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How to use Olaplex

How to use Olaplex
Holly James
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One of the biggest independent hair care brands in the world, and creators of the only real patented bond builders on the market, Olaplex are true revolutionaries in the art of repairing damaged hair. Their chemically formulated treatments work on a molecular level to fix broken hair bonds caused by all types of damage. Their range of products offer a 5 step routine, designed to suit all hair types, to strengthen and nourish bonds back to life and protect from further damage. We've put together the product by product guide to a full Olaplex routine, outlining the tranformative benefits of each product, how they work, and why they should be on your beauty shelf!

Olaplex No.0 Bond Builder Hair Treatment

Designed to prime the hair for the No.3 Perfector, the No.0 Bond Builder Hair Treatment is the at home version of Olaplex's professional Back Bar No.2. The lightweight formula absorbs into the hair, no matter how thick or damaged, to prep tresses for treatment. The Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate helps to hydrated heat and chemical damaged hair, encouraging strength and shine in the first step of the treatment.

No.3 Hair Perfector

The brands global bestseller, the No.3 Hair Perfector is an at home treatment that provides a concentrated dose of their scientifically formulated blend. The treatment helps rebuild broken bonds and strengthen the hair to leave it looking and feeling both healthier and softer. Use the treatment on damp, towel-dried hair, applying it from root to tip then combing through to evenly distribute. Leave the treatment for at least ten minutes and then wash out with shampoo and conditioner.

Use: Weekly.

No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

For the best, healthiest results, wash out your No.3 Treatment with the No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo. The carefully pH balanced formula nourishes and repairs any damage to leave the hair easier to manage and free from frizz and split ends. The Shampoo is suitable for all hair types, including coloured hair, proven to strengthen even more extreme damage whilst cleansing the hair and scalp from any dirt and impurities.

Use: Daily/every wash.

No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner

Follow your shampoo with the No.5 Bond Maintenance to deeply moisturise the hair follicles and create a shinier, fuller finish. Containing the same formula as in all of their revolutionary products, the conditioner helps repair damage and makes the hair more manageable and easier to style after washing. The Bond Maintenance also works to preserve colour to leave the hair looking glossier and more vibrant. Apply the conditioner all over the hair, including on the scalp, then leave for three minutes to soak in before rinsing out.

Use: Daily/every wash.

No.6 Bond Smoother

After washing, apply the No.6 Bond Smoother to damp or dry hair, focusing more on the mid-lengths and tips. This leave-in treatment is designed to protect the hair from daily aggressors including heat and chemicals, making it ideal for use before blow-drying or heat-styling. The formula hydrates and smooths to combat frizz and flyaways without weighing the hair down or making it greasy.

Use: After each wash (product lasts up to 72 hours without washing).

No.7 Bonding Oil

Add unmatchable levels of shine to your locks with the No.7 Bonding treatment as the final step in your hair care routine. The highly-concentrated oil offers a final barrier of protection and repair for damaged hair before styling and provides heat protection of up to 450°. The weightless formula helps minimise frizz and smooth the hair and noticeably softens strands. Warm just a small drop with the fingers and apply from root to tip.

Use: Can be used daily.

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Holly James
Writer and expert
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Working with brands at LOOKFANTASTIC for over two years I have developed my knowledge of all things beauty from key skincare concerns to niche makeup tricks and haircare hacks. I have a major passion for finding effective solutions that are easily accessible to everyone so that we can all achieve our best, glowing complexion.