“Olaplex is a bond multiplier containing a single active ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. Olaplex works by finding single sulfur hydrogen bonds and cross linking them back together to form disulfide bonds before, during and after services. Disulfide bonds are broken via chemical, thermal, and mechanical processes.” ~ ~
In the hair industry, there is a conflicting stories surrounding this product. Over the past year we have seen YouTube videos and posts from various social media sites all have their opinions about what Olaplex is and what it does. I am here to shed some light on what exactly Olaplex is and what it can do for you.
The above picture illiterates a single strand of hair that has not been colored using Olaplex (left), and hair that has been colored using Olaplex (right).
When a new product comes out, when conducive to my needs, I like to try it out on myself or my kids (ages 18 & 20) before, I use it on my clients.
Olaplex is very expensive for salons to purchase, so it is considered an add-on service to be added to your chemical service. The cost of this add-on service starts anywhere from $25 -$75 per application with the addition of $40 for the take home #3 in-home treatment.
The above picture illiterates how Olaplex helps to strengthen the bonds of the hair shaft, reducing breakage.
My own professional experience and the experience of my fellow stylists, we have found that this is what Olaplex can and cannot do for our clients.
- Olaplex will protect your hair from unnecessary damage when it used responsibly and by following manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Olaplex is NOT a conditioning treatment, it is a bond multiplier. Olaplex does not claim that it is a conditioning treatment of any kind. So, if your stylist is claiming it is a conditioner and it will put moisture back into your hair….Run…. and tell them they should take a product knowledge class.
- Olaplex will strengthen your hair over time and it will help prevent more damage. Olaplex will not make your hair invincible, it has its limits of what it can do.
- Olaplex works BUT if you are putting lightener onto hair that is already damaged, even with Olaplex, I cannot stress enough that, it has its limits!! It is not a solve all hair solution.
I had a client come in today that had her hair lightened from another salon. When she called me she swore it was because of Olaplex because that was the only thing different that was done to her hair than previous times. When she came in, I examined her hair and could see visible breakage. Luckily, the stylist gave her the formula of what she used. There were a few issues I saw with the formula; one was the client had extremely fine, thin hair. The stylist used 40 volume peroxide, let it on for 45 min, and placed her under the dryer. It was a wonder the client had any hair left. Another thing I noticed with the formula, is that the stylist used 5x more Olaplex than what s recommended. More is not better, but just a waste of product. This told me the stylist did not have any training with Olaplex and just heard about it and wanted to try it out without having any real knowledge about what the product does and how it works.
What was your experience with Olaplex?