These days, you and your split ends can’t walk into a good quality salon without hearing about the wonders of Olaplex.
The bond-building treatment is described as “the ultimate breakage insurance” - but is Olaplex just a product of hype, or is it as much of a miracle as hairdressers say it is?
What is Olaplex?
For those in the know – Olaplex is game changing!
Olaplex is the brainchild of two chemists - Dr. Eric Pressly and Dr. Craig Hawker – and like all good stories, the brand Olaplex began in a garage.
Olaplex is a treatment designed to repair the bonds and structure of the hair, rather than just coating the hair in moisture to disguise the damage underneath.
This miracle in a bottle is now a staple in the hair care routine of celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Emma Stone and Ariana Grande, just to name a few!
How Does Olaplex Work?
Put simply, Olaplex is a three-step hair treatment that works at a molecular level to mend the broken bonds in your hair.
When you colour, bleach, perm your hair or use heat styling tools, the bonds in your hair can split, resulting in dry, damaged hair that is more susceptible to breakage.
Olaplex is used to relink these broken bonds, which strengthens the hair, restores health to your luscious locks and allows hairdressers to make more drastic changes to your hair without worrying your hair will melt or snap off!
How Long Does Olaplex Take To Repair Hair?
Olaplex gets to work on repairing your hair from the first application, with each of the Olaplex products designed to restore your damaged hair by repairing broken bonds.
While Olaplex does restore these broken disulphide bonds permanently, clients should be aware that new damage can still occur to the hair bonds.
Over time, a multitude of factors can affect your hair strength and health, such as:
- How often you use heat styling products and whether you use a heat protecting treatment
- The type of shampoo and conditioner you use – some products are a chemical concoction that will break down the bonds of your hair over time
- Environmental factors such as weather, sun exposure etc.
- How and when you brush your hair – hair is more vulnerable to breakage when wet, so you should avoid brushing wet hair.
- How often you tie your hair up and what you use to tie it up
How do the Olaplex Products Repair your Hair?
Olaplex products No.1 & No.2 are generally designed for salon use, while Olaplex No.3 is usually a take-home treatment, designed to give your hair a boost in between salon visits.
No.1 – Bond Multiplier
Olaplex No.1 works by multiplying the bonds in the hair. This product contains the highest concentration of the active ingredient Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleateand – try saying that five times fast - and is generally mixed in with lightener, colour or chemical services at the beginning of your salon visit to rebuild broken bonds in the hair.
Olaplex No.1 also begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair as your hairdresser applies your new hair colour or bleach.
No.2 – Bond Perfector
Olaplex No.2 is a cream formula that is applied to your hair, in salon, after your colour or lightener has been rinsed out. It is designed to get in and care for any remaining broken bonds in the hair to ensure your hair is as strong, shiny and healthy as possible.
No.3 – Hair Perfector
This is the take-home treatment for clients to use in between salon visits. Olaplex No.3 visibly strengthens hair and helps to reduce breakage, ensuring your hair is as healthy as can be when you go back to the salon for another colour service or regrowth application.
At home, you need to apply Olaplex No.3 to damp, towel dried hair and leave it in for at least 10 minutes – the longer you leave it in, the better.
Clients should aim to use Olaplex No.3 between 1-3 times a week, depending on how damaged your hair is.
See The Results For Yourself!
Olaplex is the ideal hair care product, designed to do more than just mask the damage your hair has endured from all those colour treatments, blow-drying and straightening.