Few products have taken the hair world by storm quite like OLAPLEX. Since its launch just a few years ago in 2014, OLAPLEX and its unique bond multiplying technology has become one of the most sought-after hair treatments, allowing stylists to easily create beautifully smooth and healthy hair looks for all clients.

So, it goes without saying that we are delighted to be adding OLAPLEX to our ever growing range of professional hair care products here at Salons Direct!

In stock now, you can add your salon to the millions across the world enhancing their cut and colour services with this revolutionary product.

Want to know more? Maybe you’re wondering what OLAPLEX is and how it works? We’ve got all the information you need straight from the OLAPLEX experts in our guide below.


Everything You Need to Know About OLAPLEX…

What is OLAPLEX?

In a nutshell, OLAPLEX is a multi-step hair treatment system that has the ability to repair damaged hair and push the boundaries of chemical hair treatments. It was developed specifically for use in salons by professionals and features patented ingredients, so you won’t find the same results anywhere else.

OLAPLEX also produces aftercare products for clients to maintain their results at home.

We will go into how to use OLAPLEX in more detail below, but it is very versatile. It can be used within chemical hair processing and colour services or as a stand-alone treatment to strengthen hair or to restore damaged hair.

The products available are:

  • OLAPLEX No. 1 – Bond Multiplier, can be mixed with lightener, colour and chemical services (available in kits only)
  • OLAPLEX No. 2 – Bond Perfector, apply after shampooing lightener or rinsing colour from hair
  • OLAPLEX No.3 – Hair Perfector, this is a take home part of the system for clients to maintain the strengthening and repairing of their hair at home

The OLAPLEX Salon Intro Kit offers a brilliant value way to start using these products in your salon, including OLAPLEX No.1, 2 and 3.

  • OLAPLEX No. 4 – Bond Maintenance Shampoo, can be used in salons and at home to maintain results
  • OLAPLEX No.5 – Bond Maintenance Conditioner, can be used in salons and at home to maintain results
  • OLAPLEX No.6 – Bond Smoother, a leave in smoothing cream to eliminate frizz for continued bond repair at home
  • OLAPLEX No.7 – Bonding Oil, offers heat protection up to 230°C while adding shine softness and strength to hair

How does OLAPLEX work?

OLAPLEX works at a molecular level, addressing the damage occurring to hair that is hidden deep within the cuticle. It all has to do with something called ‘disulfide bonds’; these are the tiny molecules of ‘glue’ that keep our hair fibres together in their intended, healthy shape.

Unfortunately for our hair, our disulfide bonds are all too easily broken with the use of heated hair tools, brushing, UV light, air pollution and chemical treatments such as colouring, lightening, perming and relaxing.

OLAPLEX Before & After hair cuticle

When the bonds are broken, they can react with oxygen molecules, producing Cysteic Acid which eats the protein out of the hair. This means dry, rough and dull hair that is difficult to style and is too weak to take further chemical treatments.

OLAPLEX is revolutionary as it can stop this process. OLAPLEX will pair with broken disulfide bonds before oxygen molecules get a chance to react with them, preventing the damage and loss of protein that would have happened had it been left untreated.

This probably sounds very scientific, but the results are easy to understand. OLAPLEX works by repairing and preventing damage, restoring hair to former glory and giving it the strength it needs for future chemical or colour treatments.

OLAPLEX before and after…

Who can use OLAPLEX?

OLAPLEX No.1 and No.2 was designed to be for professional use only, as this is when best results are achieved. Clients can continue to use OLAPLEX No.3, No.4, No.5, No.5 and No.6 at home to maintain their hair condition.

One of the key features of OLAPLEX is just how versatile it is, meaning every client with almost any hair type can benefit from it, such as:

  • Virgin Hair – It’s not just chemicals that can damage hair – heat, styling and the environment can all affect even uncoloured hair. OLAPLEX can help strengthen virgin hair and prevent future damage.
  • Coloured Hair – OLAPLEX can be mixed into hair colour and lightener to reduce damage occurring. Coloured hair can also be treated with OLAPLEX to address previous damage to prepare it for further treatments.
  • Curly & Naturally Textured Hair – Natural curls can regain their shape and hydration with the use of OLAPLEX for improved condition and resilience.
  • Chemically Textured Hair – Use before, during and after chemical treatments such as perming and relaxing to maintain hair condition.
  • Hair Extensions – OLAPLEX can be used on 100% human hair extensions, though some extensions do have a Keratin coating which can act as a barrier to OLAPLEX.

OLAPLEX is also free from sulfate, paraben and phthalate, plus is 100% vegan and no products are tested on animals.

How to use OLAPLEX in your salon

There are so many ways that OLAPLEX can be used to enhance the services you offer in your salon. No matter who your client base is, there is sure to be an OLAPLEX treatment to suit them. Here are just a few of the most popular usages…

OLAPLEX Stand Alone Treatment

This treatment offers an easy introduction to the OLAPLEX range. It is suitable for almost any client and produces exceptional results, leaving hair in visibly improved condition. The treatment can be continued at home by offering clients OLAPLEX No.3 Hair Perfector as a take home add-on.

OLAPLEX before and after…

OLAPLEX before and after hair

For this treatment, dry hair is saturated with OLAPLEX No.1 and left to process for 5 minutes. OLAPLEX No.2 is then applied and left for a further 10 minutes. Both products are then shampooed out of the hair and styling continues as normal.

OLAPLEX No.4 Shampoo and OLAPLEX No.5 Conditioner are also recommended for best results.

OLAPLEX in Lightener & Bleach

OLAPLEX can be added to all types of hair lighteners and bleach, including powder, clay, cream and oil based formulas. The amount of OLAPLEX used varies depending on the amount of lightener used, but does not require an increase in the volume of developer.

OLAPLEX Bleached Hair

Adding OLAPLEX to hair lightener helps prevent damage to the hair during processing. OLAPLEX No.1 is mixed into your developer and lightener before the treatment is carried out as usual. Following shampooing and rinsing, OLAPLEX No.2 is applied and left for 10 minutes before a second rinse and shampoo.

OLAPLEX No.1 can also be added into hair toner if this step is needed.

OLAPLEX in Permanent, Demi and Semi-Permanent Hair Colour

OLAPLEX can be added to any colour service, regardless of brand or formula used. This offers the very best in hair colouring results, leaving hair in excellent condition with a smooth finish and beautiful vibrancy. OLAPLEX also reduces the porosity of hair, which extends colour longevity.

OLAPLEX Coloured Hair

Similar to using with bleach, OLAPLEX No.1 is added to your colour and developer mixture – the amount varies depending on the amount of colour used.

After processing as usual, hair is rinsed and followed by OLAPLEX No.2. After 10 minutes, hair can be shampooed, conditioned and styled as desired.

OLAPLEX can also be used with direct dyes which do not include a developer. Simply mix the correct amount of OLAPLEX No.1 into your colour. Colours can also be pastelised by also adding OLAPLEX No.2 into direct dyes, while also offering the additional benefit of improving hair porosity.

OLAPLEX No.2 Mini-Treatments

Looking for some quick and easy ways to introduce OLAPLEX to your salon services?

Take a look at some of these alternative mini-treatments…

OLAPLX No.2 Mini Treatments

For even better results, use OLAPLEX No.6 Bond Smoother or OLAPLEX No.7 Bonding Oil before styling to further smooth, soften and strengthen the hair.

Where to buy Olaplex

You can now buy Olaplex at Salons Direct, stocked here exclusively for professional use in salons! Just log in to view our prices and order with our next-day delivery.