What is Olaplex?
Olaplex is a haircare brand that repairs hair on a molecular level.
Everyone can benefit from an Olaplex treatment – not just those with coloured hair.
What many of us don’t realise is that our hair is exposed to daily aggressors in the same ways as our skin, and sometimes it needs a little TLC.
Olaplex products are formulated without sulfates and all the bad stuff, but that’s just one of the reasons I think they’re worth the higher price tag.
So which Olaplex treatment is right for you?
If you don’t fancy the longer read, scroll to the bottom to find out which Olaplex hair treatment might be right for you.
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Olaplex 0 is like a primer for Olaplex 3. It allows your hair to repair on the deepest level.
I have a love-hate relationship with this product.
On the one hand, it’s great at repairing and I really notice a difference in my hair when I use it. On the other hand, I really hate the applicator and the product is expensive for the amount of uses you get from it, especially if you have long hair.
The long nozzle is very messy when trying to target the ends of your hair and you can end up wasting a fair bit of product, which is not ideal when every drop is precious. It’s basically water!
I would recommend saving this for occasions when you want your hair to look its absolute best, or only if your hair is severely damaged and clearly needs a lot of help.
Olaplex 3 is the bestseller that needs no introduction.
This product aims to reduce breakage, strengthen and improve the texture of your hair.
All of this is absolutely true.
Usually when I rinse my hair after washing, the drain will get clogged with hair. When using Olaplex 3, I only lose a few strands.
I was lucky enough to get my hands on the larger, limited edition size of the Olaplex 3 and it has served me well.
I’ve found that you only need to use this every 1-2 weeks, unless you really want to accelerate the hair repair process. Olaplex recommends up to 3 times a week, but I don’t think that’s strictly necessary.
You will need to restock quite frequently if you have long hair since it needs to be applied generously. It’s a very thick, creamy product and is typically available in 100ml.
I definitely recommend keeping an eye out for the odd occasions when retailers like Lookfantastic or Cult Beauty stock the limited edition, supersize version, which is 250ml.
The guidelines state that you should leave this treatment in for a minimum of 10 minutes, but I’ve found that a minimum of 45 minutes is the sweet spot.
I had a little chat with an Olaplex advisor some time ago and they mentioned that No. 3 does not have moisturising properties, so you’d need another product to restore/maintain moisture.
I personally think this is okay, as moisturising hair masks/treatments last a long time and there are some very good, affordable ones on the market.
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In my opinion, this is one of the best Olaplex products.
I never really struggled with frizzy hair until I got my hair bleached.
Olaplex 6 is an absolutely miracle worker on frizz and it’s suitable for all hair types.
This is a leave-in treatment for use after washing. It’s thick, but you only need a tiny amount (like, maybe an almond or 2).
It has repairing properties like the rest of the range, but is also moisturising, can speed up hair drying time and will keep your hair sleek for several days.
You can use this on damp or dry hair and you’ll get amazing results either way.
I personally enjoy using this on dry hair – it makes your hair feel silky smooth, keeps frizz at bay for a couple of days and really makes your colour pop.
It’s also another product that will last ages!
You only need around 7-10 drops for medium-long hair.
You should run this through the mid-lengths to ends of your hair and sparingly use any excess near the roots.
…When I say excess, I mean your hands should basically be dry.
Even though it’s not a greasy oil, it can make your roots look greasy very quickly if you apply too much.
When paired with Olaplex 6, this product is the other half of a perfectly dynamic duo.
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Olaplex 8 is an intensely moisturising mask that also helps to smooth, de-frizz and add body and shine.
It pairs perfectly with all other hair products, including those from other brands.
It certainly adds moisture and leaves your hair feeling silky smooth for days. I fell head over heels for this hair mask after just one use.
Similar to No. 3, you don’t need to use this so frequently unless you feel your hair really needs it.
2 pumps is enough for medium length hair, so it lasts very well.
Olaplex 8 is applied to damp, towel-dried hair and only needs to be left for 10 minutes. So in the time it takes me to clean up the bathroom after a shower, cleanse my face and brush my teeth, it works its magic. Then just rinse off for the slickest locks!
Nothing really beats the feeling of rinsing out a hair mask, am I right?
This has quickly become one of my favourite hair masks and I’d recommend it to everyone.
Summary | Which Olaplex hair treatment should you go for?
There’s a lot to digest with Olaplex, but in short I’d say if your hair is:
- Severely damaged and/or needs a major pick-me-up – Olaplex 0 under 3
- Coloured and/or damaged, needs extra love – Olaplex 3
- …if you have any hair on your head at all – Olaplex 6 & 7
- In need of moisture, or needs de-frizzing and you don’t want to get 6 or 7 – Olaplex 8
There are also mini trial kits available for anyone who might not want to part with a larger sum of cash straight away, or they can be handy for travel.
Have you tried Olaplex? Do you think it’s worth the hype?
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