I Tried Olaplex 3 So You Don’t Have To
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So, I think we probably all knew it was inevitable that I’d end up trying the Olaplex 3 treatment I mentioned a few weeks ago, didn’t we? I mean, a so-called “miracle” product, that costs a small fortune? It sounded right up my street: so, when my longtime sponsors at Notino asked if I’d like to choose some products from their site, it went straight into my basket.
Olaplex 3, for the benefit of those of you who who DON’T spend most of your free time trying to talk yourself out of buying expensive beauty products in the hope that THIS ONE will be the one that finally makes you look a tiny bit better, is what is known as a “hair perfector”. It is NOT a conditioner: a fact that is so important, apparently, that it even says so on the bottle:
See? NOT A CONDITIONER, PEOPLE. It’s a freakin’ BOND BUILDER. Which means that it repairs broken bonds in the hair, apparently. Do you have broken bonds in your hair? Because I… well, I’m assuming I do. I mean, my hair looks like ass most of the time, and I use heat products on it almost every day, so I’m pretty sure it probably qualifies. But moving on…
Other things we know about Olaplex 3:
01. Until recently, it was only available in salons.
02. Kim Kardashian swears by it, apparently.
03. It “works on a molecular level” to repair the aforementioned broken bonds.
04. It is a “genie in a bottle”, and now I’m going to have that Christina Aguilera song stuck in my head all day: thanks, Olaplex 3!
So, that’s what the brand themselves / various beauty journalists have to say about it. In lay-person’s terms, however, the biggest difference between this product and a conditioner is that you use this BEFORE shampooing, rather than after, and you leave it on for at least 10 minutes: or, as the bottle vaguely states “longer if desired.”
In my case, I DID desire to leave it on for longer (My logic here being simply that if 10 minutes = “good”, then 25 minutes must surely = “even better”, no?), so I carefully applied it to my shower-dampened hair, then allowed it to soak in for 25 minutes, while smugly thinking about the Kardashian-esque hair I was about to have.
Now, my main concern here – and, I suspect, one of the biggest issues a lot of people will have with Olaplex 3 – is this:
The bottle is tiny.
OK, not tiny, exactly: I mean, if you have short hair, you’ll probably get multiple treatments out of it. I, meanwhile, only got about 2.5, which, given that it costs £26 per bottle, and is supposed to be used at least once a week, would make it a pretty expensive long-term addition to my haircare hoard.
So I waited, as I said, for around 25 minutes, before heading back to the shower to rinse the product out, after which you continue with your usual shampoo and conditioner. (Note: Olaplex obviously recommend that you use their shampoo and conditioner, which I’m pretty sure would, indeed, give you better results than the regular old products I used. They would say that, though, so do with that information as you wish…)
(This is probably the only downside I can think of to this product (Other than the price tag, that is…), actually: it basically adds an extra 30 minutes to my morning routine every time I use it, and while I could justify that every now and then, it’s definitely not something I’d be able to manage 2-3 times a week, say. )
And the results?
Even as I rinsed the product off in the shower, I could tell it had made a difference to the condition of my hair, which felt super-smooth, and silky: a fact which made me start to regret my decision not to get the Olaplex shampoo and conditioner, because, to be honest, it felt like a bit of an insult to the hair to put ordinary products on it when it was clearly feeling its best self. Would that silky, mermaid-hair remain once it was dried, though? Well, sort of.
There’s no denying that Olaplex 3 definitely did make a difference to my hair, which certainly felt much softer and smoother – and also, somewhat unexpectedly, thicker. Or am I just imagining that bit? – than it’s been in a long, long time. You’ll notice, however, that there are no before and after photos attached to this review, because, quite simply, the kind of improvement it made wasn’t really the kind that will wow people in a photo. In fact unless you are me, and are very familiar with my hair, and its texture, I’m not sure you’d even notice. Which is kind of the whole point, really: I mean, if you’re paying almost £30 a pop, you want to be able to actually SEE a difference, don’t you?
But I don’t, in this case – or not a huge one, anyway – and while I do FEEL the difference in terms of the texture of my hair, it’s just not dramatic enough for me to be able to justify the price tag of this product on anything like a regular basis.
With that said, however, it IS definitely the best hair product I’ve used, and a lot of the reviews I’ve read of it suggest that it’ll make the biggest difference to hair that’s been damaged by bleach, say, as opposed to by regular styling, so although I don’t think my hair is in particularly great condition at the moment, it’s possible that it’s not quite bad enough for me to see the radical difference I was hoping for. C’est la vie.
In conclusion, then, although I won’t be adding Olaplex 3 to my regular routine, I’d definitely consider buying it as a one-off treat, or in the run up to a special event that I considered worth splashing out on, and I’d happily recommend it to anyone with damaged hair in need of a bit of TLC.