Women Are Getting Scalp Botox, and You Won't Believe Why

Alina Gonzalez
by Alina Gonzalez

A mere few days before I got wind of an exciting new trend in the dermatology field, I was having a conversation with a friend about how working out, for me, is a financial decision. See, I just started working out again regularly and really getting back into fitness, like trying different classes and being one of those annoying people who talks about how GREAT their hot yoga class felt (so cleansing and so energizing—I'm a total Hot8 groupie).

But this presents a problem, because I'm ALSO a Drybar devotee, like maybe one of its top 50 customers in the country, just if I'm guestimating. And so when I've gotten a blowout—which I need to do for my self-esteem and legitimate viability in the world, because I look like an eccentric and electrocuted scientist without a blowout just because of my hair type—I basically have to decide between throwing my $50 down the drain by sweating in a hard-core fitness class/the gym or not. I always choose the latter, at least for the first few days of a blowout. Because if I go to a class like hot yoga, I will emerge, as everyone does, dripping wet with hair soaked and the imminent need to shower. Doing so would light my Drybar dollars on fire.

So even though I'm super-committed to exercising, when my hair is on fleek, I'm not about to waste the money it took to get it there by effectively taking a sweat shower that necessitates a real shower—because it would mean I'd just have to spend another $50 that much faster because I don't have the hair type that can just air-dry post-shower and go. I have the hair type that looks like the sad before photo in The Princess Diaries, but more mangled. And thus I was calmly stating to my friend and lamenting the fact that my hair affects my exercise habits. And I knew that if I feel like this—and I'm not some diva; I'm just a real girl with hair problems—there must be so many other women who want to do intense Spin classes but hate how it requires them to be a slave to their hair.

Needless to say, when an email came into my inbox mere days later about how women in New York are now getting scalp Botox to stop sweating to extend blowouts, I about lost it. Do you want to know what my first thought was? It wasn't how crazy that is, or how bougie of those women to do that. It was "OMG, genius. Where has this been all my life? This is the future. Sign. Me. Up." 

Do I see how completely nuts it might sound at first glance? Kind of, but do I also believe it's something for which there is a clear need? Clearly. So I spoke to the dermatologist involved, Dr. Dendy Engelman, and asked her every single question that's probably running through your head right now: like how much does it cost, does it work/how does it work, and how long does it last? Keep scrolling to find out this and so much more about scalp Botox!

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