For hair and salon professionals, Olaplex is one of the most recognizable and respected brands in the world. It is used in thousands of salons and by many more at home to protect and repair damaged hair.
Surprisingly, not many people know exactly what Olaplex does and how it works. If that’s you, then you’re in the right place!
However, to know more about what Olaplex does, it’s important to begin by learning about the anatomy of your hair.
What is Hair Made Of?
Have you ever wondered what exactly your hair is made of? Well, the short answer is Keratin!
Keratin is a fibrous protein is built from cells like the ones that compose your skin and nails. Turns out, Keratin is a big deal for your body!
Now here’s where things get a little more technical. The Keratin protein structures in your hair are held together by two types of bonds: disulfide bonds and hydrogen bonds.
What Exactly are Hair Bonds?
Disulfide bonds strengthen your hair and provide it with elasticity. The amount of disulfide in your hair is also what controls how curly it is!
Hydrogen bonds account for approximately one third of the strength in your hair. Together, each kind of bond is vital in creating a healthy, full and beautiful look.
Unfortunately, these bonds can become damaged and leave your hair frizzy and brittle. This is where Olaplex comes in. Olaplex repairs and prevents this kind of damage from happening!
The Science Behind Olaplex
Here’s a word you probably don’t use in your everyday language: bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate. Try to say that 5 times fast!
In all seriousness, bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate is the main patented ingredient within Olaplex that helps repair bond damages in your hair. This ingredient is present in varying amounts for Olaplex’s three main products.
No.1 Bond Multiplier – The main and most recognizable Olaplex product, Bond Multiplier is the first step to rebuilding broken disulfide bonds. It also and begins the process of preventing future damage.
Bond Multiplier is often applied from a hair professional in a salon.
No.2 Bond Perfector – Bond Perfector contains the bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate in a smaller amount with a combination of variety of conditioning agents. It continues to rebuild and restore any broken bonds to ensure the healthiest hair possible.
Bond Perfecter is often applied at a salon as a post-coloring conditioner treatment.
No. 3 Hair Perfector – Hair Perfecter is an in-home treatment that is also available in a variety of stores. This is not a conditioner, but a product that still contains a small amount of the bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate to improve the look and feel of your hair while at home.
When to use Olaplex?
Now that we know what Olaplex does, when do we use it? While there are a variety of times that Olaplex may be required, the two most common are after coloring treatments and after frequent heat-styling.
After Coloring/Bleaching Treatments – A common chemical in many hair dyes is Peroxin. While it does a great job of breaking down the natural pigment of your hair, Peroxin can also dry out your hair. This dry feeling is a result of the bonds breaking down.
Olaplex protects from the damaging effects of Peroxin to give you your desired color while keeping your hair shiny, strong and healthy.
After Heat-Styling – Years of perming, curling with flatirons or wands, or even blow drying your air on high heat can damage your hair.
If you notice your hair feeling dry or even “straw like” after applying a form of heat, then Olaplex is a great solution to repair the damages to your disulfide bonds.
With OIaplex, you no longer must sacrifice the health and comfort of your hair to get that perfect color or style. Want to learn more? Please contact us to today to speak to a stylist for a personalized recommendation.