Ever since Olaplex entered the consumer market a few years back I have been a steady user of their No. 3 at-home treatment. Countless bleaching processes later it is still my holy grail hair product and probably the reason why I am not bald yet.
I have to admit I was kind of wary of the whole Olaplex hype at first… Keep in mind that I’ve been dying and bleaching my hair ever since I was about 13, so I’ve had my fair share of ‘repairing’ products that don’t do anything but cost a lot.
What made Olaplex stand out was the fact that it was tried and tested by thousands of professionals all over the world first before entering the consumer market, meaning it stems from a professional field. Over the years, I’ve tried many different brands and products to keep my hair healthy; however, it’s always professional products that really do what they claim to do. Olaplex is one of my long-time favorites that has always proven to be one of its kind. I must have purchased at least twenty little bottles of No. 3 over the past few years, and have never been disappointed!
I sometimes hear my friends say things like “Oh, it is not as good as they make it seem on social media!” but that’s mainly due to the fact that they use it the wrong way. Olaplex is not a conditioner, it is a chemical treatment. Unlike other hair products, it is multi-use, meaning it caters to different targets.
How to Use Olaplex No. 3
The way I use Olaplex No. 3 is as a chemical treatment at home. I know you can also use it as an additive when bleaching or dying your hair, but I have never done that myself, so I won’t go into detail about it.
Here’s my guide to using Olaplex No. 3:
- Get your damaged hair wet. To me, that’s my ends and lower lengths. I don’t apply anything to my roots as they are perfectly healthy.
- Get rid of excess moisture. I dab my ends using a towel, so that they won’t be dripping. Be careful not to rub your hair with the towel, because that’s damaging to the follicle!
- Apply a walnut-sized amount to your ends first, then stretch it out into your lengths. I have super-thick hair so maybe you can get away with using less. A little goes a long way!
- Put your hair in a bun and leave it on for about 30-45 minutes. I have found that Olaplex works best when you hair is exposed to fresh air, so putting a foil or wrap around it is unnecessary.
- Rinse your hair using cold water. I try to use as little warm water as possible, as it is more damaging to your follicle than cold water.
- Let your hair air-dry. To keep damage to a minimum, I try to avoid all heat-based styling for the next 24 hours until my hair is fully dry.
That’s it! You hair is perfectly restored now. I know some people and even professionals wash their hair after the whole process but I don’t think that is necessary. I prefer to wash my hair before I do the Olaplex treatment and notice no difference at all.
Where to get Olaplex No. 3
Olaplex No. 4 and 5 – Shampoo and Conditioner
I also wrote a separate blog post on how to use the shampoo and conditioner and reviewed them. Make sure to read it if your hair needs some extra treatment!
There’s not a lot to update on this blogpost (that I wrote almost two years ago!) except for the fact that I don’t use Olaplex as often as I used to. This is not because I don’t like the product any less, but simply because I’ve grown out most of the bleached parts and don’t have any severely damaged spots anymore. I would still recommend using the whole Olaplex product range to anyone.