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Olaplex review: Is it worth the hype Kim Kardashian caused?

I have been eager to do an Olaplex hair care review for a while now, because when Kim Kardashian tells the world that she loves a beauty product, and she isn’t being paid to do so, chances are it is a damn good product.

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Me (not really me)

This is how the famously innovative Olaplex hair care treatment first hit the headlines. At one of her make up masterclasses Kim gushed: “When your hair is really damaged, if you sleep in that, it really works. I notice a huge difference.”

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What is Olaplex?

It is a formula primarily used when lightening hair because it prevents damage and breakage usually caused by bleach — this continues long after your treatment as Olaplex prevents split ends for months.

This is basically how it became known for magically turning her brown hair into equally lustrous blonde locks with minimal damage to your hair.

So when I was given the opportunity to do an Olaplex review treatment at HOB Salons, Camden, I jumped at the chance.

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I have notoriously weak and thin hair. In the past hairdressers have asked whether my hair is damaged from dodgy extensions before being hugely apologetic, but clearly puzzled, at the frayed lengths and damaged ends.

Before the treatment I hadn’t cut it in almost a year, a huge mistake with hair like mine at the long length it is – plaits dwindled into wisps, it was a state.

Now Olaplex promises to work on a molecular level to “seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage”. It is also claimed that you can use it to “restore compromised hair, or add it to another service to provide the ultimate breakage insurance”.

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Actually me: Styled after the treatment at HOB Salons
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Also actually me: Dried naturally

Believing my ends to be beyond repair, I chopped off the ghastly bits and fixed up the rest. In salons the first step is mixed into dye and then the second step comes after when the dye has been removed. I went for another balayage for a natural look (read about balayage here).

Whenever you have a good amount of hair cut off the ends always feel nice, but this is unparalleled. My hair feels strong, thick and glouriously soft.

It is technically a three-part process, but the third is home use and I intend to continue this with high hopes that when my hair reaches the same lengths it was, it will be in a very different condition than it was.

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Where to buy Olaplex

OLAPLEX Hair Repair Trial Kit £24

No 3 Hair Perfector, No 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, No 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner and No 6 Bond Smoother. Buy it here

OLAPLEX No 3 Hair Perfector £26

Apply to damp hair, combing through, and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes before washing as normal, or leave on overnight. Buy it here

OLAPLEX No 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo £26

Apply to damp hair, work through hair from root to tip creating a lather. Wash off. Buy it here

OLAPLEX No 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner £26

Apply to hair after shampoo to wet hair. Buy it here

OLAPLEX No 6 Bond Smoother £26

To use after washing your hair: Apply a very small amount to damp or dry hair, concentrating product on your mid-length to ends. Comb through and style as desired. Buy it here

OLAPLEX No 7 Bonding Oil £26

Apply a small amount to damp or dry hair to smooth and strengthen. Buy it here

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  1. May 1, 2018 / 12:38 pm

    Ooh I’m so intrigued by this, my hair is exactly as you describe, breaking, weak, thin…it sounds great.

    • mattielaceydavidson
      May 1, 2018 / 3:57 pm

      I would definitely recommend it but it is expensive. I’ve found soaking my hair in oils overnight helps to (got a blog post on it if you’re interested?) xxx

  2. May 2, 2018 / 8:12 am

    Sounds like a super product! I confess though, I think the best way to have nice hair is just to leave it well alone. I read all these horror stories about what happens if its dyed and bleached – I’m glad I’ve never done that!

  3. ChelseaMamma
    May 2, 2018 / 4:01 pm

    My hair is in a right state at the moment and I really need it cut and a treatment

    • mattielaceydavidson
      May 2, 2018 / 5:21 pm

      That is how I felt before I had mine done so I feel your pain xxx

  4. May 2, 2018 / 8:43 pm

    I’m tempted to try number 3 I will admit but I loathe the Kardashians and that plank-du-jour Kanye. My hair is pretty dry from bleaching though and standard conditioners just don’t seem to do much for it.

    • mattielaceydavidson
      May 2, 2018 / 9:04 pm

      If you dye your hair light regularly I would seriously recommend it x

  5. May 2, 2018 / 9:15 pm

    I am really intrigued by things like this, and also a sucker when someone famous like Kim K, recommends it. All of a sudden I just have to try it 🙂 Sounds like you have had a great experience with it and I hope you get the end results you hope for when your hair grows back in length.

  6. May 2, 2018 / 11:37 pm

    My hair is so thick and dry constantly, I need a miracle! This sounds like it could just be that miracle, too pricey for me right now though! 🙁

    • mattielaceydavidson
      May 3, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Try soaking it in oil overnight! After a few weeks I’m sure you’ll see a difference xx

  7. May 4, 2018 / 4:11 pm

    I had my hair done not too long ago and it made my hair a lot more manageable although I have an opposite issue to you as my hair is too thick aha! But I am glad that while Olaplex might have been expensive at least you tried it. And I like the idea of soaking your hair in overnight oil.

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