Ok, ok, shoot me. Another hair post. However I’m not sorry, I couldn’t resist. If you’ve been through some crazy shit with your hair and featured yourself in a few hair horror moments, bitch, you need Olaplex.
I’ve now used this product, Olaplaex No. 3, for the second time and my hair feels phenomenal and if it’s good enough for Kimmy K it’s definitely good enough for me but let’s break it down.
Olaplex has had it’s fair share of mixed reviews. Some say many other brands have experimented and tested formulas to create products that do similar things, however, I’m not convinced. I’ve been following Olaplex for a few years now, mainly through YouTube. I’ve seen a lot of hair gurus swear by it and use it on their clients. I stumbled upon Guy Tang first. He is a hair artist if there ever was one. I’ve always been fascinated by going that super white ice queen look and being heavily influenced by YouTube, it took me to Guy Tang. He does the most outrageous hair transformations whilst keeping the hair in fab condition. How? How Tang? How? By not only being mind full of basic hair knowledge but being an expert at using Olaplex, following the right guidelines and ratios. It’s a formula that is able to be used with bleach in a way where it can push your hair to reach a higher level of colour without battering your hair as much. Of course, when and however you bleach your hair its not a pleasant thing for your hair to experience, however, Olaplex helps you get there a healthier way in the process and helps you in the long term. So, for those people out there that have dark hair and want to be blonde, using Olaplex can help you achieve your goal a lot quicker than expected.
I’m a bit of a simpleton and find it hard to understand let alone explain ins and outs of products. Especially with this brand. It can be used in so many different ways to help you achieve what you want but let’s understand the basics.
“Olaplex is free of silicone, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, gluten and is never tested on animals. Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. Hair bonds are broken during thermal, mechanical and chemical services.” – Olaplex
So, there’s a little insight. I kind of understand and see it as a formula that helps hold your hair together, whilst it’s being bleached to shit. Am I right? I think so.
I, however, have only used Olaplex no.3 which is normally given to you at a salon after you’ve experienced using no.1 & 2. No.3 is almost like a conditioning treatment but isn’t as it is something that needs to be shampooed and conditioned out. You can find everything online and can even pick up the No.3 from a salon that uses Olaplex however they might charge you still amounts. I’d just stick with Amazon and find the best deal. Make sure it’s legit, though.
“No. 3 Hair Perfector: The client is to apply a generous amount to towel-dried hair, comb through and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes or longer, then rinse, shampoo and condition. This is NOT a conditioning treatment to be left on the hair. The longer this is left on, the more effective it will be. This may be used more than once a week if necessary.” – Olaplex
I’ve gotten on with the No.3, as I’ve said, incredibly well. If you haven’t already read about my hair horror story I’ll link it below. I’m currently going through a stage with my hair because I’ve had to get it corrected and whilst doing that, things do take time. It takes even longer if you’ve had a hairdresser do a shitty job and then had to go to someone else to get it fixed. So imagine how many bleaching treatments I’ve had in the last 6 months. Too many. So thank the heavens for this amazing product because it clearly is a hair version of Jesus, because my hair is definitely getting resurrected back to it’s former glory.
However, let’s try and understand Olaplaex No.1 and No.2? I think No.1 can be seen as a diluter in some cases, for example, they advise you to only bump up developer one notch when using bleach lightener. However, do not bump up developer with base colour, gloss or high lift colour. Also, be conscious of the condition of the hair especially when dealing with fine hair and little baby hairs at the front. All information you might be interested in is on their FAQ page on their website which I will also link below. They go into detail about ratios in different cases and takes you through the steps.
In it’s very bland form, Olaplex No.1 is a bond multiplier, which can be used for foil highlights, balayage, cream bleach, on scalp lightener, colour and gloss.
Now onto Olaplaex No.2 – “Olaplex No. 2 Bond Perfector is not a conditioning treatment nor is it an activator or neutralizer. It uses the same active ingredient found in the Bond Multiplier No.1, however, developed as a cream form for ease of application and use in the Olaplex System. This second step is necessary with all services for the best results. This is used to link the remaining disulfide bonds before and after service restoring the strength, structure and integrity of the hair.” – Olaplex
So, pretty self-explanatory right? Well, not quite but I suppose I get the gist. I just see it as a part 2 to the part one, helps finish off the job for maintaining healthy hair. Grand.
There is also an Olaplex treatment that you can do with both 1 & 2. Rather than matching a ratio of Olaplex with any lightener, you instead mix it with water and create a conditioning treatment. A treatment where Olaplex can use its active ingredients to plain and simply pull your hair back together again to restore strength, structure and integrity. This product line is so versatile, I love it and, of course, want it.
I am yet to try Olaplex No.1 and No.2 but to already have gotten my hands on the take home treatment, No.3, and have gotten on with it so well, I am now obviously eager to try out No.1 & No.2 when the price is right of course! No.3 was as well quite pricey for the amount you do get in a little bottle (I got mine for around £25.) However, if you truly are in a sticky situation with your hair you really won’t regret purchasing the little bottle. I’d recommend you follow the instructions and make use of the product. To be honest, the second time I used this I left it on overnight to let the product thoroughly take advantage of my hair and its done wonders. It’s as if, 3 weeks ago I never had a double bleaching job done! I’ve tried to document me using this product the best I possibly could (in the pictures above), obviously because of how little is in the bottle I don’t fully saturate my hair like you should but I still make sure enough is spread throughout. The outcome for a second time is fab. My hair is shiny, strong and looks very healthy. Like I said, I’ve used it twice now over 3 weeks and I still have over half a bottle left but that’s because I have short hair and try not to go overboard with the application. They say you can use it once a week but now my hair has regained the strength, I might make this product last longer and do a treatment every fortnight.
I hope this post was somewhat helpful? If you haven’t heard of Olaplaex before or even if you just didn’t quite understand what I was saying, I tried my best but please do look them up for yourself as you’ll be overwhelmed with the amount of work they’ve gone into to create such a promising formula. It still isn’t hugely massive and well known in the UK as of yet, however, there are a few salons around giving it a go. If you have the opportunity to go to a salon for a treatment with this brand please let me know but don’t make me too jealous!
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