Our Deep-Dive Review: Olaplex No.3 Perfector & No.5 Bond Conditioner

Our Deep-Dive Review: Olaplex No.3 Perfector & No.5 Bond Conditioner

Ladies and gents, I am here to tell you all about an iconic, revolutionary, game-changing hair product. What’s that, you ask?

It’s Olaplex. *cue applause*

If I had money like Oprah, I’d be telling all of you to reach underneath your desks to find your stash of Olaplex that I sent you, but unfortunately, I’m not Oprah, so you’ll have to spend your hard-earned money, but trust me it’s worth it.

I’d heard about Olaplex for years, but it never really crossed my radar because I thought it was only for people with heat damage and bleached and/or dyed hair that needed a bit of extra TLC. It wasn’t until I started following @jkiyomi on Twitter and hearing her rave about how much she loves to use Olaplex treatments on her clients with curly hair. I did my googles, looked at a few YouTube videos, and was convinced that curly hair indeed does benefit from the treatments. When I got the opportunity to review it for Kalista Edit, I jumped on it!

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What Olaplex Does

Olaplex.com states:

“Our patented active chemistry works on a molecular level to repair damaged and broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage. You can use Olaplex to restore damaged and compromised hair, or add it to another service to provide the ultimate breakage insurance.”

Basically, it makes your hair stronger and more resilient by “gluing” your bonds back together. Even though I haven’t blowdried, flat ironed, or dyed my hair in over a decade, my dry, frizzy hair could still definitely use a little help.

Basically, Olaplex makes your hair stronger and more resilient by “gluing” your bonds back together.


First, Olaplex No.3 Hair Treatment

I was able to test Olaplex No.3 and Olaplex No.5. Olaplex No.3 is called the Hair Perfector that looks and feels like a conditioner, but it’s not. It’s an at-home hair treatment that reduces hair breakage, strengthens your hair bonds, and improves your hair’s texture and appearance.


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To use it, I wet my hair before I washed it using a spray bottle, and sectioned my hair using a wide-toothed comb. And even though No.3 is in a tiny bottle, a little goes a LONG way. I was able to completely saturate my hair with minimal product—I think I’ll be able to get a good six to eight uses out of one bottle. The instructions state to leave on for at least 10 minutes, but I’ve left it on for up to an hour, and I’ve heard of some people leaving it on overnight. The longer you leave it in, the better it works.

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Then, Olaplex No.5 Conditioner

So, after the designated leave-in time, it’s time to wash your hair and condition it using the No.5 product. No.5 is a Bond Maintenance Conditioner, and it’s designed to be used after you wash your hair. It creates soft, healthy, shiny hair and reduces frizz, one of my main issues. I applied it and left it on under my shower cap while I finished the rest of my shower, then rinsed it clean.


The Results

The results were immediate. As soon as I started rinsing out the No.5 from my hair, I could feel how incredibly soft it was. It was like my hair had literally transformed in the course of an hour and a half. My hair is usually noticeably frizzy even when it’s wet right out of the shower, but after using Olaplex No.3 and No.5, my hair was visibly smoother. I applied my styling products (Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls and Curls Blueberry Bliss Gel) and let it air dry.

The author on day 1, left, and day 2

And let me tell you, once it completely dried and I was able to fluff it out a bit … GIRL. Shook isn’t even the word. My hair was so soft, bouncy, and seriously looked like I had just left the salon. I’d been dealing with a lot of hair loss issues that were related to my fibroid situation that left me feeling a bit unconfident, but Olaplex really changed all of that. My hair looked and felt so beautiful, and even better the next day.

Should you buy Olaplex? One thousand percent yes. I will continue to use both No.3 and No.5 in my hair routine as long as I’m able to and will definitely continue to purchase.

Have you tried Olaplex products? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!


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