What is the Olaplex Treatment?
Olaplex is a new reconstructive treatment developed by top scientists in Santa Barbara that enhances the internal structure of the hair and prevents damage that occurs during chemical services.
Olaplex treatment repairs and restores disulfide bonds in the hair shaft which give strength and elasticity to the hair and prevent the hair shaft from fracturing. As an additive to hair color, bleach or neutralizer Olaplex provides protection against the damaging effects of chemical agents and also helps rebuild hair quality during the service. This makes it possible to perform multiple chemical processes with minimal damage to your hair.
Olaplex treatment also can be used to help improve the quality of the hair regardless of whether or not a chemical service has been performed.
Different Uses of Olaplex
Olaplex is used as a protective agent during chemical processes to prevent hair damage from exposure to chemicals. It also can be used as a restorative post-treatment to increase hair’s strength after chemical services. Olaplex rebuilds hair structure working from the inside out and also helps to increase the effectiveness of other treatments.
According to Olaplex, the treatment is effective on all hair types as well as on extensions. Olaplex treatment can also be used on virgin hair to make it tangle-free and shiny.
There are a few ways to use Olaplex:
- As a standalone treatment
- Bleach services, highlights, balayage, color
- Keratin treatments
- Thermal reconditioning treatments
1. Using Olaplex to Go Lighter
Hair damage has been a major problem that’s existed since the invention of hair dye. To deposit color or lighten hair a colorist needs to “break the bonds” in your hair strand that hold the hair dye. The lighter you go – the more bonds are broken! A drastic color change can sometimes cause serious hair damage including severe breakage and dryness.
Olaplex has the ability to reconnect broken disulfide bonds in the hair shaft and minimize the probability of breakage. The product increases hair elasticity and enables hair to accept more dramatic color changes with less or no damage. Hair can be colored or lightened to any level with minimal damage to the strands. Dark hair can go blonde faster and blondes can have their hair even blonder without being fried. Olaplex literally goes into hair and reverses damage from previous exploits and also prevents damage to your hair that would be caused by chemicals during color service.
How Does the Olaplex System Work?
The Olaplex system consists of three essential components:
No.1 Bond Multiplier (the pure Olaplex ingredient)
No.2 Bond Perfector
No.3 Hair Perfector
Bond Multiplier is mixed directly into your color/bleach, then the mixture is applied to your hair as normal. It can be used in any permanent, semi or demi hair color, glosses, toners, and high lift. Olaplex step 1 is added to your color or lightener to protect your hair before any damage is done. It reconnects the bonds in your hair that have been broken during exposure to chemical services, thermal treatments, and mechanical force.
This is the second step of the Olaplex system and is applied after the color processing has been completed and hair has been rinsed and towel-dried. In this step, your hair is saturated with the Olaplex Bond Perfector to ensure that all the newly formed bonds in your hair stay intact.
The product is left on the hair for a minimum of 10 to 20 minutes. After rinsing out the product the hair will be shampooed and conditioned.
Olaplex Hair Perfector is a take-home product that you can use once a week before shampooing to extend the life of your color. The product will continue to link bonds within the hair and maintain the strength, integrity, and softness of the hair between coloring services.
Hair Perfector should be applied to towel-dried hair like a hair mask and left on for 10 minutes or longer. After rinsing the product the hair is shampooed and conditioned.
Why is it Important for Blondes?
If you start with dark hair color, you will need to use bleach to pull the pigment out of your hair and get your hair as light as possible. Lightening, if you don’t do it properly, can seriously compromise your hair’s structure. Repeated bleaching in a short period of time can leave hair weak and inevitably leads to breakage.
Platinum blonde which has become the hottest hair trend requires serious bleaching. Many women can’t achieve their dream hair color because bleaching would be too harsh on their previously highlighted, porous, bleached-out, and already compromised hair.
