Well, Olaplex. Where do i begin?! If you’ve got color-damaged, dried hair then you’re going to want to stick around for this one so grab yourself a cuppa and get comfy. I was heading to Leo Bancroft’s Weybridge salon for a cut last weekend and knew I was in dire need of a treatment beforehand. Following a lot of salons and stylists on Instagram I was sure I’d heard of Olaplex before so when an Olaplex treatment cropped up on Leo’s list of services I immediately asked my stylist Holly to book me in for a treatment before my cut.
If you haven’t heard of Olaplex, let me give you the 101 on the sciencey-stuff. Most conditioners, even the expensive leave-in ones, usually just sit on top of your hair, temporarily treating damaged hair which can leave you with a silky smooth finish at first but after a few washes you’re back to square one. This is wear Olaplex is different because it actually repairs and fixes the hair shaft while it colours and treats it. To give you some context, Olaplex is how Kim Kardashian went platinum from her natural dark locks in one day without going bald.
My Olaplex treatment was a two-part process and the whole process took half a hour from start to finish. The sensation was an odd one, the product is obviously a liquid but didn’t feel super wet or thick like some conditioners so until I reached up and patted my hair it didnt’ feel like there was any product on at all as it wasnt trickling down my neck or the side of my face which is always a bonus!
When it was rinsed out I reserved all judgement until my hair had been cut and blow-dried. When I finally ran my fingers through my previously thick, dry, damaged brittle hair I could have cried with happiness. That sounds dramatic but I’ve been through a few ordeals with my hair over the years and the last time I felt that silky-smooth, lightweight, freshly-cut hair feeling was probably about six or seven years ago. Since then, every blowdry has been a nightmare with hair breaking, brushes struggling to pull through the ends and stylists unable to run their fingers through my hair. It used to fall heavy, full of frizz and the ends looked frazzled.
Not now. The damage has literally been reversed and it’s like I’ve rewound the last few years of bleach and dye, leaving my hair feeling so light and soft and genuinely healthy. I’m so excited that Olaplex is a thing and it doesn’t cost a fortune either, my treatment was £30 and worth every single penny.
Olaplex can also be added to colour and bleach to minimise damage and if you YouTube Olaplex you’ll find an abundance of videos showing girls with damaged hair going even lighter with little to no damage at all. It’s incredible and a revolutionary product which hopefully will be rolled out to more and more salons around the UK – and the world – very soon!