I recently found myself at a table of beauty eds, all complaining about their bleach damaged hair.
Yes, beauty eds get grooming wrong, too. Thing is, that until now, there really hasn’t been any ‘good’ way to bleach your hair. But in a social media-driven world of pink, purple and grey hair, what is a girl to do when the desire to experiment is stronger than the inevitable breakage outcome?
Well, there’s a new kid on the lock block that promises to end the broken ends cycle. And most incredible of all, this solution was discovered almost by mistake. The creator, Dean Christal, was trying to create a silicone-based alternative to Moroccanoil (but I won’t hold this against him). Fast forward past a few scientists playing in their garage-lab (yes, really), the additive Olaplex was born.
Olaplex was introduced to me by colour guru, David Gillson, master stylist and partner at Carlton Hair, Hyde Park. He explained that “Olaplex is an additive that reduces the reaction that oxygen has with the sulfide bonds on the hair shaft of colour treated hair. Think of it as a bandage for the cuticle of you hair.”
What’s most impressive is that this brand taking the hair world by storm is free of sulphates, phthalates, DEA, gluten, silicone, aldehydes and never, ever tested on animals, except humans!
There are 3 products in the range, two in-salon and one home care.
Olaplex No 1 has the highest concentration and is added to the actual colour or bleach before it’s applied to your hair.
Olaplex No 2 is basically an in-salon mask to repair any damaged caused by heat or colour treatments.
Olaplex No 3 is an at-home treatment that you use once a week before you wash your hair.
David used No 2 on my hair, and I’m incredibly impressed with the results. My hair is shinier, softer and my colour is lasting far better than it usually does!
I want to get my hands on No 3 to see what it’s all about. Once I do, I’ll let you all know!
If you’d like to try it for yourself in the meantime, pop over to their local site here for stockists.
Watch their intro video below for more info: