If you are wondering how to use Olaplex 0 and 3 for better results, you are in the right place. Olaplex has grown a lot as a brand and has many products available for sale. As a professional hairdresser, I’ve tried many repairing products, and I must say that the Olaplex 0 and 3 combo is one of the ones that provide the best results.
That’s why is important that you know how to use them properly to achieve best results. You will surprise how many people don’t know how to use Olaplex products at all! This is why in this article I will explain to you step by step how to use these amazing products.
The best way to use Olaplex 0 and 3 is together like a deep repairing mask. You should apply Olaplex step 0 first, because it will prime your hair to absorb more nutrition and repairing ingredients. After a few minutes sitting with the treatment you should proceed to apply the Olaplex step 3 in top of it, and let both process for about 10 minutes, and lastly rinse.
In my experience, applying this treatment once every fortnight will help you to achieve stronger hair. You should not apply this every time you wash your hair!
Let’s discover how these products work, and if they are correct for your hair type:
How To Use Olaplex 0 And 3: Understanding Olaplex
Olaplex products are designed to rebuild the bonds of the hair and repair it. But if you are not a hair professional, you probably don’t really understand what it means. But do not worry, here I will explain everything in a super simple way.
When we have damaged hair it is because we have broken bonds in the hair. These bonds are chemically what makes our hair strong, they are like small bonds that hold the hair together and resistant.
To give you an idea, when our hair breaks with bleaching it is because we have no bonds left in our hair. That is why it is important to preserve and repair them.
The way Olaplex products work and do for our hair is to treat and reinforce those bonds of the hair so that we recover its resistance and strength. For this reason, it is one of the most popular treatments when it comes to repairing hair.
Olaplex originally created the product steps no. 1, 2 & 3, which were recommended to use at the time of coloring. For example, when bleaching your hair, you add step 1 with the bleaching powder. What this does is that at the same time that the bleaching is breaking the bonds of the hair, Olaplex is creating those minibonds so that your hair does not get damaged.
This treatment has been innovative, and for this reason it is one of the most used treatments in hairdressing during color services today.
And as a complement, the brand launched Olaplex No. 3 to maintain the effect of the treatment at home and people can use it weekly to repair their hair. Olaplex No. 3 has been a customer favorite for many years as it leaves hair looking amazing!
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What are Olaplex 0 and 3 for?
Olaplex 0 and 3 are designed as weekly maintenance products to repair hair. And how does it repair it? You guessed it! Creating the bonds that your hair has lost due to damage. In a nutshell, Olaplex 0 and 3 are products that will strengthen your hair and repair it from damage.
The most common causes for which our hair is damaged are:
- Highlights and hair color.
- Heat damage.
- Daily aggressions.
So, more than a preventive treatment, these products are designed to repair hair. If your hair is damaged, with split ends, and breaks easily, these products will be ideal for you. Let’s see each of them in detail:
Olaplex no. 3
The Olaplex step No. 3 is an intensive treatment for weekly use to repair the hair in depth and strengthen it. This product is used before washing your hair, as an intensive pre-shampoo treatment. You can also use Olaplex 3 as a night treatment leaving it overnight.
This product is the main olaplex must, since it was the first treatment for use at home that the brand launched, and it is quite enriched to restore hair. And this is the client’s favorite product!
Olaplex no. 0
The Olaplex step 0 is a spray supercharged with proteins (which you must use before step 3) with which you can prime your hair so that the repairing effect on the hair is multiplied. This product contains the highest concentration of bond building proteins in the entire line of products for use at home.
Although technically you can use this product alone to provide protein to the hair, the reality is that it is designed to be used as step 1 in the combined treatment with Olaplex 3. If you use it alone you will not get the maximum benefits.
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How to use Olaplex 0 and 3
Olaplex products 0 and 3 can be used separately (especially 3), but you should use it together if you want to have the best results.
This combined intensive treatment will give your hair the strength and resistance it needs to repair itself in depth.
As a hairdresser I have used and tested these treatments many times with different clients. Therefore, my best recommendation is that you use this treatment combination once a week if you have very damaged hair, or once every two weeks if you have slightly damaged hair.
I know it may be tempting to use it every time you wash your hair, but the truth is that if you apply Olaplex to your hair too often you can cause protein overload which will make your hair look dull, dry and stiff.
Not to mention that it can cause build-up in your scalp!
That is why it is important that you use this type of repairing treatment with a routine, and not every time you wash your hair! This way your hair will look shiny, healthy and radiant. Also, you can leave Olaplex 3 on at nigh for a more intense repair effect.
Also, bare in mind that you should shampoo your hair after Olaplex 3. That’s why you can use this treatment pretty much at any time of the day. Let’s see the step by step of how to use Olaplex 0 & 3 together:
Olaplex 0 & 3 step by step
- On dry hair, apply Olaplex 0 (it has a liquid texture) and massage it in so that it penetrates well.
- Leave it for 10 minutes.
- On top of it, apply Olaplex 3 and distribute it well over all hair.
- Leave both products to act for 10 more minutes.
- Rinse and wash your hair normally.
From the first application you will feel the hair much softer, repaired and filled. Remember that you can use them separately, but if you buy them in a kit you will get a better price and you will make the most of the treatment.
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I hope this article has been helpful to you to know how to use Olaplex 0 and 3.
If you have damaged hair, don’t let it get worse, the sooner you start to repair it, the better. And be very careful the next few times you dye your hair.
If you can go to a professional who uses Olaplex, so much the better!
Until next time.