Since launching in 2014, Olaplex has revolutionised the world of hairdressing and become the ultimate hair bonding system. If you’re looking to integrate Olaplex into your salon or freelance business, read our guide below to learn everything about what makes this bestselling brand’s technology truly stand out, and how it can help you boost profits. Also, if you’ve got clients that are concerned about environmental damage to their hair, we have information on their newest product, the Olaplex No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum!
Everything you need to know about Olaplex
Everything you need to know about Olaplex
What is Olaplex?
All hair types will experience damage in one form or another, whether that’s from everyday wear and tear, split ends or the environment, and this is where Olaplex comes in. As the complete solution to repair, rebuild and restore damaged hair, Olaplex’s molecular technology seeks out broken bonds caused by the five main culprits:
This is what makes it the perfect addition to add to your salon or freelance menu, and to retail to your clients.
How does Olaplex work?
Olaplex is a bond multiplier containing a single active ingredient: Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. This molecule goes beyond the surface by finding single sulphur hydrogen bonds and cross-linking them back together. It’s these disulphide bonds that have been broken by colour, chemical and mechanical damage.
Olaplex No.0 Intense Bond Building Treatment
Nourish, Repair and Strengthen
The Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment primes hair for deeper repair using the highest dose of patented Olaplex technology than any of their other treatments. Rebuilding broken bonds while strengthening and protecting the hair’s integrity, this treatment is designed for your clients to use as an at-home treatment following their service. For the best results, advise your clients to use the No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment as the first step in a two-part system with the No.3 Hair Perfector.
Olaplex Nº.1 Bond Multiplier
Begin the rebuilding
Exclusive to professionals, the Olaplex No.1 Bond Multiplier is the first step to rebuilding broken disulphide bonds and begins the process of protecting and repairing hair. This treatment is formulated to mix in with your client’s chosen hair colour, lightener or toner to help prevent hair damage and keep the hair in the best possible condition.
Olaplex Nº.2 Bond Perfector
Pursuing repaired hair bonds
Exclusive to professionals, the Olaplex No.2 Bond Perfector is perfect for you to use during your client’s wash to help rebuild and restore broken bonds. The results are strong, shiny and healthy hair!
Olaplex Nº.3 Hair Perfector
Repair, Protect and Strengthen
The Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector is the original take-home treatment that put Olaplex on the map. Olaplex No.3 is not a conditioner, it’s an at-home treatment that reduces breakage and visibly strengthens hair, improving its look and feel. Perfect to retail on to your clients, advise them to use it once or twice a week on damp hair, applying from roots to ends.
OLAPLEX Broad Spectrum Chelating Treatment
Cleanse, Purify, Prepare
Exclusive to professionals, the Olaplex Broad Spectrum Chelating Treatment is a high-potency, Vitamin C rich, purifying salon treatment for your client’s hair. Powered by Kakadu Plum Extract and Olaplex’s patented Bond-Building Technology™, the non-drying formula removes cortex and surface-level deposits of hard water minerals, heavy metals, chlorine, pollutants, as well as iron and copper. Ideal for use before keratin treatments, colours or perms, it provides the perfect foundation for optimal results.
Olaplex Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
Repair, Strengthen and Hydrate
The Olaplex No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo protects and repairs hair from everyday stresses such as damage, split ends and unwanted frizz. Colour safe and perfect on all hair types, the No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo is available to purchase in two sizes. Ideal for salon treatments and selling on to clients for at-home use, we advise you to concentrate on the roots when applying.
OLAPLEX No.4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo
Deep cleans, softens, restores shine
The Olaplex No.4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo delivers a deep cleanse for your client’s hair, both in the salon and at home, thanks to its exclusive broad-spectrum clarifying system. The non-drying formula leaves hair soft, shiny and vibrant by completely removing hard water minerals, chlorine, excess oils, and product build-up. Still containing the patented Olaplex Bond-Building Technology™, using it once a week will clear the way for healthier hair.
Olaplex Nº.4P Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo
Tone, Brighten and Strengthen Blonde
The Olaplex No.4P Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo is designed to gently strengthen, hydrate and tone natural and lightened blonde, grey and highlighted hair. Its highly concentrated formula combines Olaplex’s patented bond-building technology with the toning properties of a purple shampoo to neutralise unwanted yellows and leave your client’s hair three times brighter than other leading purple shampoos. This means that you can be sure your client’s hair will be stronger and brighter following their service.
Olaplex No.4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo
Soft, Shiny and First-Day Fresh
The Olaplex No.4D Clean Volume Detox Dry Shampoo cleanses hair and maintains scalp health between washes, while also prolonging your client’s first-day style. Alongside Olaplex’s original bond-building technology, the NEW Rambutan Seed Extract neutralises odour while residue-free Micro Starch absorbs excess oils to leave hair refreshed and revitalised. The perfect product to retail on to your clients, Olaplex’s dry shampoo detoxifies, strengthens and hydrates to keep hair in the best condition following every salon service.
