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"Olaplex" What is it and why do you need it?
Over a year ago at a trade show I learned about a new product called "Olaplex". It claimed that using it during and after chemical services would make hair strands stronger than they were before. So once I did some more research I ordered my Olaplex starter kit and began selectively incorporating this new additive into some of my clients color systems. I can honestly sat that this is the most revolutionary product I've seen in a long time, and I have seen a lot of things come and go in the beauty industry.
Basically, when you put chemicals on the hair anything from bleaching, coloring with peroxide developers, or relaxers the sulfur bonds split on the outside of the hair strand. There is no way around it. Using bleach to lift hair color will weaken hair bonds, leading to drier texture. The chemical process can eat away at the hair proteins, which causes damage. Olaplex helps to reconnect the broken disulfide sulfur bonds for a healthier result and without compromising the integrity of hair.
Olaplex is a 3 step system with all three steps containing the same patented active ingredient. It was founded by Dean Christal and created by two of the world’s leading PhD's in Materials and Chemistry, Dr. Craig Hawker and Dr. Eric Pressly. They invented a single ingredient chemistry, free of silicone or oils that links broken disulfide bonds in the hair during and after chemical services making them stronger than they were before.
A great introduction to Olaplex is a Bond strengthening professional salon service. Unlike a deep conditioner this is done prior to a shampoo and takes about 15 minutes prior to shampooing and conditioning depending on the damage you are trying to repair. This typically runs between $15 and $25.
I always approach a new color client with "We need to look at the canvas we are working on to determine where we are going next" So in other words how much damage is there and what can I do to prevent further damage and keep the integrity of the hair intact. I look at each client’s hair like a canvas that I am painting and often you need to correct the canvas prior to adding more colors. This is where Olaplex can be used as a pre treatment to strengthen hair prior to having another color service!
As a colorist you can use Olaplex as a tool and a new service. As a tool, use the Olaplex Bond Multiplier No.1 adding it to lightener or color, and I have also added it to relaxers, and finish by applying Bond Perfector No.2 after color or chemical is rinsed from the hair to dramatically reduce breakage.
To get the best results "take home care" is suggested. That is the Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 you use it once a week to strengthen hair further using it in between chemical services.
Many salons are going to be "up charging" for this type of addition to a clients color service, but we are not going that route at Doyle Designed Salon, we will be adding the complex into many of our color processes that can benefit from this wonderful discovery just because we feel our clients deserve it!
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