Can This Salon Treatment Truly Repair Damaged Hair?

My Experience With Olaplex (™)

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Despite suffering from hair loss and damage, I still do something I know I shouldn't. Around once every three months I get my hair colored and sometimes (gasp!) highlighted.

I realize that the hair I do have would be a lot less prone to breakage if I learned to embrace its natural color. Unfortunately, though, its natural color is a very unflattering shade of mousy brown - leaving me rather resigned to accepting the damage in return for a color that doesn't leave me quite so depressed when I look in the mirror!

A few months ago, however, my hairdresser offered me a possible way out of this Catch-22 situation when she introduced me to Olaplex (™).

So What Is Olaplex (™)?

Olaplex (™) is a treatment applied at the salon and which you can 'top up' at home with Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 Repairing Treatment.
Can Olaplex repair damaged hair?

It is designed to reconnect broken disulfide bonds in the hair - in other words, fix the damage. It is NOT just another conditioning treatment - you still have to use conditioner as usual - but claims to actually repair the structure of the hair and prevent it from any further damage. It is silicone-, sulfate- and phthalate-free. 

I researched the product whilst at the salon and there is a LOT of buzz about it in the beauty industry.

Among its many raving fans are Kim Kardashian. Kim - who once famously bleached her dark locks platinum blonde - said of Olaplex:    

"When your hair is really damaged, if you sleep in that, it really works. I notice a huge difference." 

In addition to Kim's recommendation are MANY positive reviews online from women who feel it has dramatically improved the strength and structure of their hair. I also came across lots of impressive before and after photographs from individuals who'd tried it.

So I happily agreed to pay extra (£20 extra!) to go ahead with the treatment, and my hair felt lovely after it was done. I got home and immediately ordered myself the Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 version to use at home.

And I actually felt really excited that - at last - there might be a product that could reverse any damage I'd done to my hair and allow me guilt-free coloring in future! I looked forward to writing about my discovery here on Hair Sentinel to encourage those of you with similarly fragile hair to give it a try.

Sadly, though, this review isn't the glowingly positive one I thought it would be.

The results

At first things seemed fine, but after two or three applications of the home treatment, I noticed that my hair felt odd - almost hard and very, very dry and with a peculiar stiffness that felt as if I'd left product in it. What's more, it had become difficult to style, quickly losing its shape.

Finally - and perhaps the most depressingly - the breakage continued unabated!

Now, my results don't seem to be typical and I continue to come across rave reviews of the Olaplex treatment. I'm sure it does produce amazing results for some people - but clearly not for everyone.

When I returned to my hairdresser this week and told her what I'd experienced, I discovered that one of her other clients had had similar problems.

I'm still sad that it didn't work for me - I've never felt quite so hopeful about a treatment before - but I've resigned myself once again to minimizing any damage with lots of conditioner!

I'd love to hear from you, though, if YOU'VE found it effective. Please do drop me a line if you've used Olaplex (™) and let me know what you thought of it.

Comments from our readers...

I read your experience with Olaplex and it was though I wrote it myself. Everything about it. This combined with taking a beta blocker called Propanolol for the past 7 months. Consequently my once thick hair (even for my age) is thin and broken. I'm devastated. I am taking Pronexa and using Purad'or shampoo. Praying it will eventually come back. My hairdresser has been using no ammonia color. I'm afraid to even do that now. I feel for you too. This product is not for everyone and neither is Prolanolol!

Kathi, from United States

My hairdresser put me onto this product and I have found to be good. I find when I wash my hair, LESS hairs fall out during washing and conditioning, which is a blessing for me as I have VERY fine hair. I apply mine to DRY hair at night, once a week. I don't put too much on, just enough to give a fine coating. I leave on all night, then RINSE my hair BEFORE washing the next morning and then condition as usual.I apply styling products and dry as I normally would.

Jane, from Australia

Horrible results for me. My experience has been the same as yours.  Horrible breakage and thinning from Olaplex.  Horrible!! 

Bea, from United States


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