WHETHER you heard about it from your best friend, your hairdresser or your neighbour's cousin's girlfriend, Olaplex is one of the worst kept secrets for apparently keeping hair looking healthier than ever.
It's about time for a trusted Olaplex review. Does their No.3 Hair Perfector mask leave your hair feeling stronger? Are the No.5 Bond. Maintenance shampoo and conditioner worth forking out for? We need answers.
- Shop Olaplex at Cult Beauty – buy here
- Long-lasting effects
- Good products for coloured hair
- Every product smells amazing
- Gives you a nourishing hair wash
- A small amount goes a long way
- The price
- Effects aren't immediate
- Have to leave the hair mask on for hours for the best results
Olaplex review: quick summary
- Shop Olaplex at Cult Beauty – buy here
As soon as you start lathering the thick, sweet-smelling Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo on your hair, the magic of Olaplex comes clear.
Every product is basically great quality and you hardly need much each time, which explains the really small bottles.
Our hair is always in need of TLC because it's bright blonde. But after using Olaplex products for a month, our hairdresser immediately complimented the condition of our hair when we went to get more highlights.
Apparently, we can all thank the Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Diamleate ingredient (Olaplex's self-proclaimed "invention") for really nourishing all kinds of hair.
All in all, we'd say Olaplex is a long-term love affair, not a quick fling. You need to be in this for the long haul.
Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector review
- Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, £26 from Cult Beauty – buy here
We'll start with the brand's global best-seller: the Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, a.k.a the £26 hair mask that comes in a tiny 100ml bottle.
Ok so, the first time we tried this, we put it onto towel-dried hair for 10 minutes then followed with shampoo and conditioner. And we weren't impressed. For almost £30, our hair felt a little bit healthier but no more than if we just used a nice conditioner.
However, after a conversation with our hairdresser and a bit of research, we decided to wear it all day long when we were working from home and that's when the proper results really kicked in.
Luckily we managed to avoid any video calls that day and had it on for around ten hours before washing it off and our hair felt immediately stronger, shinier and just better.
You don't have to use this every week, we could still see the effects after ten days then decided to use it again and we're so happy with how healthy our bleached blonde hair is looking right now.
Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo review
- Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, £26 from Cult Beauty – buy here
As we're always blow-drying, straightening and colouring our hair, we were really excited to try out Olaplex's Bond Maintenance Shampoo.
You only need a tiny amount for your hair wash as it's a foaming shampoo, so if you use it one to two times a week, it should last you a couple of months at least.
Not only does it smell good enough to eat (like Fruit Pastilles), the thick texture of the formula gives you such a deep cleanse.
The best part of using Olaplex's No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo for us was how long our hair felt clean for afterwards and after a few washes, we definitely started to notice our hair feeling stronger.
It helped stop the frizziness that comes with bleaching your hair but only over time. Stick with this for the best results.
Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner review
- Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, £26 from Cult Beauty – buy here
Olaplex seem to really love the £26 mark because their No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner is that price too.
Also available in a 250ml bottle, this conditioner smells equally as delicious as the shampoo and you also don't need very much of it for each hair wash.
Using this combined with the shampoo gave us shiny, glossy hair which met our expectations at £52 for the set.
It's hard to measure the impact of this on its own because we used it alongside the shampoo but our hair has felt better ever since we tried it.
If you use the shampoo and conditioner religiously then there might not even be much need for the No.3 Hair Perfector, that's how great they are.
Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother review
- Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother, £26 from Cult Beauty – buy here
Olaplex's smoothing leave-in No.6 Bond Smoother is a heat-protector that acts as a styling cream.
Our hair is bleached blonde so this was a welcomed addition to our haircare routine – anyone with coloured hair should be using a treatment post-hair wash.
We applied it to wet hair and definitely felt that our hair felt stronger and more conditioned from the first time we used it.
It's slightly less thick than some other leave-in treatments on the market so if your hair's particularly frizzy then you might want to opt for something stronger.
However, that's not to say that it isn't effective and you only need a small amount which explains the 100ml bottle.
Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil review
- Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil, £26 – buy here
The No.7 Bonding Oil is one of the lesser-known gems from Olaplex but the people who use it, swear by it.
After being recommended this by one of our friend's, we already knew how to use it: rub it in your hands before stroking it through your strands.
It's labelled by the brand as a "reparative" oil that helps you style your hair, combatting frizz and flyaways whilst protecting your mane from heat too.
From the first time we used it, we could immediately see the No.7 Bonding Oil being a cult product because it left our curls looking smooth, shiny and healthy.
As with every Olaplex invention, it smells incredible, but also smooths out your hair with a salon-finish. We are officially obsessed.
Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask review
- Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, £26 from Olaplex – buy here
Olaplex's masks have a great reputation, however the Hair Perfector is a little more well-known than the No.8 Intense Moisture Mask.
We expected it to boost our hair with more shine, making it smoother and more moisturised, but when we first used it, the effects weren't astounding.
After leaving it on for a couple of hours (it says 10 minutes but the longer, the better), we washed it off and left our hair to air-dry as we usually do.
Our hair is curly, so we can really tell if a mask is moisturising and didn't see any results from the first use.
However, that all changed after we used it again as our hair definitely felt shinier. It's one you have to stick with for a while to really reap the benefits.
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What is Olaplex?
Olaplex is known to be salon-approved haircare treatment that's crafted to fix broken bonds in your hair, using their trademark ingredient: Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate.
A lot of products are created for specific hair types, but the beauty of Olaplex is that their products work on everyone's hair, whether it's ultra-frizzy, curly or straighter-than-straight.
In short, Olaplex offers intensive repair from home, rather than having to venture out to an expensive salon. Ideal.
How to use Olaplex 3
The Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 is a hair mask that you use separately to your usual hair wash. So, once it is entirely rinsed off, you can continue your shampoo and conditioner routine as normal.
Although it says to leave it on for a minimum of 10 minutes, from our experience we recommend leaving it on for much longer than that – think hours rather than minutes.
Can you leave Olaplex 3 on overnight? Absolutely. Our hairdresser said that they always leave it on overnight for the best results. Just remember to put a towel on your pillow.
Is Olaplex worth it?
Let's be real, Olaplex has the best reputation when it comes to haircare and with global fame comes high expectations…
We can safely say that it is worth it (unfortunately, for our bank account), especially if you have particularly dry, coloured or generally damaged hair that needs some extra care from time to time.
We're not saying that it's worth buying their whole range because each product is equally as effective so you don't actually need them all.
If you're on a budget, we'd recommend opting for the Hair Perfector then using it once or twice a week.
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Is Olaplex cruelty free?
You'll be happy to know that Olaplex is free of all the bad stuff, like sulphates, phthalates or silicone, and it's 100 percent vegan.
In addition to all that, Olaplex never ship products to countries where animal testing is allowed by law as they are actively against animal testing.
Where can I buy Olaplex?
Once upon a time, Olaplex was only available at salons but then everyone got obsessed and the range became widely available.
From CultBeauty to LookFantastic and SpaceNK, Olaplex is available at all the best online beauty outlets and even Amazon too (hello, Prime next-day delivery).
- OLAPLEX No.4 And 5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo And Conditioner, £46.93 from Amazon – buy here
- Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, £26 from LookFantastic – buy here
- Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, £26 from Spance NK – buy here
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