As you might know, Olaplex is a three step hair treatment product with the first two steps to be used as a strickly in-salon treatment, and the third step is a take-home product you can use to tide you over between your salon visit and maximise the effects it has on your hair.
But, just because you yourself won’t be applying the first two step, doesn’t neccesarily mean that you don’t care how it works, now does it?
So, in order for you to understand how it works, we first have to look at what exactly it is. Let’s start at the beginning and give you a proper introduction to the revolutionary hair treatment:
Olaplex contains a single active ingredient in all of it’s 3 stages: No. 1 Bond Multiplier, No. 2 Bond Perfector, and No. 3 Hair Perfector. It repairs and protects the broken disulphide bonds that are found in our hair. When these disulphide bonds combine with oxygen it eats away at the protein in our hair, which causes hair damage and breakage. Olaplex’s main function is to keep these bonds intact so it can restore, maintain and protect the integrity of the hair.
Now let’s look at each of the stages and examine How is OLAPLEX used:
OLAPLEX No.1 – Bond Multiplier. The first step in the OLAPLEX trio is the one with the highest concentration and can be used in two ways: It can be used in conjunction with your colour treatment and will then be added to the hair colouring chemicals before it is applied to your hair. The second way it is used, is as a standalone treatment, where no additional services are done to your hair. We all know that applying heat or colour to our hair, damages it. So to repair your hair, the bond multiplier penetrates the damaged hair and rebuilds the broken bonds that result in hair damage.
As this is the in-salon treatment it is essential for your hairdresser to know the ins and outs of how to mix the product- luckily Olaplex gives salons quite extensive training and educational on their product, so you should always be in safe hands.
OLAPLEX No.2 – Bond Perfector. After you’ve had your chemical treatment there might still be a few leftover broken bonds. This is where No. 2 comes in – it crosslinks the remaining broken bonds in your hair. It has been developed in a cream form that your hairdresser should apply from your roots to your ends and leave in for a minimum of 10-20 minutes. It is very important to keep in mind that this is not a conditioner, but has the same active ingredients as Olaplex No. 1, and alongside it, forms part of the in-salon treatment to be done by hair professionals only.
OLAPLEX No.3 – Hair Perfector is the little miracle bottle that you can take home to maintain your hair’s health in between salon visits. Again, it is not a moisturiser or conditioner but a hair treatment that contains the same ingredients as No. 1 and 2.
How To: Olaplex No. 3 – Apply a substantial amount of No. 3 to your towel-dried hair, comb it through from your roots to your ends and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes. The longer you leave it in, the more effective it will be as it has more time to crosslink your broken hair bonds. Then rinse, shampoo and condition. Use it as often as you wish, but once a week at minimum.
It is also important to understand what Olaplex is NOT: it is not a lightening product, nor a conditioner. So, along with the Olaplex No.3 it is still important to use your regular shampoo and conditioner. Now that you have the in’s and out’s of what exactly Olaplex is, and how it will aid in restoring and protecting your beautiful tresses, why not book your Olaplex treatment today. Afterall, what girl doesn’t jut love a great salon appointment.