I was fortunate enough to receive a full-size bottle of Olaplex No. 3 (at no cost to myself) to test out and review, and since it's $28 a bottle, I was definitely glad to not pay that price tag (though, *spoiler alert*, after testing it out for 3 weeks, I have actually gone and purchased my own and consider the $28 extremely well spent!).
First off, this is NOT a leave-in conditioner. It's an at-home treatment that helps repair the bonds in your hair that get damaged from coloring, heat-styling, existing in general, etc. This actually repairs your hair, not just coats it with silicone and pretends like that's fixing it. Silicone is a temporary and very fake fix, and might make your hair feel great temporarily, but long-term, can be very damaging to your. Avoid silicone! (and sulfates)
Quick rundown on how you use this is that you wet your hair, towel dry, and then apply generously! Seriously, go heavy-handed with this. You won't regret it. Coat every last freaking strand of hair.
Granted, it's not cheap. But considering that I have wasted way more than $28 on a whole bunch of other products that didn't deliver results, I consider this to be so incredibly worth the investment.
Here are my tips and tricks to get the biggest bang for your buck from Olaplex No. 3:
- Make sure to wash your hair with a shampoo that is free of silicones and sulfates. You don't want anything coating your hair before you begin your Olaplex treatment. (Also, just throw out any hair products you have that contain silicones and sulfates. Trust me, that is making your hair dull and damaging it).
- Be heavy-handed. Do not scrimp with this stuff. Concentrate on your damaged ends, but thoroughly saturate EVERYTHING.
- Leave on overnight if you can, using a shower cap (if you really have to, you can tie a plastic bag around your head and hair, but it's not ideal for sleeping in).
- Don't blow dry after you rinse it out, and shampoo and condition as usual. Honestly, avoiding blow drying in general.
- Use 2-3 times per week in the beginning, and then once per week as maintenance.
If you're wondering where you can buy Olaplex No. 3, Sephora's website carries it.
And if you're wondering what No. 1 and 2 are, I believe they're for salon use only (for when you're coloring your hair). No. 4 and 5 are shampoos and conditioners that you can also buy, and No. 6 is a styling creme.
Score: ONE BILLION STARS
BUY THIS STUFF! (And I get zero kickbacks if you do, so that's definitely not a motivating factor here. Seriously, I am shelling out full price for this stuff now, that's how much I love it).