If you haven’t heard of Olaplex by now, you’ve been living under a rock. Since the product hit shelves, it’s been a big hit with stylists, their clients, and has forever changed the industry. Lifting color from natural hair is no longer a worry. Yet there’s been a lot of confusion about the product—Does it lift color? Is it a conditioner? Donna Bella Hair educator Ruben Martinez helps answer these questions along with how it can benefit your Donna Bella extensions.
What is Olaplex and why are stylists becoming such big fans?
Olaplex is a tool used during and after a chemical service. Hair is made up of bonds that break every day with chemicals like color or with brushing. Olaplex is a chemical that links those bonds back together to strengthen them. It is NOT a conditioner. Conditioners just hydrate while coating the hair. Once you wash out the conditioner, the true grit is exposed again. Olaplex works inside the hair cuticle to link the bonds that the hair is made out of to accomplish that smooth, healthy look of hair. Olaplex is also NOT a lifting agent. Another misconception is that Olaplex is a chemical that helps lift color since it’s used with developer. Again, Olaplex does not lift, nor does it condition; it’s simply an added tool. Look at it as a protector that gets activated while the hair undergoes chemical treatments to minimize damage.
How does it work for Donna Bella Hair Extensions?
Olaplex is perfect for Donna Bella Hair extensions that are on their last run. For those that are worn out but you’re hoping to revive them for one last install. As a stand alone treatment, Olaplex can help connect the bonds of the hair together again. It’s something that Ruben recommends for this type of hair. “You can never get enough of Olaplex,” says Ruben. He recommends you use it as a stand alone treatment every second or third application. He also recommends classes from Olaplex that will help you utilize this tool to its full potential. If you decide to use it on Donna Bella Hair extensions with color, remember the rule: only semi- or demi- permanent colors, otherwise you’re jeopardizing the integrity of the product. We go by this rule because we cannot guarantee Olaplex’s performance, nor do we believe it’s always foolproof.
Just like any product, you’ll get better use once you’re educated in how to use Olaplex. If you’re thinking of trying Olaplex, visit their page for more info at www.olaplex.com.
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