Back in October, I mentioned that I was going to be trying out a few different Olaplex products and would write up a review after I had formed my opinions (find it here). Now that I’ve been using Olaplex for 3+ full months, I feel ready to share my thoughts! The specific products I used were: No. 3 Hair Perfector, No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, No. 6 Bond Smoother.
My whole reason for trying Olaplex was that I have fine hair and I was worried about breakage. I dye my hair and it is quite long, so I’m trying to keep it as healthy as possible. According to Olaplex, they have the right products for the job:
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.Olaplex.com
Rather than committing to the full bottles out of the gate, I decided to try them out with their smaller servings. They offer a Hair Repair Trial Kit on Olaplex.com for $25, which gives you a 1 fl oz tube of the No. 3, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6. However, in the fall they had a Holiday Hair Fix Kit for $60 which included 100 ML containers of each product. I decided to go with that one in order to give my hair a longer time to determine if the products were working.
Status of my Holiday Hair Fix 100 ML containers:
- No. 3 Hair Perfector: I used this once a week and it lasted until 12/27/20
- No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo: I used this every day, or every other day, and it lasted until 1/15/20
- No. 5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo: I used this every day, or every other day, and it lasted until 12/28/20
- No. 6 Bond Smoother: I used this every day, or every other day when I wash my hair and there is still ¾ of the bottle left. This stuff goes a LONG way!
I figure I’ll go through the list of each product and give my thoughts and whether I’ll be buying more:
No.3 Hair Perfector, $28 for 100 ML
What they claim: This is 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.
My thoughts: I really wanted to love this product, but it was such a pain the butt to use. You have to get your hair wet, towel dry it, and the slather this on and let it sit. Then, you need to wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner.
Rather than jumping in and out of the shower twice, I started just sticking my head under the faucet and using the No. 3 while I was doing a workout and then showering afterwards. I noticed no difference at all in using this. NONE. So, once the bottle was empty I decided that I won’t be bothering to buy a refill at all.
No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, $28 for 250 ML and No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, $28 for 250ML
What they claim: This shampoo and conditioner repairs and protects hair from everyday stresses by re-linking broken bonds. They are color-safe and proven to reduce breakage and strengthen all types of hair.
My thoughts: This shampoo and conditioner set are total winners. The shampoo is super dense, so a small blob works to clean my entire head of hair. The conditioner also goes a long way – I typically start at my mid-lengths, smoosh it down to the ends, and then smoosh it back up to the roots and let it sit for 3 minutes or so.
I have absolutely noticed a difference in my hair since I started using the shampoo and conditioner. My hair feels thicker and stronger. It also combs through easily without me having to add an additional spray-on conditioner. And best of all, I really do think it helps with breakage and regrowth.
My hair seems like its growing faster than ever. I got a haircut about 6 months ago and since then I’ve gotten about 3 – 4+ inches of growth. I also previously had little wispy hairs around my crown that would stick up and curl as my hair dried… and now they’ve suddenly grown and they have hidden themselves into the rest of my hair. I have already bought the 250 ML bottles of both the shampoo and conditioner and have been using them regularly.
No. 6 Bond Smoother, $28 for 100 ML
What they claim: 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.
My thoughts: I really only tried this bond smoother because it came in the set and I’m really glad I did. Once my hair has been towel-dried and combed through, I put a pea-sized plop in my hand, rub them together and run my hands though every strand of my hair. Then, I do one more comb-through and that’s it. I don’t bother touching my hair again. In the 3+ months that I’ve been using this, I think I’ve only used the blow dryer once.
Instead, I just let my hair air dry and it dries super smooth with NO frizz at all. Also, this stuff lasts forever… I’m still using the same container I bought in October and it’s still more than 3/4 full. When I reordered my full-sized shampoo and conditioner, they threw in another 100 ML container of No. 6 for free… so I won’t run out of this for quite a while!
While I won’t be re-purchasing the No. 3… I’m LOVING the results I’m getting with the rest of the products. They are certainly more expensive than my previous Costco purchases of a supersized Dove shampoo, but I really do feel that they are worth it. My hair feels stronger and looks healthier, which is exactly what I asked for.
Disclosure: Not sponsored at all!