By now, many of us own at least one of the best Olaplex products for hair-related damage control. Chances are you’ve already tried out the brand’s biggest claim to fame, the No. 3 Hair Repair Perfector. This fan-favorite hair product is known for restorative properties that repair damaged or broken bonds.
“These bonds are often damaged, fragmented, or shattered when overbleaching the hair,” New York City-based colorist Tina Outen previously told Allure. “Using Olaplex essentially means you can bleach your hair far too light and leave that bleach on far longer without it breaking off and leaving it in the sink instead of on your head.” In layman’s terms, the best-seller’s bond-repairing formula brings even extremely damaged hair back to its glossy, frizz-free glory.
Yes, No. 3 Hair Repair Perfector is probably sitting in your shower caddy as we speak, but what about the rest of the line? Allure editors can proudly say that we’ve collectively tried and tested every offering from the brand since its inception in 2014, and there are five products that we’ve deemed essential for nourishing dry hair and minimizing concerns like breakage, frizziness, and split ends. Not to mention, these products work for all hair types, so curly hair and finer hair can equally enjoy a luxurious Olaplex hair treatment. Prepare for your best hair yet.
Olaplex No. 3 Hair Repair Perfector
Before TikTok made most of Olaplex’s products go viral, the No. 3 Hair Repair Perfector was (and still is) the crown jewel of the brand. The active ingredient in this impressive home treatment is bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, which repairs broken disulfide bonds to rejuvenate the look and feel of your hair.
“Coloring hair with super-lightening blonde [shades], like high-lifting tint, pushes the hair to its maximum level of lift, which can damage hair much like bleaching does, so using Olaplex will aid in protecting and repairing broken bonds, leaving hair in good, healthy condition again,” Outen previously told Allure.
Beloved by colored and bleached hair types, this reparative treatment tackles a variety of hair damage concerns, including those related to heat-styling. After just one 10-minute treatment, you’ll probably notice that your color looks more vibrant and your hair feels silkier and smoother than ever.
Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
Olaplex’s No. 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo is so good, we just had to give it an Allure Best of Beauty Award in 2021. Its bond-boosting formula takes care of damage at the molecular level through the brand’s go-to hair-care ingredient — you guessed it: bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate. The nourishing formula strengthens hair protein bonds from the outside-in, making them stronger and free of flyaways and frizz in the process. Whether your hair is ultra-damaged or not, No. 4 is a great product for maintaining the look and health of your hair on a daily basis.
Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner
Since you’re probably already grabbing the shampoo, why not pair it with the intensely conditioning Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner? Just like the rest of the products in Olaplex’s roster, this Allure Best of Beauty-winning conditioner is spiked with the bond smoother bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate to relink broken bonds — creating softer, healthier, and shinier hair in the process. It’s no wonder why New York City-based hairstylist Paul Labrecque previously told Allure that he recommends the conditioner (along with its matching shampoo, of course) to his clients.
This pick also contains water-soluble silicones, which may raise some eyebrows, but that shouldn’t steer you away from the conditioner if you’re hoping to achieve seriously smooth, frizz-free hair. “As far as health concerns, there is no indication that silicones are harmful to humans when used as recommended,” cosmetic chemist Vanessa Thomas told Allure. Plus, cosmetic chemist Perry Romanowski confirmed that silicones wash out in the shower and don’t cause long-term buildup.
Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Hair Oil
Your hairstyle is, in a word, incomplete, without the shine-boosting powers of the Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Hair Oil. This impressive hair oil is infused with the brand’s star ingredient to repair broken bonds once you step out of the shower. The addition of grapeseed and fermented green tea oils into this golden elixir makes it all the more conditioning so your hair will look and feel its best — frizz and flyaways not included. The shine-enhancing power of this lightweight oil is so impressive that one former Allure editor raved about the results it created without weighing down her fine, thin hair.
“I don’t use much heat on my hair since it’s so fragile, but if you’re someone who uses a blow-dryer or flatiron every day, I highly recommend this oil as it provides thermal protection up to 450° Fahrenheit,” she reported. “Additionally, it’s a solid treatment to have in your toolkit if you’re someone who colors their hair often, or if you’re trying to grow your hair out.”
Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Hair Mask
You’ll still spot all of the amazing bond-building technology that Olaplex’s products are known for in the No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Hair Mask, but its secret weapons are actually two skin-care hero ingredients: ceramides and hyaluronic acid. The former strengthens and maintains your hair’s natural barrier to retain moisture while the latter hydrates your hair by holding up to 1,000 times its weight in water, leaving you with a glossy head of hair that feels as great as it looks.
From the moment this mask launched in July 2021, associate news editor Gabi Thorne fell in love with its hair-conditioning abilities. “My hair is left feeling so soft and moisturized, even when my shampoo has stripped it of its moisture,” she said.
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