Good morning guys! If you follow me on my Snapchat, you’ll know that I recently changed my hair. Again. I guess I’m a chameleon when it comes to different hair styles haha! Anyways, because my hair has been chemically treated so much, I really wanted to try out Olaplex. Olaplex is this new big thing in the hair scene, so I had to test it for myself. I teamed with Ellen from The Proof to make this video about how to use Olaplex and I also added an updated hair care routine. I get a lot of questions asked about my hair and because I’m now using a lot of new hair products, I thought it would be helpful!
So a brief overview of what Olaplex exactly is:
“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.” – Olaplex.com
Yeah, pretty technical stuff! Olaplex has this Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate ingredient in all the 3 steps, they’re just in different forms:
- No.1 Bond Multiplier. This is the first step that your hair dresser has to do (you can’t do it at home). It contains the Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate ingredient and it will be diluted through the bleach/color. Your hair dresser will know how much to add to your bleach/hair color.
- No.2 Bond Perfector. It contains the same active ingredient as No.1. No.2 finds more single sulfur hydrogen bonds and cross links them back together without color, lightener or relaxers working against it. This is the second step of the Olaplex system, applied at the shampoo bowl at the hair salon. The hair dresser applies it after all processing has been completed and rinsed. The hair dresser will leave it on the hair for a minimum of 10-20 minutes. Keep in mind, the longer it’s on, the more effective it is. After that you need to shampoo and condition.
- No.3 Hair Perfector. It’s designed for at-home use. It is best to apply to clean, towel-dried hair. If build-up is present such as oils or silicones, shampoo and towel dry before application for best results. You can let it sit for 10 minutes, but also sleep on it. After that you need to shampoo and condition like you usually do. Use it once a week.
For me, the results were very clear: it made my hair feel strong and healthy, like it has been freshly cut. It doesn’t give you that soft hair feeling, which is weird at first, ’cause you would expect something like that. Honestly, this product is definitely worth the hype and I’m curious to see how my hair is going to respond to multiple treatments!
HAIR CARE ROUTINE
For my hair care routine, I use the Living Proof Restore Shampoo and Treatment Mask. What I love about these products – except for the a-ma-zing smell – is the fact that they don’t contain any bad parabens, silicones and sulfates. With that being said, most sulfate free shampoos suck: they don’t latter that well and I always feel like my hair is still dirty afterwards. Well, this shampoo latters amazingly, even without sulfates! The treatment mask is doesn’t leave your hair silicony soft, which I sometimes miss, but it does make your hair feel way more healthy. I also use the Living ProofPerfect Hair Day Night Cap Overnight Perfector once a week as an overnight mask (best stuff ever!) and the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day Dry Shampoo to freshen up my hair between washings.
To give my hair more softness and smoothness (ánd a very good smell too), I use the Moroccanoil Smoothing Lotion and Treatment Oil. I’ve been using these products for a very long time and I still love them. These products are perfect if you want to add more shine to your hair, for example when you’re blowdrying it. I wrote a review about these products that you can check out here.
Last, but not least I use two Redken products. They’re both from the Extreme line. I use the Redken Extreme Anti-Snap as a heat protector for my hair. I love the fact that it’s not a spray, but a very moisturizing, light leave-in treatment. Sprays can make your hair feel a bit hard afterwards, but this one doesn’t do that at all. Lastly I also Use the Redken Extreme Lenght Sealer, which is a very interesting product. It seals/melts the split ends you have together, making it look like you have healthy ends again. Perfect for those long hair loving girls!
I hope you liked this post! I want to thank Ellen and her Hair Salon The Proof for doing an amazing job on my hair – as always. If you’re in Groningen, definitely check out her salon, because she’s definitely the best hair dresser I’ve ever tried and that’s saying a lot coming from a super picky person, haha!
HAVE YOU EVER TRIED OLAPLEX?