There's been a lot of hype about Olaplex. What is it? Is it worth it?
You may have heard about this new game changer in the haircare industry. If you haven't, I'll explain it a little first.
Firstly, it's a 3 step process that is designed to be used when dying the hair, especially when lightening the hair.
Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. Hair bonds are broken during thermal, mechanical and chemical services.
In the most basic form, Olaplex can be broken down into these steps:
Step 1: Olaplex Bond Multiplier No.1 can be added to lightener or colour. This is a concentrate solution.
Step 2: Finish by applying Bond Perfector No.2 after color is rinsed from the hair to dramatically reduce breakage with every color service. This is a 15% concentrate.
Step 3: Hair Perfector No.3 Take Home is intended to be used once a week to strengthen hair further or to use as a pre-treatment to a future chemical service. This is a 12.5% concentrate, intended to be a less strong version of the Bond Perfector No.2. This step is not a conditioning step! You will still need to use your regular conditioner.
I have the Hair Perfector No.3 Take Home. I have bought it from Birdie Hair and Beauty in Kew and Zanik Hair Design in Camberwell, both in Melbourne. You can buy it from salons, and I've seen it available on Ebay, although Olaplex recommend buying it from a salon as the online ones could be fake or tampered with.
How do I use it?
I like to leave it on overnight, but Olaplex says a minimum of 10 minutes will be sufficient.
At night, I get in the shower and shampoo my hair, then I towel dry my hair. I put enough Olaplex in my hair, so that it feels like each strand is coated (I have a lot of hair so I probably use more than most people).
I clip it up, and sleep with a towel over my pillow.
In the morning I get back into the shower. I shampoo once, then condition, using my regular products.
There are some rival brands to Olaplex, such as Cureplex and Snaplex.
I've heard they're not as good, and they coat the hair, rather than repair the internal structure. I haven't used either though, so I can't comment on how they work.
I go to Zanik Hair Design to get my colour done and an Olaplex treatment. The first time I went, I was in a rush and forgot to take a proper "before" photo, so here is a quick photo I took on my phone;
Every time I use Olaplex, I can't stop running my hands through my hair. It feels SO SOFT. I've noticed my curls are becoming more defined and smooth after each use.
I still have a few split ends, but overall my hair is in the best condition it's ever been in. I've only been using Olaplex for a couple of months, but I know that I'll be repurchasing it forever! :)