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Does homemade hair botox work? See what the expert says on the subject

Homemade hair botox is a technique that brings several benefits to the hair. In this post, straightening specialist Larissa de Paula, who has been working as a hairdresser for years, answers the main questions about straightening creams and other methods of straightening and aligning hair. Check out!

What is homemade hair botox?

According to straightening specialist Larissa Di Paula, “the chemical-free botox has the function of intensive treatment that moisturizes, gives shine, aligns the wires, reduces frizz and split ends”.

The treatment has this name because it refers to botox applied to the skin to reduce wrinkles and expression lines – although it has nothing to do with the botulinum toxin used in dermatological treatment. As a result of the procedure, the skin is more stretched, as with capillary botox, which makes the strands smoother. “Hair botox is done superficially on the hair shaft and works by replacing lost mass and nutrients. When done with chemistry, it still reduces the volume and can smooth, depending on the technique used. In skin botox, botulinum toxin is used, introduced into the dermis to prevent wrinkles and to paralyze the muscles in the applied region”, explains Larissa.

Myth or truth? Does homemade hair botox work?

Homemade hair botox is widely publicized on the internet as a way to treat hair in a simple, practical and cheap way. But does it really work? Larissa de Paula says that the technique is not only effective but also worked as a great “fix” at the beginning of her career. “When I started in the area, I didn’t have any resources, so I had to start from scratch. When I was a beginner, there weren’t all these chemicals, so what I used the most was homemade botox made with cornstarch and I’ve always loved the results. The hair was aligned, with shine and without frizz”, says Larissa.

However, the straightening specialist points out that homemade hair botox is a great alternative for those who want to treat the wires, but that it does not have the function of straightening the hair. “Homemade botox does not straighten the hair because it has no chemistry, however, by aligning the strands, it gives the feeling that the hair is smoother. In fact, the technique only works as a natural straightening for those who already have straight hair type 1 or wavy hair type 2a. Thus, those who have wavy hair type 2b and 2c, curly or curly, cannot achieve the straightening effect. In these cases, botox only works as a form to loosen the curls,” she explains.

5 alternatives to homemade hair botox for those who really seek to straighten and treat the wires

If you are looking for a hair treatment to straighten your hair, then, definitely, homemade hair botox is not the best option. As was said by the professional, only chemical procedures are able to promote straightening. Thus, Larissa de Paula, a specialist in straightening and hairdresser awarded in the “Golden scissors”, listed the best treatments for those who want smoother locks. Check out!

1. Hair Botox in the salon

If you want to use hair botox as a method of straightening your hair, the best option is to do the procedure in the salon, where professionals will use chemistry to apply the treatment. “Usually, hair botox in the salon is chemically based on acid or formaldehyde, which is already added to the composition. Just like homemade, it has the function of reducing volume and frizz, aligns the wires and ends up with split ends. The difference is that it can straighten the hair and the results vary according to each hair type. That is, depending on the type of hair, the procedure may or may not straighten. It can also be used not only to keep hair aligned and reduce volume, but also to loosen curls”, explains Larissa.

2. Progressive Brush

The progressive brush is one of the most traditional and effective ways to smooth the locks, “the progressive brush is usually chemically based on formaldehyde, a substance that smoothes progressively. However, depending on the technique used, it can smooth 100% in the first application. Everything will depend on the typology of each strand”, concludes Larissa.

3. Semi-definitive brush

Larissa explains that the semi-definitive brush is a very similar procedure to the progressive one, but it has faster and more effective results. “Formaldehyde-based progressives act outside the wire creating a capsule around it that promotes the smooth effect. The semi-definitive ones have the acid as a base and act on the wire reaching the cortex. That’s why it straightens in the first application, leaving the hair with a natural smooth appearance”.

4. Hydroxide straightening

The treatment based on hydroxide has a high straightening power, so it is especially suitable for those with curly hair. “Hydroxides are widely used to loosen curls, but they are alkaline chemicals with the power to straighten”, explains Larissa.

5. Ammonium thioglycolate

The ammonium thioglycolate-based procedure is one of the oldest and most effective on the market. They are used for both perming and straightening. “As it works on the thread, the ammonium thioglycolate-based straightening has a permanent result, so it must be applied by specialists in the technique”, warns Larissa.

How to make homemade hair botox

But if you want to straighten your hair without having to go to the salon and, even better, with the ingredients you already have at home, you can check out some tutorials here and learn how to leave your strands with a smoother and more hydrated effect!

