Olaplex, Is It Really Worth the Money?

Are you someone who loves experimenting with your hair color? Why not! It's one of the forms of self-expression and transformation as well.

No doubt that repeated coloring can damage the quality of one's hair making it more prone to dryness, dullness, and split ends. Always remember that if your hair is damaged, color won't last long.

It's all over the online world that Olaplex has quickly become the hair treatment that top salons and beauty insiders use. And it says it really repairs that severely damaged hair that's colored regularly. What's so good about it is it delivers a glossy, strengthening treatment to all hair types regardless of textures and color.

My first impression for Olaplex was "wow, it better work, considering its 'not so affordable price.'"  I have to admit that I was a bit more critical when I first tried this brand for a review because I am cost-conscious when it comes to less-essential categories.  And don't get me wrong.  I used to be all about beauty and fashion and I ABSOLUTELY considered my beauty and hair products essential with no doubt.   It's just when you become a mother of 2 kids, there are so many items that aggressively climb up to top of your must-buy-now list.

Growing Olaplex Fandom Despite the Slightly Higher Price

Olaplex Home Care System which are No.0, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 are all officially priced at $28 and there hasn't been any official sale from the brand.  Without price promotion ever, it's not too surprising that Olaplex still owns its growing fandom and reputation of being all-time top seller in the market once you experience its before and after.

Patented True Bond Builder in the Market

how olaplex works

Olaplex Professional Hair Care System has been on spotlight for its magical repair on damaged, color-treated or chemical-treated hair.  It is well known for its patented technology that restores damaged and broken bonds in the hair.  It first launched No.1 and No.2 for salon use, then later launch a home-care system No.0 and No.3 through No. 7 which simply allows you to experience the professional care at home.


No. 1 Bond Multiplier and No. 2 Bond Perfector for Professionals

Basically, these 2 items are used during coloring the hair by salon professionals.  The bond multiplier is to be added directly into lightener or color after mixing in developer and the bond perfector is to be used after rinsing hair color.  These 2 steps of Olaplex No.1 and No.2 can minimize damaging and drying hair strands from using compounds of chemicals such as peroxide or ammonia. 


No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment and No.3 Perfector

No.3 Perfector is the most popular and classic for Olaplex Brand a.k.a my few must-have hair item just because I can hydrate my hair as needed.  Olaplex Perfector is used as a hair mask on towel dried hair to be left at least 10 minutes or more.  I personally use it twice a week and this tiny bottle last 2 months for my mid-length hair.   This does its job and I have no complain for paying $28 every two months for having hydrated and healthy hair.  

No.1 Intensive bond building treatment is the latest add on to Olaplex collection and works as primer before apply No.3.  According to Olaplex, using No.0 and No.3 together will gets you 68% more repair and 3 times stronger hair.  In my opinion,  I felt like I needed the treatment lesser than using No.3 alone.   So, $28 more for less usage, I should more accurately calculate how many lesser time I used because I am using No.0 along with it! 


No.4 Shampoo and No.5 Conditioner

No.4 and No.5 are perfect for daily care for damaged and tangling hair.  This shampoo and conditioner do make the hair feels softer and smoother from proper hydration.  If your main hair concern is dehydrated and brittle hair, this is the daily care for you.  But frankly speaking, there are so many other competitive brands that does make outstanding specialty shampoo and conditioner so it really depends on what your hair needs.  I personally needs some more volume and lift so I vote for my favorite Redken Volume Care over Olaplex.   But for hydration, smoothing and softening, Olaplex daily care do its job without a doubt.


No.6 Smoother vs. No.7 Bonding Oil

I have to admit that I was beyond amazed by Olaplex Smoother and Bonding Oil.  I haven't found any leave-in that is better than these 2 products for damaged, dry, and dull hair.  No.6 and No.7 can be used together but because they are both leave-in, I suggest choose one depending what you want to emphasize more.  Both Smoother and Bonding Oil contain Olaplex patented active ingredients for repair but No.6, Smoother is more focused on smoothing and silkening the hair texture while No.7, Bonding Oil is more focused on shiny and lively look.  For longer hair, Smoother can be more ideal as it controls frizz and keeps the hair manageable and moisturized for 72 hours.  Shorter hair can benefit more from Bonding Oil which magically brings back the elasticity of the hair strands which creates the healthy look while it protects the hair from UV and Heat.

If you still can't choose, use Smoother to take out all frizz-ness and coat is with bonding oil which will add shine to it.  

Olaplex is really a system that permanently rebuild the damaged bonds in your hair that are broken during the series of chemical process. It can be you've over-bleached or had your hair highlighted for years. Now, because of Olaplex, your hair can now rebuild the strength, structure, and integrity. I can say, a reset for your locks. Try it, and see for yourself the magic and later on praise the repairing power of Olaplex. 

So I say YES to the question, "is Olaplex really worth the money?"  I always convince myself, spending money for a change is a good investment.