HOW TO USE OLAPLEX

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

After reading these directions and FAQ’s… Please download the Olaplex APP on your smart phone and watch all of our short educational videos.

Olaplex is free of silicone, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, gluten and is never tested on animals. Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. Hair bonds are broken during thermal, mechanical and chemical services.

Use Olaplex as a tool. The more you use Olaplex, the more familiar you will become. Both with the benefits for you as a stylist and most importantly for the client in your chair. With this knowledge comes the ability to push hair farther than ever before. How you learn is by continued use and finding which methods work best for you personally.

Dosing Dispenser Directions:

  1. Attach straw to dosing dispenser.
  2. Remove cap from Olaplex No.1 bottle and attach the dosing dispenser to Olaplex No.1 bottle (be sure the threads are securely fitted). Lightly shake the bottle.
  3. Remove the cap to the dosing dispenser and squeeze the bottle to release the product.
  4. Keep the cap attached to the dosing dispenser when the product is not in use.

OLAPLEX BOND STRENGTHENING PROFESSIONAL SERVICE:

For hair that has been compromised chemically or thermally, this should be your first step. The Bond Multiplying System can be used as a reset button for your client’s hair and by doing so allows you to rebuild the strength, structure and integrity to the point where a color or chemical service would then be feasible once again. This treatment may be done before and/or after a chemical service and may be applied in the salon once a week or more. Compatible with all hair types from virgin to extremely compromised chemically treated hair.

Note: This is our most popular service requested by clients and a great introduction to the Olaplex System. * When doing multiple lightening sessions, this service is recommended after every lightening process.

  1. Mix 1/2oz (15ml) of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier with 3oz (90ml) of water in a non-spraying applicator bottle. ( Do not use a spray bottle. )
  2. Apply from roots to ends on dry or damp towel dried hair. (You may give a light shampoo to remove product buildup.) Saturate hair and comb through well.
  3. Leave on for 5 or more minutes.
  4. Without rinsing, apply a generous amount of Olaplex No. 2 Bond Perfector and comb through once.
  5. Leave on for a minimum of 10 or more minutes. Process longer than 10 minutes for extremely compromised hair.
  6. Rinse, shampoo, and condition. Apply any in-salon additional treatment at this time.

Note: We suggest charging as much as you normally would for your most expensive in-salon treatment.

OLAPLEX NO. 1 BOND MULTIPLIER, DIRECTIONS:

Foil Highlights:

Pay special attention to the scoop size of bleach powder you are using. Scoop sizes vary. An electronic scale is recommended for accuracy. The amount of Olaplex used depends on the amount of bleach powder being used, not the amount of both developer and bleach powder combined.*

  1. 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 1oz (15g) scoop of bleach powder, add 1/8oz (3.75ml’s) of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier. When mixing developer with 1-2 oz (30-60g) scoop of bleach powder, add 1/4oz (7.5ml) of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier. *Any issues with lift or processing time can be solved by using less Olaplex.

  1. Use the attached dosing dispenser to measure the correct amount of Olaplex needed.
  2. Add Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier to your pre-mixed lightener and mix thoroughly. Note: You may add more bleach powder to achieve desired consistency. Mix a new bowl of lightener and Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier if more than 2oz (60g) of bleach powder is needed to ensure consistent mixing ratios. Please use the same precautions as you always have when working with lighteners. If the hair is too compromised perform an Bond Strengthening Service first and check the elasticity of the hair.

* It is common knowledge that bleach has a heat reaction to chlorine and other mineral deposits found in water and on hair. If you are having a heat reaction, this is not caused by Olaplex. This is caused by bleach interacting with minerals. Please rinse hair immediately if this occurs.

Balayage:

Use 1/8oz (3.75ml) Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier per 1-2oz scoop of lightener for Balayage.

Add measured amount of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier to pre-mixed lightener and mix thoroughly.

The amount of Olaplex used in Balayage varies to the volume of developer being used with Balayage lightener.

