What is Olalex? How does it work?

Olaplex is a bond multiplier and bond perfector. In other words, Olaplex repair hair by reconnecting broken bonds in the hair. To be more precise, our hair is made of 3 bonds:

Disulfide Strongest bond in the hair responsible for the strength and integrity of the hair Chemical services (hair dyes, perms, relaxing of the hair) target disulfide bonds thus making a permanent change in texture and color of the hair.


Olaplex works to minimize damage to the disulfide bond during the chemical service. It also works on multiplying the bonds in – between the hair treatments




Olaplex got popular due to its reparative properties once it was endorsed by people who suffered hair damage from excessive bleach. That said, Olaplex system could be part of any chemical hair service as it serves a bigger purpose: Olaplex system is designed to link broken bonds in the hair before, during and after the chemical service.



What is “3 part Olaplex system”?

In – Salon #1 This product is used during the chemical service in order to maintain the integrity of the hair and mitigate the damage


#2 This product is meant to be a follow up for the N1 treatment. It is not working against any chemicals and can focus solely on hair repair


At – Home #3 Take – home treatment product to be used once a week




Olaplex #2 and #3 are fairly similar in their functionality; however, the difference is due to the potency of the product formulation. According to the Senior Educator of Olaplex, Olaplex #2 contains 15% of active ingredient which is #1, whereas product #3 contains 12.5% of N1.


Last month I was referred to a new colorist and I was happy with the work done. The person does not use Olaplex and I am not in a rush to fully commit to Olaplex system either. In fact, when I tried to make an appointment for Olaplex salon treatment, the person I spoke with could not give me competent information about the service procedure and products themselves. Being a conservative at heart, I decided that for now I will introduce only Olaplex N3 to my haircare routine.




How should Olaplex #3 be used?


–       Product application guideline:

General application guideline: Apply the product to damp, towel dried hair in order for easier application and even distribution of the product.


It is best if you wash your hair before you use Olaplex so that it does not have to work against product buildup and can focus on hair repair straight away


Dry / brittle hair Olaplex + Moisture treatments


Gummy / gelatinous hair Olaplex + Protein treatment



When you apply the treatment, you can leave it in the hair and go on about your business. Olaplex is not a heat activated product so usage of heat cap will not affect the efficacy of the treatment.


–       Time and efficacy of the product:


When it comes to the timing of exposure of hair to the #3 treatment product, there seems to be two versions: one suggested by Olaplex and one suggested by Kim Kardashian. According to Kim Kardashian, “When your hair is really damaged, if you sleep in that, it really works. I notice a huge difference!” Olaplex suggests that the treatment should not exceed a period of 30 minutes even if you have extremely damaged hair. Olaplex educators insist that the product is working only as long as it is moist i.e. once it dries; it has nothing more to add to the hair. That said, to extend the time of the at – home treatment process, you could dampen the hair in order to re-activate the product.


–       Frequency of use:


Olaplex #3 is suggested as a treatment to be used once a week in between chemical services for the hair.


If your hair is severely damaged, you could use Olaplex #3 up to three times a week in order to repair your hair bonds. Once your hair gets stronger, you can decrease the number of times you use it per week.


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