Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is bought with my money. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

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In early September 2018, I purchased some products from Sephora.

Here's my haul. I already reviewed Pat McGrath Labs Mattetrance Lipstick in Venus in Furs (middle left). For this post, I will review Olaplex on the top middle.
Product Review: Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3

Where to purchase: Sephora and online at
Price: $28 for 100 mL/ 3.3 fl oz

Made in USA

Description from Sephora website:
What it is: A concentrated treatment that strengthens the hair from within, reducing breakage and improving its look and feel.

Key benefits:
* Addresses damaged and compromised hair
* Strengthens and protects hair structure
* Restores healthy appearance and texture

If you want to know more...
No. 3 Hair Perfector is not a conditioner, it's an at-home treatment that contains the same active ingredient found in all professional Olaplex products. Created by two of the top PhD's in chemistry and materials science, Olaplex products feature first-of-their-kind, patented, bond-building technology, which relinks the broken disulfide bonds caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage to the hair. This formula is made to work with every hair type, providing real, structural repair that works from within.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
* Parabens
* Sulfates
* Phthalates
Water, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Phytantriol, Panthenol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Hydroxyethyl Ethylcellulose, Quaternium-91, Cetrimonium Methosulfate,
Cetrimonium Chloride, Fragrance, Polyquaternium-37, Tetrasodium EDTA, Magnesium Nitrate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Magnesium Chloride, Etidronic Acid, Potassium Sorbate, Phenoxyethanol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate.
Thoughts: A month or two ago, I colored my hair to ash blonde balayage. They didn't do a good job. That's a different story I will not get into but there was one positive. They used professional products from Olaplex and it improved the texture of my hair. It didn't make it completely healthy but it improved to a point it look decent. Unfortunately, the professional products from Olaplex are not sold to individuals who are not hairstylists. Even though it's not sold to the public, you can purchase the third part of the kit from Sephora.
Here's a closer look at the opening.
Here's a closer look at the product on a cotton pad.

Now for my overall opinion... First of all, there is a noticeable scent while applying. It smells chemically and reminds me of hair dye products. I just sniffed the product and it actually smells good. It's on the floral side. I'm not too sure why it smells differently on my hair. It might be the chemistry of my scalp. Just because it smells that way with me, doesn't mean it will smell the same with you. Secondly, I like the packaging. It's simple, small, see through, and you have full control of the quantity you squeeze. With that said, it's well-made and sturdy. It's made out of squeezable plastic. The top is also sturdy. You can feel a tight seal, as well as, a clicking noise when you open and close. I cannot see it open or break unless you are rough with the packaging. For this reason, it's travel-friendly. Since it's so small, you can carry it in your purse and bag. Third, the consistency is in-between medium to thick. It does look like a conditioner but it's not. With that said, it's really easy to use. You squeeze like a conditioner and apply it onto the hair. This is the first step I apply onto my hair before I wash and condition. I soak my hair and squeeze the excess water. Once my hair isn't dripping water, I apply like conditioner. The only difference is that it doesn't feel like conditioner. From my experience, conditioner softens the hair or at least it does for me. Olaplex leaves a texture on the hair but it is hard to tell. I just apply a decent amount so I can feel the texture. Since the texture isn't strong, you can keep applying without knowing. I concentrate mostly mid-way to the ends of my hair where the damage is. Then I pile my hair on top of my head and wait ten minutes. After ten minutes, I wash my hair. This might just be me but waiting ten minutes, it sure goes slow. I recommend doing other things while waiting in the shower. Since this is a treatment, you can apply once or twice a week. The hairstylist recommended once a week since I'm using another hair treatment. I think this other hair treatment works better but unfortunately, it's not sold here. I bought it at the hair salon. A lot of my opinion will be based on the comparison of both treatments. I've been using Olaplex for more than a month. My hair has slightly improved, but it's hard to pinpoint what has improved my hair since I've been using a combination of multiple products. I honestly think the product I bought from the salon has been improving my hair more so than Olaplex. My hair instantly feels softer after I apply the other treatment, as well as, I use the other treatment every time I wash my hair. Olaplex I only touch once a week. My hair is softer, looks less damage, and it more manageable to brush through. Lastly, I'm glad I got to try this product. I've been curious about it especially with all the great reviews I have seen. I would think the same if I didn't try the other hair treatment. Another thing, I've used this product for a month or more and I'm already down third of the product. It wouldn't sound bad if I used it multiple times a week. I only used it once a week. In four usage, I used three fourth of the product. Since I have long hair, that's another reason it goes down fast. I probably can finish this product in two weeks or so. A little goes a long way doesn't with this product. For the price, it's kind of expensive.

* Simple, small, see through packaging.
* Full control of the quantity you squeeze.
* Well-made and sturdy packaging.
* Sturdy top; can feel a tight seal, as well as, a clicking noise when you open and close.
* Travel-friendly.
* In-between medium to thick consistency.
* Easy to use.
* Only need to use once or twice a week.
* Hair has slightly improved; less damage and slightly softer.

* Does not smell decent on my scalp.
* Leaves a slight silky texture which can be hard to distinguish.
* There's a good chance you use the product more so than needed.
* Ten minutes can feel like forever.
* A little does not go a long way with this product.
* Expensive.

Would repurchase: Maybe.
Rating:  3/5 Tobey's Paws

Disclaimer: The product mentioned in this post is bought with my money. I am not affiliated with the company nor getting paid to advertise the product. This post is written with my honest opinion.

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