How does the botox hair treatment work?

Is it different than keratin? Which one is better? My hair really went downhill when I tried dyeing it light blonde (I like Daenerys' hair, what can I say). Obviously it went pretty poorly since my hair is now quite dark. Now I'm searching for a solution to make my hair look less dry and frizzy, and this is how I ended up reading about the botox hair treatment. Should I consider it?


F, 37, Virginia

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If you're asking about an actual Botox treatment for your hair: Yes, this is a very different from keratin.

It's not clear from your question whether you're asking about a Botox treatment which involves actually injecting botulinum toxin into the scalp, or a keratin treatment to improve the texture and shine of your hair.

Actual Botox injections to the scalp are used to make heat styling and blow-dried hairstyles last longer. This unofficially named "blotox procedure" works by preventing perspiration within the scalp. When perspiration and the natural oils in the scalp are held at bay, hairstyles last longer.

A Blotox is considered an off-label use for Botox and costs anywhere from $500 to $1000 depending on your location and the skill of the injector.

By contrast, Botox hair treatments administered in salons by hair stylists are really just keratin treatments (similar to a Brazilian blowout). These keratin formulations typically include some additional ingredients like E vitamins and exotic oils like caviar oil, and are just called Botox treatments because they make hair look lively and less tired. These treatments coat the hair shaft and generally improve the shine and texture of the hair. They have nothing to do with Botox.