Your Guide to Olaplex

Olaplex provided a game changer for hairdressers, to be able to push the boundaries of colour and give us the previously unattainable platinum blondes without the breakage. Starting out in a garage in California back in 2014, they have allowed our hair to go from strength to strength (literally!) and grown tremendously to include millions of Olaplex lovers worldwide.

If you’re an Olaplex fan, you will remember the original Olaplex dream team of products. They entailed the ground breaking Olaplex 1 & 2 (for professional use in the salon), followed by the at home care trio Olaplex 3, 4 and 5. A shampoo, conditioner and a treatment, what more could we want?! Well apparently, our hair did want more! So Olaplex has provided! Putting their patented bond building technology across not 5 but now 9 products! The science behind Olaplex might be complex but using the range is doesn’t need to be.

The Olaplex System

Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment 

A professional-inspired treatment that primes hair for deeper repair with the highest dose of patented OLAPLEX technology in any take-home product. It rebuilds hair bonds, strengthens and protects hair integrity.

Use as the first step in a two-part system with N°.3 Hair Perfector. Suitable for all hair types, especially for those with visible damage.

Directions:
Apply to clean, dry hair, fully saturating each section. Comb through to ensure full saturation on your hair from root to tip. 

Use the two-part system with N°.3 once a week or two to three times a week for damaged hair: 

  1. Wait 10 minutes, then apply OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector directly on top of No.0. Comb again to saturate thoroughly, then let the treatment sit for another ten minutes. 
  2. Once completed, rinse, shampoo, and condition.


Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector

    The Olaplex No.1 and No.2 are exclusives reserved for the Pros to use while we’re in their clever clutches. The Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector is a take home follow up for us ordinary folk that want extraordinary results and luscious locks, despite everything we put them through.

    *PRO TIP - Olaplex No. 3 is not a conditioner but a treatment that works internally within the hair shaft and should be applied BEFORE you shampoo and condition.

    Directions:

    1. Apply a generous amount from roots to ends on unwashed hair.* 
    2. Comb through once and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes or more.  
    3. Rinse from hair, shampoo and condition.

    * Works on wet, damp or dry hair.


    Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

    Its super-concentrated science is designed to bring your hair back up to scratch after your hair routine does its beautiful, but unfortunate damage!

    Use with No.3 Hair Perfector and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner for an absolute everyday treat for your precious locks.

     

    Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner

    This is the third piece of your at-home luxe hair process, keeping your standards high while you let your hair down.

    Features:

    • Smoothes hair battered by UV, heat and harsh products
    • Boosts that natural shine while keeping your style in check
    • Works seamlessly with Olaplex’s total hair care system to get your hair living its best life
    • Free from parabens, sulphate, and nuts and gluten
    • Vegan and tested on willing humans

    Directions:
    Apply Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner and leave on 3 minutes then rinse. 


    Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother


    A highly concentrated 
    leave-in smoothing creme that eliminates frizz, hydrates and protects hair. Olaplex No. 6 Bond Smoother is excellent for all hair types, especially coloured and chemically treated hair.

    It also works wonders for dry and frizzy mid-lengths and ends which are always a little worse for wear than your roots after constant heat styling, brushing and everything else we put our hair through on a daily basis!

    Directions:
    Apply a very small amount to damp or dry hair, concentrating product on your mid-length to ends. Comb through and style as desired.

    Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil

    A highly concentrated, ultra-lightweight, reparative styling oil that dramatically increases shine, adds softness and strength. Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil enhances all hair types and textures and offers heat protection up to 230°C. 

    *PRO TIP - Mix with No. 6 Bond Smoother for the ultimate powerhouse combo!

    Directions:
    Remove cap. Invert bottle and gently tap index finger on the bottom to dispense a metered drop. Apply a small amount to damp or dry hair, style as desired. How much you use depends on hair length and texture. Add a few drops to No.6 for incredible shine.

    Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask COMING SOON!!!!

    A highly concentrated reparative mask that adds shine, smoothness and body while providing intense moisture to treat your damaged hair.

    Whether your hair is dry from environmental factors, chemical processes, heat and styling, ponytails and brushing - hair that is dry, dull is less than manageable.

    Olaplex No.8 Moisture Mask moisturises, smooths, adds body and shine. Your hair will be so visibly healthy, you can skip the styling.

    *PRO TIP - You can start your regime with Olaplex No. 3 and then finish with Olaplex No. 8!

    Directions:

    1. Apply to clean, damp hair mid-length to ends and work through with fingers.
    2. Leave on for 10 minutes.
    3. Rinse fully and style as usual.
    4. Start with 2 pumps for shoulder-length hair.
    5. Use more for longer, thicker hair. Less for fine or short hair.

    So, if your hair is in need of some love, you can guarantee Olaplex has you covered. Pick and choose your fave combo or go all out and get yourself the entire Olaplex system! Your hair will love you for it, we promise!

    Our resident haircare expert and blogger Jess has been passionately active in hair and beauty for a solid twenty years. A qualified hairdresser by trade, Jess found her niche as a trainer and educator, holding her Cert. 4 in training & assessment, and passionately training aspiring hairdressers for ten years. Nowadays a busy member of the expert team at Salon Style, Jess loves to blog on trending products and treatment styles, helping our readers optimise their hair and skin regimes. When she’s not chasing around her two little girls, Jess loves to partake in a good Friday night glass of South Australian sparkling with her Salon Style fam.