If you spend much time at a salon, you’ll likely hear the name “Olaplex” mentioned at least once or twice. This revolutionary hair care product has made serious waves in the beauty industry. It’s a household name among those who know hair.
While Olaplex is popular, there is still some mystery behind what it does and why your stylist uses it. The official website says that Olaplex can “restore compromised hair or add it to another service to provide the ultimate breakage insurance.” It sounds like a dream come true.
The Olaplex line consists of several separate products intended for different steps or stages of styling. It’s essential to understand what they are and when you should use them.
Olaplex By the Numbers
Bleaching and dying can be rough on your lovely locks. Hair can suffer damage over time and affect the look of your finished ‘do. Olaplex is formulated to help maintain optimum strand condition. It protects the integrity of your hair, even if it is already damaged. It helps shield hair from the coloring process and prevents additional damage. The result is optimum strength and shine.
Olaplex is a bonder. The term refers to products that reform the disulfide bonds that form hair. These can become fragmented and shattered from over-bleaching. You can leave bleach on longer for a lighter base color when using Olaplex. The treatment now includes seven steps, each numbered for convenience.
Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier repairs damage. It can be included as part of the coloring process at the salon. Your stylist pours it in with the permanent dye solution before applying to your hair. It helps protect your locks from chemical damage.
Olaplex No. 2 Bond Perfector can also be applied during your coloring appointment. Your stylist will use this as a mask after removing your color. It contains bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, which actively repairs broken bonds, as well as conditioning agents.
Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector is the first in the series that you use at home. This should be applied in the shower once or twice each week. It’s a mask that will continue what No. 1 and No. 2 started by strengthening strands and improving smoothness.
Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo will hydrate colored hair. It reduces frizz and works on any hair type, including straight, wavy, curly, and coiled. It also reduces breakage and further repairs damage. It’s a great way to protect your hair from everyday stressors.
Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner should be used along with No. 4. This serves a similar purpose by ultra-hydrating and reducing flyaways and frizz. No. 5 continues the process by repairing split ends and re-linking your hair’s broken bonds.
No. 6 Bond Smoother was the previous newcomer to the Olaplex collection. It’s a reparative styling crème that works on fine, medium, and thick hair textures. A small amount can be applied to dry or damp hair, paying attention to mid-shaft down to the ends. Just comb through then style for a smoother look.
Introducing New Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil
This brings us to Olaplex’s newest addition, No. 7 bonding oil. It offers similar benefits to the previous steps. The brand is marketing it as a “weightless reparative styling oil.” It rounds out the list by supplying the benefits you want along with heat protection up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
To use, remove the cap and turn the bottle upside down. Tap gently to disperse a metered drop of the product. This can be applied to dry, wet, or damp hair. Then style and you’re ready to go. The oil is highly concentrated to boost softness and shine. It will also up your color vibrancy. It’s a vegan-friendly product that’s sulfate, paraben, and phthalate-free.
Olaplex No. 7 should be applied before styling with hot tools. It can also help hydrate dry hair. It’s best to use Olaplex products together for a complete hair care regimen that will give you maximum results.
Talk to Your Stylist About Olaplex
If you haven’t tried Olaplex yet, now is a great time to do it. The entire collection has everything covered from the moment your stylist applies bleach or dye to long-term maintenance at home. It’s easy to use and can dramatically improve the look, texture, and color of your hair.
The first step is to talk to your stylist about Olaplex. Tiffany Taylor can provide advice and recommendations to help you get the most out of the product line. Call today to schedule a consultation to learn more about making Olaplex a part of your daily beauty routine.