Have you ever wanted to go blonde (or blonder), and been told it would be too harsh on your hair?
Have you ever had a conditioning treatment that felt good when you left the salon, but was back to normal in a few days?
Has your hair been damaged by color, bleach, perms, straighteners, blow-drying, or heat-styling? (Or all of the above??)
Does your hair show signs of aging, such as being coarse, brittle and difficult to manage?
Olaplex could change your life. OK…well, it can definitely change your hair!
So, what is Olaplex? It’s a revolutionary new product that top hair stylists and colorists are going nuts for. From the Olaplex website:
“We started by finding two of the world’s leading PHD’s in Materials and Chemistry that had never worked on hair products before, Dr. Eric Pressly and Dr. Craig Hawker. With this fresh outlook, this dream team invented a single ingredient chemistry, that is free of silicone or oils, that links broken bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before.”
The Olaplex system has three components: Bond Multiplier (the pure Olaplex ingredient), Bond Perfector, and Hair Perfector.
What does that mean for me and my stressed strands??
Color, bleach, perms, straighteners, heat styling, and even putting tension on wet hair (combing, brushing to detangle) causes damage inside your hair. You don’t see it when it happens, but you can feel it, and you definitely see it over time. The tiny bonds that make up your precious hair are being eaten alive! Olaplex seeks out this hidden damage, and reinforces those bonds, making them stronger, more flexible, and more resistant to breakage.
There are a few ways ways to use the Olaplex system:
Protective Treatment: Done at the same time as color, highlights, balayage, or bleach; Olaplex Bond Multiplier is added into your color or bleach formula. This will not affect the color result or grey coverage, however it may increase processing time for bleach, highlights, or balayage. Olaplex Bond Perfector is applied after rinsing (and toning, if necessary). It will set for 10 minutes, then will be rinsed, shampooed, and conditioned. Olaplex Hair Perfector should be used at home once a week, to enhance and extend results between appointments.
Reparative Treatment: Can be done independently, as a strenthening pre-treatment, or as a restorative post-treatment. Olaplex Bond Multiplier will be mixed in a solution and applied to dry (or well-blotted, towel-dried hair), combed through, and allowed to set for 5 minutes. Olaplex Bond Perfector will be applied directly over it, without rinsing, and set for 10 minutes, then will be rinsed, shampooed, and conditioned. Olaplex Hair Perfector should be used at home once a week, to enhance and extend results between appointments.
Duo: To really give damaged hair the most intense therapy, both of the above can be done. Using Olaplex Bond Multiplier in color or bleach will protect hair from being damaged during that process. After hair is rinsed and towel-dried, the reparative treatment will commence as described above, to strengthen hair that has been damaged by previous chemical treatments, heat, and other factors. Olaplex Hair Perfector should be used at home once a week, to enhance and extend results between appointments.
I have done all of the above, with incredible results! Which is my favorite? It’s tough to say.
The protective nature is amazing, allowing more bleach or highlights than ever before, without damage! This has absolutely revolutionized corrective colors and blonding services.
The reparative treatment has worked miracles on any hair type that has been exposed to chemicals and/or heat. I have found it leaves hair softer and stronger, shinier and silkier, faster to blowdry, and fuller but light-weight (not thick or heavy).
As a pre-treatment before Brazilian Blowout or keratin services, the Olaplex reparative treatment makes hair stronger and enhances shine, softness and silkiness. The hair is more flexible and resistant to breakage. It is important to do this before beginning the Brazilian or keratin service, as Olaplex penetrates the hair to strengthen from within. The smoothing service conditions and seals the cuticle, helping defrizz and refine the cuticle (the outer layer of the hair shaft). The result is stronger, healthier hair that is in a better place to maximize the benefits of a Brazilian Blowout or keratin treatment.
As a restorative post-treatment, Olaplex replenishes the hair after a perm or straightener. These types of treatments break a large number of bonds in the hair, but we can start healing it right away by treating the hair immediately afterwards.
I recently saw a client whose hair had been treated with Japanese straightening. Her natural hair was a tight, coily ringlet (Type 4a). The Japanese straightening left her curls flattened, but not straight, poufy and frizzy, and damaged on the ends. We did an Olaplex reparative treatment, followed by a Brazilian Blowout. It look like a completely different head of hair! See for yourself:
The Olaplex restorative treatment does the same for overprocessed, overlightened hair. The intensity of the direct application will work wonders to heal damaged hair. Unlike traditional conditioning treatments, which treat the outside of the hair, Olaplex goes deep inside to actually repair damage.
This is another client, whose hair is thick, coarse, curly, and dry. She sometimes toys with going lighter, but I have hesitated because I was worried about the integrity of her hair, especially with regular heat styling. We did all three of the above here: Olaplex Bond Multiplier in her base and highlight formulas, a full/direct application on Bond Multiplier after rinsing, a generous application of Bond Perfector directly over that, then rinsed, shampooed with Brazilian Blowout Anti-Residue Shampoo, and performed the Brazilian Blowout service. Her hair was soft, strong, light, and faster and easier then ever to style!
Where can I get this done???
Find Olaplex salons near you by using their Salon Locator (in the top/right menu). If your favorite salon or stylist isn’t on the list, send them a link to this post. It’s easy to become an Olaplex salon, and they’ll thank you because it will open up a whole new world for them as well! Stylists and salons can learn more, register and order here.