Explore Olaplex's 9 Game-Changing Formulas
Put simply, Olaplex is the haircare brand to know about if you’re looking to give dry, brittle, damaged hair a soft, shiny, more resilient overhaul. “The products work by rebuilding broken disulphide bonds (AKA the structure that holds our hair together) from the inside out with a patented single ingredient - bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate,” says Olaplex Ambassador, Chad Kenyon. “Once all of your bonds are intact, you will have beautiful and healthy hair.” That’s his promise. The products have been formulated to complement one another, but don’t fret if you’re not ready to take on the full range just yet, as each can be used independently too.
Why We Love itWe once thought healthy hair came from the roots, and damaged hair was destined to remain that way until we snipped it off and waited patiently for some fresh keratin goodness to grow. But then we discovered Olaplex - the brand that truly, honestly has the power to heal unhealthy hairs. Not only does Olaplex do what it says on the packaging (seriously - this might just be our best hair yet), but every single launch seems to satisfy. We wished for a daily, fuss-free fix, and Olaplex launched shampoo and conditioner, craved a hair mask, and they brought out the best of its kind. And don’t get us started on the latest No.9 serum. Every step of our hair care routine has been vastly improved by switching to an Olaplex alternative, and if you’re still on the fence, give one a try and wait for the compliments. This stuff really does work.
9 Of The Best Olaplex Products
OlaplexNo.0 Intensive Bond Treatment, £26
The Supercharged Primer
What is it? A fine liquid which helps to prime your hair for maximum absorption of the deeply reparative No. 3 Bond Perfector. Think of it as a way of supercharging the benefits of the original treatment.
How to use: Saturate dry hair from root to tip and wait 10 minutes before applying No 3. Do this once a week or twice for hair in serious need of TLC.
OlaplexNo. 3 Hair Perfector, N/A
The Original And Bestselling Treatment
What is it? This rich cream is an at-home treatment that works to improve the look and feel of distressed and damaged strands by restoring its structure as Chad mentioned. Undeniably the most well-known Olaplex product, it’s often dubbed as a hair hero by many thanks to it’s professional-grade results. It is by far our bestselling hair product too, which speaks volumes.
How to use: Apply to unwashed but wet hair (preferably dampened by No. 0) from root to tip. Olaplex advises leaving it on for 10 minutes to get to work, but we’ve been known to leave ours on overnight. After rinsing, shampoo and condition your hair as usual. If you’re going to invest in one Olaplex product, make it this one.
OlaplexNo. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, £13
The Daily Shampoo
What is it? Enriched with moisture-boosting ingredients, this is a gentle, yet hard-working shampoo gives strands a thorough cleanse and helps to repair bonds with every wash. Unlike most sulfate-free shampoos, this one lathers up and leaves you with shiny, soft hair.
How to use: While there’s no need for a how-to, it’s worth highlighting that this formula is suitable for everyday use, so if you’re a regular washer, this should be your new go-to.
OlaplexNo. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, £13
The Super Nourishing Conditioner
What is it? A hydrating conditioner which is packed with Olaplex’s signature ingredient to repair and strengthen strands and make hair more manageable. As dry and damaged hair can often look frizzy, this is great for smoothing out frazzled ends.
How to use: Use this conditioner straight after No. 4 for maximum results. For an added bonus, rinse with cold water as this helps to boost shine and close the hair’s cuticle which eliminates frizz. It also helps boost blood circulation to the scalp and stimulate new growth.
OlaplexNo.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, £28
The Hydration Booster
What is it? This is the latest addition to the Olaplex family and the final step - a highly intensive, post-shampoo mask. Not only does it work to rebuild bonds, but it gives dry hair a serious hit of hydration.
How to use: Unlike the No. 3 treatment, apply this one to freshly shampooed strands and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Slot this into your weekly routine or use more frequently to quench thirsty hair.
OlaplexNo. 6 Bond Smoother, £26
The Leave-In Styling Cream
What is it? A multi-beneficial cream that’s packed with vitamin E and coconut oil to hydrate hair and protect from heat damage. It also speeds up the drying process, which we love!
How to use: Warm up in your fingertips and run through the mid-lengths to ends. While it can be used on dry hair, we see best results on damp hair prior to styling. A little really does go a long way with this one.
OlaplexNo.7 Bonding Oil, £28
The Lightweight, Shine-Boosting Oil
What is it? A reparative oil that helps to heal broken bonds, increase softness, minimise frizz and give an incredibly enviable glass-like shine. It’s similar to the No. 6 cream but more weightless in comparison.
How to use: Apply a few drops to damp hair prior to styling or mix together with the No. 6 to reap the benefits of both.
OlaplexNo.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, £28
The Hydration Booster
What is it? A highly intensive, post-shampoo mask. Not only does it work to rebuild bonds, but it gives dry hair a serious hydration hit.
How to use: Unlike the No. 3 treatment, apply this formula to freshly shampooed strands and leave on for 10 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. Slot this mask into your weekly routine or use more frequently for really thirsty hair.
OlaplexNo. 4C Clarifying Shampoo, £28
The Weekly Detox
What is it? A gentle clarifying shampoo that gives your hair and scalp a deep cleanse, rinsing away excess oil, product build-up and pollution. Infused with Olaplex's ground-breaking science, you don't have to worry about this formula stripping your hair of the essential oils and leaving it feeling dry and brittle.
How to use: Swap this in for your usual shampoo once a week, or when needed depending on your hair type, and follow with your usual conditioning products.
OlaplexIntense Repair Kit, £15
The Trial-Size Kit
What is it? Featuring four mini versions of the brand’s hero products - No. 3, 4, 5 and 6, this kit is a great way to try before committing to the full-size versions. The 30ml bottles are ideal for those on-the-go too.
How to use: Use in number order as mentioned, starting with the No. 3 treatment on damp hair, followed by No. 4 shampoo and No. 5 conditioner, before applying the reparative creme and voilà - you’re good to go.
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