Can You Leave Olaplex No. 3 on Overnight?
At Kapshure, we are self proclaimed product junkies, especially when it comes to hair products. However, originally Olaplex went under the radar for us because we primarily saw it being used all over social media to fix a botched bleach job. We had no idea that Olaplex No. 3 Perfector could be used on our relaxed, naturally curly, and kinky tresses. But, thankfully we eventually became believers after our first experience with Olaplex No. 3 Perfector Calling ALL Product Junkies and over time we have come up with our own tips for how to use this highly acclaimed product for hair aficionado’s like ourselves.
Let’s Talk Hair!
According to Olaplex:
Our hair contains millions of disulfide bonds. These bonds give the hair its structure, strength and stability. When disulfide bonds are broken, it results in damage. OLAPLEX restores damaged and compromised hair by repairing from the inside out with their patented single ingredient, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate. Once all the bonds are intact and in alignment, you have healthy, beautiful, shiny, touchable hair.
What Exactly does Olaplex do?
OLAPLEX works to repair broken bonds. Their patented active chemistry works on a molecular level. Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate, a single molecule, dramatically improves hair strength, protects from within, and provides immediate results for all hair types.
Olaplex repairs all types of hair damage. This includes Thermal Factors: such as high levels of heat from curling irons, blow dryers, flat irons etc. Chemical Factors: like colors, perms, relaxers, and keratin treatments. Mechanical Factors: including brushing, friction, tugging and pulling on wet hair. This also includes Environmental Factors: such as UV damage from the sun, humidity, extreme hot/cold weather conditions, pollution, etc.
How Does Olaplex Work?
All hair types (natural, curly, fine, straight, etc.) derive most of their integrity from healthy, properly paired, disulfide bonds. When hair is damaged via thermal, chemical, mechanical or environmental factors, these disulfide bonds are broken apart resulting in single sulfur hydrogen bonds.
What happens after a disulfide bond breaks? There are two reactions that can take place. The first reaction is that the single sulfur hydrogen component pairs with a single oxygen molecule. This makes a perfect pair with no further damage taking place.
The second reaction is where damage occurs. A single sulfur hydrogen molecule will pair with three oxygen molecules creating S03, or what is known as a sulfate group. The protonated sulfate is known as Cysteic Acid. Cysteic acid then eats the protein out of the hair.
In the case of chemical services, OLAPLEX works by pairing with the single sulfur hydrogen bond faster than the three oxygen molecules can.
Can I Sleep In An Olaplex Treatment?
As a company, we do not recommend sleeping in OLAPLEX treatments as it could get into your eyes. However, we have received great feedback from people who have used it this way.
How Long Can I Leave No. 3 On My Hair?
OLAPLEX No.3 reaches its max efficacy at 30-45 minutes however OLAPLEX is actively working in the hair as long as the hair remains moist.
How we use Olaplex No. 3 Perfector
Kapshure’s 10-Step-Guide to using Olaplex No. 3 Perfector Overnight:
We start by shampooing our hair (preferably with a sulfate free shampoo)
Next we towel dry our hair (but make sure that your hair is still wet)
We add Olaplex No. 3 Perfector to our wet/damp hair
We pin our hair up with an alligator clip
Next, we cover our hair with a plastic disposable shower cap (you can find these processing caps at any beauty supply store)
We then cover our head with a Microfiber Hair Towel
We leave this in overnight (your hair must remain wet throughout the entire process)
In the morning while our hair is still wet we remove the microfiber towel and leave the plastic shower cap on and sit under a heating cap (we like the Gold-N-Hot Professional Conditioning Heat Cap) for about 30 minutes. Please note that Olaplex does not require heat to be effective.
Then we rinse out the Olaplex No. 3 Perfector
Finally, we follow up with our regular deep conditioner and sit back under the heating cap for another 30 minutes.
Tip! At Kapshure we use Olaplex No. 3 Perfector at every wash cycle, which for us is every 1 to 2 weeks. And we most definitely, follow these steps whenever we relax our tresses. Also, It is very important that the hair stays wet throughout the overnight process.
Disclaimer: Please note that the views expressed in this guide are solely those from Kapshure. They are not meant to replace or supersede the recommended usage provided by Olaplex. Please use this guide at your own discretion.
And this brings us to the $Million Dollar Question everyone wants to know…
Is Olaplex Worth the Money?
Olaplex is the only true patented bond builder in the market. Their patented active chemistry works on a molecular level and for all hair types.