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. As I’ve gotten older, the texture of my hair has started to change and my hair seems to have lost some elasticity. For a while, I thought it was due to my use of curling irons and heat-related damage. Yet I don’t curl my hair that often anymore and the texture issues are still there. So I am always on the lookout for anti-frizz products that don’t weigh my hair down and help with my damaged tresses.
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What Is Olaplex?
Last summer beauty bloggers were raving about this product 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 has a great resource library on their website that is very educational. It is a hair care system that on a molecular level targets damaged bonds in the hair to repair and strengthen your hair.
Olaplex: The Original Bond Builder
Olaplex Step No.1
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
The next step is No.2 Bond Perfection. It is another salon treatment meant to be applied after hair is colored or chemically treated to continue the process of repairing broken bonds.
Olaplex Step No.3
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.
Olaplex is quick to point out the 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 10 minutes, rinse and then shampoo and condition your hair.
Olaplex Steps No.4 & No.5
Step No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and step No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner protects, strengthens and repairs all hair types by re-linking broken bonds. Both are color-safe and moisturizing while reducing breakage and frizz.
My Experience with Olaplex 3-4-5 System
I finally gave in and ordered the shampoo and conditioner (No.4 and No.5). What can I say? 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, even though I have long hair below my shoulders. They have made my hair shiny and manageable. I no longer battle with the hairbrush working through knots and frizz. This is saving my hair from even more damage.
More recently, I recently purchased the No.3 Hair Perfector treatment and have been using it weekly. It 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 are really benefiting from No.3 Hair Perfector.
I’m looking forward to trying their newest product, Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother. The Bond Smoother is a leave-in styling cream that can be applied to wet or dry hair. It targets frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours. It also aims to speed up blow drying time while hydrating and smoothing.
The Verdict on Olaplex
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. You can purchase the Olaplex line at Amazon.com.
Thanks for reading, and until next time…