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‘I’m a Hairstylist, and These Are My 7 Favorite Olaplex Products for Every Hair Concern and Type’

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Olaplex has made a name for itself as one of the best hair care brands around. You'll consistently spot its products in Instagram shelfies, celeb beauty routines, and hairstylist recommendation lists, and it's for good reason. When it comes to maintaining, nourishing, and repairing your hair, Olaplex's formulas pack a serious punch, and work strand-strengthening magic on all hair types.

What makes the brand's products special is the patented science they use to help repair damage in your hair. Issues like frizz, dryness, and breakage all come about as a result of broken bonds in your follicle, and Olaplex's formulas contain bond-building ingredients that help to fix this damage at its core. The brand was the first to harness this type of technology for at-home use, and its products work at a molecular level to help reverse the effects of heat-styling, color processing, and environmental stressors.

Though the products aren't cheap (prices are in the $25-$40 range), you can feel good knowing that the money you're spending will help limit your trips to the salon. Every formula is made to work on all hair types and textures, but according to stylists, some may be better than others depending on your particular hair woes. Keep scrolling for the best Olaplex products for every concern.


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Best Olaplex products for every hair type and concern

Best for heat-damaged or chemically-treated hair: No. 3 Hair Perfector — $30.00

This pre-shampoo treatment is so helpful when it comes to repairing and strengthening your hair shaft. It’s vital for color-and-chemically treated hair because it was actually made to help rebuild and strengthen your hair follicles between sessions. These types of treatments cause damage to your hair by breaking the bonds within the follicles, and this stuff can swoop in to fix them. As an added bonus, it also makes your hair feel silky-soft and smooth.


Best for curly hair: No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask — $30.00

For curly hair, hairstylist Kali Ferrara recommends this mask. “Curly hair not only needs the bond maintenance from Olaplex, but also moisture and nourishment that this mask gives,” she says. “Moisture and the bond multipliers help keep the curls shiny and strong.” The key ingredients at work here are jojoba oil and glycerin, which infuse hair with hydration and lock it in for the long-haul.

Best for straight hair: No.6 Bond Smoother — $30.00

This leave-in conditioning cream is great for use on straight hair. In addition to Olaplex’s signature bond-building tech, it’s also got ingredients that help to create a protective barrier on top of your hair. And what’s more? It also works to calm frizz, reduce static, and tame flyaways without ever weighing down your style.

Best for blonde hair: No.4P Blonde Enhancer Toning Shampoo — $30.00

This purple shampoo was made specifically with blonde hair in mind. “This shampoo packs a one-two punch on blondes and keeps the hair strong while also toning unwanted brassy tones,” says Ferrara. Considering color treatments tend to do a whole lot of damage to your hair, if you’re maintaining your blonde with regular dye jobs, it’s probably a good idea to add this into your routine.

Best for thick hair: No. 7 Bonding Oil — $32.00

This oil is a personal favorite of mine, and I use it frequently on my own thick hair. It’s rich in essential fatty acids, and is great for adding shine to your strands. Plus, it protects against heat damage (up to 450 degrees), and keeps your strands tangle-free so you can avoid any breakage from aggressive brushing.

Best for dry hair: No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner — $30.00

Great for all hair types, this supremely moisturizing conditioner is especially helpful for dry hair since the avocado oil and grape-seed oil in the formula help to lock in hydration while you shower.

Best for oily hair: No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo — $30.00

Hate the heavy feeling that comes with oily hair? This shampoo keeps your hair feeling lightweight and grease-free. It’s also color-safe, and helps repair damage and split ends as it cleanses.

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