It is no secret that bleaching hair can greatly compromise the health of your hair, thankfully with the advent of Olaplex, a revolutionary product, that protects hair from bleach damage and also rebuilds the bonds in hair at the same time, life will never be the same again.
How bleaching your hair actually works: Bleach and highlights work by removing the colour from your hair in a process that is known as oxidation. This process decolourises the pigment in your hair follicles. If you leave the bleach on for too long it can almost turn white, this is the oxidation in progress.
Ammonia and peroxide are the most commonly used bleaching agents and are more often than not mixed together, when used separately they are unstable in the lightening of the hair.
Damage Caused By Bleaching Your Hair
While most methods or colouring your hair is potentially damaging, bleaching is said to be the most damaging, this is why it is important to add Olaplex to the process. Olaplex stops the inevitable damage that can occurs to your hair.
Bleaching leads to loss of moisture that can leave your hair brittle and dry making it more susceptible to breakage and split ends.
It is also said that bleached hair is more porous and therefore left more vulnerable to other chemical and non-chemical processes. This includes all heated tool styling, curling and straightening.
The amount of damage done also depends on the amount of colour change your hair underwent. For instance, going from a dark to a light shade is the most hazardous because the colouring (bleaching) agent is stronger and left in for longer.
Thankfully we need not worry about the damaging effects of bleaching and highlighting. Not only does Olaplex prevent damage during salon services such as colouring or bleaching, but it also repairs hair that has already been damaged.
3 Steps to Repairing Damaged Hair
- Damaged Hair Bond Multiplier: This can be added to your colour service or any other hair service that’s being done, such as bleach or heat treatments.
- Damaged Hair Bond Perfector: After the service has been done and rinsed off, the OLAPLEX No.2 is applied and left on your hair for 10 + minutes.
- Damaged Hair Perfector: Where No.1 and No.2 are in-salon treatments, the Olaplex No.3 is a take home product that you apply to your hair yourself. This will maximise the result of OLAPLEX and will sustain you between your next salon visit.
Applying Olaplex To a Bleach Treatment
For hair that has been compromised chemically you can add Olaplex to the bleach in order to protect the hair and rebuild the bonds.
For foil highlights use Olaplex No1 Bond Multiplier. Remember that the amount of Olaplex used depends on the amount of bleach powder being used, not the amount of both developer and bleach powder combined.
- Firstly Mix bleach and developer together. Olaplex may increase processing time. To avoid this, increase your level of developer one full level.
- Use 20 vol (6%) when trying to achieve 10 vol (3%) results.
- 30 (9%) vol for 20 (6%) vol results.
- 40 (12%) vol for 30 (9%) vol results.
- When mixing developer with less than 15g scoop of bleach powder, add 3.75ml’s of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier.
- When mixing developer with 30-60g scoop of bleach powder, add 7.5ml of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier.
- Secondly, add Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier to your pre-mixed lightener and mix thoroughly. Mix a new bowl of lightener and Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier if more than 60g of bleach powder is needed to ensure consistent mixing ratios. Please use the same precautions as you always have when working with lighteners.
- Thirdly for Colour and Gloss never add more than 3.75ml of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier per 60g to your base or gloss colour. You do not need to increase volume of developer for your base or gloss colour.
And there you have it, you now have all the information and mixing ratios to make sure that you can both solve bleach damage or prevent it. As they saying goes “prevention is better than cure.” And we tend to agree with that 100%.