Hope you enjoyed part 1, today I want to discuss the mixing ratios of Olaplex, how exactly to use it and how to prevent breakage with Olaplex. I think it’s really important to say that Olaplex does not make you immune to breakage, it’s only insurance for your clients hair. Having car insurance won’t prevent you from having a car accident, you have to follow the law of the road to prevent an accident from happening. Same concept applies for Olaplex.
Olaplex physically cannot damage hair. It is impossible, as stated in part one it is free of silicone, sulphates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, gluten, and it is never tested on animals. It does not have the ability to burn or damage hair. Your bleach does that part, Olaplex merely assists the bleaching process if used correctly. As professional stylists it is OUR job to ensure that the clients hair can handle a chemical service such as bleaching. We STILL have to check the porosity levels. We still have to ensure the clients hair is able to receive more chemical services. Just because we are using Olaplex doesn’t mean we must throw our education out the door.
You may think “What’s the use for Olaplex then?” Olaplex allows you as a stylists to push the limits, it does allow you to bleach one or two times more than you normally would. But I honestly think that apart from all of this, common sense should tell us that you can’t take someone with severely damaged hair, fried ends and then bleach them even more, with or without Olaplex. It allows the hair to stay intact and strong. If there are stylists out there who have only had bad encounters with Olaplex, and completely feel this product is not what it claims to be and it does not work, I am very sorry to say but you have NOT been using it correctly. Why are there stylists who get amazing results, no breakage and healthier hair, and others don’t? Because some use it correctly and others don’t.
I would also like to add that I am not affiliated with Olaplex, I do not work for them. They do not pay me to write about their product. I am a hairstylist that has taken the TIME to educate myself properly on Olaplex. A little over a year BEFORE Olaplex was available in my country I already knew what it was and how it worked, because I choose to stay relevant, I choose to continue looking for ways to expand my knowledge and skills. Our clients require that from us, we cannot afford to stay the same, stick to the same techniques and use the same products over and over. Sure, if something is not broken don’t try to fix it, but do keep looking for ways to better yourself. To understand every product you are working with. Know the ingredients and what they do. Know the process and stick to the instructions! That is so important, why would a company waste time and money to print instructions, make educational videos if it was not of extreme importance? We need to respect the instructions, we need to trust the manufacturers and we need to continue to to give our clients only the best.
I have heard of reps walking into salons and telling the stylists how olaplex contains formaldehyde and chemicals and that is why it burns the hair. All one has to do is google – it’s free – and read up for yourself. It is very poor taste to talk another product down just to try and up your own product you are selling *free advice for any rep reading here* So come on my fellow stylists and hair lovers, educate yourself. Experiment and open a new world for your craft. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.
Let’s get to the mixing ratios of Olaplex:
IF YOU MIX TOO MUCH OLAPLEX WITH YOUR LIGHTENER THE HAIR WILL NOT LIFT BETTER OR WITH LESS DAMAGE.
Using Olaplex for FOILS
- First mix your bleach and developer together BEFORE adding in Olaplex
- 3.75ml Olaplex is used for 15g of bleach powder
- 7.5ml Olaplex is used for 30g to 60g bleach powder
Using Olaplex for BALAYAGE
- If using less than 30g of bleach powder add 1.875ml Olaplex
- If using 30g to 60g of bleach powder add 3.17ml Olaplex
- Add Olaplex to pre-mixed bleach
Using Olaplex for ON – SCALP
- Do not bump up the developer with on-scalp application
- Use an on-scalp bleach that is safe for the scalp
Using Olaplex on EXTENSIONS
- Always do a strand test as some extensions have a keratin-like coating that may prevent Olaplex working effectively
- Companies may label extensions 100% human hair as long as it contains 80% human hair
- Use Olaplex No.2 only on mid-lengths to ends to avoid slippage
- Use 3.75ml Olaplex per 15g bleach powder
- Use heat at your own discretion
- Bump up your developer
Using Olaplex as a STAND ALONE TREATMENT
- Mix 15ml Olaplex No.1 with 90ml water in an applicator bottle (Non spraying)
- Apply from roots to ends
- Leave on for 10 min
- Apply Olaplex No.2 without rinsing the No.1 off
- Leave on for a minimum of 10 min but I prefer 15 to 20 min
