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Olaplex, According to The Hair Pros


“We've heard plenty of chatter about Olaplex lately in the world of salons and healthy of hair.”

"Olaplex is a preventative treatment that helps stop the damage that hair color can cause," according to Christopher Box, owner of The Beauty Box Salon in Dallas. "It's kind of a game changer," he proclaims. Popular natural hair stylist, image consultant, and blogger, Janelle Sands of Secret Curl Society calls it "a new breakthrough in the chemistry of hair." But what exactly is Olaplex, and why do all the pros cosign using it for chemical and color treatment services?


Why is everyone talking about Olaplex?

This single ingredient is added both hair prior to and after a hair color treatment or other chemical service done at a salon. It's used to "preserve the integrity of the hair and essentially multiply the bonds within the hair shaft," according to Sands.

Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair that were broken down during services that required the use of heat styling tools and chemicals. It comes in the following steps:

Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier: for lightening

Olaplex No. 2 Bond Perfector: for restoring strength into the hair (it is not a neutralizer nor activator)

Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector: for maintaining healthier, stronger hair in between sessions (it is not a conditioning treatment and should not be left on the hair)

Applying Olaplex onto curly hair

On naturally textured wavy, curly, and coily hair, "Olaplex should be applied to towel dried hair," says Robin Sjoblom, named 2016 Curly Hair Artist of the Year by Curly Hair Artistry.

"This is because we will do a detox treatment on the hair to remove silicones and buildup before applying Olaplex." She follows up by applying a watered down mix of Olaplex #1 over a bowl to collect the run through, ensuring "total saturation."

Sjoblom mentions a gentler application makes all the difference for clients with curly hair. "We do not comb the Olaplex through the hair, we use our fingers to section and work into the curls. Using a comb on curly hair in this state would break the hair. Finger smoothing the Olaplex ensures saturation without disturbing the integrity of the curl."


To maximize your treatment at home, she suggests purchasing a "take home #3 treatment for in-between freshening...it's amazing!" Ask your curly hair stylist for more details about how to purchase this kit.

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