By Victoria

July 22, 2015

Olaplex Review

This is for all you in the hair world. If you ever bleached you hair, you may have heard the brand "Olaplex." Google it & literally all you can find about it is rave reviews. & this one is too.

So what is Olaplex? Olaplex is a single active ingredient with a compound called bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate. It is invented by Dr. Eric Pressly, PhD in materials, & Dr. Craig Hawker, PhD in Chemistry. Basically it's a type of hair treatment that is used while your hair is being processed/colored. It makes your hair stronger, healthier, & allows your color to last longer by stoping breakage caused from the chemicals in color processing. The great thing about this product is that it works on all types of hair: Caucasian, African American, previously chemically processed, virgin, you name it.

This product is what allows you to take your hair to the next level in one sitting. If you have naturally dark hair like mine, then you know how difficult it is to achieve a lighter color. In order to get lighter hair, your hair is bleached. Then color is applied to it. The more bleach, the lighter your hair can get. The lighter it is, the easier it can be to reach a desired color. As you know bleach is a very strong & harmful chemical. So stylists can only get you as light as they can without damaging your hair so much.

Disulfide bonds connect the keratin proteins in your hair. The bonds can be broken from the sun, heat styling, as well as chemical treatments making it weak & damaged. Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. So your hair stylist can bleach your hair more without damaging it as much. This means you don't have to come in for multiple sessions of getting it lighter. This saves you money & another trip to the salon.

Olaplex has 3 steps:

No. 1 Bond Multiplier: This solution is mixed directly into your color. Color is then applied as normal.

No. 2 Bond Perfector: This solution is applied to your hair at the sink after all processing (having it bleached, having color added to it, having that all sit in your hair for awhile) has been completed & rinsed off. After the Bond Perfector is rinsed out, your hair stylist shampoos as normal.

No.3 Take Home Hair Perfector: This solution is applied in washed damp hair & left in for at least 10 minutes. It then must be washed out. This is to be done 1-2 times a week only.

Note that because the Olaplaex has to sit in your hair for a while to work, your session may take longer than expected (For me it was like having another toner sit in my hair for around 10 minutes. I do know it's different for everyone because it depends on your type of hair).

When Olaplex was used on my hair for the first time everything felt normal during the process. There was no problem or irritation. Just a typical session of getting it toned back to blonde & silver.

I definitely did notice a dramatic change in my hair after it was finished & blow dried. My hair felt so silky & smooth! My hair was easily tangled & knotted after being bleached often, but I noticed that I could run my hands through it effortlessly this time. My hair stylist shampooed & conditioned my hair, but did't use any hair treatment on me. Olaplex on my hair felt like I had the best hair treatment ever used on me. I did wonder though if Olaplex was really the reason. Because I've always found my hair to feel better after a session at the salon.

My hair becomes super soft & manageable after using a hair treatment, but then it goes back to normal & tangles after some time. Hours after I had gotten home from the salon, my hair still felt amazing. & best yet I patted down my hair & it was still silky smooth. I didn't wash my hair that night since it was already washed at the salon. I woke up expecting my hair to be all tangled up. My hair still felt like it did when I left the salon. Olaplex really did make my hair healthy! It wasn't just a product that was used to make it feel nice for a while & then go away. It kept the integrity of my hair still.

I highly recommend for you to ask your hair stylist about Olaplex if you are looking to have your hair colored lighter. No more worrying about bleach damage! Olaplex is a very expensive product for your hair stylist & it's given as a color service upgrade since your stylist technically doesn't need it. It just maintains the integrity of your hair while getting the color you want. Which is highly recommended if you already have damaged hair, want your hair to stay healthy, or want your color to last. I say it is definitely worth the extra charge!

Title image via ChateauCheveuxaz

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