How does Olaplex work


Olaplex is one of the most revolutionary products we’ve ever had at Sydney Salon Supplies. But how does Olaplex work? What does it do? And is it worth buying?


There are a few patents registered against Olaplex and the technology behind it. But it’s difficult to explain this to your clients or even to understand it yourself. So here is our simple way to explain how Olaplex works.


On a simple level, Olaplex works by creating new disulphide bonds between the keratin in your hair. Hair is made up of keratin, which is a protein. It is similar to the substance which is also in your nails, and also what makes a rhino’s horn.


In strong, healthy hair, keratin is joined together by disulphide bonds in your hair. Chemical processes such as colouring and perming can break these bonds. They are also broken by heat styling and even the sun.


The Olaplex formula is designed to restore and repair the bonds between the keratin in your hair.


Another way to think of this is to imagine each strand of hair like a ladder. The keratin represents the outside struts and the bonds are rungs across the ladder, which strengthens the hair.


Things like colour and heat will break those rungs, and Olaplex is the product that will repair them. It’s unlike any other treatment on the market and it isn’t a conditioning treatment, so you’ll still need to condition your hair after using Olaplex.


The range initially launched with three steps but has now been extended to five, with an at-home care kit {LINK -}.


For professional stylists, Olaplex’s No. 1 is added in during the colouring process. Olaplex No. 2 is a treatment applied at the basin, post colouring. It’s best to leave this treatment on for at least 10 minutes and then to shampoo and condition the hair afterwards.


Olaplex No. 3  is a take-home treatment clients can do themselves. It’s recommended to apply Step Three to washed and towel-dried hair, and to leave it in for at least 10 minutes, but then shampoo and condition the hair after.


Olaplex No. 3  can be used once a week and up to two to three times a week for very damaged hair.


Olaplex No. 4 is a shampoo that also contains the Olaplex formula to continue the maintenance as you wash and shampoo your hair. And Olaplex No. 5  is a conditioning treatment that also contains the Olaplex formula, aimed at continuing the rebuild of bonds in your hair as you condition.


No.s 4 and 5 are perfect for general at-home hair maintenance and can be used with Olaplex No. 3 too, just as your regular shampoo and conditioner.


I hope this simple explanation of how Olaplex works makes it easy to explain to your client and to use in your own hair. And if you want to deep dive into the science, I recommend checking out Lab Muffin’s video on how Olaplex works for the real chemistry behind it.




Buy Olaplex here.