I have a tumultuous relationship with my hair. Some days I love the hair I was born with for its thickness and versatility, and its ability to forgive my years of mis-treatment and still occasionally look good. Other days, I hate it. I curse my ancestors, wondering which one of them passed this unruly mass of curly frizz down to me.
Like many other women, I have a very emotional bond with my hair. It mirrors the way I’m feeling and also has the power to change my mood from bad to good and vice versa. We’ve all heard the phrase ‘a bad hair day’, well for me a bad hair day is akin to a bad day. I cant relax, Im constantly fluffing, fussing and faffing with my bonce and I’ll glance in every mirror, shop window, reflective surface I pass.
So any help to tame the mane is always appreciated and I do spend many an hour researching the googleplex of products available. Im yet to find anything that makes a noticeable sustained difference.
Olaplex first came onto my radar in the summer. Its taken me a little while to get round to it but luckily the salon were all stocked and ready (especially pour moi naturally). Ive read so many claims, wonder reviews, articles about this amazing stuff, I couldn’t wait to give it a try. Now the first thing I will say to anyone considering it is this, don’t expect miracles! Your hair wont grow ten inches overnight, nor will your fine, flyaway hair transform into a luscious mane. What it does do, from my own personal experience, is make the hair noticeably smoother and softer to the touch and gives it a healthy lustre. My hairdresser said it was much easier to dry and it certainly was quicker. I had this treatment as a stand alone. The premise of Olaplex is that when mixed with colouring agents, it protects the hair from the damaging effects of the colourant, however, as my colour was not due, we simply added the treatment in at the wash stage. Its a three step treatment, two of the stages take place on the salon and the third at home. Olaplex
Now here comes the science. Not being a scientist, a hairdresser, nor anyone even remotely qualified to talk about disulphide bonds, bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, and anything else un-pronounable, I’ve taken the next extract from the Olaplex website.
“Olaplex is a bond multiplier containing a single active ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. Olaplex works by finding single sulfur hydrogen bonds and cross linking them back together to form disulfide bonds before, during and after services. Disulfide bonds are broken via chemical, thermal, and mechanical processes.
Olaplex is the only product of its kind with 8 worldwide patents publishing soon. Olaplex is free of silicone, sulfates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, and is never tested on animals.”
So there you have it, the science and my very non-scientific opinion. If I can see continued results, I will definitely be incorporating Olaplex into my regular hair routine. Regardless, without a doubt I will be asking Lisa to mix it next time I have my colour done. with my addiction to straighteners, bleach and sauna sessions (Im yet to find out of these are actually good or bad for my hair), my locks can do with all the help they can get.
If your tresses are too in dire need of TLC, or you simply want to protect them against the damaging effects of chemical treatments (who wouldn’t?) then book yourself an Olaplex treatment with the Casablanca girls for just £20.00.
This post was NOT written in collaboration with Casablanca, I just really *heart* them!