the run.
However, we’d never stand in the way of anyone who is hellbent on staying stylish, because can you really put a price on great hair?