What is Botox for hair and what does it do?
- By: Medically reviewed by Cynthia Cobb, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC, FAANP — Written by Rachel Nall, MSN, CRNA
- Source: Medical news today
- Website: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/320373#what-is-botox-for-hair
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.
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.