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OLAPLEX: Hair Game Changer?

Discussion in 'Hair Care Tips & Product Review Discussion' started by miss_a, Jan 21, 2015.

  1. Rozlewis

    Rozlewis Well-Known Member

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    I used Olaplex 3 - 7 today. I used the 3 as a pre-poo treatment. I used number 4 as my shampoo and the 5 as a rinse out conditioner. The shampoo was gentle on my hair. It was very sudsy but not stripping at all. I followed up with the rinse out conditioner which made my hair smooth and soft. I followed that up with the leave-in conditioner. At the end my hair felt strong and moisturized.
     
  2. GettingKinky

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    I used olaplex for the first time today. I shampoo’d first so that there wouldn’t be any buildup between the olaplex and my hair. I was in a hurry so I only left it on my hair for 10 minutes. Next time I’ll do the olaplex the night before and leave it on overnight and wash it out in the morning.
     
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    I just reordered Olaplaex 3, this time from Sephora, as I think that my previous Olaplex 3 was 'faulty' ....I ordered it from Amazon.

    I ended up leaving it in my hair overnight, and BOY... the difference it has made in my hair, texture, breakage from colour, etc.
    I am VERY, very pleased.
     
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    ETA:
    My hair, once washing is curly from root to tip now... which hasn't happened in a long, long while.
    I am easily wearing my hair with just conditioner in it right now... loving the softness and the curls.
     
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  5. Theresamonet

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    @metro_qt How much of the bottle do you use when you apply the treatment?

    I bought the 8.5 oz bottle of no. 3 from Sephora, and I used about 75% of the bottle on one treatment. I was planning to use it once per week, but that might not work at this price point.

    I didn’t intend to wear it overnight, but now I feel I need to leave it on as long as possible. Lol
     
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    Do I need to use a sulfate shampoo to wash this out?
     
  7. metro_qt

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    It's really pricey for such a little amount, isn't it. You and I both have a lot of hair, and it's really easy to use half a bottle at a time.
    Actually. I get away with using a quarter of a bottle each time I use it, but that's because I rinse my hair first, then I section my hair into 8 twists, then I take a good sized squirt, and unravel each section and brush/smooth it in. I do a little extra for my top and front hair- it's coloured... and maybe colour damaged...

    I do keep my olaplaex overnight, because I want to get the most bang for my buck.
    So far so good now.
     
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    I find I can get the small bottle to last a lot longer if I emulsify it by rubbing it my hands before I apply it to my hair. My hair is BSL and pretty thick. I have a 3.3 oz bottle of no3 that I’ve used 3 times and it’s still half full. I also make sure my hair is damp when I apply it so that it spreads better.

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    I did apply to damp hair, in small sections and brushed through with a detangling brush. I guess I could have used less, but I watched the below YouTube video, and she was insistent that getting the hair thoroughly saturated was key to getting the best results. I’d rather have a few great treatments, than save money to have more okay treatments. What do y’all think?

    Even if I was a bit more conservative, I’m sure 1.5 oz or less won’t cover my whole head.

     
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    Actually you need very little product. They have tons of information on their website.
     
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    Do you mind pointing out where it says this? Of course, I’ve looked over the information on the website, but what I’ve read repeats what it says on the bottle, “Apply a generous amount from scalp to ends until hair is thoroughly saturated”. I don’t see anything about needing very little product. That would certainly be conflicting information.
     
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    Hello,

    I remember reading (on their blog I think) that they had found out that they needed much less than previously thought. I'll try to find the link.
     
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    They have a limited 8.5oz no. 3 available right now
     
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    That's what I've read as well, on the bottle.. but then I did A LOT of research online,and seeing that stylists and other users were easily able to do their whole head multiple times with one bottle, because they feel olaplaex has so much Slip...
    I'm going to do a treatment in 10 minutes and see if I agree with the slip' statements

    ETA.
    I started out with a quarter bottle... maybe a little bit more, and I've just ended with half the bottle left.

    So I am basically getting 4 uses per bottle.
    I've seen others on Youtube getting 8 uses per bottle.... but their hair isn't curly, etc....
     
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    I have very bleached hair, which is beginning to act up..which is why I use Olaplex... I usually concentrate the treatment on my hair shaft half way down, because my hair colour has grown out so much. I also concentrate my treatment on the front half of my head which has the most bleach and is more problematic (shedding) so.... this second bottle is how I've been approaching things.

    Are you also bleached or heat damaged? Maybe you save more of the bottle if you use it sparingly on the areas that need it the most?
     
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    I still continue to use Olaplex 2,4 & 5 with every wash.

    I use Olaplex No 2 as a pre-poo. I section my hair into 4 sections, and dampen my hair by spraying it with a vinegar water mixture and then I apply No.2 to each section. I normally leave the treatment in overnight. I purchased the 67.62 oz container from cosmoprof, and this has lasted me for a while.

    I also use the Olaplex shampoo and Olaplex conditioner along with Mielle Organic Babassu Oil & Mint Deep Conditioner.
     
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    I agree.

    This is my first time hearing of people taking small sections and saturating each section.

    I think that I do a couple of good size squirts and apply it all over. I squirted some product in my hands, rub them together, apply to my hair and repeat. You won't see the product on your hair, if you're looking for that.

    I get great results when using it that way. Now I wouldn't pay for it if the key is saturating small sections. I'd be mad to use up the bottle so quickly lol.
     
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    I don't think it's our version of generous lol.

    Think of it as a generous amount for products that normally say use a dime amount.

    ETA:
    Oh and you don't need a sulfate shampoo to rinse it out. My routine:
    Clarify with Kinky Curly Come Clean Shampoo.
    Apply Olaplex no. 3.
    Shampoo.

    Right now I use the Bekura Fatty Coconut Cleansing Hair Froth. In the past I've used the Olaplex shampoo, DevaCurl No-Poo, and an OGX shampoo.

    I use the clarifying shampoo to remove product build-up before applying no.3. I wash my hair every 2 weeks or so.
     
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    Okay, I will try using it the way you do (just a few big squirts and work it in), and see if there is any difference. I did love the treatment, and planned to continue purchasing.

    I did go ahead and use a sulfate free shampoo bar to wash out, after realizing that the Olaplex shampoo is sulfate free.

    How often do you do a treatment?

    @metro_qt No bleach or heat damage. But had some breakage and loss of elasticity. My hair definitely has its spring back after the treatment.
     
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    I use it every time I wash my hair, pretty much, which is 2x/month max. If I washed my hair on a more frequent basis, I'd probably use it once a month or every other wash.

    I already used it pretty regularly and made sure to keep it up once I got highlights.
     
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