This review is for both the S and C. My initial impression? Is this my hair? If it’s not then I’m not giving it back because it feels amazing! I didn’t recognize it the first few times I used these. It truly doesn’t feel like my hair.
My hair: 2a/2b , recently BKT treated, fine but very course, extremely frizzy in humid weather, and is pretty dry at the ends. It loves cones, and does well with protein. I also dye my hair every 6 weeks with Koleston Perfect 4n and 10v developer w/Olaplex 1. Heat styling is very minimal and consists of an occasional curling iron through my hair to define my waves or simply to make my growing-out bangs behave. Even before BKT, getting my haircut every 6-8 weeks still left me with dry,frazzled ends which resulted me always needing to get more cut off than I would have liked. Enter Olaplex S/C. Wow. Just wow. If my results stay like this I’m thinking I may be able to go longer between haircuts and not need as much cut off.
Now I didn’t even know this magic potion Olaplex 4 and 5 existed until I saw it on HB and knew I had to give it a try, especially because 1&2 have been staples of mine for some time. I’ve been using it for about a week and a half and here’s my main takeaways:
- Shampoo seems to be one that will be very long lasting. Because as many other have mentioned, the smallest amount is needed. It also lathers really well for a sulphate free formula.
- Conditioner is pretty thick, feels moisturizing when applied but doesn’t have a lot of slip at first. Simply combing it through seems to help a lot. You do tend to need a little more than the shampoo. I’ve let it sit on my hair for the recommended 3 minutes or so, longer (like 20). Of course longer seems to yield more intensified results. Someone mentioned on HB a couple days ago some useful ”hacks” from an Olaplex educator. I tried not rinsing it out all of the way and it helped a Iittle. Also tried applying the smallest amount to damp hair without rinsing. Could see that being beneficial for days when your hair feels a lil crunchy or someone who has extremely damaged hair.
- Heat seems to enhance the effects and make hair even smoother.
The results I have experienced include EXTREMELY soft hair, more shine,less frizz, better manageability and smoother ends. With almost no effort. I followed my usual routine of Solerma (It smells like old lady but is the best leave in ever!), a little Ouai leave in to mask that smell, then Ouai Air dry foam. When dry I do a small small amount of LP nourishing oil. The only con I can think of (besides the price sucking ,who wants to pay $28 for S/C right?) is that I still need small amounts of hairspray to keep my hair from being super fuzzy. But that’s not really a con because this isn’t technically an anti frizz product.
Overall, this truly is such a significant advance in technology, because the last time I felt my hair this soft was probably when I was like 10 and had virgin hair. I’ve tried nearly everything to combat the course texture and inevitable damage to my hair and nothing worked until Olaplex. And this shampoo and Conditioner’s cumulative effects have been like nothing I have ever experienced.Like I said before, it doesn’t feel like my hair. Its weird but happy weird. It’s healthy, not dry and has seemed to mend my split ends. If anything changes, I’ll be sure to update my review. As of now, LOVING this!
UPDATE 10/07: Out of the honeymoon phase and still loving this. I have been using for 3 months. YMMV, but managing your expectations on how it makes your hair feel in comparison to the fake,super slippy silicone shampoo and conditioners we are all used to is a good place to start when trying this out. It’s meant to help repair those broken bonds in our hair and while it may not be the most super duper moisturizing, it does it’s primary job amazingly well. Sometimes I do find I need extra moisture, and my Salerm 21/Ouai leave in are a great compliment.The biggest long term improvement in my hair has been NO MORE SPLIT ENDS. Even my hairdresser even said my hair was much healthier. I’m going to see if I can go 12 weeks without a haircut, usually at this point 8+ weeks I’m in desperate need, but not the case right now. Almost out of conditioner, (good on shampoo about 1/2 left) will have to rebuy soon. Sometimes I do find I need a bit more moisture, but overall this does what it was meant to do. It truly helps mend your hair.