- Rinse, shampoo and condition
- Or check out my blog post on the Stand Alone treatment HERE
Using Olaplex for COLOUR
- 60g of colour or more excluding developer add 3.75ml Olaplex
- Less than 60g of colour add 1.875ml Olaplex
- DO NOT bump up the developer
- Experiencing trouble with coverage can be solved by using less Olaplex
- Olaplex is compatible with ALL colour lines
Using Olaplex for TONER
- 60g or more toner add 3.75ml Olaplex
- Less than 60g toner add 1.875ml Olaplex
Using Olaplex in a PERM
- For compromised or hair more than 40% highlighted, perform an Olaplex Bond Strengthening Service first
- Proceed with perm as normal up through neutralization
- The rest of the instructions I will link to the OLAPLEXZA website. They are thoroughly explained there
Shampooing and Toning
There is no need to wash the hair in between lightening processes. Rinse and towel dry and the continue lightening the hair if necessary. Also there is no need to wash before toning, rinse and then tone followed by Olaplex No. 2 and THEN ONLY can you wash and condition the hair. Olaplex No 2 is NOT optional. It is very important that Olaplex No. 2 is used always when using No. 1. It cross links any bonds missed with the lightening process and is in a cream form for easy application. It is vital that Olaplex No. 2 is applied AFTER rinsing and the followed by shampoo. Let’s look at an example:
I do a full head of foils with Olaplex No. 1. Then I rinse the bleach off, I will towel dry and apply toner with Olaplex No. 1, allow to process and rinse only. I then add a generous amount of Olaplex No. 2 and allow to sit on the hair for 10 to 20 min. I rinse and then only shampoo the hair followed by conditioner. If you do not do this step you are not using Olaplex correctly and cannot then blame the product for inefficient results.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION TO REMEMBER WHEN USING OLAPLEX
- Pay attention to the scoop size in your bleach. Every brand has a different size
- Amount of Olaplex added is only measured by the amount of bleach used. NOT bleach and developer together
- Use the attached dosing dispenser that comes with the No.1
- It is recommended that you mix a new bowl of bleach with Olaplex if more than 60g of bleach powder is needed
- Use the SAME precautions as you always have when working with lighteners
- Olaplex weakens your developer so bump it up. If you want to achieve a 30 Vol lift mix your bleach with 40 Vol.
- Olaplex No. 2 is NOT a conditioner
- Olaplex No. 3 is NOT a conditioner
- Olaplex No. 2 is NOT optional
- You can use Olaplex No. 2 as a cutting lotion
- Heat is okay with Olaplex, but it will speed up the chemical reaction so be watchful
- Only bump up your developer when working with bleach
- Do not bump up the developer with fine or baby hairs
What will happen if I use Olaplex a few times on compromised hair and then stop?
Will the bonds that were created eventually break and cause my hair to then break? This question is asked often and the answer is no. Even if you completely stop using Olaplex, the disulfide link that Olaplex offered is permanent. The condition of the hair there after, depends on how the client treats their hair.
Before using Olaplex, we recommend educating yourself on everything you need to know. Olaplex education is comprised of 90 second educational videos located at www.olaplex.co.za
For the most successful results:
- Download the Olaplex APP on your smartphone for educational videos and the FAQS on hand.
- Subscribe to www.youtube.com/olaplex for in depth webinar videos
- Join and chat on our private forum on Facebook, closed only for hairdressers, called Olaplex Users.
- See help.olaplex.com for in-depth answers to frequently asked questions
Marketing Materials and Information:
Marketing information and material is available at www.olaplex.co.za. We pride ourselves on reducing paper waste and refrain from this whenever possible. In addition, you may ask your client if they would like a color upgrade and use the Instagram #olaplex hashtag to see results on over 350,000 people. Real world results for your clients to see right on their devices. Better than any marketing material sitting on your station!
There is an awesome group on facebook for professional stylists only – Olaplex Users . This group has helped me on many occasions! As a stylist using Olaplex I highly recommend you join 🙂
For salon professionals please visit http://www.olaplex.co.za/salon-professionals/
Olaplex also has free educational posters that contain vital instructions on Olaplex. These are really handy and I have printed one out for use in my salon too. I think it’s a great way to educate yourself and any stylists that might be working with you. Olaplex goes out of their way to provide FREE education. So that stylists are informed enough to use Olaplex properly.
Thank you for reading