Have you used Olaplex?

Source: Olaplex.com

If you’ve dyed or highlighted your hair during the past few years, it’s likely you’ve heard of Olaplex. In fact, in July 2015 I actually tried out an Olaplex treatment as part of my partnership with the Red Door salon (you can find the post here). When you get an Olaplex treatment done in a salon (either as part of a color service, or on its own), it is supposed to dramatically reduce breakage and also make your color last longer.

Since the pandemic, I’ve stopped having my hair professionally colored and have returned to the world of box dye. This has actually been an improvement for my hair – as the salon dye seems to have been too harsh for my hair and I’ve seeing more healthy regrowth since I’ve taken over on my own.

However, I do have concerns about hair breakage. To be honest though… I’m not sure if it’s hair breakage or hair regrowth, but I have some little curly bits around my hairline. I tried a silk pillowcase for a while, but didn’t see any difference (and didn’t love it) and I often use a deep conditioner, but when doing my research, I was reminded of Olaplex.

And they now have an ‘at home’ version of their products.

So first up, what does Olaplex really do? Well, here is their claim: our patented active chemistry works on a molecular level to improve hair strength and repair the broken bonds that come from coloring treatments, bleaching, or heat damage from blow dryers and curling irons.

After doing a bunch of research, here are the Olaplex products that I think may work best for me:

No.3 Hair Perfector, $28 for 100 ML: This is the original Olaplex product that they are famous for. It’s an at-home treatment that reduces breakage and visibly strengthens hair. You wet your hair, towel dry it, and then apply this from roots to tips. They say it should stay on your hair for at least 10 minutes, but in their ‘personal hair quiz results’ they sent me, I should leave it in for 45 minutes before shampoo and conditioning my hair and use it 2-3 times a week. They also recommend using it 2-3 times in a row before you color your hair to keep it extra healthy.

No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, $28 for 250 ML: This shampoo repairs and protects hair from everyday stresses by re-linking broken bonds. It is color-safe and proven to reduce breakage and strengthen all types of hair.

No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, $28 for 250ML: The conditioner is also supposed to protect and repair damaged hair by re-linking broken bonds and is also color-safe.

No 6. Bond Smoother, $28 for 100 ML: This is a highly concentrated leave-in smoothing cream that is supposed to strengthen, moisturize and speed up blow-dry times. This is said to be excellent for all hair types, including colored and chemically treated hair and will eliminate frizz and fly-aways for up to 72 hours.

While everything sounds pretty great and I’ve heard good feedback from multiple hair stylists, it is quite the chunk of change to spend on hair care. If I purchased everything on my list off the Olaplex website, my total would be $112!

They do have a Hair Repair Trial Kit for $25 that I was considering, as it contains 1 oz trial versions of the No. 3, No.4, No.5 and No.6. However, while the price was right, I was concerned that the bottles were too small for me to get a good idea on whether they work on my hair.

Then I saw that they currently are offering a Holiday Hair Fix Kit for $60. Still pricey, but it contains a full size 100 ML No.3, a travel size 100 ML No.4, a travel size 100 ML No.5, and a full size 100 ML No.6. I actually think this will be perfect for me so I can try the full list of products, and then after the shampoo and conditioner run out, I can see how the No.3 and No.6 work with my typical shampoo and conditioner before fully committing to the whole kit-and-kaboodle.

As I’m waiting for my order to come I’m very curious to know if this is going to be the THING my hair has been needing. Or, if it’s just snake-oil and will make literally no difference at all.

If you use any of the Olaplex system, I’d love to know your thoughts! Also, is anyone interested in a review post after I try it out for a few weeks?

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Reviewing Causebox: The Fall 2020 Box Reveal

YAY, it’s gift time! Sure, I know that I’m the one who orders (and pays for) my quarterly Causebox subscription, but it still feels like a gift that someone awesome has given me. And that someone awesome is ME!

About Causebox:
Every season, members receive a limited-edition curation of products from the leading socially conscious brands. Some of them are designed exclusively for Causebox. Each box is designed and filled with love. From the original artwork on the outside of the box, to the lovingly handmade products that fill it up, there is love in every detail. The cost is $49.95 per quarter if you subscribe annually, or $54.95 per quarter if you subscribe by the quarter.

