Is this for real you ask yourself? I know Botox is famous for smoothing out and freezing those pesky wrinkles and can even stop the over production of sweat glands by injections into the armpits, but for your hair? I mean, how do they apply the Botox? Injecting into every strand? When I heard about this new kind of treatment, I just had to research it and of course, it could only happen in America! How many times have I said that in an article! But it appears there may be some truth in the rumors coming out of the States at the moment. Apparently, the way that Botox works is by smoothing out wrinkles and it is this property that hair experts are harnessing to repair hair damaged by the sun, over treated by coloring and ends that have split.
The product, called HairBotox takes the damaged strands and smooths out the surface of your locks and is now being used in the top Miami salon RikRak. So what do they do and how does it actually work? The first step is to wash your hair with a deep cleaning clarifying shampoo. This is to make sure that your hair is squeaky clean, with absolutely no residue. The hair is then sectioned and the HairBotox product is then applied to the hair. This usually takes about 45 minutes for all the nutrients, protein and antioxidants to be absorbed into the hair. Once the 45 minutes are up, it is then washed out with a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner, and dried and styled as desired. But does it actually contain Botox? Well, no. It just has properties in it that mimic the actions of Botox. What a cop out! However, the treatment is very successful and does make a great difference when applied to your hair.
Another salon treatment, called L’Oreal Professionnel Fiberceutic, has been so successful that L’Oreal have now launched a range of shampoos and conditioners that customers can purchase from salons to use at home. The treatment, which costs under £15 a go, is supposed to leave hair feeling stronger and thicker and the effects last for up to ten washes. Created by experts at L’Oreal Professionnel, the treatment contains molecules that search for and then attach themselves to areas where there is damaged keratin, the protein which makes up hair fibres. At this point, the molecules then penetrate the hair shaft to seal any gaps and breakages. Moreover, included in the treatment are vitamins and glossing agents which give longer-lasting results than typical conditioning treatments, which merely sit on top of hair strands. Kay Connelly, technical director for L’Oreal Professionnel, says, “Hair is not a living organ and we don’t feel pain when it is cut. But one end of it is deeply embedded in the skin of the scalp and, at one time, it has been alive. Our aim as hairdressers is to beautify hair to maintain its living sense, rather than allow it to continually dehydrate over time and fall off and crumble, like leaves off a tree. In the same way that skin ages and needs replenishing, so does hair. The cortex fractures from daily aggressions, such as brushing and blow drying, chemical treatments or excess sun, and when it becomes fractured it stops hair looking healthy, smooth and shiny.” Here is the blurb for the product:
L’Oreal Serie Expert Fiberceutic Masque 200ml – £13.49
‘Replenish extremely damaged and weak fine hair’
Enriched with Intra-Cylane, its protective formula boosts fine hair to leave locks with a smooth, natural finish. L’Oréal Professionel introduce Fiberceutic Intra-Cylane, the first fibre filling in-salon procedure for severely damaged, over processed hair. Specifically designed for fine hair, this L’Oréal Professionel série expert Fiberceutic Masque works to reconstruct and strengthen locks to protect against further damage. How to Use: Apply and work into shampooed and towel dried hair. Leave for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly. Available from HairSkinBeauty.com.