The Beginner’s Guide To Olaplex

Olaplex is one of the most talked about hair brands and rightly so seeing as it is expertly formulated to suit every hair type. If you’re new to the brand and yet to experience it’s magic, here’s everything you need to know…

Put simply, Olaplex is the haircare brand to know about if you’re looking to transform dry and brittle hair into soft, shiny and more resilient hair. “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.” While the products have been formulated to empower one another, they can also be used independently.

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Olaplex

No.0 Intensive Bond Treatment, N/A

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.

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No. 3 Hair Perfector, $22.40

The Original And Best-Selling 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.

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No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, $22.40

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.

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No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, $11.20

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.

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No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, $22.40

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.

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No. 6 Bond Smoother, $22.40

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.

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Olaplex

No.7 Bonding Oil, $22.40

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.

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No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, $22.40

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.

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Olaplex

Intense Repair Kit, $12.80

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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Bond Maintenance Kit, $67.20

The Healthy Hair Kit
What is it? Three of the brand’s bestselling formulas, all in one place. They work in tandem to create optimum hair health. Consider this a regular MOT for your hair: follow the routine regularly for stronger, healthier and better-behaved locks.

How to use: You can refer to point 2 for more comprehensive advice on how to use the No.3 treatment, but in short, you should apply to damp hair before shampooing. Damaged hair will benefit from using this treatment three times per week. Wash as regularly as you typically would with the Bond Maintenance Shampoo & Conditioner to maintain prime condition.

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Posted: Tuesday, 30 March 2021