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What is Olaplex?
Olaplex is a revolutionary patented bond maintenance system for your hair that actually fixes broken bonds inside the hair, these bonds may have been damaged by colouring, styling or just everyday wear and tear.
Olaplex has a single active ingredient that repairs the hair by linking these bonds back together.
No 1 and No 2 are professional products and will be used at the time of your hair appointment, whilst No 3,4,5,6 & 7 are take home products to maintain the wonders of this amazing treatment at home.
What are Olaplex number 3,4,5,6 and 7?
Unlike No 1 and 2 the rest of the Olaplex range can be used by yourself at home, here is a brief description of each product.
No 3 – A hair perfector, this is a treatment that can be used at home to keep your hair strong in between salon appointments. It is best used weekly on unwashed towel dried hair, left on for 10 minutes before rinsing and using shampoo and conditioner.
No 4 – A bond maintenance shampoo, this contains the Olaplex key ingredient for rebuilding bonds whilst eliminating frizz and flyaway hairs.
No5 – A bond maintenance conditioner, this contains the Olaplex key ingredient for rebuilding bonds whilst adding shine to your hair.
No 6 – A Bond Smoother, this is a leave in smoothing creme for all hair types that not only strengthens, hydrates and moisturises but also helps speed up blow dry time.
No 7 – A Bonding oil, this is a highly concentrated weightless styling oil that will dramatically increase shine, softness and colour vibrancy, on top of all that it contains a heat protector for heat up to 230°c.
How is the in salon Olaplex treatment used?
There are 2 ways of applying Olaplex.
The first is a stand alone treatment. This treatment is made up of two steps that are applied to your hair at the beginning of your appointment. When it has worked its magic, it is rinsed and shampooed out before your hair is cut, blow dried or styled. It can also be used as extra protection before a slightly more compromising colour or technical service.
The second is as an upgrade to your colour service, the Olaplex is added in to your colour to help you hair stay strong whilst the chemical process is happening. It is then followed by step number 2 before it is shampooed out.
You can then purchase the follow up Olaplex products to use at home.
How long does a stand alone treatment take?
A stand alone will take roughly an extra 30 minutes. Whilst your treatment is on you can sit back relax, unwind, have a cup of tea and take some you time!
Do I need to have an Olaplex colour upgrade?
Everyone benefits from an upgrade!
It is highly recommended if you’re having your hair coloured, especially if you’re going lighter. Olaplex can actually make your hair will feel better after a colour than it did before you started and that includes you blondes!
Whether you’re having a full head of light blonde bleach highlights or a gentle gloss, Olaplex can improve your colour service and the condition of your hair, it will add shine, strength and prolong the life of your colour.
It also gives me as a stylist more creative freedom, as the hair can be repaired and pushed further than ever before, making colour corrections and changes easier than ever before.
My hair is damaged, will Olaplex fix it?
Olaplex isn’t a miracle product but in my opinion it is the closest thing I have ever come across!
Never before have you truly been able to fix hair, so yes if your hair is damaged Olaplex will reduce the damage immensely and dramatically.
How long does Olaplex last?
Olaplex relinks the disulfide bonds permanently, however these bonds can be broken in the same way that they were in the first place from things such as heat styling, colouring and just general wear and tear on your hair.
The good news is unlike some protein based hair treatments there are no limits to the amount of times you can have an Olaplex treatment and using the correct aftercare at home you will help maintain the magic!
What is the difference between the treatment you do and the Olaplex treatment I do at home?
Olaplex No 3 is a product that you can purchase for home use. It is a continuation on the professional No 1 and 2 Olaplex program you have had either as an upgrade to your colour or as a stand alone professional treatment.
Olaplex No 3 has the same active ingredients in at as the professional No 1 and 2, but it is not as intense and great to top you up in between your appointment, mending the bonds your break in your hair on a daily basis.
Do I need to do Olaplex at home too?
It’s best to!
Daily living, brushing, weather conditions and heat styling all cause damage to the hair. Using The Olaplex range at home will help eliminate damage on a daily basis, keeping your hair in the best possible condition between appointments.
So is Olaplex for me?
In one word YES Olaplex is for everyone!