Hello bees, I hope everyone is well. How is it the start of August already? In today’s post I want to talk about the well known hair care brand Olaplex as I’ve been testing a few of their products for the past two weeks, before we get into the good stuff let’s talk about my hair type and condition.
Let’s go back to July last year, my hair was nearly at the bottom of my back and was in great condition. I had been colouring it black for a few months but had started to get bored with it (typical Gemini) so decided to strip my hair to a dark brown using a colour corrector. I then bleached a large portion of my hair to a dip dye, this was the worst decision I could have made. I ended up damaging my hair and it was breaking off so I made the decision to cut all my beautiful hair off to shoulder length. Since then I’ve been growing out my hair as I want my natural colour and I trim it every month to get rid of any dead ends. I still have some left over blonde in my hair that does tend to look dry and frizzy when I don’t use product.
I have heard lots of great things about Olaplex from my hairdresser friends and other bloggers who rave about its restoration properties for damaged hair. In salons they use No. 1 & 2 when lifting colour from the hair to ensure it doesn’t get damaged, this is only available to salons and those who trade as hairdressers. However there is a bunch of at home maintenance products for us do it yourself/every day folk with the same ingredients. I picked up their No. 3, 4 & 5 system and No. 7 to see if my hair improved.
The first product I picked up is the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector. This is a pre shampoo treatment that claims to strengthen and repair the hair by building the bonds that have been damaged by chemical or heat activity. I picked up the 100ml bottle as it was my first time trying but they do sell a larger 250ml bottle. The product itself has a thin conditioner like consistency, with a lovely sweet perfume scent. I find this easy to spread onto my hair and a little does stretch a long way. I apply this onto damp towel dried hair, to the scalp and through to the ends making sure everything is fully covered and let sit for a minimum of ten minutes. I like to wear this for longer for maximum effect. After rinsing off I noticed how much smoother my hair feels and after following the next steps have noticed that my hair looks healthier and has stop shedding so much. I will definitely be repurchasing this in the bigger size which will last me ages as you only need to do this once per week or twice for really damaged hair! The 100ml costs £26 and the supersize 250ml costs £52 and can be found here .
The next step after rinsing is shampooing the hair and I picked up the Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. This claims to nourish the hair while using patented technology to re link broken bonds for those with damaged or brittle hair. Whilst cleaning the hair without stripping its moisture and providing a salon quality glossy finish. This shampoo has a surprisinly thick consistency for a shampoo but does lather extremely well and as I learnt the hard way the first time I used, a little goes a long way! It has a pleasant sharp grapefruit scent and I love how squeaky clean this leaves my scalp. I will definitely be repurchasing this at a later date, its the best shampoo I’ve used so far. This costs £26 for 250ml and can be found here.
After cleansing the hair I always like to go in with a conditioner, some people skip this step depending on their hair type but I always get fly away’s if I don’t use it. I picked up the Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner which claims to make the hair more manageable whilst providing the hair with daily hydration and repair damage from colouring and styling. This has a very thick mask like consistency, and I find that you only need a small amount to cover a large amount of hair. This has the same grape fruit scent as the shampoo and leaves my hair feeling so silky. I can run my fingers through my hair without any tangles and this doesn’t weigh my hair down with that heavy greasy feeling. This costs £26 for 250ml and can be found here.
To finish off my hair I picked up the Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil. There is another step which is a Bonding Cream but I didn’t want to put too much product in my hair so didn’t pick that up. I get on really well with oil products to finish the hair and this was no exception. This claims to provide highly concentrated nourishment to the hair whilst adding a glossy shine to your tresses. It has a very light consistency but is so hard to get out of the bottle which is a downside! A little goes a long way with this oil and I love how light this feels whilst on the hair and I’ve definitely noticed a huge difference in how smooth and shiny my hair looks when using this. I apply this to the ends of my damp hair before drying for some protection against heat and then use a tiny amount to finish the ends of my hair. This costs £26 for 30ml which does seem expensive but a little bit really does stretch a long way with this.
Overall I’m so pleased that I took the plunge and started trying the Olaplex hair care system. I have noticed how much stronger, manageable, soft and shiny it is than before. I have a lot less breakage and it just looks so much better than it did. I will definitely be picking all four of these products again when I’m finished this lot!
Have you ever tried Olaplex? What are your favourite products to use for damaged hair? Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading,