Being a reality tv star these days has got to be a lot of pressure. There are group vacations, fancy cocktail parties, outfits you can never wear twice, and hours spent inside little rooms talking directly to a camera. But more than anything, the need to be camera-ready at all times must be all-consuming. Sometimes, that kind of pressure can make a man to go to extremes with his grooming routine, like Vanderpump Rules’ Tom Sandoval.
The fact that a man gets Botox is not (and should not) be news, but in this case, what’s surprising is where Sandoval gets it. In a recent interview with Popsugar, the Vanderpump Rules star confessed to using Botox to… keep his hair in place. “You know what, though, I have done it,” he says, regarding Botox. “Just above my ears, I’ve done Botox. When I smile, my ears move up a lot and it keeps my hair from going over my ears. I’ve done it twice and it lasts for a long time.”
I thought I’d heard it all when it comes to Botox, but props to Sandoval for surprising even this jaded grooming editor. I’m not saying this with judgement, but with empathy. If I feel that pressure and the only camera I encounter in my daily life is when I mistakenly open my phone in selfie mode, I can’t imagine what it must be like for someone like Sandoval.
Sandoval’s personal grooming routine is the stuff of legend. He’s been vocal about the fact that he shaves his entire face for the exfoliation benefits (what beauty people call Dermaplaning). He is known for tanning a lot (both sunless and traditional), using many flat irons on his hair, having steadfast opinions on what is the proper length of leg hair, and has been accused of taking the longest to get ready out of the whole cast (an accusation he denies, for the record). But hey, that’s Hollywood for you.
Just for the record, getting Botox injected above your ears to keep your hair from moving is not an FDA-approved on-label use for the drug (those include facial wrinkles, migraines, and excessive sweating). But perhaps, thanks to Sandoval, it may be one day.
Now pardon me, while I go figure out if my hair goes over my ears when I smile.
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