Olaplex is a bit of a mystery; it’s become a familiar brand among salon patrons, but few people know what it does or why so many hair professionals use it. Olaplex can be used to heal damaged hair or combined with another service to provide maximum breakage protection. But, exactly, what does that imply? Before you decide whether or not to ask for Olaplex the next time you’re in the chair, we’ll give you a breakdown of what it can do for your hair.
- Olaplex is formulated to protect hair from chemical damage.
Many colorists use Olaplex to keep a client’s hair tip-top shape during a chemical treatment, which is invariably damaging. “Sometimes — most of the time because we do crazy shades — the integrity of a customer’s hair is already significantly damaged.” Olaplex preserves the hair from the coloring process and avoids further damage, making the hair stronger, healthier, and shinier, helping repair some of the damage that has already occurred.
It’s classified as a bonder because of its function to reconstruct the disulfide bonds that make up the hair. These linkages are frequently broken, split, or destroyed when hair is over-bleached.
Using Olaplex, you can bleach your hair far too lightly and leave it on for longer without it breaking off and ending up in the sink instead of on your head.
- There are three parts to the system. You may have seen Olaplex bottles at Sephora, but it’s only the third phase in a three-part treatment that begins in the salon. Each step contains the major active substance, bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, restoring the hair’s damaged disulfide bonds. The active ingredient in No.1 Bond Multiplier is bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, administered in the salon to restore damaged hair.
No.2 Bond Perfector is a salon-only product containing a lesser amount of bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate in combination with various conditioning ingredients. It can also be mixed directly with the permanent dye solution used in hair coloring. The No.3 Hair Perfector, which has the smallest amount of active components, is the Olaplex product you’ll find in stores.
- Olaplex isn’t just for damage from bleaching.
Because bleaching damages hair’s bonds more than almost any other method, a product that restores those bonds, such as Olaplex, is a natural fit. The bleaching procedure will directly affect the disulfide bond, making it more fragile.
Coloring hair with super-lightening blonde [shades], such as high-lifting tint, pushes the hair to its greatest amount of lift, which can damage hair in the same way that bleaching does. Thus Olaplex will help preserve and repair damaged bonds, restoring hair to its original state.
You might notice a difference with Olaplex even if you don’t color your hair – perhaps you get perms or just heat-style it a lot.
Heat styling with flatirons over a long period, over curling your hair with curling wands that don’t regulate the heat adequately, or blow-drying on high heat can all cause damage to the hair’s innermost core.
Olaplex is also excellent while perming your hair because the perm solution works by restructuring the disulfide bond.
Olaplex has a lot of advantages because it repairs broken hair links and keeps hair healthy and strong. No.1 Bond Multiplier can be mixed with water, poured on hair for 5 minutes, top with No.2 Bond Perfector, left for 20 minutes, and then rinsed off as a stand-alone salon treatment without color or bleach.
There are a lot of different bonder brands on the market, but Olapex is one among the most famous and the most expensve too. Most hair professional will use Olapex in their hair salon. Let us know in the comments if you want to try the Olapex treatment…