Olaplex Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
Repair, Protect and Strengthen
The Olaplex No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner restores, repairs, and hydrates hair while eliminating damage and frizz. Perfect on all hair types when used with the No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo or the No.4P Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo, the No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner is available to purchase in two sizes and is ideal for salon treatments and selling on to clients for at-home use.
Olaplex Nº.6 Bond Smoother
Hydrate, Protect and Eliminate Frizz
The Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother is a highly concentrated leave-in smoothing cream that prevents frizz and fly-aways in your client’s hair for up to 72 hours. This silky cream strengthens and moisturises hair while also speeding up blow dry times, resulting in hair feeling smooth and silky.
Olaplex Nº.7 Bonding Oil
Repair, Soften and Enhance
Heat damage is a massive issue for clients who love blow-drying and using styling tools regularly. This is why you should use the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil. This golden bottle features a highly concentrated, ultra-lightweight and repairing styling oil that will dramatically increase shine, softness and strength for all hair types and textures. The No.7 Bonding Oil also provides heat protection up to an incredible 230°C.
Olaplex 4-IN-1 Moisture Mask
Ten Minutes. Four Benefits. One Product.
Featuring Olaplex’s patented Bis-Amino technology, 11 Vital Amino Acids, Panthenol and Ceramide 3 & 6, the trade exclusive Olaplex 4-IN-1 Moisture Mask provides a luxurious deep-conditioning treatment for your clients while adding shine and body to all hair types and textures. In just ten minutes, the 4-IN-1 Moisture Mask’s silky formula will repair all forms of damage.
Olaplex Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
Shine, Body and Intense Moisture
The No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask was the original mask from Olaplex, and is the perfect ten-minute treatment to retail on to clients that are looking to add shine, body and intense moisture to their hair. It has the same amount of Olaplex’s patented Bis-Amino technology as the new trade exclusive 4-IN-1 Moisture Mask but, because the levels of vital amino acids, Panthenol and Ceramide 3 & 6 are lower, it’s suitable for frequent at-home use.
Olaplex Nº.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum
Protect and Perfect
Olaplex has tackled pollution head on with the No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum. With antioxidant-rich ingredients that shield your client’s hair against environmental damage, you can stop breakage before it even has a chance to take hold.
Silicone-free, weightless, and suitable for all hair types, adding No.9 into your client’s routine guarantees expert protection and a satin shine. The No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum also provides heat protection up to 230°C.
How Can I Use Olaplex?
Olaplex’s simple process involves a mix of salon-only and at-home treatments you can either include in your service menu or sell to your clients. The best part is that you can mix and match treatments, such as the No.6 Bond Smoother and No.7 Bonding Oil, to create a cocktail that will transform your client’s hair into the healthiest version of itself.
- Mix the Olaplex No.1 Bond Multiplier in with your client’s bleach or colour treatment. Leave in the hair for as long as the colour treatment takes to develop and rinse out.
- Apply the Olaplex No.2 Bond Perfector throughout the hair and leave in for 10-20 minutes. Rinse it out and follow up with shampoo and conditioner. If your client is getting a bleaching service, use the Olaplex No.4P Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo as a toner and leave in for up to five minutes before rinsing out.
- Sell the Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector and Olaplex No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment as an at-home treatment to your clients. Tell them to fully saturate the No.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment into their hair and leave in for ten minutes before applying the No.3 Hair Perfector. Depending on the condition of your client’s hair, recommend them to leave in the No.3 Hair Perfector for 10-30 minutes, but some might want to leave it in for a few hours or overnight if severely damaged. If this is the case, tell your clients to cover their hair- with a towel or shower-cap to prevent it touching the face and eyes.
- Other treatments your clients can use at home include the No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo, the No.4P Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo and the No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner. However, you can also use them as add-ons in your client’s service.
- Apply the Olaplex 4-IN-1 Moisture Mask onto damp hair from mid-lengths to end with your fingers. If your client has shoulder-length hair then use two pumps. If your client’s hair is longer or thicker then apply more, and similarly use less for fine or short hair. Leave in the hair for ten minutes and rinse out thoroughly. Remember to retail the Olaplex No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask to your clients in place of the professional 4-IN-1 moisture mask, and advise them to leave in the hair for ten minutes.
- Use the Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother as a leave-in treatment to reduce frizz and hydrate the hair and the Olaplex No.9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum to protect the hair from pollution and free radicals. Finish off with a few drops of the Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil and proceed to blow-dry and style.
How Much Should I Charge For Olaplex?
Deciding how much to charge your clients for Olaplex treatments is one of the most commonly asked questions because it’s the perfect money-making opportunity for professional hairdressers. While it’s all dependent on the service you’re providing and your regular price points, we generally recommend a 15% up-charge.
For example, if you charge £100 for a partial highlight, you would add £15. If you charge £50 for a single process colour, you would add £7.50. Using a percentage allows Olaplex to be accessible for every price point.
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