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So I guess before I start this post I should let you know a little bit about me! I am a professional Ballroom Dancer and have been dancing for the past 22 years of my life. I compete for roughly 2-3 times a month (sometimes more!) and with this comes glue, rhinestones, hairspray, gel, back-combing, straightening, crimping, you name it, my hair has experienced it!! Therefore, it’s pretty normal that a dancing gal will have hair that looks a little more on the damaged side. But luckily for me and all my other girls out there, we can now rely on trusty Olaplex to save our manes! Having a few friends who are hairdressers, I'd seen/heard the product's name been thrown around with the highest of praise so naturally, I was keen to give it a go myself to see if it could work its magic on my scrappy ends. One of my friends from dancing, an avid believer in the product, warned me that you do need to give it some time before you start to notice results but that the wait is totes worth it. Well I waited ('til I finished the whole bottle) and finally.. here are my thoughts. Please note that I am in no way, shape or form a hairdresser or hair guru of any kind, just a mere mortal with hair, sharing her experience with a product :)
This is what Olaplex has to say about itself; "Olaplex is a bond multiplier containing a single active ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. Olaplex works by finding single sulfur hydrogen bonds and cross-linking them back together to form disulfide bonds before, during and after services. Disulfide bonds are broken via chemical, thermal, and mechanical processes.
Olaplex did not create a product category - Olaplex is the product category." Aaaand then Im pretty sure Olaplex drops the mic! What. A. Statement. It IS the product category guys. Also, its 100% Vegan and Cruelty-Free.. double win! So basically, hairdressers are obsessed with this stuff because it allows them to become total #superhairoes giving them the power to push the boundaries when colouring or lightening hair without the risk of breakage. Great for hairdressers I initially thought, but I didn't realise that they actually sell it as a 3 step process and that the only bottle I (a non-hairdresser) should really be interested in is No.3 the "Hair Perfector" which can be used at home as a stand-alone treatment. It is used the same way we would any at home hair mask and acts as a sort of magical elixir for your hair, repairing it from within.
It’s recommended that you use No.3 the Hair Perfector at least once a week and that you should use it shampoo and condition your hair. Simply apply a generous amount to towel-dried hair, comb it through and leave it on for a minimum of 10 minutes. The more times I tried the product the more curious I became to see if leaving it on for longer made a difference. It does. I found the best results I had were when I left it on for around 30-45 minutes. Just whack it in a bun and do a few things around the house before you jump in the shower and wash it all out. Afterwards, my hair looked shinier, my ends looked smoother and it felt strong enough to be used as a rope to abseil my way down a cliff face!
Ok, maybe a slight exaggeration but the repair was immense! The great thing about it is that the more you use it, the better it gets as it just keeps on repairing those broken bonds leaving your hair looking thicker and healthier. I will definitely be reaching for this bottle of magic again in the future and If you’re interested in giving it a go for yourself. Go to Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector
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