Olaplex Damaged Hair Treatment Review?

My Experience With Olaplex (™)

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 (™).

Also, make sure you take the free hair quiz further down in this article.

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.

Ultimate Biotin Supplement

"Say goodbye to hair loss with this biotin and Vitamin D3 supplement"

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.

About Steph
Previous

Metoprolol and Hair Loss: Are the Two Connected?

Lucky Iron Fish for Hair Loss: Does it work?

Next