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Whether you’ve heard about it from social media or your hairdressers, you’ve probably heard about the hype surrounding Olaplex. If you haven’t, Olaplex is the original bond builder. Powered by science, this brand’s patented formula works on a molecular level to repair and rejuvenate damaged and broken bonds in your hair. But where do you start? Check out our guide all about Olaplex and why you should use it to transform your hair!

What does Olaplex do?

Olaplex gives your hair the ultimate repair and protection with a single active ingredient called Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. Whether your hair is coloured, curled or chemically treated, this molecule relinks broken bonds caused by damage to keep it consistently strong, shiny and healthy. Capable of reversing all forms of damage, Olaplex’s complete collection offers a simple six-step process using a mixture of salon exclusive products your hairdressers and use and an easy at-home system which will transform your hair in an instant.

Stay soft, shiny and first-day fresh with the NEW Olaplex No.4D Dry Shampoo

The Olaplex No.4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo cleanses your hair and maintains scalp health between washes, while also prolonging that first-day style. Alongside Olaplex’s original bond-building technology, Rambutan Seed Extract neutralises odour while residue-free Micro Starch absorbs excess oils to leave hair refreshed and revitalised. The perfect timesaver to add into your busy routine, Olaplex’s dry shampoo detoxifies, strengthens and hydrates to keep your hair in the best condition.

If you’re unsure which of the four Olaplex shampoos is your perfect match, get the latest expert advice in out helpful guide to help you find Which Olaplex shampoo is right for me?

What does Olaplex No.0 do?

The Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment is an at-home treatment that acts as the first step on your Olaplex journey, priming your hair to absorb nourishment for maximum repair. Using with the highest dose of Olaplex technology in a take-home product so far, the No.0 Intense Bond Building Hair Treatment will rebuild broken bonds caused by colour, chemical and mechanical damage while strengthening and protecting your hair’s integrity. Scientifically proven to give you 68% more repair & 3x stronger hair (*when used as a two-part system with the No.3 in just one use), a bottle of No.0 should last 3-6 applications depending on hair length and density.

How often should I use Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment?

You should use the two-part system, of Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment and Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector on average once or twice a week. If your hair is severely damaged, we recommend using it three times a week. Using this treatment will help to rebuild the broken bonds in your hair and leave it feeling silky smooth between your salon appointments.

How do I apply Olaplex No.0 on my hair?

You should always apply Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment on dry hair. When it comes to how much to use, it’s good to lightly saturate each section of dry hair for the best results. This product is for all hair types, especially those with visible damage. Take a look at the video below to see how the process can work for you.

  • Apply the No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment slowly to dry hair, distributing evenly from root to tip.
  • Apply the No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment to small sections by squeezing the liquid into the hair to be absorbed.
  • Lightly saturate. Your hair should be damp but not drenched. Let this process for 10 minutes and do not rinse.
  • Apply the No.3 Hair Perfector (read on to find out more!) over the hair with the No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment still in your hair. Comb this through and leave it to process for another 10 minutes.
  • Rinse, shampoo and condition your hair. For even softer results, use the No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and No.5 Bond Building Conditioner for this step.

Will Olaplex No.0 work for my hair type?

Yes! We love a before and after here at Sally Beauty, especially when your results are more than visible. With scientifically proven results of 68% more repair & 3x stronger hair* (*When used as a two-part system in just one use) using the Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment can help you build the silky hair you’re looking for, whether it’s curly or straight.

All Olaplex products will restore your hair’s bonds and shine, and afro hair is easily the best texture to highlight these qualities. One of the most beautiful and natural textures, it’s also one of the most difficult to maintain. This is due to its wide spectrum of kink being prone to breakage, frizz and limping when coloured, relaxed or silk pressed. Even the most protective hairstyles like box braids & weaves can cause stress to its elasticity and disrupt its structure.

This is where Olaplex’s patented technology comes in. It’s designed to rebuild chemical bonds in the hair known as disulphide. Naturally curly and textured hair contains many more disulphide bonds than straight hair and break when hair gets damaged from heat styling and chemical treatments. While Olaplex is rebuilding them, it also moisturises, hydrates and strengthens your hair’s structure from within. This combined will leave your curls looking full and shining in prime condition (and avoiding a drastic haircut). With Olaplex, you can embrace your natural curls with style.

