How You Can Repair Your Hair With Olaplex

by Faith Cancro

Anyone who knows Olaplex knows it’s famous for its reparative qualities, and while the entire line is made to work that magic, you don’t actually need to use every single number to get the best results.

As a bond builder, anyone who has had a chemical service, or services, done to their hair will want to try these Olaplex products to help the compromised bonds in their hair. A simple routine using just two Olaplex products is enough to restore your hair nearly back to its original health. The only way hair can be 100% is if it has never been touched, but this Olaplex routine can get you back to as high as 90% health, which to the naked eye appears the same as virgin hair. The only way to really tell is to feel the difference between your root and your ends, which will expose the disparity. Anyone giving your hair a quick glance after following this routine, even after one time use, will notice how good it looks.


A few things to note about this process are explained by Warehouse Salon owner Nick Mirabella. Olaplex has both styling products and repairing products. While numbers 6, 7, and 9 are great to style with, they don’t exactly have any groundbreaking reparative features that you can’t get somewhere else. While all the repairing products have good reviews, two stand above the rest- No. 0 and No. 3. You may be asking, “What about 4 and 5?” those being the shampoo and conditioner. While those are good, some people feel it weighs down their hair, and too much of anything is not a good idea. This alludes to the long line of Olaplex products marketed as the only way to repair damaged hair. While they are all great, No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment and No. 3 Hair Perfector are really all you need. Nick Mirabella mentions that some people say you only need 3, but he likes the duo with No. 0 because “[he] think(s) it does add a lot of value in the rebuilding of your hair.”


The process to use is simple. Mirabella explains a very straightforward routine in the video, with only a few steps.

  1. Shampoo your hair. Towel dry really well and follow with Olaplex No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment. Really saturate your hair with it.
  2. Let that sit for ten minutes. Don’t rinse it out when following it with Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector. Let No. 3 sit in your hair for 30-40 minutes applying anywhere there might be damage, whether that’s your roots, your ends, anywhere in between, just go for it.
  3. After that amount of time, shampoo and condition normally! Instead of conditioner you can use a hair mask for extra pampering, (see what hair mask is right for you), but if not, a standard conditioner is just fine.
  4. That’s it. You’re done!

    Most people do this routine once a week, but if you feel inclined to do it more frequently, more power to you! Once you start, you will generally want to continue for two to three months in order to see maximum results, but the truth is, you’ll notice a difference after one use.

    Despite all the crazy marketing, restoring your hair’s health is so much easier than it seems. You don’t need dozens of products to get you where you want to be. Healthy hair is right around the corner, and much easier than you think!


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