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I’m 57-years-old and I’ve never had cosmetic surgery – but I tried a £350 ‘hair Botox’ treatment to de-frizz my locks and the results were instant

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Botox? You’ve got to be kidding – or that’s what I thought.

I’ve reached the age of 57 without needles coming anywhere near my face and I’ve no intention of changing that now. I’ve avoided fillers, too, or any other cosmetic treatment.

But a ‘Botox’ treatment for the hair?

Well, it’s true that hair really matters. I don’t drink or smoke but, as my mother has always said, the one thing that can age you is bad hair.

Hair texture changes with time – there’s no getting away from it.

And by the time you reach your late 50s, like me, you’re a long way from your 19-year-old self – all those smooth glossy curls you can simply wash and leave, and still look glamorous.

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My before shot from the front showing how frizzy and curly my hair is, makes me cringe

It looks even worse from the back, it seems to resemble a birds nest

It looks even worse from the back, it seems to resemble a birds nest

From the side, I can see how frizzy and unruly my hair and it's a little shocking

From the side, I can see how frizzy and unruly my hair and it’s a little shocking

My daughter, for example, manages to look like she’s stepped out of a salon when she’s just woken up.

Women lose hair, too, although not quite as dramatically as men.

Pregnancy is a common trigger. And an under-active thyroid like mine can make things worse.

I’ve even lost some of my eyebrows (although Rihanna in Rusper, who microbladed by brows, has changed the game for me there). 

As for the hair on my head, what’s left is the thinning, frizzy grey stuff which, after years of straightening, can feel as if it’s given up the will to live.

Trust me, we mourn the loss the same way as the men do.

And while you very rarely hear of women getting drastic hair transplants, it would certainly be lovely to have a full fringe around my hairline once again.

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The fact is that I don’t want to look like Hagrid (see before pic) from Harry Potter.

Which is why I took the plunge.

The Botox hair treatment, which costs £350, takes place at the Mayfair salon of Jo Hansford, hairdresser to the Queen – so that was some reassurance.

Brooke shampoos with clarifying shampoo leaving the second wash on for five minutes

Brooke shampoos with clarifying shampoo leaving the second wash on for five minutes

Ansha explains that there cannot be a drop of moisture in my hair before the Hair Botox is applied, otherwise it won't work

Ansha explains that there cannot be a drop of moisture in my hair before the Hair Botox is applied, otherwise it won’t work

Ansha covers from root to tip making sure not to miss one strand of hair

Ansha covers from root to tip making sure not to miss one strand of hair

So is the fact that the salon’s patent hair-smoothing tonic is mercifully free from the botulinum toxin solution that makes all those Botoxed faces seem so static.

Instead, it contains caviar oil, Vitamin B5, collagen complex, Hyaluronic and amino acids. You might think of it as a superfood for the hair.

With that cleared up, I’m met by Jo Hansford’s ‘hair botox’ specialist, Ansha Iqbal. And it quickly emerges that she knows everything there is to know about frizzy hair.

First her assistant Brooke takes me for a hair wash using clarifying shampoo.

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There are two washes: the first is thorough, the second involves leaving the shampoo on the hair for five minutes to eliminate any unwanted substances from previous washes or treatments.

I learn you must always use sulphate-free shampoo. Otherwise the hair Botox doesn’t work.

Then the hair is vigorously dried, eliminating the slightest trace of damp.

The hair is separated into sections and the ‘Botox’ treatment is applied thoroughly by brush to each section.

Ansha carefully covers each piece of hair from root to tip. She explains that when she coats each strand, it expands – and that the Botox fills in the gaps, leaving each hair lovely and smooth.

Ansha's assistant Brooke helps mixing the liquid before Ansha applies it with a brush

Ansha’s assistant Brooke helps mixing the liquid before Ansha applies it with a brush

The thirty minutes under the heater helps seal the hair Botox treatment into the hair, filling in the gaps as the hair expands with the heat so the hair becomes smooth

The thirty minutes under the heater helps seal the hair Botox treatment into the hair, filling in the gaps as the hair expands with the heat so the hair becomes smooth

Once again the hair has to be completely dry before the final process using the straightening irons

Once again the hair has to be completely dry before the final process using the straightening irons

you can already see a difference with my hair, gone is the birds nest at the back, replaced with healthy looking frizz-free hair

you can already see a difference with my hair, gone is the birds nest at the back, replaced with healthy looking frizz-free hair

The difference is incredible, Ansha explains to leave it in for three days and then wash and my hair can be rough dried, keeping the body but with no frizz in sight

The difference is incredible, Ansha explains to leave it in for three days and then wash and my hair can be rough dried, keeping the body but with no frizz in sight

Apparently, after three days of waiting, I can wash my hair and colour it. I can even go swimming and it will stay 100 per cent frizz free.

Once all the hair is covered and twisted together in a grip, I am led to state-of-the-art heaters for 30 minutes.

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Reassuringly, there is no smell – as no chemicals are being used.

Finally, after another rough dry, I run my hands through the hair. And the difference is huge. Even at this stage the frizz has disappeared. The hair feels healthy.

The last stage is the most important of all.

Each small section of hair is heat sealed with straightening irons from root to tip. Ansha really concentrates for this part as she is making sure that the magic solution is sealed into the hair.

Will this survive hot sunshine?

I explain that I’ve never had ‘good hair’ on holiday. It starts with the heat and gets worse with humidity.

As soon as I go in the pool or sea with the heat my hair becomes a total nightmare, growing bigger and bushier by the day. I call it ‘Monica humid hair’ after Monica Geller from TV show Friends and her famously ever-expanding barnet in the heat and humidity of Barbados.

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Yet according to Ansha, that’s now all behind me.

She had the ‘Hair Botox’ herself before her ten-day trip to Sri Lanka for a wedding and says it stayed glossy and frizz-free the whole time she was there.

That’s not the only advantage.

My after pictures are incredible, my hair feels completely different, it feels much healthier

My after pictures are incredible, my hair feels completely different, it feels much healthier

It already looks thicker and longer

It already looks thicker and longer

I look 10 years younger since having the Botox treatment on my hair

I look 10 years younger since having the Botox treatment on my hair

I look ten years younger (good hair can do that) and it feels as if I have a new head of hair. It seems brighter too – as if I’d had my colour done.

Four days later I washed my hair. It was nerve-wracking to rinse my beautiful straight locks under the shower as I was worried the effect would be lost.

However, I trusted the process and used sulphate-free shampoo. 

I did as Ansha told me and rough dried my hair (I have never been able to do this as I usually spend an hour straightening it), not using a hair brush, and after five minutes of drying the results were incredible. 

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I had straight glossy hair that looked like I had just come out of the hairdressers. 

With luck, the treatment  will make my hair grow more strongly and perhaps replace a little of the lost hair around my face. There’s a chance it will grow longer, too, and give me something a bit more like the hair I had before children and the menopause.

There’s still zero chance I’ll be getting Botox in my face. But after this little experiment in time travel, ‘hair botox’ is a no-brainer for me.

Source: Daily Mail

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