I've received emails from a few readers inquiring about a (somewhat)new product on the market by the name Olaplex. What's amazing about this product is that it's a one ingredient formula that works to reconnect the hair's disulfide bonds. That's right, it works on the structure of the hair, basically repairing damage, bringing it to a healthy state once again.
As you know, bleaching the hair and relaxing produces similar results (with regards to dryness, breakage, split ends) so Olaplex is very promising for those of us who want to mitigate the damage from chemical treatments. The good news is that Olaplex can also be used post relaxer or as a stand alone treatment to address damaged hair.
The entire system consists of three steps. Bottle No. 1 is the Bond Multiplier, which is typically mixed in the chemical product to lighten hair. In the back of my mind, I'm wondering if the bond multiplier can be mixed in with a chemical relaxer. Curiosity got the best of me so I did a little more digging and found this conversation on their Facebook page.
Interestingly enough, when I contacted Olaplex directly to inquire as to whether I can include the bond multiplier into my relaxer, the response I received was to try it out and let them know my experience. (I just might take them up on that challenge).
Bottle No. 2 is the Bond Perfector which is applied post treatment. According to their website, as a stand alone treatment, you'd use Bottle No. 1 (Bond Multiplier), then add a generous amount of Bottle #2, leave in for 10 minutes (or more), then rinse, shampoo, condition.
The good folks at Olaplex also have Bottle No 3. (Hair Perfector) which helps maintain health of the hair post treatment. Since our hair's bonds are constantly being compromised due to manipulation, heat styling, etc, this product helps to "maintain the strength, structure, integrity and softness of the hair until the next service at the salon."
It took me a while to get hip to this amazing product but I'm not putting it off any longer. After doing a little searching, I was able to locate Olaplex for sale on Ebay. I picked up a package containing all three treatments which I should be receiving within the next week or so. Review coming soon.