Olaplex Hair Repair Treatment (My 30-Day Test)


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For the last couple of years, I have personally struggled with thinning, breaking, and chemically damaged hair, so I decided to find the best Olaplex hair repair treatment products for me to use at home.

I chose Olaplex as their high-end hair product collection is affordable and cruelty-free. Their ‘take home’ range caught my eye as these are professional-inspired hair care products you can use at home.

Disclosure

I have NOT been given these products by Olaplex or been asked by Olaplex (or any other company) to provide a review. I have purchased four of these products with my own hard-earned money as looking to improve my overall hair health at home rather than visit a salon.

How I Tested Olaplex

Ingrid holding 4 Olaplex hair products
The 4 Olaplex products I purchased

After looking at the Olaplex hair treatment range (listed in this article), I purchased four Olaplex products and have used them for 30 days to give you the best review possible, plus my personal experience is noted at the end. I purchased:

  • No.0 Intensive Bond Buiding Hair Treatment
  • No.3 Hair Perfector
  • No.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
  • No.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
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7 Olaplex Hair Treatments To Use At Home

I’ve selected the best Olaplex hair repair treatment products for home use designed to restore your hair to its former glory. Here are 7 to try.

1. Olaplex Nº.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment

Nº.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment
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Review

Offering the single highest concentration of the patented Olaplex technology, Nº.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment is one-half of a two-part system designed specifically for highly damaged hair.

This potent product is a primer for the second step of the process (Nº.3 Hair Perfector) and sinks into the strands of hair to create a base that reduces oxidative stress and creates a foundation for new keratin bonds in distressed and damaged areas. Olaplex Nº.0 needs to be used in conjunction with Nº.3 Hair Perfector.

How To Apply

Apply directly to dry hair, saturate every strand, leave to sink in for 10 minutes, and do not wash away before adding the second product (Nº.3 Hair Perfector).

My main advice here is don’t use a bowl as suggested as it wastes far too much of the product. Simple (and sparingly) apply straight to your hair.

Benefits

  • Strengthens & Protects Hair Structure
  • Re-builds Hair Bonds
  • Helps To Restore Healthy Appearance Of The Hair
  • Works As A Primer With No.3
  • Suitable For All Hair Types
  • Free From Silicones & Oil
  • PH Balanced

Main Active Ingredients

Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. See full list of ingredients

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

2. Olaplex Nº.3 Hair Perfector

Nº.3 Hair Perfector
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Review

The second part of the iconic two-part bond rebuilding system, Nº.3 Hair Perfector, is a pre-shampoo treatment with a difference. Particularly good for highly damaged hair, this product can also be used to strengthen and protect.

The aim of this product is rather than temporarily giving the appearance of healthier hair, it actually helps to repair hair by rebuilding the bonds between keratin molecules in the hair.

How To Apply

Gently comb Nº.3 Hair Perfector through your hair that is already saturated with Nº.0 Intensive Bond Building Treatment. Leave Nº.3 in for at least 10 minutes (I left it in for 20 minutes) to improve overall hair health and strength. 

Repeat this two-part treatment once or twice a week to gradually improve the condition of your hair. I initially used it 3 times a week for the first two weeks to give me a boost, and now I use it twice a week.

Benefits

  • Repairs Damaged Hair & Split Ends
  • Strengthens Hair Structure
  • Protects & Restores Healthy Appearance Of The Hair
  • Paired With N°0 Gives Most Intense Repair
  • Hair Appear Softer & Shinier
  • Free From Phthalates, Sulfates & Parabens
  • Suitable For All Hair Types

Main Active Ingredients

Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. See full list of ingredients

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

3. Olaplex Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo

Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
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Review

Best used in conjunction with Nº.0 and Nº.3, the Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo is designed to maintain healthy, strong hair in the face of heat-based styling and environmental stresses.

Using cruelty-free, gentler cleansing ingredients such as Camellia seed ferment and apricot oil, this bond-maintaining shampoo removes pollution, dirt, and product build-up while maintaining the bonds created by Nº.0 and Nº.3. 

How To Apply

Lather Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo into damp hair and work from root to tip, massaging the scalp to dislodge dirt and product build-up. Rinse thoroughly before conditioning with Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner (reviewed next).

I will say that if you use many hair products daily, it can be helpful to use a clarifying shampoo, but do not do this on days when you use Nº.0 and Nº.3

Benefits

  • Nourishes & Strengthens
  • Protects Hair From Damage, Split Ends, Frizz
  • Helps To Repair Broken Bonds
  • Leaves Hair Softer, Shinier & Easier To Style
  • Reduces Hair Breakage
  • Suitable For All Hair Types
  • Paraben, Phthalates & Sulphate Free
  • Safe To Use On Coloured & Treated Hair
  • PH Balanced

Main Active Ingredients

Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. See full list of ingredients

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

4. Olaplex Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner

Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
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Review

Infused with bond-building bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner is a daily repairing conditioner designed to be used alongside Olaplex Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo.

Using potent active ingredients, Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner sinks into hair, deeply hydrating the shaft and cuticles of each strand to increase strength and improve your hair’s condition. 

This treatment is ideal for bleached hair and provides protection from heat and pollution after drying.

How To Apply

Massage Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner into the ends and middle of your hair and allow it to sink in for at least three to four minutes before rinsing thoroughly and patting dry with a soft towel.

As a conditioner, Nº.5 is gentle enough for daily use, but I personally only use it in conjunction with Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo as feel it’s always best to follow the instructions precisely!