Please note that with Olaplex and 40v (12%) you are working with a 30v (9%) result. A heat diffuser may be used to speed up processing time. * Reduce the amount of Olaplex No.1 used for any lifting or processing time issues.

Cream Bleach:

For every 1.5-2oz (45-60g) of cream bleach used, add 1/4oz (7.5ml) of Olaplex No.1 Bond Multiplier. If using more than 1.5oz (45g) cream bleach, mix an additional bowl to maintain consistent mixing ratios. Use 1/8oz (3.75ml) of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier for any quantity of cream bleach under 1.5oz (45g).

Note: *When doing Balayage or On-Scalp applications use 1/8th oz Olaplex No.1 per 1-2 oz Cream Bleach.

Processing Time of Lightener:

THIS VARIES. We cannot tell you an average or approximate, as every head of hair is different. There is no norm, but we do know that it takes longer to process, however maintaining the integrity of your client’s hair is worth the wait. You may use less Olaplex to solve any processing time issues.

Heat:

Heat is okay with Olaplex, but heat speeds up the chemical reaction of everything so be watchful and check every 3 to 5 minutes as you normally would. If hair is severely compromised, refrain from using heat until the Olaplex system has been used to restore the health, strength and integrity of the hair.

Bumping up developer:

Only bump up developer one full notch when working with bleach lightener. Do not bump up developer with base color, gloss or high-lift color. ** Do not bump up the volume of developer with lightener for fragile baby fine hair or highly compromised hair.

On-Scalp Lightener:

Olaplex may be added to your on-scalp lighteners. Increase volume accordingly, however keep in mind possible irritation when dealing with volumes higher than 20v (6%) on scalp. Longer processing time may occur. *Use 1/8th oz Olaplex No.1 per 1-2 oz (30-60g) of Lightener. *Due to client scalp sensitivity, we do not recommend to use higher than 20v (6%) Use a higher volume at your own discretion.

Extensions:

Olaplex may be used in lighteners, base color, and glosses with all types of extensions from keratin bonds, extension links, braid-in extensions and tape-in human hair extensions. Olaplex No. 2 Bond Perfector may be applied to all of these as well, however take normal precautions when dealing with the base of the extensions. Clarify shampoo the hair well after an Olaplex No.2 application to prevent any slipping during an extension application.

Color and Gloss:

Never add more than 1/8oz (3.75ml) of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier per 2oz. (60g) to your base or gloss color. You do not need to increase volume of developer for your base or gloss color. Only add Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier to color/glosses that have a 10 minutes or longer processing time for product conservation. You can overlap and use Olaplex in every single process. Any issues with deposit or lift may be solved by using less Olaplex No.1.

** May be used in all colors including permanent, semi, demi, glosses, toners and high lift.

**Use less Olaplex No.1 when mixing less than a tube of color.

** After rinsing highlights, shampooing is not necessary before applying toner with No.1 Bond Multiplier.

WHAT IS THE OLAPLEX NO.2 BOND PERFECTOR?
IS IT A CONDITIONING TREATMENT?

Olaplex No. 2 Bond Perfector is not a conditioning treatment nor is it an activator or neutralizer. It uses the same active ingredient found in the Bond Multiplier No.1, however developed as a cream form for ease of application and use in the Olaplex System. This second step is necessary with all services for the best results. This is used to link the remaining disulfide bonds before and after service restoring the strength, structure and integrity of the hair.

** Do not apply color or lightener over Olaplex No.2 Bond Perfector.

How is the No.2 applied and can it be left on for extended periods of time?

  1. Rinse highlights or color from hair. DO NOT SHAMPOO
  2. If applying gloss or toner, apply and process. Shampoo optional*
  3. Rinse and towel dry thoroughly.
  4. Apply a generous amount, 1/2oz. (15ml) or more of Bond Perfector No. 2 from roots to ends. Comb through well. Leave on for a minimum of 10-20 minutes. Longer if hair is compromised.
  5. Rinse from hair and follow with your favorite shampoo, conditioner and moisturizing treatments.

