Olaplex is an innovative in salon treatment that helps reduce breakage before, after and during chemical services. Olaplex is not a protein or moisturizing conditioner. It is a professional in salon treatment that realigns the strong disulfide bonds that brake in the hair during chemical services.
What are disulphide bonds?
Disulfide bonds are the strongest bonds of the hair and can only be broken by chemicals, excessive heat and mechanical damage. Disulfide bonds make the hair strong and allow the hair to stretch and bounce back into place without breaking. In other words, disulfide bonds make up the hairs elasticity.
How are the fibers of the hair formed?
95% of the hair is made up of protein. Amino acids are the building blocks of these proteins. There are 19 various amino acids found in the hair. These amino acids are arranged in different sequences and are held together by peptide bonds which form polypeptide chains. The polypeptides are long chains that twirl around each other to form the fibers that make hair.
The main amino acid found in hair is cystine. Cystine is created when two of the amino acids cysteine convert into one cystine. When cysteine is changed to cystine, each cysteine loses a hydrogen atom, what is left is two sulphur atoms that link together to create the very strong disulfide bond. The link holding two sulphur atoms together is a peptide bond.
How Olaplex works to reduce hair breakage?
Every time you get a chemical service, your hair becomes weaker and some cystine converts to cysteine which can make the hair break off easily.
According to olaplex.com, “Olaplex works by finding single sulfur hydrogen bonds and cross linking them back together to form disulfide bonds before, during and after services.” Using olaplex on chemically treated hair leaves your hair in a stronger state because cysteine is converted back to cystine while the color processes and after it is rinsed. This is why it is important to use olaplex three-part system.
Olaplex can work for you if you have no color or other chemicals in your hair. If you apply heat to your hair, the disulphide bonds in the hair break, so using Olaplex take home treatment will keep your hair strong and prevent further damage. If you use chemicals or thermal irons on your hair often, you should get the Olaplex treatment to protect your hair. The more you use the treatment, the more you can prevent hair damage.
How is Olaplex used?
The Olaplex treatment is used in three steps. The first step in the Olaplex treatment is the Bond Multiplier which can be mixed into color, lightening powder and relaxers to minimize hair breakage. This is the first step in relinking disulphide bonds during the chemical service.
Step 1. No.1 Bond Multiplier can be used as a treatment that can be used alone or mixed into color and realigns broken disulphide bonds during the chemical service so the hair is damaged less while the chemical processes.
Step 2. The chemical service will be rinsed out of your hair and No. 2 Bond Perfector is applied. No. 2 Bond Perfector realigns broken sulfur hydrogen bonds after chemicals are rinsed out the hair.
Step 3. Your stylist will recommend No. 3 Hair Perfector for you to take home which helps maintain the health of your hair at home. The Hair Perfector should be used on clean hair at home. If you have any type of build up on your hair, it is recommended to shampoo your hair first before applying No.3 Hair Perfector. You can leave this treatment on your hair for 10 minutes if your hair is not processed with a chemical but if your hair is chemically treated you can leave it on for 20 minutes. If your hair is clean, you can use No.3 Hair Perfector before you shampoo and condition your hair.
Olaplex is compatible with a variety of chemicals that are applied to the hair. Your hairstylist will know the appropriate technique to use based on the type of chemical service you get. The treatment also softens curls, coils and waves, making the hair more manageable and shiny.