What is Olaplex and how do you use it?

This hair product is a game changer and here is exactly why!

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You've probably heard this product name thrown around your hair salon recently, or maybe your friends just won't stop talking about it.

This hair care innovation is absolutely changing the game for those who love to dye their hair. We all enjoy changing up our hair colour every now and again but one of the biggest downfalls is the damage it can cause.

Dyeing your hair can result in split ends, dry hair, a lack of hair growth and other discouraging side effects.

Then came Olaplex. This little tub of magic product has changed hair care as we've known it and we're going to tell you exactly why. It isn't a frizz fighting product but instead will return your hair to a healthy state!

What is Olaplex?

The largest misconception surrounding Olaplex is that it is a conditioning treatment.


Olaplex is a repair solution. It takes your sad, dry and damaged hair and bippity-boppity-boos it back to health.

Olaplex is actually a three-step process that both prevents breakage during the coloring process and "glues" back together the bonds that break and split as a result of colouring.

Olaplex was a product that was previously only available to hair professionals, but is now available to consumers.

Olaplex is broken up into three different products that make up the whole treatment.

The first is called No. 1 and is mixed into the bleaching dye. No. 2 is placed on your hair for a minimum of ten minutes after the dye is washed out. No. 3 is a take-home bottle that you apply to keep your hair in tip-top condition.

Even if you don't have damaged hair from colouring, this is something you can use if your hair has suffered from the hands of other treatments like chemical keratin or straightening.

What does Olaplex do?

Prior to Olaplex, other repairing treatments only glossed over the rough patches and damaged parts of hair, filling them in or coating them so they look smoother. Olaplex actually aims to heal your hair's structure.

The bonds of your hair are separated due to the colouring process that uses intense amounts of heat on your hair. Olaplex ambassador Chad Kenyon illuminates the process of Olaplex stating that No. 1 and No. 2 repair the bonds that are momentarily broken during the dyeing process. No. 3 is so important because it's a less concentrated version of No. 2 that allows consumers to protect their hair from routine styling (curling irons, flat irons), as well as rebuild broken disulfide bonds in the days prior to visiting their colourist.

It also allows hairdressers to make hair lighter than they have been able to before. Originally, hair stylists had to limit how much they could bleach someone's hair due to excessive damage.

Now they're able to stretch that boundary as Olaplex repairs and limits the damage. Just take a look at this makeover below:

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How do I use Olaplex?

There are actually a few ways floating around on the Internet on how to use Olaplex No. 3.

The best way to utilise Olaplex is by wetting your hair so it is damp, then spread the product throughout your hair and leave in. You can choose to keep it on for one to two hours, or you can do as I do and sleep in it and wash out in the morning as normal with your shampoo and conditioner.

Again, this is not a moisturising treatment and will not hydrate your hair. Kenyon confirms this when he states: "We all need moisture in our hair, but No. 3 does something completely different. It’s in no way, shape or form a conditioning treatment. It’s reparative – it rebuilds broken hair and it will reconnect those [broken disulfide] bonds."

How much does Olaplex cost?

There is no definitive answer for how much Olaplex actually costs. It depends on where you buy it from. When you purchase from a salon the chances are it will be more expensive. We recommend looking around online for a cheaper price around $30-40 for a bottle. The best site to buy cheap Olaplex from would be Catch.com.au when they have the product in stock. Check below for other retailers carrying Olaplex.

Where to buy Olaplex?

There are actually a number of places where you can purchase Olaplex in Australia. The below retailers all stock Olaplex but can vary in prices, so it's good to look around! Alternatively, you can check out our Where To Buy Olaplex guide.

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