Updated: Jul 14
Chances are if you do any kind of blonde color service at your hair salon, you’ve heard the enigmatic word: Olaplex. Plain and simple, Olaplex is known as a bond builder; bonds are the basis of the structure and integrity of our hair on a molecular level. These bonds can be damaged or weakened by chemical services including hair color, lightening, and straightening treatments. Even sunlight, heat tools, and harsh or excessive brushing can also cause damage to these bonds.
Think of these disulfide bonds like rungs on a ladder. Once you start knocking out rungs, the strength of that ladder decreases, and it’s only a matter of time until there aren’t enough rungs to hold any weight, or even keep the two sides together! When these bonds are broken, we visibly notice frizz, split ends, and dullness, though thinning and dry hair can be a result of broken bonds as well.
Olaplex uses a bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate molecule (also known as “magic”) to strengthen the hair from within, and provides noticeable results immediately. Truthfully, all hair types, including hair that has not been chemically treated can benefit from Olaplex treatment.
Olaplex hair treatments are available in-salon, and at home. While receiving color services at Little Shop of Hairdos in Raleigh, ask your stylist to include Olaplex! Olaplex No.1 and No.2 are only available for use by licensed professionals. This treatment in-salon means your stylist adds Olaplex 1 to your hair color or lightener, where it works to lessen the damage caused in these processes. Once your haircolor has processed, your stylist will follow up with an Olaplex No. 2 conditioning treatment where the product repairs any bonds that may have been missed during the service.
When you opt for Olaplex hair treatment with your service, we provide you with the next critical step in your hair maintenance routine: Olaplex No. 3. Olaplex 3 works similarly to Olaplex No. 1 and No.2, and can provide a mini-treatment at home to keep your hair as healthy as possible between visits. Olaplex 3 is applied to damp, towel-dried hair, combed in and left to process for at least 10 minutes however, Olaplex 3 reaches its maximum efficiency at 30-45 minutes, so no worries if you take an extra-long soaker, or find yourself four episodes in on your latest Netflix series before you remember to wash it out!
To top it all off, consider using Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, and Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, which are approved for daily use. Ask your stylist about additional Olaplex treatment products available in the salon. As hair professionals, we always recommend using professional products to protect the time and financial investment you make into your hair with each visit.
Call Little Shop of Hairdos in Raleigh today to book a standalone Olaplex conditioning treatment, or ask your stylist for Olaplex during your next visit!