What does Botox have to do with having a good hair day? Apparently quite a bit, as some beauty trendsetters are finding out.
In a blog post titled, “Women Are Getting Scalp Botox, and You Won’t Believe Why,” writer Alina Gonzalez uncovers a new way that women have found to beat sweaty, post-workout hair.
As one doctor explains, the demand is “patient-driven” and has mainly spread by word of mouth, with a chance of getting bigger now that it’s seen press coverage on Harper’s Bazaar and other blogs and publications.
According to Gonzalez, “Spin class addicts, exercise fanatics, and workout-aholics” are the ones most likely to ask for these treatments.
The trend appears to have taken hold across the country. New Yorker Rebekah Woolley began getting the treatments to keep up with her active lifestyle. “I box, I run, even Barre method where lots of people say they don’t get sweaty… I sweat like crazy,” she said.
But after her workout is over, she said her hair is “Wet, stringy, there’s no salvaging it. You want to get in the shower and start all over.”
And dry shampoo can only do so much.
Traditionally, women (and men, too) get Botox to reverse the signs of aging through skin tightening and wrinkle reduction. However, it also has been known to help with certain medical conditions, such as excessive sweating, eye twitching and migraine headaches.
It’s also the most popular cosmetic treatment out of all surgical and noninvasive procedures, with more people opting for the injections each year. In 2012, there were around 6.1 million procedures performed in the U.S., which was an 8% increase since the year prior; in 2014, there were around 6.9 million Botox procedures.
Typically, a Botox treatment in the face or neck area will last about four to six months, depending upon the condition of the skin and whether or not the injections were used alongside other beauty treatments. However, the scalp Botox can last between six and 12 months, meaning that at best, it’s likely a once-per-year indulgence.
The cost is around $1,200 to $1,500 for about 150 to 200 injections, which helps to achieve a sweat-free scalp. But that may be a small price to pay for those who love their workouts and their blowouts at the salon.