About a year ago, I suffered a hair setback. For about three years, my relaxed hair was thriving, growing to a length I had never achieved. Towards the end of lat summer though, my hair gave up on me. It was limp, dried out and completely lost its glossiness. It was right then where I decided to try Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector to breathe some life back into it.
What Is Olaplex?
Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector is a bond-building treatment that claims to reduce breakage and visibly strengthen hair. Not a conditioner, but a “wash out” cream that improves the look and feel of hair, protects the hair’s structure and restores healthy appearance and texture. That’s all I needed to know and ordered up a bottle immediately.
It’s worth mentioning that Olaplex No. 3 relinks broken disulfide bonds in the hair caused by chemical, thermal and mechanical damage, three things I was guilty of. The relaxer process is a harsh one and couple that with my abuse of the flat iron and curling iron, I felt that this could really help me out.
How To Use Olaplex No. 3
Directions on the bottle state to generously apply the product to unwashed, towel-dried hair, from root to tips. Leave on for 10 minutes or more, then rinse, shampoo and condition hair as you normally would.
Olaplex can be used as frequently as you wish, but I suggest once a month. At $30 CAD a bottle, once a month doesn’t hit the pocket as hard.
Lastly, I didn’t feel that “applying a generous amount to hair” was necessary. I used just enough to coat the hair; therefore, a bottle can last be about three months if used accordingly.
What I Did Instead
During my online research, I discovered that apparently, Olaplex No. 3 works better on hair when “wetter” than towel dried. So, I hopped in the shower, wet my hair, gave it a quick squeeze with a microfibre towel (gentler on hair than regular terrycloth towels) and proceeded to apply the product.
I left it on for about 15-20 minutes instead of only 10. I would have left it on longer, but had visions of it destroying my hair and me becoming a meme. Sigh.
After rinsing, washing and deep conditioning, my hair felt amazing…truly soft, silky and incredible. The difference was almost immediate. When I rinsed the Olaplex No. 3 out of my hair, my hair felt instantly silky. There were zero tangles and I ended up using less conditioner.
I then air-dried my hair, brushing it out with a Wet Brush occasionally throughout the drying process to keep it straight. Again – my hair felt incredible. Moisturizing and sealing then followed, and I whipped it up into a bun.
This product is a huge recommend for all hair types, including relaxed hair. It left my hair feeling wonderful. The dry, “crispy” ends were replaced with silky, glossy strands. I am really happy with the results!
The best part about using this product was the slip it gave my hair when I rinsed it out in the shower. Olaplaex No. 3 Hair Perfector gave my hair a great slip, leaving it completely tangle-free. I was so impressed, that I ordered another bottle from Sephora.
Have you tried Olaplaex No. 3 on your hair? What did you think?