Olaplex No.3 Benefits for Hair and How to Use Olaplex No.0 and No.3

Last Updated on January 3, 2023 by Gaga

What is Olaplex no 3

Olaplex Hair Perfector is a part of the Olaplex Professional System designed for home use. This at-home product reconnects the disulfide bonds within your hair that have been broken from chemical services, heat styling, and mechanical abuse. Olaplex strengthens the hair on the molecular level, making your strands stronger and healthier.

After having the Olaplex stand-alone treatment in a salon, you can continue to rebuild broken chemical bonds and maintain the strength of your hair by using Olaplex No. 3 at home.

Olaplex No. 3 contains the same molecule (Bis-AminoPropyl Diglycol Dimaleate) that can be found in Olaplex No. 1 and No. 2 but in different concentration levels.

Olaplex Hair Perfector can be used either as a part of the Olaplex Professional System or can be bought separately and used occasionally to optimize the condition of your hair, regardless of whether or not steps 1 and 2 have been performed.

Olaplex No 3 is free of silicones, parabens, aldehydes, oils, and gluten. It is not tested on animals. The product is very simple to use.

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Potential Benefits of Olaplex No 3 to Your Hair

  1. Reconnects broken bonds and repairs the damage to hair that has been compromised by chemical processing, heat styling, and mechanical abuse
  2. Improves and maintains hair strength and integrity
  3. Helps repair damage from frequent coloring and bleaching
  4. Reduces breakage and helps the hair grow longer
  5. Reduces the appearance of split ends

Tames frizz and makes hair shinier, smoother, and more manageable

How to Use Olaplex Hair Perfector?

Wet your hair and apply a generous amount of the product to unwashed, damp hair. Applying to damp hair makes spreading easier, so you need less product. Focus on the areas where you have the most damage and then comb through for more even distribution. Alternatively, you can cover your hair with a plastic cap and leave the product on for 30 minutes. For better results, left in the hair for extended periods.

If your hair has a heavy buildup from hair products, you can shampoo it before applying Olaplex hair perfector. But make sure to rinse the product from your hair and then shampoo and condition the hair.

For severely damaged hair, repeat the application step without rinsing the product after the first application. When the processing time is over, rinse the hair, then shampoo and condition it as usual.

If you are going to leave the product on the hair overnight, make sure to wash it with shampoo in the morning.

Keep in mind that you need to use a conditioner after shampooing because Olaplex hair perfector is not formulated to add moisture to hair and it can’t replace your conditioner.

One bottle (3.3 Oz) should give approximately six applications for fine, shoulder-length hair or 2 applications for long hair of medium thickness and density.

How Often Should You Use Olaplex No 3?  

The product is supposed to be used once a week before shampooing. Olaplex no 3 can be used 2-3 times a week if your hair is extremely damaged.

How to Use Olaplex No 0 and No 3 Together

Olaplex 0 is formulated to be used with No.3 1-3 times a week for very damaged hair. It works as a primer to intensify the results you would get with Olaplex hair perfector.

You need to apply Olaplex No 0 to clean dry hair and leave it for at least 10 min. Part your hair in sections and squeeze the bottle to saturate your hair with the product. For easier application, order this product packed in a spray bottle from Olaplex or purchase a spray bottle separately, so you can quickly apply it to your hair and minimize waste. After 10 minutes apply Olaplex No 3 over Olaplex 0. Comb the hair to spread the product evenly and leave it on for 20 minutes or longer. Rinse the treatment from the hair and shampoo and condition it as normal.

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Olaplex No 3 vs Deep Conditioning Treatment

Olaplex changes the internal hair structure and helps increase hair strength and elasticity. The strengthening and protecting effects are permanent. Conditioning treatments just coat the hair shaft providing only temporary results.

Olaplex also differs from protein treatments that can easily be overused. Unlike protein hair treatments, the more you use Olaplex, the more benefits you’re going to get from it.

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Does Your Hair Need Olaplex Hair Perfector?

Olaplex Take Home Treatment works well on all hair types from virgin to over-processed and severely damaged hair. This product works best on color-treated hair that has been damaged by repeated coloring and bleaching processes. If you like to experiment with your hair color, you can push your hair limits without fear of breakage.

Olaplex also helps to undo hair damage caused by the overuse of hot tools, as well as damage caused by excessive mechanical manipulations such as wet combing and aggressive brushing. 

If your hair is healthy and untreated, you may not see a big difference after using Olaplex Hair Perfector, but it will not harm your hair in any way.

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About the author

Dragica Mitrovic Gaga
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Gaga is a blogger and founder of the Softer Hair website. She often says that insomnia is to blame for her first blogging attempts. Being the night owl, she hated the morning alarm. She left her office job and returned to what she loved most - writing.


4 thoughts on “Olaplex No.3 Benefits for Hair and How to Use Olaplex No.0 and No.3”

  1. What do the instructions mean when they say for extremely damaged hair repeat application step without rinsing?

  2. There is no need to rinse the product from your hair before repeating the application process, but make sure to rinse it out after the second application.

  3. I had a keratin treatment done one week ago and I want to know if I can use Olaplex no 3 as a follow-up home treatment?
    Will it break down the treatment quicker or will it strengthen it?
    Thanks, Jo

  4. Olaplex as a stand-alone treatment should be done prior to keratin service. Since your hair is freshly sealed with keratin now, using any type of Olaplex treatment will not produce any noticeable effect. Wait about a month after the keratin service until your hair becomes slightly porous. Then you can use Number 3 Hair Perfector, which will be able to penetrate the hair shaft to repair and maintain strong hair. It will not ruin your keratin treatment, but when applied this way it is supposed to strengthen hair, not to prolong the lifetime of your keratin treatment.

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