Olaplex – gift from the hair gods or overrated?

I’m almost embarrassingly obsessed with my hair – any of my friends will tell you I’m always saving pictures to my phone ready for the next colour… and without my long thick hair I just don’t feel myself… the downside to that is my hair has been put through quite a lot in recent years.

If you’re as fond of changing your hair colour as I am – a bit of bleach here (ok a lot), brown, blonde, pink and rose-gold there… it would be hard not to have heard about Olaplex – the hair treatment which claims to ‘turn back time’ , repairing damage as well as preventing it during the colouring process.

There’s been so much hype surrounding it, I’d been keen to give Olaplex a try for months.

 
Advertised as ‘insurance for hair’ – if Olaplex works as promised, it should mean someone’s hair can be made blonder in one session than you would normally dare because it will be protected from damage…and existing damage from previous hair treatments should be hugely improved.
It supposedly works by reconnecting broken ‘Disulphide Sulphur’ bonds in your hair…. bonds which have been broken from colour processing or heat.   It’s free from silicone and and has never been tested on animals – which is a big yay from me.
There are 3 stages of treatment available, the first 2 which do the main bit of work and are done in a Salon, the third one which is a maintenance product you can use at home.
 
Salon Treatment:
  • I was taken to the basin and the first stage, the bond ‘multiplier’, was measured, mixed with water and applied to my dry hair. When only 8 minutes later I was declared ready for stage 2, I was aware I wasn’t getting a whole lot of Olaplex treatment time for my money!
  • Stage 2, the bond ‘perfector’, was then applied and 10 minutes later I was being shampooed and conditioned ready for my blow dry.
 
The Results:
 
Had Olaplex turned back time as promised?
Was my hair now the luscious mane I once had pre-bleaching?
Most certainly not – but the underneath where I had the most damage certainly felt alot smoother.
Was it slightly thicker? Possibly, but that could just have been the bouncy blow dry!
With a certain amount of improvement and having read so much about the benefits of leaving both stages on for much longer than the salon did… I was determined to give this alleged wonder stuff a fair try.
 
(In theory you have to be a professional hairdresser to buy Stages 1 and 2 – although it is now possible to buy it online, just be really careful you are getting the real thing!)
Turning to Amazon I shelled out £80 and bought enough of Stages 1 & 2 to give my long thick hair approximately 6 treatments.
At Home Treatment:
  • I mixed Stage 1, a yellow liquid, with the correct ratio of water, applied it all through my dry hair and left it for 45 minutes.
  • I then applied Stage 2, an opaque milky consistency that feels quite silky and spreads easily through your hair. Apparently this is the stage to leave on as long as you can – An hour and a half later I shampooed, conditioned and blow dried as usual.
And……

THANK YOU HAIR GODS!!!

Thicker, bouncier and smoother hair has been bestowed upon me!
Gone are the over processed, candy floss areas and my hair feels almost back to how it once was pre-bleaching.
 
If that’s the result after one longer treatment, I shall indeed be worshipping at the altar of Olaplex on a regular basis – maybe not weekly because it works out at around £13 per treatment – but monthly to keep my hair looking healthy so I can carry on playing with it?…. HELL YES!
Watch what a professional has to say about Olaplex here: 
Buy Olaplex:
*please check for yourself that it is a genuine product and from a reputable seller:
UK:   Amazon
U.S:   Amazon
(I didn’t buy the Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment so I can’t comment on the maintenance results, but have read very good things about it).

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9 Comments

  1. April 19, 2017 / 12:03 pm

    Oh Tiff, this is so useful! I’d love to see the photos of your hair now! To be honest I didn’t feel any difference after having Olaplex done at the salon and I bought stage 3 to use at home. After 2 sessions (left overnight) I still can’t see any difference but I guess buying the entire set would be a way to go! I didn’t do it afraid of fake products (as Amazon is not authorised distributor) so I just went for the more affordable No. 3 option but now I’m definitely tempted to purchase the entire thing! Xx

    • April 19, 2017 / 12:14 pm

      Hi Mal, yes unfortunately stage 3 won’t give dramatic results. I spoke at length to a hairdresser about the benefits of leaving stages one and two on for a long time and it honestly makes such a difference! I bought my kit from Amazon and it has been absolutely fine but you do need to be careful as there are fakes out there, especially on eBay!

  2. May 7, 2017 / 5:54 pm

    Woah! I haven’t heard of this stuff – that’s so impressive!! I love products that let you play with your hair without damaging it!

  3. May 7, 2017 / 7:00 pm

    I’ve heard SUCH great things about this!!! So tempted to try it out xo

    • May 7, 2017 / 8:29 pm

      It really is worth trying if you colour your hair…. But it is so much cheaper doing it yourself at home, the salons charge quite a bit for not a lot!!

  4. May 7, 2017 / 7:32 pm

    This sounds like an amazing hair treatment! My hair has been feeling a little dry and frazzled lately. I recently got a balyage that fried it a bit. I might have to try this sometime 😀

    • May 7, 2017 / 8:27 pm

      It’s really worth trying – it doesn’t make hair soft like conditioner but it definitely strengthens it! x

  5. sheri
    May 8, 2017 / 3:05 pm

    I’ve never heard of this stuff, but so glad to know this information. My hair needs SO much work!

    • May 8, 2017 / 3:37 pm

      If you want to regularly colour your hair it’s definitely worth using! 🙂

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