If you’re a fan of OLAPLEX (who isn’t?!), you’ll be familiar with their product ranges and how they perform near miracles on hair. All of them are incredible, adding countless benefits to professional treatments. 

Hairstylists across the globe use OLAPLEX as a staple feature in their treatments, but have you ever wondered what makes the stand-alone treatments and the 4-in-1 different? 

We’re here to tell you. Read on to discover the differences between OLAPLEX 4-in-1 and stand-alone treatments…

Identifying what your client needs 

Where to start. What’s the priority? Does your client need some serious rebonding treatment or do they need an intense moisture treatment to put the life back into their hair? Or do they need both? Decisions, decisions! 


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Hairstylists will identify their clients’ needs on a strict case-by-case basis. But sometimes it can be hard to know which treatment to go for, especially if the products seem similar. 

There’s no doubt OLAPLEX stand-alone treatments and the OLAPLEX 4-in-1 Moisture Mask have revolutionised professional treatments. The OLAPLEX patented formula is designed to literally rebuild the internal structure of hair – the problem is identifying what occasion calls for one over the other. 

The best thing you could ever do for your clients would be to use both as back-to-back treatments. However, this isn’t always practical, so it’s important to know which will provide the best results for the client. 

The difference between the OLAPLEX stand-alone treatments and OLAPLEX 4-IN-1

They are both incredible treatments, and although similar, there are a couple of key differences that make a world of difference when deciding which to use on your client. 


It’s no secret that using the OLAPLEX No.1 and the OLAPLEX No.2 as a stand-alone treatment is the most intense bond-building reparative duo on the market. There’s nothing quite like it out there! 

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Most professionals would use this duo during any treatment that requires lightening or colouring, and that’s because clients will require some reparative measures. This is due to the nature of colour treatments and how fragile the hair can be afterward – no matter how good the quality of the products used are. 


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However, the ultimate game-changer for professionals is using these two OLAPLEX products together as a stand-alone treatment. The results are completely unparalleled, as the product will have no starting point to work against, such as harsh chemicals that were used prior, like in the scenario mentioned above. This is a highly concentrated restorative treatment, after all! 

When used as a stand-alone treatment, the duo will rejuvenate hair like never before. What you can expect to see in the finish is a client who has undergone salon strength haircare – vibrancy, shine, suppleness, and radiance on a whole other level. 

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So, you might be wondering – what’s missing? The answer is deep moisturisation to the hair. The duo is an intensive hair care treatment for repairing broken bonds and rebuilding the structure – it will not replenish moisture back into the hair. 


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So, If you have a client who needs a total rejuvenation, with some serious restoration and rebuilding needed – go for the OLAPLEX No.1 and the OLAPLEX No.2 as a stand-alone treatment for the best results. You’ll most likely need to recommend to your client that they return for more than one treatment, however, it won’t take long for OLAPLEX to work its wonders.

Moisturising effects 

If your client comes into the salon seeking advice on what to do with hair that’s dry, damaged, and brittle – recommending an OLAPLEX 4-in-1 Moisture Mask treatment will always be the best course of action. 

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The OLAPLEX 4-in-1 Moisture Mask will still work magic in the hair rejuvenation department, it’ll just also include deep moisturisation. 

Once you’ve taken a closer look at your client’s hair and you’ve concluded that they need an intense reparative treatment, and they are also equally in need of professional moisture replenishment – always opt for the OLAPLEX 4-in-1 Moisture Mask. This will still have a significant rejuvenation and reparative effect on the hair, whilst also deeply replenishing and restoring moisture simultaneously. 

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We hope that you enjoyed discovering the key differences between the OLAPLEX 4-in-1 Moisture Mask and stand-alone treatments. At Salons Direct, we offer an extensive range of OLAPLEX – so be sure to visit our website to stock up! 

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