****Olaplex No.2 may be used as a cutting lotion. Apply to the hair directly as a quick reparative treatment when a chemical service is not being done.

WHAT IS THE OLAPLEX NO. 3 HAIR PERFECTOR?

Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector is your client’s retail portion of the Olaplex System and contains the same active ingredient as both the No.1 and No. 2. This enables the client to repair and maintain strong, healthy hair in between services as it continues to link bonds within the hair.

Instructions for the take home Olaplex:

No. 3 Hair Perfector: The client is to apply a generous amount to towel-dried hair, comb through and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes or longer, then rinse, shampoo and condition. This is NOT a conditioning treatment to be left on the hair. The longer this is left on, the more effective it will be. This may be used more than once a week if necessary.

HOW DO I INTRODUCE OLAPLEX TO MY CLIENTS?

Ask your client if they would like a “Color Service Upgrade”? The client will ask, “What is it?”. Your response: Olaplex is going to make your hair stronger, healthier, and your color will last longer. I’ll mix the Bond Multiplier No.1 directly into your color and then apply the No. 2 Bond Perfector before we shampoo. Then I’ll give you a bottle of the No. 3 Take Home Hair Perfector that is part of this professional service that you’ll use once a week. It will make a huge difference in the health of your hair. Olaplex will relink the bonds that are broken during a chemical service and strengthen your hair immediately. The service plus the bottle of Hair Perfector is only… fill in the blank.

ARE THERE OTHER USES FOR OLAPLEX?

Keratin Treatments:

The Olaplex System works great with keratin treatments. Due to these treatments smoothing and sealing the cuticle, we recommend doing the Olaplex Bond Strengthening Service beforehand.

  1. Perform the Bond Strengthening Service – Mix up 15% of the Olaplex Bond Multiplier No.1 and 85% water in an applicator bottle. Apply all over at the shampoo bowl and saturate thoroughly. Leave on for 5 minutes and without rinsing, layer the Olaplex No. 2 Bond Perfector over and comb through thoroughly. Leave on for an additional 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Thoroughly use clarifying shampoo

Directions for Realxers

You may add Olaplex No.1 directly into your Relaxer product and Neutralizing Shampoo.

THE FORMULA

  1. Add 1/4oz (7.5ml) Olaplex No.1 directly into every 2 oz. (60ml) of Relaxer product. *Less Olaplex may be used for straighter results.
  2. Apply and process per manufacturer’s directions.
  3. Rinse product from hair and towel dry well. Apply the Olaplex Bond Strengthening Treatment.
  4. Mix 1/2oz (15ml) of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier with 3oz (90ml) of water in a non-spraying applicator bottle.
  5. Saturate hair and leave on for 7.5 minutes.
  6. Without rinsing, generously apply the Olaplex No.2 Bond Perfector and gently comb through well. Process for 10 minutes or longer.
  7. Add 1/8th oz (3.75ml) Olaplex No.1 into your Neutralizing shampoo.

THERMAL RECONDITIONING:

  1. Begin with Olaplex Bond Strengthening Service – see above for direction.
  2. Shampoo – Do not condition
  3. Proceed with application and manipulation of service
  4. Rinse very well – 10 minutes until water runs clear
  5. Condition only
  6. Towel dry and dry hair 100%
  7. Flat Iron
  8. Apply Neutralizer process 10 minutes
  9. Rinse / Towel Dry
  10. Apply Olaplex No.2 generously – Process for minimum 10 minutes or longer.
  11. Light Shampoo / Condition
  12. Dry hair

Directions for PERM:

Proceed with perm as normal up through neutralization. Please see box below for specific instructions per hair type. **For compromised or hair more than 40% highlighted, perform an Olaplex Bond Strengthening Service first.