Homemade hair botox: hair loss effect


  • Powdered milk
  • Coconut oil
  • liquid bepanthol
  • Mask faints wires
  • Apple vinegar
  • Conditioner

Step by step:

  1. In a container, add the powdered milk, coconut oil and liquid bepantol.
  2. Then, add the mask faints wires and mix until you create a homogeneous mixture.
  3. Wash your hair as normal and remove excess moisture with a towel.
  4. Then, detangle the strands well and apply the mixture to the hair.
  5. Insulate with a thermal cap and let it act for 20 minutes.
  6. Rinse the hair and seal it with apple cider vinegar and conditioner, leaving it on for 5-10 minutes.
  7. Rinse your hair well and dry your hair normally.

Home straightening to abandon the flat iron


  • 1 tablespoon of corn starch
  • 1 glass of milk
  • 1 cap of liquid bepantol
  • 1/2 teaspoon of coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar
  • moisturizing mask

Step by step:

  1. Place the cornstarch and milk in a pan and, with the mixture still cold, stir well to avoid lumps.
  2. Then bring to a low heat and stir until thickened.
  3. Place the mixture in a container and, while the mixture is still hot, add the liquid bepantol, coconut oil, organic apple cider vinegar and the moisturizing mask.
  4. Wash your hair twice to open the hair cuticles, then coat the strands with the mixture.
  5. Insulate with a thermal cap and let it act for 20-30 minutes.
  6. Rinse first with warm water and then with cold water to seal the strands well, leaving the hair shiny.
  7. Dry your hair normally and finish with the flat iron.

Homemade Botox without chemistry


  • 1 egg (yolk)
  • 1 tablespoon whole milk powder
  • reconstructive mask
  • Conditioner

Step by step:

  1. To start the recipe, add the egg yolk in a bowl.
  2. Then, add the powdered milk and the reconstructive mask, mixing well.
  3. With washed hair, apply the mixture and isolate with a hair cap.
  4. Let the mixture act for 30 minutes, rinse and seal the strands with conditioner.
  5. Rinse again and finish the procedure with a brush.

Hair straightening with corn starch and glycerin


  • 2 tablespoons of corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon of glycerin
  • Coconut milk
  • 1 sheet of colorless gelatin
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 spoons of apple cider vinegar
  • Conditioner

Step by step:

  1. In a container, dilute the corn starch in 100 ml of coconut milk, removing all the pellets, and microwave for 15 seconds.
  2. Stir well and return the mixture to the microwave for another 15 seconds.
  3. In another container, dilute the colorless gelatin sheet in 50 ml of cold coconut milk, then microwave for 15 seconds.
  4. Unite the two mixtures, creating a very homogeneous paste.
  5. Add the olive oil, egg and glycerin.
  6. Wash your hair and remove excess moisture with a towel.
  7. Apply the mixture to the hair and isolate with a hair cap.
  8. Let it act for 40 minutes and rinse.
  9. Make a seal by applying a mixture of conditioner and apple cider vinegar, leaving it on for 10 minutes./li>
  10. Rinse off the mixture and dry your hair with a hairdryer.

Hair Botox with natural ingredients


  • 10 ml of coconut water or saline solution
  • 5 ml double-distilled liquid glycerin
  • 10 drops of jojoba oil
  • 1 tablespoon of aloe vera gel
  • 1 tablespoon of hair mask
  • 1/3 of a banana or avocado

Step by step:

  1. Mix the ingredients, leaving the mixture homogeneous.
  2. Coat the strands completely with the mixture.
  3. Use a shower cap or aluminum foil/plastic wrap to keep the area warm.
  4. Let it act for 30 minutes and then wash your hair well to remove any remnants of the mixture.
  5. Dry your hair normally with the dryer.
  6. You can keep the recipe in the fridge for up to a week, but remember to add the fruit only when you are using it, as it will oxidize the recipe after a few hours.

If you want a simple, easy and inexpensive method to have more aligned, shiny and hydrated hair, homemade hair botox can be a great alternative. However, if your goal is to keep your locks straight, then the ideal is to opt for procedures that take chemicals such as formaldehyde, acids, hydroxide and others. These techniques should be applied in the salon and only by competent and specialized professionals. In addition to these methods, learn a little more about American straightening, a technique that smoothes, relaxes and hydrates the wires.

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