Olaplex is a safe, non-toxic product that has many uses, but it is especially essential for anyone who wants to go more than three shades lighter to reach their desired hair color. The product allows for more frequent hair coloring and makes it possible to lighten your hair to new levels with minimal damage. Re-bleaching previously bleached hair is now easily achievable and you might be able to go platinum without ruining the integrity of your hair.
With the arrival of Olaplex, the days of worrying about hair breakage are gone. You can push the limit and go lighter without the worry of doing any damage to your hair. The product is a key enabler for more dramatic hair color changes while it prevents your color from fading too. Brunettes can now go platinum blonde in one day without frying their hair.
2. Stand-alone Repairing Treatment
Olaplex can be used on its own as a separate hair treatment in order to repair damaged hair. The ‘Stand-alone Olaplex Bond Reparation Treatment’ can be done at any time, whether you have had a chemical service or not. Heat styling and tension from combing and brushing can also weaken hair’s protein bonds and cause damage inside the hair shaft. Olaplex Bond Reparation Treatment is a great way to rebuild hair strength for those with chemically processed, color-treated, permed and mechanically damaged hair. The treatment also works to strengthen and soften coarse gray hair that is prone to breakage.
If your hair has build-up from hair products and minerals you need to wash it prior to the treatment using a clarifying or chelating shampoo.
Olaplex treatment steps:
- Fill a non-spraying applicator bottle with 3oz (90ml) of lukewarm water.
- Add 1/2oz (15ml) Olaplex No.1 into the application bottle and mix them together.
- Wet the hair thoroughly (if there wasn’t need to wash) and towel dry.
- Fully saturate the hair with the solution. You may comb through to endure that every strand is coated with the solution.
- Leave on for 5-7 minutes.
- Don’t rinse.
- Apply a generous amount of Olaplex No. 2 Bond Perfector to your hair and comb through to distribute it evenly.
- Leave on for 10 – 20 minutes or more.
- Shampoo and condition as usual.
3. The Olaplex Bond Reparation System for Keratin Treatment
Olaplex works very well as a strengthening pre-treatment for a Brazilian Blowout or keratin treatment. Olaplex stand-alone treatment should be performed before beginning the keratin service. Olaplex will penetrate the hair shaft to strengthen hair from within before the hair shafts are coated with the keratin treatment. The result is stronger and more flexible hair that is resistant to breakage. Olaplex also enhances hair softness and shine and maximizes the benefits of a keratin treatment or Brazilian Blowout.
4. Using Olaplex for Perms
A perm is a procedure that breaks numerous bonds in the hair. If the integrity of your hair has already been compromised an Olaplex treatment is recommended to prepare the hair for perm service. Take equal amounts of Olaplex No. 2 and a protein conditioner and mix them in a bowl. Apply to towel-dried hair concentrating on the most damaged areas of the hair. Use a hot dryer heat to completely dry mixture in the hair. Then, mist the hair with water and proceed with the perming process.
As a restorative post-treatment, diluted Olaplex No. 1 should be added to your neutralizer to repair the damage caused by the perm. You don’t have to wait 48 hours to shampoo your hair after doing neutralization with a neutralizer enriched with Olaplex.
5. Olaplex for Relaxed Hair
The best way to protect the hair from the chemicals in relaxers is to perform a treatment with Olaplex before and after your relaxer process. Olaplex may be added to your sodium hydroxide relaxers as well as to your neutralizing shampoo.
How to incorporate Olaplex into your relaxing procedure depends on the desired level of straightness.
What is No. 3 Take Home Hair Perfector?
The tiny bonds within our hair are constantly being compromised due to thermal, mechanical and chemical processes. No. 3 Hair Perfector is a take-home product that helps to maintain the health of the hair between salon visits.
The No. 3 Hair Perfector contains the same active ingredient as both the No.1 and No. 2. It will continue to link bonds within the hair, making hair stronger, softer and shinier. The product is designed to use once a week before shampooing your hair. It should be applied to damp hair and left on for a minimum of 10 minutes. Afterward, your hair should be shampooed and conditioned.
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