If you have coloured hair and love it to look healthy, glossy and full of vitality, there is one buzzword that you need to remember: OLAPLEX
Olaplex is something of a miracle worker for dehydrated and damaged hair and is especially relevant for those who love to lighten up! A breakthrough in hair care technology, Olaplex works by reconnecting broken disulphide sulphur bonds in the hair. In simple terms (yeh yeh, so we were just showing off!!), it works to protect and repair hair from the inside, rather on a surface level like most shampoos, conditioners and treatments would.
So, What Is Olaplex?
Olaplex is an intensive treatment that protects and repairs your hair and is usually mixed into hair colour, but can also be used before a blow-dry or during a cut & finish.
Inside our hair strands, a ladder-type network of ‘bonds’ exists that give the hair strength and form. These bonds get damaged and broken during chemical services (such as bleaching and colouring). Usually, 50-70% of these get rebonded after rinsing off your colour, but if you use Olaplex, 90-100% are rebonded; resulting in healthier and stronger hair!
How Exactly Is It Applied?
Olaplex is a three-part treatment; the first two will be done in our salon, and the third part you take home to use yourself.
Olaplex Step Number 1 and 2 will be applied by your colourist; they’ll mix the liquid-type no 1. substance into your colour bowl and then apply no.2 at the basin. If you’re having just a blow-dry service, or a cut & finish, your stylist will apply both the no.1 step followed by the no.2 step at the basin. There will be a 20 minute relaxation period where the treatment is left on the hair to work its magic before your hair is rinsed and blow dried by your stylist. Olaplex Step Number 3 (‘Hair Perfector’) is the take home service which you apply once a week. Apply to damp hair, comb through, and leave on for at least 10 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as normal. If you want to maximise the effect, KimK recommends leaving it on overnight!
Will I instantly notice a difference to my hair?
The effects are long lasting but yes your hair will feel sleeker and more manageable after colouring than it normally would. Your hair will gradually begin to feel stronger but as the treatment works internally during your colour processing, you should expect it to take a few repeat treatments before you notice a significant physical difference on the outside. Many clients do report that their hair feels stronger from their very first application. Olaplex also smoothes the hair, so it will immediately look sleeker, shinier and full of vitality.
Should I be asking for OLAPLEX when I visit Royston Blythe hair salon for a colour service?
Whatever your hair texture, OLAPLEX will work for you. It is beneficial for everyone who chemically treats their hair. Whether your hair is thick, dry, dull, volume-less, damaged, slightly damaged, beautifully healthy or absolutely in need of repair, Olaplex works! For curly, thick and fine hair – it will help reduce frizz, dullness, and even make curls more defined and luscious.
I’m a brunette. Do I need to bother with OLAPLEX?
Whilst OLAPLEX is a gamechanger for brunettes who want to go blonde (it allows hair to be lightened quicker and less aggressively), it is also a must for all brunettes as it promotes healthy, shiny glossy hair.
How do I book my OLAPLEX treatment and how much is it?
Please request a treatment at the time of booking your colour appointment with the Royston Blythe reception teams at either our Shrewsbury or Wolverhampton hair salons. The treatment costs £25