Also used as a stand alone service to repair damaged hair, normally a $60.00 service, includes the #3 take home Hair Perfector.
I include OLAPLEX on all my pastel colors and chemical services as part of my professional judgment to maintain the integrity of my client's hair and guarantee perfect results and healthy hair.
What is OLAPLEX?
How Does OLAPLEX Work?
OLAPLEX is a hair repair treatment (NOT A CONDITIONER)
It’s available in a couple of forms – OLAPLEX can be mixed in with coloring products to minimize damage, or used as a separate treatment.
In our hair we have bonds called disulfide bonds. During chemical services, coloring etc., these bonds are broken, creating more weak bonds or saline & hydrogen bonds.
After rinsing color out and conditioning, between 50 and 70% are rebounded.
This is why, the more you color, the more damage you get.
OLAPLEX rebinds between 90 and 100% with each chemical service.
The active ingredient in OLAPLEX is a compound called bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate.
Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate is a bond multiplier. Olaplex works by finding single sulfur hydrogen bonds and cross linking them back together to form disulfide bonds before, during and after services.
Hair contains lots of keratin proteins, which has the amino acid cysteine. Cysteine is special because it contains a sulfur (S) atom. Normally, two sulfurs will join together to form a disulfide bond (S-S), creating a link between two proteins:
All these proteins holding hands is partially responsible for your hair’s overall shape and strength. When hair is permed or straightened, these bonds are deliberately broken into two SH (“free thiol”) groups, and then reformed after the hair is pulled into its new shape. Reforming these bonds typically takes a few days (hence not washing your hair for a few days after perming, since it warps the shape).
However, that’s not the only thing that can break disulfide bonds – lye, repeated heat, sunlight, hair styling and chemical treatments like hair colouring will also break disulfide bonds and lead to weakened, damaged hair. The peroxide used in bleaching can help repair disulfide bonds… but can also paradoxically stop them from forming, by capping the SH with a sulfate group, hence the extra damage.
But the patent holders are academic chemists with extremely impressive reputations – Craig Hawker is on the Editorial Board of a lot of high impact factor chemistry journals, and has 17 Angew. Chem. papers on his resume, which is a pretty BFD in the chemistry world. So I wanted to vet this product thoroughly!
The patent has a surprising amount of detail into the mechanism of how it’s supposed to work. The short story is, the two ends of bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate form bonds with the sulfurs, making an artificial, extended disulfide bridge. More specifically, the “dimaleate” part of bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate are what’s known as Michael acceptors. These react with an SH group each in a Michael reaction to form covalent bonds like so:
How Long Does Olaplex Last?
The bonds that Olaplex creates are permanent. Even if you stop using Olaplex, the protection that Olaplex offers is permanent.
What Does Olaplex Cost?
Used as an additive to your hair color or lightener, which also includes a conditioning treatment in the salon and a take-home Hair Perfector.As a conditioning treatment only, the price is $50 for short to shoulder length hair, $60.00 for longer than shoulder length, and also includes the take-home Hair Perfector 3.5 oz. bottle.
Regardless of what color your hair is or how beautiful it's been cut, it will never matter if it's not healthy, shiny and beautiful.