An Ode to the Olaplex Haircare System

If you are a haircare fanatic, or someone that tortures the hairs more often than you should, you have probably heard of the name Olaplex, which is supposed to bond the broken sulfur in your hair to restore its glory. It started as a commercial line that only sold directly to professional salons, and is often recommended by hair stylists as post damage treatment (be it bleaching, perming, straightening and all the things we do). I was first introduced to the Olaplex No.3 hair perfector, which is the brand’s first direct to consumer hair treatment, and after that, I’ve also been hooked on to the No 4. Shampoo and No.5 Conditioner. This has by far, been the most effective hair care system for me.    

Olaplex haircare review

Starting with the Olaplex No.3 Hair perfector, a pricey pre-shampoo treatment that comes only in 100ml, which I was shocked to see how small it was when first received the package. I find it works best when I slightly damp my hair, apply a generous amount of the product on the hair, tie it up in a bun, then goes to my workout or just go by my day and leave it on for at least 1 hour, before jumping into the shower and followed by shampoo. The heat from workout seems to activate the treatment even further, and I always amazed at how much smoother and softer my hair gets from one use. I have been using it once a week, or sometimes once every other week, mainly because how little product it comes in a bottle and how much hair I have (one bottle lasts me less than 10 times of uses).

The Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo is no doubt the richest shampoo I have ever used. It almost feels like a traditional conditioner that not only it smells lovely, it’s rather thick in consistency and lathers luxuriously, where a small amount of the product would be sufficient. I initially made the mistake of going in with the same amount of product as I would normally do with other shampoos, and lather just kept going to the point I could probably wrap my entire body in bubbles and foams. It leaves my hairs feeling so moisturized, refreshed and rejuvenated (if that’s a thing with hairs) that I know it will forever be in my Sephora repurchase list.

Olaplex haircare system review

Prior the Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, I’ve stopped using conditioner and substituted with hair mask for over 2 years now, because regular conditioners just don’t do the job for me anymore. This, however, is a conditioner like no other. I would say this is more like what you would expect from a richly formulated, high-end hair mask, from its texture to its scent, to its performance. It’s so thick and rich that I actually think the bottle is not the right design for it, as after the first few squeezes, I need to make a lot of efforts to get the product out. But I live with it when the result is so satisfying, it treats my split ends, make the hairs more manageable, shinner and smoother.

I’m seriously in awe of how well this system has worked out for me. As I was browsing through the Sephora site, I noticed it has just launched a new addition to the family, the No.6 Styling Creme! I think my heart skipped a beat there, and I cannot wait to test it out once I’m finishing up my current leave-in treatment.