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.
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.”
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.
REVIEW: Is Olaplex worth it?
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”.
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.
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