Saturday, 22 April 2017

Olaplex Number 3 Review

As you all know, I love pampering my hair and trying to keep it in the best possible condition.  I highlight my hair and use heat (drying, occasional straightening) so I really need to keep on top of my hair routine.  My hair is naturally long, down past my bra, but this wasn't always the case.   My hair was once badly damaged and through trial and error I've managed to bring it back to life.

Olaplex is a relatively new product on the block and claims to fix the hair from the inside.  Keeping this in mind, it is not a conditioning treatment; it's a treatment to repair any broken disulphide bonds within the hair.  Basically, it glues your hair back together.  This prevents breaking, split ends and dried out, sad looking hair.

Olaplex is vegan and cruelty free, a perfect way to revive your hair guilt free!  Olaplex is also free from silicone, sulphates, phthalates, aldehydes, formaldehyde and gluten.  I checked with an online advisor on the Olaplex website and they confirmed this.

Olaplex comes in 3 steps: No 1, No 2 and No 3.

No 1 and 2 is exclusive to salons and is used while you chemically colour your hair.  This repairs the breakage as it occurs.  I have this step while I get my highlights and it definitely minimises breakage. I can only account for the effectiveness of No 1 and 2 on my own hair, my hair definitely isn't damaged after the highlights I have had lately.  No 1 is mixed into the hair colour so it gets to work while your colour develops.  No 2 is applied after your colour is rinsed out.  It really is a simple but effective process.

No 3 is a home based treatment and you can buy it from the Olaplex website, some salons or online. This is great for so many people.  If you can't afford the salon price tag for no 1 and 2 or if you do your hair yourself, no 3 is the answer.

Even if you don't colour your hair this treatment is great for repairing your hair from damage from every day irritants such as heat or environmental damage or even relaxing / perming damage.   No 3 is simply a less potent version of No 2.

Olaplex say that you should apply no 3 to towel dried hair.  Here's the thing, it has to be applied to clean towel dried hair.  If you have any product on your hair (hairspray, argan oil etc) then I'd quickly wash your hair first but don't condition it.  I always wash mines before application because I use a lot of hair oil.   Once your hair is towel dried, apply the no 3 treatment evenly from root to ends.

Olaplex recommend leaving the treatment on for at least 10 minutes.   I use it overnight because the longer it's on, the better the results.   I'd honesty say to give this a proper go, keep it on for as long as you can.  Wash it out as you normally would with shampoo and conditioner.  You should be able to feel the difference in your hair, mines always feels softer yet stronger.

I use this treatment once a week and its honestly worth its weight in gold.   I will say this - the bottle isn't that big.  I thought it looked really small when I got it but I actually get 4 or 5 uses per bottle, which works out at roughly a fiver per treatment.   For me, this is definitely worth it but remember I have a lot of chemical damage in my hair plus it's really long (down past my bra line) so you might not need to treat your hair so often or use as much product.  I know it can be hard to tell from a photo, but my hair is in great condition and feels strong, healthy and soft.

So yeh, I think that pretty much sums it up.  You might think that the hype surrounding Olaplex is too good to be true but if you have any sort of damage in your hair it is completely worth it.  I don't think I could ever go without it now.  What are your thoughts on Olaplex?

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