In my quest for long hair and consequent stubborn refusal to go to the hairdresser, I have ended up with split ends. Lots and lots of split ends. Step in Olaplex. This was a treatment I had heard about from my hairdresser but had never actually tried until I took the £32 plunge and bought it for myself one day.
This treatment claims to have changed the hair care game, utilising bond-building technology and an “active ingredient that works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair”. It claims to actually repair your hair as opposed to what a lot of products do – simply coating the split ends in a silicone like substance to temporarily improve hair appearance.
Whilst you need to visit a salon to receive steps 1 and 2 of the treatment, I hoped that step 3 – which you can use yourself at home – would be enough to make at least some noticeable difference.
Quite simple really. Wet your hair, towel dry it and apply the product from roots to ends. You are instructed to leave it on for at least 10 minutes and I often take this to the extreme, walking around my house with a hair net on for a good hour or so to really give the treatment time to work its magic! Then simply wash out and shampoo as normal.
The product is easy to work with – not sticky and with a subtle, pleasant shampooey smell – and once I whack a hair net on over the top of it, it’s easy to go about my errands around the house. It’s easily washed out too, and just needs to be followed up with a light shampoo and conditioner.
Amazing. As soon as I washed it out for the first time I could tell my hair felt different. Smooth, silky and with increased volume – and the split ends didn’t look as bad either.
I have since been using Olaplex No. 3 once a week for about 6 months and have been loving the results. Although my hair is still riddled with split ends – think only a haircut will solve that mess – it feels a lot healthier and more manageable, especially the first day after I wash it out.
I am now intrigued to try out steps 1 and 2 at the salon and try their new shampoo and conditioner that they have just bought out. Maybe a combination of all will mean I can eek out not going to the hairdressers that little bit longer..