Olaplex Review + Current Haircare Routine
I mentioned the Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 in my March Favorites, but it really deserves a full review. Like I said before, this is not a deep conditioner or a hair mask, it’s a super concentrated treatment that strengthens the hair from within, which reduces breakage and improves the look and feel. I started getting highlights in my hair about a year ago and although I absolutely LOVE the color now, I was not aware when I started coloring it that my virgin hair would no longer feel… well, virgin anymore. It feels color-treated. Or in other words, it’s feels a lot dryer. It’s not noticeably dry and it actually holds style a lot better now, but I have made a conscious effort to use products that restore damaged hair and to use things that hydrate, smooth and condition. I’ve been reading soooo many reviews of Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3, as well as the other Olaplex products, and after seeing it sold at my salon I wanted to test it out for myself. The idea of something that can actually improve the condition of my hair from within and not just make it feel softer definitely appealed to me.
Well, I’ve used this twice now and I can honestly say it’s amazing. And it’s super easy to use, AND it’s less than $30. It almost seems too good to be true (but don’t worry, it’s not!). Basically you just apply about a quarter of the bottle onto dry, clean hair all over from your roots all the way to the ends, and then just kick it for at least 10 minutes. I try to leave it on for about an hour. After you’ve given it time to do its thang, you hop in the shower and shampoo and condition as usual. Once your hair dries you’re going to be amazed!! My hair was silky, soft, smooth and felt so insanely healthy. This stuff is a game changer.
MY HAIRCARE ROUTINE
Yes, I am one of those people who doesn’t wash their hair very often. My schedule is to wash it 2x a week - Wednesdays and Saturdays. The rest of the time I wear a shower cap and just take body showers, and sometimes use a little bit of Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo to kind of hold me over and keep any excess oil at bay. If you are someone who washes their hair everyday all I can say is you crazy! Ain’t nobody got time for that (and really, I don’t think anyone needs to be doing that). If you train your hair, you can definitely go 1, 2, 3 or more days in-between washes. Yes, you’re going to have to go through some greasy days before your hair gets used to it, but that’s what messy buns and hats are for. Anyway, I’ll get off my soap box, but just know that washing your hair less is amazing, a huge time saver and your hair will look just as good if not better.
When I do wash my hair I switch off between by beloved Living Proof Full Shampoo & Living Proof Full Conditioner, which I have been using for years, and my new favorite, Wella FUSION PLEX Intense Repair Shampoo & Conditioner. The Wella Shampoo and Condition are newer to my routine, but after my hairdresser recommended them I decided to try ‘em out (which, tbh, I was pretty hesitant about because I’m a Taurus who doesn’t like change and I’m picky AF about my hair). But damn, they’re good. They contain amino acids and lots of good stuff so they help to protect against breakage and actually add good nutrients back into your hair.
Once a week, I’ll use the Honey Infused Hair Mask from Gisou - which I just learned is NOT supposed to be used as a deep conditioner or in place of conditioner (oops). This is a treatment mask so after shampooing you apply this to your ends, leave on for a few minutes, rinse out and THEN apply conditioner. Good reminder to always read directions, i guess.
Once I get out of the shower I let my hair hair dry about 50%-60% and then blow dry with my T3 Hair Dryer. Using a good quality hair dryer is a must, otherwise you’re going to be a frizz ball. I like to apply a teeny tiny (I’m talking like pea size) amount of the Gisou by Negin Mirsalehi Honey Infused Hair Oil to my ends after I blow dry just to restore a little moisture. This stuff smells amazing and is great, but if you have fine hair like me go easy on it and your hair is going to be weighed down.
And that’s it! I definitely keep it pretty simple and don’t use many products because honestly, I just don’t like how it feels when there is a lot of stuff in my hair.
So, what are your favorite hair products? Let me know in the comments below.