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What are Olaplex 1-7 and Why you need to know about them?

So with Olaplex now having steps 1 - 7 things can get a little confusing. We know our hair has never been healthier or stronger since using Olaplex, we're totally addicted to our No.3 and quickly becoming depended on the new number 7 bonding oil, but why? what does each step do? This is something I get asked a lot so I thought I would break it down step by step!

Maybe we should begin quickly with What the hell even is Olaplex and how it works

Olaplex is a bond multiplier with a patented active ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. It works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage. You can use Olaplex to restore compromised hair, or add it to another service to provide the ultimate breakage insurance.

Ok so lets start at the beginning! Olaplex 1 & 2 are exclusively for hairdressing professionals and are done in salon as part of your technical services or as a professional stand alone treatment.


This concentrated first salon step rebuilds broken disulfide bonds and begins the process of preventing damage and repairing hair. At Samantha Cusick we always recommend adding Olaplex to your hair colour services, we add Olaplex No.1 directly into all of our colours and bleaches to prevent damage to keep your hair in the best condition possible.


The second salon step continues to rebuild and restore any remaining broken bonds ensuring the strongest, shiniest, and healthiest hair possible. This is applied through out the hair post colouring but pre shampooing to ensure that every hair benefits from the all the Olaplex goodness!

HAIR HACK* - If your hair feels like it needs some serious TLC its worth remembering that these super concentrated steps of Olaplex can be used as a stand alone treatment. You might have seen I mentioned that above, the stand alone Olaplex treatment is like the holy grail of in-salon repair treatments. The No.1 is added to the hair in a little bit of warm water then the No.2 is added directly over the top for the ultimate in hair repair, as this is a pre shampoo treatment you can follow up with your favourite conditioning mask. Trust us your hair will thank you!


A once-a-week at home treatment, this little miracle replenishes shattered hair bonds in between your salon or styling sessions, so you can carry on maintaining your favourite hair colour and style without the worry of damage.

HAIR HACK* This is a pre wash treatment and needs to be on at least 10 minutes to do its things! Our advise to get the most out of each application is to damp your hair down apply your Olaplex No.3, tangle teeze your locks to ensure its all covered and sleep in it! that way you can just wash your hair in the morning knowing your hair got the maximum benefit.


aka SHAMPOO - Repair bonds while gently cleansing all types of hair. Impart moisture, strength, and manageability with every wash.


aka CONDITIONER - Restores, repairs, and hydrates without adding excess weight. Eliminates damaged frizz for strong, healthy, shiny hair


A leave in conditioner which helps to prevent frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours. OLAPLEX Number 6 hydrates and protects hair of all hair types, including coloured and chemically treated hair. It strengthens and moisturises hair as well as speeds up blow dry times resulting in hair feeling smooth and silky. Apply a tiny amount of the product into damp or dry hair focusing on putting it on your mid-length to ends. Comb hair and style as you wish!


The latest edition to the Olaplex family and we're already OBSESSED! OLAPLEX N°.7 Bonding Oil is the first-of-its-kind. Highly concentrated, ultra-lightweight, reparative styling oil dramatically increases shine, adds softness and strength, and enhances all hair types and textures. When used with any thermal styling appliance N°.7 provides heat protection up to 450°F/230°C.

HAIR HACK* For the ultimate frizz free, soft glossy hair cocktail your Olaplex 6 & 7. Mix them together in your hands and apply to clean damp hair before styling!

Hopefully that makes perfect sense now! If you have any Olaplex tricks you swear by drop us a comment below and let us know!

article written by Samantha


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