How to do a DIY Olaplex Treatment at Home
If you want to learn a couple of different ways you can do an Olaplex treatment at home then this blog post is for you. I am using Olaplex to improve the damage to my hair. While I would happily have this done in a salon rather than doing it myself, locally it costs £30-40 a treatment. I can do my treatment at home for around £8-10 at a time. As you can tell and since I am no lottery winner, I do it myself to save cash.
So What Is Olaplex?
Get your Sheldon from BBT hat on now as here comes the science bit. Olaplex is not a conditioning treatment or hair mask. Olaplex reconnects broken disulfide sulfur bonds in the hair. And what the duck are they you may ask. Well, the bonds in your hair can be broken through heat styling and chemical hair treatments such as dying, bleaching etc. Olaplex fixes the bonds and is used as a tool to return the structure of your hair to it’s former glory. Olaplex is a single active ingredient invented by Dr. Eric Pressly, PHD in materials, and Dr. Craig Hawker, PHD in Chemistry.
There are 3 different Olaplex products. Olaplex No. 1 is a bond multiplier and salon treatment. Olaplex No. 2 is a Bond Perfector. Olaplex No. 3 is a lower concentration of No. 2 for home use.
Olaplex No. 1. Bond Multiplier
This has many uses but is mostly used in salons for protecting your hair when it is coloured/bleached. It can be added to lightener for foils, where it is mixed with the final lightener once the bleach powder and developer have already been mixed together. I personally wouldn’t recommend doing this yourself at home. But that’s just me, so if you do, here are some tips. Olapex may increase processing time. To avoid this, increase your level of developer and check the Olaplex website for tips. I don’t think you can get to it directly so google olaplex 20vol and it should show you the link to the page or olaplex au has a faq page with charts.
Highlighting and Toning with Olaplex No. 1
If you are highlighting and then toning, you do not have to shampoo the lightener out. Simply rinse, towel dry the hair and then apply toner with No.1 Bond Multiplier mixed in. Rinsing stops the activation process of the lightener.
Use Olaplex No.1 and No. 2 To Fix Hair Damage
The reason I wanted to use Olaplex is because my hair is terrible. It just snaps despite only using heat once a week and having highlights once or twice a year. I also wanted to maintain the condition of my human hair extensions.
Using Olaplex for Damaged Hair
Olaplex has been a game changer for my hair. If you have damaged, over processed hair, I really recommend giving it a go. Please note that you shouldn’t use a spray bottle, it would make it much easier but apparently this then makes it easy to inhale the chemicals which are damaging to your lungs so please don’t use a spray bottle and be careful.
Here are the steps I use:
- If your hair is clean and dry apply to dry hair, if there is product build up, shampoo first and then apply to damp but towel dried hair
- For medium to long length hair, mix 15ml (1/2oz) of Olaplex No. 1 Bond Multiplier with 90ml (3oz) of water in a non-spraying applicator bottle. Half this if your hair is short.
- Saturate the hair thoroughly. Leave on for 5 minutes.
- Don’t rinse after 5 mins, simply apply a generous amount of No. 2 Bond Perfector from the roots to ends and comb through thoroughly. Avoid the roots if you have extensions and just do mid lengths and ends
- Leave on the hair for a minimum of 20 minutes. Sometimes I plait my hair and go to the gym with it on, or sit on the sofa with a shower cap on so it doesn’t drip on the sofa! Kim Kardashian has also tweeted about leaving it on all night when sleeping, so you could do that too.
- As Olaplex isn’t a conditioner you then need to rinse, shampoo and condition. I recommend doing a conditioning mask as well, because why not! If you’re spending this long on your hair you might as well go for it.
You should see a difference/feel a difference after one treatment.
Using Olaplex No. 2 Alone For Damaged Hair or After Colouring
If you have just coloured your hair do this step after rinsing off the product, if you are just doing it to repair damage then shampoo your hair and then towel dry then proceed.
- Apply generously after all processing has been completed and rinsed. (or shampooed) then towel-dried. Or on clean shampooed and towel dried hair if no colouring
- Leave on for a minimum of 20 minutes and then rinse, shampoo and condition
- You could also do a deep conditioning treatment after the No.2 has been applied
Olaplex No.3 At Home Hair Perfector
Due to hair bonds being continuously broken within the hair through thermal styling, mechanical styling or continued colouring services, the strength and shine of your hair will need to be maintained. Olaplex’s specific at home product Olaplex No.3 is a slightly diluted version of Olaplex No.2 that is for sale for you to use at home.
The No. 3 Hair Perfector will maintain strength, structure, integrity, softness and shine although personally I’d still rather buy Olaplex No.2 as it’s more concentrated, you might prefer the ease of just buying the No. 3.
Usage Instructions for Olaplex No.3
- apply a generous amount to wet towel-dried hair and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes
- then rinse, shampoo and condition
- Remember this is NOT a conditioning treatment to be left on the hair and should be shampooed out of hair at the end
- The longer it is left on, the more effective it is, 10 minutes is recommended and may be left on for longer periods of time for even better results. This may be used more than once a week if necessary.
If I Use Olaplex a Few Times Then Stop What Will Happen?
Are you wondering if the bonds that were created by doing an Olaplex treatment will eventually break and cause my hair to then break? The answer is no. Even if you completely stop using Olaplex, the protection that Olaplex offered is permanent.
Where Do I Buy Olaplex?
I have a salon card so can buy it myself but for the purposes of this blog post I tried different methods. I successfully purchased Olaplex No. 1 and No. 2 from here
You can purchase Olaplex No.3 from HQHair for £32.00
I hoped this helped you do Olaplex at home, please do let me know
in the comments if it did! xx