If you would like to try a Causebox subscription, they are currently running a referral offer where you can get a free PMD Microderm ($159 value) when someone refers you. If you’d like a referral from me, just shoot me an email at pocketfulofjoules@gmail.com and I’ll send it over to your email address.  

Let’s take a look at my Fall Causebox:

Waffle Towel Set from Bathen, $90 retail value

Annual subscribers had the opportunity to pick between a waffle bathrobe (charcoal or mint), or a waffle towel set (charcoal or mint). I already have a bathrobe I use regularly and didn’t really need another one, so I went for the charcoal towel set. The set includes two bath towels and two hand towels and it said to be a $90 value… which seems awfully high for four towels. I mean, really, really high for what you get!

The bath towels are smaller than I like (we are more of a bath sheet kinda family), so I figured I’d use them in my downstairs half-bath. Pictured here is one bath towel with a hand towel on top of it and… they are okay. I don’t love them and wouldn’t have picked them out myself, but they are fine for drying our hands.

Tribe Alive Rose Gold Criss-Cross Cuff, $42 retail value

For this category, I was able to choose between De-Stress Muscle Gel, the bracelet, or Volim Love face scrub. I saw some pretty lukewarm reviews of the muscle gel and I literally have a half dozen face scrubs sitting in my linen closet, so I went for the bracelet. The bracelet is handmade in Moradabad, India and features a criss-cross design in rose gold. It will be cute for stacking along with some of my other bracelets.

Artisan Direct Milky Way Lantern, $40 retail value

For this choice group, I wish I could have picked BOTH of them. However, I passed on the 3-in-1 tea tumbler (also can be used for cold coffee) and picked the Milky Way Lantern. It was ethically made by a team of artisans in India. The lantern has a gold finish and pretty stars, so when you light it you will get beautiful shadows on the walls. I put this out in my sun room and I think it looks super cute!

The Green Co. 10 Reusable Facial Rounds, $10 retail value

For my last choice, I got to pick between a Basil Grow Kit or a set of 10 Reusable Facial Rounds. I kill literally EVERY plant I own, so this was a very easy choice. Also, I’m really excited to try these facial rounds and I love that it came with its own little laundry bag for washing. When I wear eye makeup I use Almey eye rounds to take the makeup off, so it will be nice to have a reusable product to use instead.

Way of Will Brightening Face Serum, $37.50

This brightening face serum says it fights free radicals, hydrates skin, and is made with Vitamin A and C. The timing is great, as I’m almost out of my current face serum, so I can’t wait to give this one a try.

Core Bamboo Serve Set, $35 retail value

This bamboo set by Core Bamboo includes tongs, a spatula and a cutting board. Bamboo is one of the most renewable resources on the planet and this set is organically grown, FSC certified, and antibacterial. These are some of our high-use items in the kitchen, so we will get plenty of use out of this cute set.

Overall Thoughts

I really like this quarter’s Causebox and have already put most of the itemst o use. While I’m not blown away with the bamboo towels, they are useful and are currently in my downstairs bathroom. The bamboo serving set is perfect for us and I also really like the pretty rose gold bracelet. I’m also excited to try out the new face serum and reusable facial rounds. All in all, this box is a winner!

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A Little Clothing Reminder

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I feel like now is a perfect time for this reminder. A reminder for me. A reminder for my husband. And a reminder for you.

As you are starting to pull out the cooler weather clothes for the first time this year… think about what you are putting on. Or more specifically, think about what you put on, feel yucky wearing, and then take off and throw into a ball in the corner. Or in my husband’s case, straight into the laundry basket… only to be re-washed and put BACK in his drawer for him to have another hissy fit about when he puts it on again.

Here is your important reminder:

If something doesn’t fit. If it makes you feel uncomfortable or messy or disheveled, or frankly it just insults you by putting too much of a focus on your muffin-top. GET RID OF IT.

Joules

You DESERVE to have a closet that only contains clothes that makes you feel good about yourself.

Instead of putting that insulting item back into your closet, instead gift it to a friend, list it in your Poshmark closet, or add it to your donation pile.

That’s it.

It’s easy, right?

Oh and here is your bonus tip for the day. Buy THIS. Right now. I have had mine for over 8 years and it has saved the life of SO MANY of my sweaters, including thrifted ones that I shaved and they now look brand new. You can read a blog post I wrote about it from 2015 here.

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