In a quest for hair like Blake Lively and Princess Kate an increasing number of British women are getting botox injected in their scalps to extend their salon blow outs. Here’s how it works;
Botox, although only thought to remove wrinkles and fine lines, is also a remedy for hyperhidrosis (extreme sweating). It is exactly this reason that’s spurring women to undergo the treatment to prevent perspiration caused by the summer heat or post-gym session.
The treatment works by inhibiting the eccrine glands. The result of reduced scalp perspiration is that a patient may experience less frizz and not have to wash their hair as frequently.
As Dr David Eccleston, Clinical Director at MediZen, who offer the £500 treatment that lasts 3–9 months, explains: ‘I have been using Botox for 20 years to treat everything from facial wrinkles to underarm sweating and migraine. I also treat patients with Botox for facial acne and scalp and forehead sweating.
‘Frizzy hair, as you are aware, is made worse when humidity is high, or when naturally frizzy or curly hair has been straightened and is exposed to moisture, allowing it to return to it’s natural frizzy or curly state.
‘Moisture affects the hydrogen bonds, which control the degree of curl in an individual’s hair. Botox stops sweating by blocking the nerve impulses to the individual sweat glands. When used in the scalp, sweating is reduced, thus reducing the tendency of straightened hair to return to it’s curly state. Arguably, this could prolong the effect of a straightening treatment, unless the individual is caught in the rain!.’
We’re going to file this one under ‘doing way too much’.
You can read more about the treatment here.
Ladies, what are your thoughts?