Does anyone feel like the humidity is your hair’s nemesis? The summer months are upon us in the Northeast US and I find that I am constantly searching for products that will help fight the frizz of my naturally straight hair. If you are like me, and looking for anti-frizz products that don’t weigh your hair down and help with damaged tresses then Olaplex just might be what you are looking for!
2020 UPDATE: As Olaplex has expanded its retail product line, I have purchased new Olaplex products including No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Creme, No. 7 Bonding Oil, and the newly released No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment Kit. Scroll down for my experience with these products.
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What Is Olaplex and What Does It Do?
A few summers ago, beauty bloggers were raving about a hair care line that helps with damage and frizz: Olaplex. Initially, I was confused on how to use it because it’s a five-step system that starts in the salon, so I made a note and forgot about it for a while.
When I continued to hear about how fantastic it was, I did some research. Olaplex is a hair care system that targets damaged bonds in the hair on a molecular level to repair and strengthen your hair. The result? Smooth, shiny, strong hair. There are multiple steps in the system, starting with the newly released No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment Kit.
Olaplex: The Original Bond Builder
Olaplex No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment Kit contains Olaplex No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment and a 1oz tube of Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector. Olaplex No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment is a primer, or a booster, for Olaplex No. 3, the pre-shampoo hair treatment that repairs, adds shine, protects and strengthens hair.
No. 0 is an at-home version of Olaplex’s salon treatment: “Stand-Alone Treatment”. It is not quite the same though, as No. 0 contains less of the active ingredient used in step 1 of the Stand-Alone Treatment. Due to COVID-19 and restrictions placed on salons, No. 0 has been released to provide a similar treatment to the one that you would normally get at the salon so you can maintain your hair’s health at home. The more often this treatment is used, the healthier your hair will become. Each bottle of No. 0 should contain approximately 4-6 uses.
How to Use Olaplex No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment
No. 0 can be used on its own to repair hair, but it is formulated to be used prior to No. 3. This treatment works on all hair textures and is ideal for damaged hair. No. 0 is to be applied to clean dry hair. It should be applied from root to tip and hair should be saturated. It is left on for 10 minutes or longer. Next, No. 3 is applied to your hair for another 10 minutes or longer. Next, you rinse your hair and then shampoo and condition your hair as usual.
I love the No. 3 treatment, so I was excited to try No. 0 to see if it would improve my results. The product comes out of the bottle in a thin stream, so it took quite a while to saturate my entire head of shoulder-length hair. I’d say I used about 1/3 of the bottle. I waited for 10 minutes and then applied No. 3 for 10 minutes. I rinsed and then shampooed and conditioned my hair.
I followed with No. 6 Styling Creme. My hair dried very easily with a hairdryer without any tangles or knots. It left my hair super smooth, very soft, shiny and manageable. I didn’t notice a huge difference between using No. 3 alone and No. 0 And No. 3 together. Olaplex notes that you may not have results that are as noticeable with No. 0 but the product is working within your hair’s structure.
I think this product would benefit most those with damaged hair. I like knowing that every time I use this treatment, it’s working to strengthen my hair and protect it from future damage.
Olaplex Step No. 1 Bond Multiplier
Step No. 1 Bond Multiplier is a salon treatment for broken disulfide bonds to repair and prevent further damage to your hair. It is mixed with lightener, color or chemical services.
Olaplex Step No. 2 Bond Perfection
The next step is No. 2 Bond Perfection. This is another salon treatment applied after hair is colored or chemically treated and pre-shampoo to continue the process of repairing broken bonds.
Step No. 3 Hair Perfector is an at-home less potent version of Step No. 2 to strengthen hair. It is a weekly treatment that aims to rebuild the broken disulfide bonds and repair damage from chemical treatments or heat styling.
Step No. 3 is not a conditioner, but rather a treatment for broken hair and can benefit anyone, not just those with colored or chemically treated hair. Use it on damp hair for at 10 minutes (or longer), rinse and then shampoo and condition your hair.
No. 3 Hair Perfector comes in a small bottle, so while I don’t use a huge amount every week, I make sure to use enough to really coat the lower half of my hair well. This is the area of my hair that has the most breakage and split ends. I feel as if those damaged ends have really benefited from No.3 Hair Perfector. Using No. 3 in conjunction with the shampoo and conditioner has really helped repair my hair. In my opinion, this step in the Olaplex system is really worth it.
Step No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and step No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner protect, strengthen, and repair all hair types by re-linking broken bonds. Both are color-safe and moisturizing while reducing breakage and frizz.
In my opinion, these products really live up to the claims. No other shampoo or conditioner has made my hair so manageable, reduced the frizz and strengthened my hair like Olaplex. The shampoo is lightly scented and concentrated, so you don’t need a lot to get a great lather. The conditioner is also lightly scented and rich, leaving hair smooth after rinsing.
Using only the shampoo and conditioner, my hair feels absolutely weightless. They have made my hair shiny and manageable. I no longer battle with the hairbrush working through knots and frizz. This saves my hair from even more damage.
Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother Reparative Styling Creme is a leave-in hair styling and smoothing cream that is formulated for all hair types – even colored and chemically treated hair. It can be used on wet or dry hair and reduces drying time, smooths the hair shaft and reduces frizz for up to 72 hours. It hydrates hair and protects hair with a balanced pH of between 4.0 and 5.0.
Because this styling cream is very concentrated, you only need a very small amount. Don’t let the small bottle discourage you from trying it. You apply it to your mid-length to the ends of your hair and you will notice the smoothing effect. It smells so good too! I apply this to my damp hair prior to drying and I notice a reduction in frizz and flyaways without my hair being weighed down.
Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil is a multi-tasking hair oil. It is formulated with grapeseed oil which contains the antioxidant beta-carotene, vitamins D, C, E, essential fatty acids, and polyphenols to support and enrich hair. It also contains Fermented Green Tea Oil, an antioxidant-rich oil that is filled with nutrients to improve hair health.
The oil coats the hair to provide heat protection up to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C). It also is perfect for frizzy hair as it tamps down the frizz and flyaways and improves shine. Damaged hair will appreciate the UV protection, the oil’s ability to protect from future damage and shortened drying time as well. The less heat you have to apply to your hair the better. The oil also extends wear for color-treated hair and is softening and detangling.
This oil is very concentrated so you only need a few drops. While concentrated, it is also lightweight and doesn’t weigh hair down. I like using it tame flyaways and to touch up my ends when my hair is especially frizzy. Mixing a few drops of the oil into the styling cream works well too.
NOTE: I love all of the Olaplex products in their at-home haircare line. But if I had to choose between the Bonding Oil and the Styling Cream, I would choose the styling cream. I see better results, i.e. less frizz, softness, and smoothness, with the styling cream.
Final Thoughts on Olaplex Bond Maintenance Haircare System
The other day I switched to a different shampoo and conditioner. That was when I could really tell the difference. My hair simply felt heavier and frizzier. Back to Olaplex I go, especially as the summer months heat up. I am constantly testing shampoos and conditioners, but for the next few humid months, Olaplex will definitely be my go-to haircare.
If you are interested in the line but don’t know which products to start with, Olaplex – Bond Repair Trial Kit is the perfect introduction to Olaplex products. It includes mini sizes of pre-shampoo treatment Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3, No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner and No. 6 Bond Smoother styling creme.
Thanks for reading, and until next time…