Olaplex: a Game-Changer for Hair!


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!

Olaplex Jordana Lorraine

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.

Olaplex Jordana Lorraine

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.

Olaplex blonde highlights

Olaplex allowed me to highlight through this client’s darker, redder, hair in the back, giving her a bright, pale blonde and keeping the hair in excellent condition

 

Olaplex Jordana Lorraine

This young lady had gotten herself in trouble with home haircolor…4 processes left her locks brassy, dry, dull, and mucky. Olaplex allowed me to lift it and give her highlights and broad blonde panels in a natural, pale shade; a change that would normally take several visits and cause quite a bit of damage. But as you can see, it’s healthy and shiny!

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).

Olaplex Jordana Lorraine

Before and After shots showing the dramatic improvements made by the Olaplex Reparative Treatment

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.

Olaplex Brazilian Blowout Jordana Lorraine

Olaplex wows as a pre-treatment to Brazilian Blowout, enhancing the strength, shine, and softness

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:

Olaplex Brazilian Blowout Jordana Lorraine

Olaplex Reparative and Restorative treatment followed by Brazilian Blowout

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!

Olaplex Brazilian Blowout Jordana Lorraine

Olaplex highlights, Olaplex treatment, and Brazilian Blowout

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.

Contributed by:

Jordana Lorraine, Hair Stylist
Los Angeles, CA (Marina Del Rey)
310-922-2645/ jordanalorraine@gmail.com
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Comments

  1. Anne Pina Wst says:

    How do I use olaplex with a perm service

  2. Can olaplex be used with heat during color or highlighting process?

  3. @Anne Visit http://www.olaplex.com for instructions on various uses.

  4. @diana Olaplex is meant to be used with color according to the color manufacturers’ instructions

  5. can I use this treatment with Brazilian Blowout if so should I use Olaplex first and then the Brazilian Blowout or vice versa

  6. hey, is it available in India or any other international website which delivers it to India ?

  7. @cynthia I am so sorry for the delayed reply.

    Olaplex compliments Brazilian Blowout beautifully! You’ll want to perform the Olaplex stand-alone treatment, followed by the Brazilian Blowout as usual. Since Olaplex works on the internal hair structure, and Brazilian Blowout works on out external, you want to heal the inside first, then seal the outside.

    You can download the free Olaplex app to see my video explaining and demonstrating this, along with many stylists discussing various uses. Keep it on your phone at work, so you can always refer to it with questions.

  8. @Shailja I’m not sure about the current international distribution list. Send an email to info@olaplex.com; I know they are working hard to get it everywhere they can!

  9. Can I use a cleansing cream like Keracolor Clenditioner for my final shampoo? Or should I stick with a typical shampoo?

  10. @Barbara thank you for your comment/question. I would suggest contacting Olaplex directly, as I am not familiar with the product you mentioned, but my instinct says to use a real shampoo.

  11. Can it be used as just a condition treatment. and if so how do I mix it and apply it on the the hair

  12. @lanette Olaplex is great as a reparative treatment, as described here. You will find directions on their website, and training videos on their app (available for iPhone and Android). Please note that it is not a conditioning treatment (does not moisturize or treat the cuticle), so it is important analyze the client’s hair and identify their needs. If both internal/structural support and external/moisture are needed you can follow the Olaplex reparative treatment with a moisture treatment.

  13. hi i know you can use it before a keratin treament but can i use it after a keratin treatment or will it take it out ?i know this question was asked alot last year but i did not see an answer as olaplex was still finding out many thanks

  14. Is it available in India?
    How to get it in here?

  15. @elle Great question! Olaplex is fantastic as a pre-treatment, because it penetrates and strengthens the inside of the hair shaft, before the keratin treatment (which works on the outside of the hair shaft).

    You can have an Olaplex treatment after a keratin treatment, but I would wait at least two weeks or 6 shampoos. Keratin treatments coat the hair, so Olaplex can’t penetrate as it usually would, if the coating is very fresh. So, just as you need to wait two weeks before having color done after a keratin treatment, I would suggest the same for Olaplex.

  16. @daksch I’m not sure about international distribution. You can contact Olaplex via their website http://www.olaplex.com

  17. @Brenda Licensed stylists can purchase Olaplex from http://www.olaplex.com, or certain local distributors. The two main components are a professional product for salon use only. The #3 Take Home Hair Perfector is available for sale at salons offering Olaplex services. You can find local salons on the Salon Locator at http://www.olaplex.com.

    I hope that helps!