You may or may not have heard about Olaplex before. If you have then you would know how much it has changed the hair dressing industry. If you haven’t, let me tell you all about it. With celebrity hairstylists recommending it and big names such as Kim Kardashian using it, it’s hard not to hear about it, with all her ever changing hair colours/styles we know her personal hair stylist swears by it! We have had Olaplex in the salon now for around 2 years and the transformations we have achieved are incredible.
What is Olaplex?
The original hair repair treatment. Olaplex works on a simple 3 step process, it works by the special patented ingredient being absorbed into the hair structure repairing and strengthening broken bonds. It also protects new bonds from the risk of breakages! This is the near perfect hair breakage insurance. There are two different ways of having an Olaplex treatment, either mixed into the colour or as a standalone treatment.
The Science Bit
Step 1 – A salon-applied Bond Multiplier, this concentrated solution rebuilds broken disulfide bonds and begins the process of fixing any broken bonds. You’re probably thinking what on earth does that mean! Basically an easier way to describe it, is that Olaplex is like an antibiotic for the hair working from the inside out repairing bonds and preventing any further damage to the hair.
Step 2 – Also salon applied the Bond Perfector, this continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds ensuring the strongest, shiniest and healthiest hair possible.
Step 3 – This step is your lasting protection at home. The step 3 take home hair perfector combines the same active ingredients as step 1 and step 2 . This allows you to repair and maintain strong healthy hair in between salon visits as it continues to rebuild the bonds at home.
It is also worth knowing that Olaplex is free of silicone, sulphates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, gluten and is NOT tested on animals.
Who is Olaplex for?
Everyone. We are all guilty of neglecting our hair from time to time. We put our hair through a lot, causing chemical, thermal and mechanical damage. This can be from colouring our hair, especially lightening our hair which can really take its toll. Damage can also occur from excessive heat and from over straightening/curling or backcombing or tying hair up too tight. We believe that everyone could benefit from an Olaplex treatment, try it and you will really notice the difference.
Olaplex can be applied as a stand-alone treatment. This involves a process of mixing step 1 with warm water and putting it on to dry hair; the hair must be freshly washed. This stays on for 7-10 mins without rinsing; step 2 is applied on top and left for minimum of 10 mins. When it’s ready to come off you have your hair rinsed, shampooed and conditioned, then blow dried. A treatment like this will cost £34.80. (Olaplex £15 plus Blowdry £19.80.) Standalone treatments are great for in-between colours or if you are trying to really improve the condition of over processed hair.
Olaplex Added To Colour
This process is great, not much effort needed by you for this step. Just an extra 10 mins on your appointment which is never bad, you can always squeeze in another magazine or a coffee and relax! Step 1 in this case gets added to the colour, and step 2 is applied when your colour has been rinsed off. This will stay on for 10 mins or longer as some stylists will use step 2 as a cutting lotion and cut whilst it’s on. Once that step is complete, shampooing and conditioner follows. See no effort at all.
It’s been great to see Olaplex in action, seeing some great colours being achieved without fear of breakage. Seeing people use the stand-alone treatment to really improve the hair’s condition. I tried Olaplex myself when it first came into the salon and now I would never have my colour without it! The difference it makes is unreal. Another great thing about Olaplex is that there is a step 3 take home treatment you can purchase, this allows you to maintain the benefits from the salon treatment in the comfort of your own home. The standard price for an Olaplex treatment is £15 added to your service. So next time you are in the salon please ask your stylist about this fab treatment.