Benefits

  • Nourishes & Conditions
  • Helps To Get Rid Of Frizzy Hair & Split Ends
  • Softens & Strengthens
  • Reduces Hair Breakage
  • Weightless
  • Suitable For All Hair Types
  • Paraben, Phthalates & Sulphate Free
  • Safe To Use On Coloured & Treated Hair
  • PH Balanced

Main Active Ingredients

Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. See full list of ingredients

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

5. Olaplex No.6 Bond Smoother

No.6 Bond Smoother
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Review

If your hair has become brittle, dry, or elastic after chemical treatments, the Olaplex Nº.6 Bond Smoother is a styling product that improves and controls the appearance of hair while still protecting and nourishing.

Packed with nourishing, powerhouse ingredients like grape seed oil and aloe vera, No 6 Bond Smoother is a thick, creamy formula that melts into hair and provides a stunning, shiny finish.

I have not used Olaplex Nº.6 Bond Smoother personally, so if you have, please leave a helpful comment about your experience at the end of this article, as it would benefit our readers.

How To Apply

Smooth a pea-sized amount into the mid-lengths and ends of your hair after washing. Your hair should be damp rather than wet when you do this. Once the product has been worked in, style your hair as usual for a soft, shiny, frizz-free result.

Benefits

  • Strengthens & Moisturises
  • Reduces Frizz & Flyaways
  • Smoothes & Speeds Up Blow-Dry Times
  • Suitable For All Hair Types
  • Great For Chemically Treated/coloured Hair
  • Free From Sulphates, Phthalates, Parabens

Main Active Ingredients

Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. See full list of ingredients

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

6. Olaplex Nº.7 Bonding Oil

Nº.7 Bonding Oil
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Review

A tiny little powerhouse, Olaplex Nº.7 Bonding Oil is a multi-use product that nourishes, repairs, and protects hair to ensure flawless results and strong strands. We love this as an on-the-go treatment to tame flyaways and provide UVA protection.

Despite being an oil, this product is lightweight and non-greasy – even on fine hair – thanks to a top-secret, patented active ingredient. Using moisture-locking ingredients like sunflower oil, Moringa Oleifera seed oil, UVA filters, and antioxidants like beta-carotene.

I have not used Olaplex Nº.7 Bonding Oil personally, so if you have, please leave a helpful comment about your experience at the end of this article, as it would benefit other readers.

How To Apply

Nº.7 Bonding Oil is the ultimate handbag essential. It can be applied on damp hair to protect from heat during styling, to dry hair in the day to tame flyaways, or smoothed on first thing in the morning to protect from the sun.

Benefits

  • Repairs Damaged Hair
  • Strengthens & Restores Healthy Appearance
  • Protects Hair Structure
  • Softens
  • Increases Shine
  • Reduces Flyaways & Frizz
  • Weightless
  • Non-greasy
  • Provides Heath Protections For Up To 450°
  • Free From Sulphates, Phthalates, Parabens

Main Active Ingredients

Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. See full list of ingredients

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

7. Olaplex Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask

Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask
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Review

Perhaps the saviour of split ends and dry tresses, Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask is the hair mask of the future. Easy to use, cruelty-free, and intensely moisturising to boost even the most bleach-damaged hair.

Using an intense blend of Olaplex technology and hydrating active ingredients, Nº.8 is a moisture shot for brittle, damaged hair. Active ingredients such as Avocado oil, Jojoba, and ceramides increase shine and provide a silky finish.

I have not yet used Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, so if you have, please leave a helpful comment about your experience at the end of this article, as it would benefit other readers.

How To Apply

Apply Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask after shampooing and allow to sink in for at least 10 or 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly. You can repeat this treatment as needed, but it is best repeated once every week to ten days.

Benefits

  • Moisturises & Restores Hair Bonds
  • Smooth & Protects
  • Adds Volume
  • Makes Hair Softer, Healthier & Shinier
  • Free From Sulphates, Phthalates, Parabens
  • Colour Safe
  • Suitable For All Hair Types

Main Active Ingredients

Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. See full list of ingredients

Pricing & Info

You can check the latest pricing, product information, and order online.

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Ingrid’s Top Pick

best Olaplex Hair Repair products

Nº.0 & Nº.3

My top Olaplex pick is actually two products designed to work together; Nº.0 Intensive Bond Buiding Hair Treatment and Nº.3 Hair Perfector.

After 30 days, my hair is feeling stronger, less damaged, and slightly thicker. I will be buying these again as they do make a difference to my hair.

My Experience With Olaplex Hair Repair

My overall experience with Olaplex hair products has been positive, and I am pleased with the results. I will be purchasing Olaplex again as my hair is, after 30 days, less damaged looking and feels more robust and slightly thicker.

I especially like how the Nº.0 Intensive Bond Buiding Hair Treatment and the Nº.3 Hair Perfector are designed to work together, as are the Nº.4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Nº.5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner.

Conclusion

There’s an Olaplex product for every type of hair, plus these products work just as well as a preventative and protective measure as they do in a care and repair capacity.

While these products are formulated to work together, you do not need to use all of them to get results. The only exception is the two-part bond repair system; Nº.0 and Nº.3 should be used together, but all other products work well as standalone treatments.

One last thing to mention is that prevention is the best solution for hair damage. I wish I had started using quality hair products sooner as part of my hair and beauty regime, as they can make a difference.

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