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What is Olaplex? A beginners guide to everything Olaplex

You’ve probably heard the name Olaplex before, especially if you’re a regular at the salon. Hairdressers rave about the brand and for a good reason, it can save your hair! (We promise we aren’t being dramatic). If you’re still not sure what it is though, you are not alone. We’re here to answer all the questions you have like what is Olaplex? How does it work? Is it right for you? 

Let’s understand what it is, who it’s for and how it works…

 
 
 
 
 
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What is Olaplex:

Okay, so we’ve all googled this question at some point, in fact, it’s probably how you were lead here in the first place. Olaplex is a specialised brand that was created to help restore and repair damaged hair bonds that are often damaged through the colouring, bleaching and styling process. 

It’s primarily done in a step process, often carried out by professionals. Most salons will use it during a bleaching service to reduce the damage and stress caused to the hair. Because of the price of Olaplex, it will be considered an add on service. There is a lot of science behind the brand and there are many good reasons why it’s number one. In addition to the special bond treatments, there are takehome shampoos and conditioners too, that require much less professional knowledge.

 
 
 
 
 
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Who Founded Olaplex? 

The Olaplex brand is new in comparison to a lot of other hair care brands on the market. They started back in 2014 in a California garage. Dean Christal worked closely with Dr Craid Hawker and Dr Eric Pressly to develop the brand that it is today. Using bis-aminopropyl diglycol, it now knows of being one of the most revolutionary products on the market today. In fact, Olaplex sold shares in 2019 worth 16 billion dollars! 

In fact, Olaplex has become so popular that even the Kim Kardashians swears by it! She said it’s the secret product she uses to be able to transform between colours so quickly without destroying her hair. Remember how she went from raven to nearly white blonde overnight? Yep, that’s all thanks to bond No.3! Wondering how? It’s complex and involves a scientific explanation. 

The Science Behind Olaplex 

Before we get into the specifics, it’s important to know that Olaplex is suited to all hair types. It’s used to help prevent and reduce the likelihood of the bonds of the hair breaking. When colouring, styling (with hot styling tools) or bleaching the hair, it is exposed to the possibility of the breaking of the bonds. These disulfide bonds help give the hair structure and are important to keep the hair’s integrity. Without being properly cared for, they then can break and leave you with hair beyond repair. 

OLAPLEX is a patented single ingredient chemistry that links broken disulfide bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them more durable than they were before. The end result is to leave your hair healthier, shiner and feeling better than ever before.

 
 
 
 
 
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What Olaplex products are right for you?

There are a few different options when it comes to selecting Olaplex. You have the option to go all in and get the professional service carried out or stick to the at-home treatments. Those that bleach their hair more often may use all of the 9 steps in the process to ensure healthy hair. 

There are 3 main objectives for each of the formulas. One is to treat the main, one is to maintain and the other is to protect. No.0 Intensive Bond Building treatment is proven to strengthen hair by 68% and repairs 3x as much when used in conjunction with the No.3 treatment (used by Kim K). The maintenance side of things is the at-home treatments that you can use to continue the strengthening qualities of the hair and aid with repairing shampoos and conditioners. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Olaplex Salon Treatment: 

The salon treatment is one aspect we recommend you leave to a hairdresser, While it is possible to follow without professional knowledge, you won’t receive the best results. It’s normally completed through the colouring process and if not done correctly, may not be effectively protecting your hair. 

While it may seem tempting to try it at home (we’ve all considered it), you’re best to leave it to the professionals. In saying this, if you do want to try it on your own, use guides from Olaplex directly. 

 
 
 
 
 
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Take home packs: 

Using the Olaplex shampoo and conditioner at home helps to ensure that your hair has the best chance at repairing itself after overuse. If you’re some who likes to use hot styling tools daily, then we’re looking at you. Even if your hair is virgin and you use these products, your hair will have improved shine, reduced frizz and is easier to manage. 

 
 
 
 
 
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The verdict: 

There is a reason we use this brand in our salon over others and it is because it works. We’ve tried the cheaper variants, read and recorded reviews and we always come back to Olaplex. While it is one of the most costly options on the market, it’s proven to work and will keep your hairs integrity. 

What are your thoughts on the Olaplex brand? Comment below with your favourite product from the range or just take a moment to share your experience! 

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What is Olaplex? A beginners guide to everything Olaplex

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If you find a lower price on the exact same item by a competitor online or in-store, we will beat that price by 11%. This is our way of thanking you for bringing it to our attention. Simply fill out the form located below and one of our customer service representative will get back to you shortly.