If I was going to lose my virginity to anyone, I’m glad it was Olaplex. I’m one of those girls who likes to constantly change my look, so it’s been a long-standing dream of mine to go blonde. Each time I’ve pondered the idea, it ended up going in the too-hard basket. The time, the effort, the money, the upkeep – I had too many unanswered questions.
I needed to put my trust in someone to prevent my biggest fear: my hair snapping off like straw. The first brand that came to mind was Olaplex (because duh, the queen of hair transformations Kim K raves about their No. 3 treatment). Their newest products –
Before this transformation, I had virgin hair (beauty speak for chemically unprocessed hair) so I never had a reason to try Olaplex. And frankly, “bond multiplier” didn’t mean a whole lot to me. So one of my first questions when I sat down in the salon chair was what exactly is Olaplex?
How is Olaplex different from other treatments?
Olaplex contains a patented ingredient which repairs damaged hair from the inside out by restoring the bonds broken by heat-styling, colouring and bleaching. If you’re like me, you might be wondering, “WTF are bonds?”
Hair is made up of proteins which are held together by disulfide bonds. Unlike some hair treatments which coat the hair to make it look smoother, Olaplex actually repairs these broken bonds, which is vital to maintaining the strength, elasticity and manageability of blonde hair.
In a past life, I had very long hair with balayage and no amount of leave-in hair treatments would fix it, so I made the (very tough) decision to chop off all the colour-damaged hair – 10 inches in total. If I’d known about Olaplex then, I may have kept my long locks.
Preparing To Go Blonde…
In the lead up to this transformation, I treated my hair with Olaplex’s Take Home Treatment Kit. You should start the treatment process a minimum of one month prior to going blonde and follow this process in between colour services:
Shampoo with No. 4 (you only need a 5-10 cent piece) & condition with No. 5 (leave in for at least 5 minutes). Comb the No. 3 treatment through towel-dried hair every second wash, and leave for at least 20 minutes. The longer it’s on the more effective it is – I sleep in mine overnight.
Throughout this transformation I had Olaplex professional salon services (No 1 & 2). I had these before and during the lightening services to prepare and maintain my hairs integrity. I relied on Olaplex No. 3 to strengthen my hair before & after the colouring process.
The Colouring Process:
It took two sittings, two full heads of foils and many, many hours in a salon chair to get to my final colour, with 2 weeks in between. That’s to be expected when going from dark brunette to blonde. Normally, this process would take longer and potentially more sittings, however thanks to my virgin hair and having just had it chopped, I was able to do this in a shorter timeframe.
If I eventually decide to go platinum blonde, I would need to continue using the Take Home Treatment Kit to further rebuild the bonds. But my initial fear factor of going bald has gone. I was genuinely blown away by the health of my hair after the bleaching process – to be honest, it actually feels better than before.
Maintaining Healthy Blonde Hair:
Always use a heat protectant like
And to keep your actual colour looking fresh, use a conditioning toner like