Get clarity with the Olaplex No.4C Clarifying Shampoo

The Olaplex No.4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo delivers a salon-strength deep cleanse for your hair thanks to its exclusive broad-spectrum clarifying system. The new shampoo’s non-drying formula leaves your hair soft, shiny and vibrant by completely removing hard water minerals, chlorine, excess oils, and product build-up. Still containing the patented Olaplex Bond-Building Technology, adding it into your routine once a week will clear the way for healthier hair.

What does Olaplex No.8 do?

We’re buzzing to talk about Olaplex’s newest product! The No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask is a multi-benefit hair mask perfect for adding moisture, body and shine to all hair types. Infused with Olaplex’s bond-building technology, you can strengthen and repair the most fragile of hair alongside the rest of this brand’s luxurious range. All you have to do is apply the mask on damp hair from the mid-lengths to ends for ten minutes, and then rinse out. Once you see this mask’s more than visible results, you’ll want to skip the styling stage and flaunt your healthy hair to the rest of the world.

What does Olaplex No.9 do?

Discover the NEW Olaplex No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum!

Olaplex tackles pollution head on with the No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum. Featuring antioxidant-rich ingredients that actually shield the hair against environmental damage, you can tackle breakage before it even gets a chance to take hold. Silicone-free, weightless, and suitable for all hair types, adding it into your post-shampoo routine guarantees expert protection and unbeatable styling.

Apply a small amount to damp, towel-dried hair, working upwards from ends to roots, to enjoy an instant salon-worthy look. Featuring direct heat protection up to 232⁰C, you can also air-dry for soft texture, blow-dry for a smooth finish, or diffuse for waves and curls. Can you afford to leave home without it?

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Why should I use Olaplex No.0 and No.3 together?

A favourite for repairing hair, the Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector is not a conditioner, but an at-home treatment that reduces breakage and visibly strengthens hair, improving its look and feel. Using the Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment will prep your hair first, allowing the No.3 Hair Perfector to have its full impact. The No.3 Hair Perfector reduces breakage and visibly strengthens your hair, improving its look and feel while restoring its healthy appearance. No matter your hair type or texture, using these two treatments together will repair damage that was once considered irreversible and protect your hair’s structure. While the No.3 Hair Perfector works well alone, pairing it with the No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment will greatly improve its effectiveness on your hair.

Why should I shampoo and condition with Olaplex?

Maintaining your hair with the right shampoo and conditioner is just as important as adding a treatment on top of it. The Olaplex No.4 Bond Building Shampoo helps further repair bonds while gently cleansing all types of hair, imparting moisture, strength, and manageability with every wash. You can then pair this with the Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance conditioner. This restores, repairs, and hydrates without adding excess weight. It helps to eliminate damaged frizz for strong, healthy, shiny hair.

Can I style my hair with Olaplex products?

Yes, of course! We highly recommend giving the Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother a try. This leave-in conditioner helps fight frizz and prevent flyaways for up to 72 hours, while hydrating and protecting all hair types, including coloured and chemically treated hair. While strengthening and moisturising hair, it also speeds up blow-dry times resulting in a silky smooth finish. You only need to apply a tiny amount of the product into damp or dry hair focusing on putting it on your mid-length to ends then comb hair and style as you wish!

To take that silky smooth feeling one step further, try the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil! A first-of-its-kind, this highly concentrated and ultra-lightweight styling oil dramatically increases shine, adds softness and strength on all hair types and textures in just a few drops. The best part? If you’re prone to hear styling, the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil will protect your hair from heat up to an incredible 230°C!

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When should I start trying Olaplex?

You can introduce any of the Olaplex treatments to your hair care routine any time you want! This depends on your hair’s condition and if you feel like it needs a healthy makeover. You can start with incorporating one product into your regular routine and then gradually building it up to add more protection from potential damage. Be sure to browse through all Olaplex products so you know which ones are perfect for you.

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