Updated: Jul 23, 2021
Olaplex Bonding Treatments with Color Services
Anatomy of Hair
Before we get into how the treatments work, I'm going to get a bit sciencey about your hair structure. Hair is built up of 3 layers (well more, but here’s the basics)
The center of your hair stand is the medulla. As the core of the hair strand is made up of cells, and can be hollow if your hair is fine.
The middle is the cortex. It’s the thickest layer, holds all your natural pigment, and holds all the moisture (Very important). This is also the structure where its strength and elasticity lies.
Finally the outermost layer is the cuticle. Made up of flattened cells (think of a roof top, made up of terracotta tiles. It protects the cortex from damage. Fun fact- it's transparent
Now that we know the basic hair anatomy, it's also very important to know about ph and how big of a role it plays when it comes to product.
Ph plays a huge role in the health of your natural hair, from dry itchy scalp, hair growth, and how it reacts to various chemical/ non-chemical products.
Typically, hair is in the 4-6 range. If you’re using alkaline products it will make the cuticle open, causing cuticle and fiber damage- alkaline increases negative charge making friction of the surface. On the other spectrum, using acidic products causes the cuticle to contract. Shampoo is more on the alkaline side and needs a conditioner(acidic) to level ph back out to normal range.
Bonds (slightly a science rabbit hole)
Hair is made up of 91-95% protein. Protein is made up of amino acids also known as the building blocks. Amino acids are the key to hair growth and retention(elasticity), and when bonded two together creates a polypeptide bond.
Polypeptide bonds make up most of the cortex in your hair. It’s constructed of three bonds. Each one takes up a third of elasticity, strength, and stability within the bond.
Hydrogen bond- is a physical bond(can't change your hair shape) can be broken by water and heat.
Salt bond- also a physical bond, but STRONG acids and alkaline solutions break this bond by affecting pH changes (impotant)
Disulfide bond(crystine)- is not a physical bond but a chemical bond that intertwines with polypeptides. It . It can't be broken by water or heat but with relaxers, perms, and bleach, causing your hair shape to change and damage to the bond.
Now that we know the fundamentals of hair and some science behind it we can get into why olaplex works! Its safe for ALL hair types, ph balancing, and gentle)
Olaplex restores damaged and compromised hair by repairing from the inside out
with a single ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate- actively restores broken bonds and repairs each strand by finding damage, treating strands and protecting them. And with certain structures (amine- has positive charge attracting to negatively charged hair shaft) used in rinse off products stay put even after rinsing off (due to ionically or chemical bond that generates two oppositely charged ions)
Once all the bonds are intact and in alignment, you have healthy, beautiful, shiny, touchable hair. Can be used up to three times a week!
(here is a picture of Alex's FAVORITE Olaplex product)
Olaplex repairs damage of all kinds!
mega heat from hot tools (helping hydro bond)
From coloring and bleaching, to relaxers and perms (helping salt AND disulfide bonds)
Brushing, friction, tugging or pulling on wet hair (helping all three bonds, as hairs elasticity when wet is fragile, and elasticity has a third of a part in all three bonds)
Environmental conditions, extreme heat/ cold, sunlight and UV exposure.
We hope this helped you understand and love your hair a little more!