If hair could talk, mine would be crying out for help right now. It has gone through two rounds of bleaching to be dyed pink, curling tongs so hot they may cause global warming and all other kinds of hair stresses. My mane looks as listless as Gudetama. Now, what if there was Botox for the hair, which resurrects damaged locks the same way filler injections plump up facial wrinkles, so that our hair looks more shampoo ad-worthy and less Barbie-on-her-bad-hair-day? Local salon Chez Vous’ Hair Botox + Fillers Programme promises to do just that.
How it works
When our hair is damaged, the hair cuticles (the outermost layer of the hair shaft that protects and locks moisture within the shaft) are filled with ‘holes’ which cause our locks to look dry and frizzy. This treatment claims to act as “fillers for the skin”, filling the holes with nourishing supplements such as hyaluronic acid, natural jojoba and avocado oils, and keratin concentrates, all of which hydrate and strengthen a damaged mane. Nope, no injections are involved like the real Botox, just rigorous application of hair supplements.
My stylist preps my hair by giving me a purifying shampoo sesh and soothing head massage. After the hair wash, he applies a mixture of heat-activated Smooth-Control Concentrate to tame frizziness, Stablilised Keratin to repair the damage and help hair stay perky in our humid weather, and a Pro-Satin Silk Protein to add some smoothness and shine.
A moisturising Hair Booster with jojoba and avocado oils is then added, after which my hair is blown dry and then flat-ironed so that the heat gets the supplements working. This is followed by a Hyaluronic Acid and Ceramide Injection Masque and finish serum, which are massaged into my locks to seal in the treatment. The entire session takes about two hours.
This is not a treatment for folks who recently permed their hair or want to maintain their wavy locks. The hair botox, in the process of repairing frizziness, also temporarily straightens the hair so that it looks neat and smooth. “But it is not hair rebonding,” says my stylist earnestly. Unlike rebonding, which breaks the natural bonds in hair with a chemical softener to make your locks stick-straight, this keratin-based treatment simply fills the lobangs in your hair cuticles with hair do-gooders. Naturally, your hair becomes heavier when loaded with supplements (and therefore hang down straighter due to the laws of gravity). Ah, science.
How long does it last?
If maintained properly, you could have up to three months of good hair days. (Okay, it's a hair treatment that requires maintenance, not a one-time miracle from your Hairy Godmother). “No swimming or curling your hair, as the chemicals and excess heat will affect the treatment,” my stylist warns. But he encourages me to dampen my hair and blow-dry it regularly, as the treatment is activated by (a reasonable amount) of heat and not daily blasts of fire that would destroy even Thor's mane.
How much it costs
From $599 per session, which includes a 60-day homecare set with a bottle each of shampoo, conditioner and leave-in treatment, plus a customised 30-day Chez Vous Trilogy Bespoke Booster Set comprising three 50ml jars of boosters prescribed according to your hair needs for post-treatment maintenance (which act as the equivalent of five typical hair mask applications). Yes, this Botox sesh is the same price as a fancy Dyson Supersonic hairdryer. But the value of having sleek, super easy to maintain hair for three months? Priceless.
Chez Vous Salon, #05-05 Ngee Ann City Podium (Takashimaya, next to Best Denki), 391 Orchard Rd, S238872. Call 6732-9388 for appointments. www.chezvoushair.com.