HAIR TYPE OLAPLEX MIXTURE APPLICATION PROCEDURE & TIMES
Extremely Damaged USE No. 1 Without Diluting Apply Neutralizer To Each Rod, Time For 5 Minutes. Rinse Rods And Towel Blot. Apply OLAPLEX Over Each Rod, Set A Timer For 5 Minutes. At The End Of The First 5 Minutes, Reapply OLAPLEX Over Each Rod And Time For An Additional 5 Minutes. Remove Rods And Rinse Thoroughly.
Tinted and Highlighted (Multi-Dimensional) Mix 1ounce Of OLAPLEX No. 1 With 3 Ounces Of Water (Distilled Is Preferred But Not Necessary Unless You Have Hard Water) Apply Neutralizer To Each Rod And Immediately Apply OLAPLEX Down Over Neutralizer. Time For 5 Minutes. Reapply OLAPLEX And Time For An Additional 5 Minutes. Remove Rods And Rinse Thoroughly.
Tinted Mix 1ounce Of OLAPLEX No. 1 With 3 Ounces Of Water (Distilled Is Preferred But Not Necessary Unless You Have Hard Water) Apply Neutralizer To Each Rod And Immediately Apply OLAPLEX Down Over Neutralizer. Time For 10 Minutes. Remove Rods And Rinse Thoroughly.
Normal/Virgin Mix 1ounce Of OLAPLEX No. 1 With 3 Ounces Of Water (Distilled Is Preferred But Not Necessary Unless You Have Hard Water) Apply Neutralizer To Each Rod And Immediately Apply OLAPLEX Down Over Neutralizer. Time For 10 Minutes. Remove Rods And Rinse Thoroughly.

Note: There is no need for a 48-hour waiting period after doing neutralization with Olaplex. As this finishes oxidation, you may shampoo and condition after. We do not recommend using No.2 due to weight and length of time left on the hair.

WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF I USE OLAPLEX A FEW TIMES ON COMPROMISED HAIR THEN STOP?

Will the bonds that were created eventually break and cause my hair to then break? This question is asked often and the answer is no. Even if you completely stop using Olaplex, the disulfide link that Olaplex offered is permanent. The condition of the hair there after, depends on how the client treats their hair.

WHAT IS OLAPLEX?

Olaplex is a single active ingredient invented by Dr. Eric Pressly, PHD in materials, and Dr. Craig Hawker, PHD in Chemistry. This is their first invention in the beauty industry and we have filed several worldwide patents authored by the team that will soon publish. We are very excited about upcoming products currently in development.

QUICK AND EASY TREATMENT:

Quick and Easy – This is a great treatment that can be used on any client whether they have had a chemical service or not. Great way to help sustain the structure of the hair and leaves hair feeling soft and manageable. Also, if you find you have an excess of the No. 2 Bond perfector left you may still provide a great service.

Education:

Before using Olaplex, we recommend educating yourself on everything you need to know. Olaplex education is comprised of 90 second educational videos located at www.olaplex.co.za

For the most successful results:

  1. Download the Olaplex APP on your smartphone for educational videos and the FAQS on hand.
  2. Subscribe to www.youtube.com/olaplex for in depth webinar videos
  3. Join and chat on our private forum on Facebook, closed only for hairdressers, called Olaplex Users.
  4. See help.olaplex.com for in-depth answers to frequently asked questions

Students:

If you are a student and wish to order Olaplex that is great! We love to support Students!! You can go to olaplex.co.za to place your order. For the license information, you will enter your student ID and for expiration date, you will enter your graduation date mm/yy. You will also need to send the name of your school, state in which it is in and your graduation date toverify@olaplex.com

Marketing Materials and Information:

Marketing information and material is available at www.olaplex.co.za. We pride ourselves on reducing paper waste and refrain from this whenever possible. In addition, you may ask your client if they would like a color upgrade and use the Instagram #olaplex hashtag to see results on over 350,000 people. Real world results for your clients to see right on their devices. Better than any marketing material sitting on your station!

MSDS Sheets

Olaplex No.1 MSDS Sheet

Olaplex No.2 MSDS Sheet

Olaplex No.3 MSDS Sheet