Product Review: Olaplex No. 3 - Take Home Hair Perfector

Wednesday, March 06, 2019

Promises: Olaplex is the first patented, bond-building technology that relinks broken disulfide bonds caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage to the hair. Olaplex works on every hair type to provide real, structural repair. No.3 Hair Perfector is not a conditioner, it’s an at-home treatment.

Directions: Apply a generous amount from roots to ends on unwashed towel-dried hair. Comb through once and leave on for a minimum of 10 minutes or more. Rinse from hair, shampoo and condition.

Ingredients: Water, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Ethylcellulose, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine,  Quaternium-91, Sodium Benzoate, Cetrimonium Methosulfate, Cetrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-37, Tetrasodium EDTA, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Etidronic Acid, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Phytantriol, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Citric Acid, Potassium Sorbate.

Flat ironed hair after using Olaplex No. 3 Treatment on Relaxer Day!

Truth:  If you've been following me through my "Olaplex Journey", I've been sharing my thoughts on the take home treatment over the past few months. If you've missed it, you can check out My First Impression With Olaplex No. 3 here.

I've been incorporating Olaplex No.3 into my regimen and I find that I get the best results when I use it on wet/damp hair before I shampoo and right after neutralizing on my relaxer day. Because I prepoo with a light protein weekly, I find it hard to incorporate Olaplex No. 3 into my wash day process i.e. wet hair, apply olaplex No. 3, rinse, shampoo, do light protein treatment, rinse, do moisture treatment, rinse etc. It's just too many steps that I don't have time for!! So I've been thinking of incorporating Olaplex No. 3 on relaxer days - only! Plus that's the best time to use a Bond Rebuilder! Using a bond rebuilder like Olaplex on relaxer day (applying it in my roots and down the length of my hair), when the disulphide bonds are broken down (which creates the straightness in relaxed hair), is probably the most beneficial time for the hair. Just to be clear, Olaplex No.3 is NOT, and I repeat, NOT a protein treatment!! Okay, good LOL.

During my last relaxer (end of Jan 2019), I remember using Olaplex No 3. right after neutralizing and it gave me amazing results! My hair felt ridiculously soft and smoother than normal - my cuticles were sooo flat. Typically after a relaxer, the hair cuticles remain raised/open due to the high pH of the relaxer. This can also make the hair tangle and feel rough at time. But right after using Olaplex No.3, my cuticles were left smooth, flat, strong and any tangles; that I did have, quickly melted away with little manipulation. I noticed that my hair remained very smooth but felt stronger and reinforced even after I flat ironed!! Olaplex No. 3 will definitely be a part of my relaxer day process. I highly recommend Olaplex No. 3 for relaxed and natural hair. It's especially good for those who have major damage from heat tools, excessive manipulation, or colour treated hair etc.

Flat ironed hair after using Olaplex No. 3 Treatment on Relaxer Day!

Here are the steps that I will be using on my next Relaxer Day:

1. Base scalp, protect previously relaxed hair with conditioner and hair grease
2. Apply ORS Olive Oil Relaxer (20-25mins)
3. Use Neutralizing Shampoo
4. Apply Olaplex No. 3 Treatment for 10-15 mins (cover with plastic cap)
5. Use Sulfate-free shampoo
6. Deep Condition for 30 mins - 1 hour
7. Apply Leave-in Conditioner
8. Air dry
9. Flat Iron

  • Smooths the hair cuticles 
  • Little goes a long way
  • Provides moisture
  • Softens hair
  • Hair feels stronger/reinforced
  • Expensive for size! 
  • Small bottle

Price: $38.00 CAD 3.3 fl oz. /100ml

Hairlicious Rating:    (5/5) Excellent 

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