What is OLAPLEX? The Total Bond Building Technology System Review and Guide
What Is Olaplex? Should I Use Olaplex? Which Products Do I Need?
Olaplex… everyone goes crazy over it but not all of us understand what exactly it is. Well today I’m highlighting the entire line for you: all of its benefits and specific products. ULTA just began carrying the products in both store and salon, therefore I’ve recently had a ton of exposure and experience, as well as customer review on the brand. For starters, Olaplex is a haircare system with a few professional components, and lots of at-home options to upkeep repairing results. Olaplex’s targeted market is those with distressed or damaged hair, however, anyone can use the products and reep some benefits.
Olaplex Bond Building Technology
Olaplex has a bond building technology that is patented. Meaning that other brands or haircare are not able to use their technology without legal issues. Their technology works on a molecular level within the hair to repair bonds deep within the strand. Our hair contains millions of disulfide bonds, that give our hair resilience, structure, and strength, and when broken, result in hair damage. This can be done with bleach or over-processing hair color, even box dye, harsh chemicals, hard water and minerals like chlorine, aging, violent brushing, extreme weather, and heat styling. Olaplex uses a special ingredient, called Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate (but I don’t expect you to remember that name, I never can either) to repair these bonds deep within the hair. When these bonds are whole and healthy again, the hair is soft, less frizzy, thicker, shinier, and more manageable. Olaplex is made to work on all hair types: straight, wavy, curly, fine, medium, or coarse.
The Olaplex Products
Olaplex’s product system is labeled in numbers from 0-8 that coincide with the order in which they are typically used (but not always). I’ll explain further in the next section, however, all products contain their special bond building technology.
The first two products are solely for professional usage and are unavailable for purchase for the general public. These two products are No. 1 and No. 2.
No. 1 Bond Multiplier
This is the first step of the Olaplex professional treatment which is an additive to lessen damage and protect disulfide bonds during chemical processing. It can also be used as a stand-alone treatment to repair the hair.
No. 2 Bond Perfector
This is the second step in the Olaplex professional treatments that reinforce and strengthen any bonds that may have been missed by No. 1. Both No. 1 and No. 2 work together as an intensive treatment that can be provided by an Olaplex salon professional.
At Home Products
The at home products range in numbers from 0 to 8 (minus 1 and 2) and some even work together as their own systems.
No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment
Olaplex No. 0 is similar to the professional treatment, in that it gives a repairing injection in one shot to the hair. This product has the highest concentration of the Olaplex bond building technology for intensive repair and protection at home. It is scientifically Proven to deliver 68% more repair & 3x stronger hair when used as a two-part system with No. 3! This is to be used 1 or 2 times per week for damaged hair, applied to hair dry and fulling saturating. Although for all hair types, it is best for those with overly compromised hair and visible damage.
No. 3 Hair Perfector
At home weekly strengthener that visibily reduces damage. Can be used in conjunction with No. 0 as an intensive at-home treatment. Evens the pH of the hair, a detail I covered with a Redken product, to seal the hairs cuticle and lock in protein and moisture. Apply to damp hair from roots to ends 1 to 3 times per week depending on severity of damage. Mostly for hair types with overly compromised hair and visible damage.
No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
The Olaplex shampoo repairs and protects hair from everyday damage, reducing frizz and split ends, while enhancing shine and manageability. It is color safe and proven to repair and reduce breakage for all hair types. It is safe to use every day and is for all types of hair, especially those in need of mild clarifying and oil control. I like to use it with my shampoo brush.
No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
A highly moisturizing conditioner that works with the shampoo to repair bonds and improve hair. Safe for everyday use and color maintenance in all hair types.
No. 6 Bond Smoother
No. 6 is a concentrated leave-in smoothing and styling cream that eliminates frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours. I love to use this on all my in-salon blowouts as it speeds up drying time or even when styling curly hair as it moisturizes and helps define curls. No. 6 can also be used as an air dry styling cream for those who prefer not to blow dry. As a multi-use product, it also can be used to touch-up flyaways on-the-go on dry hair. For all hair types… literally.
No. 7 Bonding Oil
A repairing styling oil that improves shine and softness while protecting hair from UV and heat up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. A few drops can be used on the ends of damp hair pre-blowdry especially for coarse, frizzy, or damaged hair. I love to add a few drops after the blowout as well to the ends, running through with my fingers to separate the hair and give it extra shine and gloss. Its a very light oil and won’t weigh the hair down unless you simply use too much. For all hair types, but best for those in need of extra shine and use a lot of heat styling.
No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
A highly concentrated hair mask that intensively repairs the hairs bonds and improves moisture and manageability. For hair types with dull and distressed hair that can use some plumping and extra body. Apply 2-3 pumps from mid-lengths to ends and leave on for 10 minutes after shampooing. Layered on top of the No. 0 and No. 3 intensive system, its a mega-repairing treatment.
Which Olaplex Products Should I Use?
For most of my clients in-salon, especially after color services in which I always use my professional treatments of No. 1 and No. 2, I like to shampoo and condition with No. 4 and No. 5, then finish my blowout with No. 6 and No. 7. Products No. 0, No. 3, and No. 8 are intensive repair treatments that are best for over-processed or distressed hair that need some extra love.
On my hair personally, I benefit most from my in-salon treatments with my hair color (No. 1 and No. 2) and at-home I like the Shampoo and Conditioner (No. 4 and No. 5) and enjoy finishing my hair with the No. 7 oil both damp and dry throughout the week.
Any questions? Leave them for me in the comments below. I hope you found this video helpful and have a better understanding of the Olaplex Bond Building Technology system.
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