Last week, I was at breakfast with some friends and the topic of Botox came up.
We’re all at the age where we’re starting to use Botox to deal with our wrinkles. But, turns out, there is a whole world out there of which I knew nothing. That morning, over egg white frittatas, it was revealed that there are people out there putting Botox in their scalps!
Why, you ask? It turns out that people are injecting Botox into their scalp and head to deal with excessive sweating (same as they would, say, in their armpits) but there’s a really intriguing additional benefit: it helps ward off frizz and prolong the life of a blowout.
As someone who lives their life blowout to blowout -- seriously, my Jewish curls are the 11th deadly plague -- I had to immediately call my own personal Botox guru, New York plastic surgeon Thomas Sterry and ask him for the scoop.
"It is the exact same mechanism of action on the scalp as with relaxing muscles. Essentially, the neurotransmitters that run from nerve endings to the sweat glands are blocked. Since the signal to sweat can’t get through to the gland, there is no more sweating," says Dr. Sterry.
So, how would this prolong blowouts? Many of us have neglected working out because we didn’t want to have to wash our hair. If we weren’t sweating, our hair wouldn’t get ruined, meaning we would not only have better hair, but stronger bodies as well. It’s basically a dream come true, right?
But then again, I’m a crazy person.
Dr. Sterry says there’s a legit reason for scalp Botox -- hyperhidrosis, which is a bonafide medical condition wherein people sweat excessively and unpredictably, even when they are cold, even when they are sitting around watching soaps and not remotely working out. For these people, Botox can help prevent sweating. That’s why people are spending as much as $2,000 (there’s a lot of units of Botox that go into creating a sweat/frizz forcefield on an entire scalp!) for six or seven months of relief.
If you have extra cash sitting around and are feeling adventurous, it may be worth the experiment, if only so you can have great hair for the length of your New Year's fitness resolution’s life span. (I know I’m intrigued.)
But if you are a little bit more -- I don’t know -- based in a world where you have a sane attachment to your hair and its blowout status, there are other odd (but legitimately non-insane ways) to ward off frizz.
Carry a shower cap. STOP LOOKING AT ME LIKE THAT. Everyone’s grandma had a rain bonnet. It’s just more cost-effective. You can hoard disposable ones from hotels or the gym, or buy them in bulk at places like Sally Beauty. If random rainy situations arise, you're prepared. Also applies to dental visits and water rides. And seriously, you only think I’m nuts because you didn’t think of it first.
Get a chlorine filter. There’s a reason I never swim (well, aside from never learning): chlorine is notorious for damaging and drying out even the least frizz-prone of hair.
Rub dryer sheet on your hair. Dryer sheets have endless uses -- even repelling mosquitos. But the same properties that prevent static cling on your laundry also can help out your hair. Keep a few in your bag, next to your shower caps.
Beer and egg yolks. My mother taught me some pretty MacGyver-like hair tricks as I was growing up. We used mayo for shine, but when we wanted to calm that frizz before it started, we cocktailed some beer and egg yolks into a hair masque. The eggs help to moisturize dry and brittle hair, and beer is full of fermented yeast, which can plump and shine your fried hair cuticles.
Avocado. You’re probably making guacamole for NYE anyway -- save some avocado for yourself. The oils in avocado are light and hydrating, great for smoothing and fortifying hair.
Which one of these tricks are you most likely to try?