Olaplex: Where to buy Olaplex, how to use it and does it work?

OLAPLEX is for many of us, the answer to our prayers when it comes to hair.

It helps to repair, protect and strengthen your hair, but using Bond Building technology that works on a molecular level.

Sales of Olaplex doubled in 2020, despite the salons being shut throughout lockdown and it shows no sign of slowing down.

A popular choice with beauty fans, Olaplex works by repairing the disulfide bonds in your hair, which give your hair it's structure, strength and stability; when these bonds break – this is what results in damage.

So if you're looking to get your hands on Olaplex, here's everything you need to know.


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What is Olaplex?

According to their website, "Olaplex restores damaged and compromised hair by repairing from the inside out with our patented single ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate."

"Once all the bonds are intact and in alignment, you have healthy, beautiful, shiny, touchable hair."

What Olaplex products do I need?

Olaplex has eight products, with six available for shoppers to use at home.

Olaplex No 1 Bond Multiplier, and Olaplex No 2, Bond Perfector are used in salon when colouring hair.

The at home range includes:

  • Olaplex No 0 Bond Builder: Works to rebuild bonds, strengthen the hair shaft for healthy locks
  • Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector: A once a week at home treatment
  • Olaplex No 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo: For use as your usual shampoo, repairs and gently cleanses
  • Olaplex No 4P Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo: Repairs hair and uses a purple toner to help keep warm toned hues from blonde hair.
  • Olaplex No 5 Maintenance Conditioner: For use as your usual conditioner, restores and repairs
  • Olaplex No 6 Bond Smoother: A leave in conditioner that is perfect for taming frizz and flyaways for up to 72 hours.
  • Olaplex No 7 Bonding Oil: A styling oil that adds shine, strength and softness
  • Olaplex No 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask: A first of its kind, 4-in-1 reparative mask
  • Olaplex No 9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum: A leave in hair serum designed to protect from environmental stressors


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Where can you buy Olaplex?


Lookfantastic stocks a number of the Olaplex range, and bundles to make shopping even easier for hair care fans.

With the exception of No 1 Bond Multiplier, and Olaplex No 2 Bond Perfector (which are only used in salons, is the case for all retailers featured in this list), beauty fans can stock up the whole collection including the new No 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask.

We love the Bonding Duo, which includes the Opalex No 6 Bond Smoother and No 7 Duo Bonding Oil for £52.

  • Shop Olaplex at Lookfantastic – buy here

Sallys Beauty

Sallys Beauty is a great place to snap up the Olaplex products.

Each product is sold separately, and they'll even offer free delivery and new customers can also take advantage of a number of offers – making it a great place to stock up.

  • Shop Olaplex at Sallys Beauty – click here

Space NK

Olaplex is one of Space NK's most bought products, as the No 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo is one of their best selling products.

Space NK shoppers also love the No 5 Maintenance Conditioner, and the new No 8 Intense Moisture Mask.

  • Shop Olaplex at Space NK – buy here


AllBeauty is a great place to pick up beauty products for less.

They have the full Olaplex range, and currently even have up to 20 per cent off.

With over 700 positive reviews on the No 3 Hair Perfecter, it's proof that it's a hit with shoppers.

  • Shop Olaplex at All Beauty – click here

Cult Beauty

Cult Beauty does what it says on the tin, stocking 'cult favourites' and must have beauty classics, as well as emerging icons.

Calling Olaplex an 'a Holy Grail for in-the-know salon-goers', they have the full range as the 'Hair Repair Trial Kit', which is perfect for new Olaplex users, as is a great way to try out the collection.

  • Shop Olaplex at Cult Beauty – buy here


Need Olaplex in a rush? ASOS is the place for you thanks to their super speedy next day delivery.

The whole collection is available to shop from ASOS, with each product priced at £26.

  • Shop Olaplex at ASOS – buy here

Feel Unique

Feel Unique is a great place to find your beauty, skincare and haircare favoruites – so of course, they stock Olaplex.

They frequently run sales and promotions, so it's always worth checking out if Olaplex is on offer, or if you could score some extra goodies too.

  • Shop Olaplex at Feel Unique – click here


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Which is the strongest Opalex?

 Olaplex No 0 Bond Builder has the highest concentration of Olaplex's patented molecule, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate making it the strongest of the Olaplex range.

It's designed to be used in conjunction with the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector.

Which Opalex is best for damaged hair?

Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector and Olaplex No 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask are both leave in treatments, so provide the most intense repair for damaged hair.

Olaplex No 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask is applied after shampoo and can be left for up to 20 minutes before rinsing,whereas No 3 is applied to towel dried hair for up to 20 minutes before Shampoo and Conditoner.

Olaplex No 9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum will also help to protect your hair from damage so is well worth building into your routine.

However, different hair will have different needs so this may not be the case for all, and other Olaplex treatments may be better for your hair.


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Can you leave Opalex on too long?

According to Olaplex's FAQ's "you can leave the Olaplex No. 0 and Olaplex No. 3 in longer!

"However, the efficacy will diminish past 30-45 minutes or when the hair is dry".

Can Opalex repair damaged hair?

Olaplex helps repair damaged hair by repairing broken bonds, however it does not repair broken disulphide bonds permanently so is not a substitute for a trim if your hair is badly damaged, as new damage can still occur.



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