Olaplex 1 & 2 Hair Treatment: Do It Yourself & Save Money

12 August 2017 - 31 Comments

Hello & welcome back to my blog!

Have you ever heard of Olaplex and wondered what the fuzz is all about? I haven’t until recently because I surely lived under a rock or something! As it’s for ‘professional’ use only, you’d pay A LOT to have it done in the salon. Well or you can just do what I did, you know, buy the stuff and do it at home ;) (Amazon, £65-75)

I made a step by step video on YouTube and if you’d prefer just watching it (and not read the extra infos/background), you’re welcome to do so.



What exactly is Olaplex?

It prevents damage and repairs hair. Simple.

Some of you may know that my natural hair color is black and I’ve gone from dark brown to completely blonde within a year (without Olaplex). Because I only bleached every 4-6 months my hair wasn’t as damaged as if you bleach it within a short period.

These first 2 steps are usually done professionally in the hair salon but you know how pricey it’s gonna be! I decided to purchase Olaplex Travel Kit from Amazon and it cost me almost £80. It claims that the bottles last up to about 15 applications. I have used it several times now and still got half the bottle of No 1 left. It’s only when you use it as a treatment you’d use more, otherwise it should work out.

There are 2 ways to use Olaplex, first obvious option is to mix it with bleach (or toner) and the second is to mix with water and use it as a treatment. I would highly recommend to do the treatment prior to bleaching your hair. It made my hair so much stronger! How do I know? Well previously I wasn’t able to brush my hair when it was wet but now I can! I was always afraid of it breaking off too much but after doing the treatment I felt it was just possible.

Step 1:
– Mix 15ml Olaplex No 1 with 90ml of (warm if you like) water in a non spraying bottle
– Saturated your hair fully especially on the ends – it’s gonna be dripping wet
– Once done, brush it through and put your hair in a plastic bag or shower cap
– I kept it in for 1 1/2 but you can do it longer if you like
– Without rinsing it out, go to Step 2

Step 2:
– Apply a generous amount of Olaplex No 2 on to your hair
– Make sure it’s fully covered
– Leave this in as long as you can – I left mine in for 2 hours but I’ll do this longer next time
– Then all you need to do wash it out with shampoo and condition your hair

Step 3:
– I applied Olaplex No 3 to my hair left it in for about 3 hours
– Do this once a week

Now, there are some people who commented on my video saying that the product I bought wasn’t authentic because it’s only available for professionals. That maybe true but I’m very sure what I bought wasn’t fake. There are re-sellers and I will confidently buy again because my hair isn’t as damaged as before and it feels stronger. If the product didn’t do anything to my hair I’d be skeptical but it’s not fake. I will be able to purchase the kit via people who own hair salons and then will compare both.

Thanks a lot for reading!

Melyssa x


  1. Lill Hotchkiss says:

    How often can you do 1&2 as a stand alone treatment?

  2. Lisa says:

    I I’m a licensed hair stylist. I would NOT recommend you doing this treatment at home. You do not leave it in for 1 1/2 to 3 hours on any of these products. It is protein if you use to much it can damage your hair

    • Melyssa says:

      Hi, thanks for your comment. My hair became stronger after using it instead of getting damaged.

      • HonnyBrown says:

        My hair did as well. The longer you leave the product in, the better your hair will be. I’m a chemist, not a hairdresser. I understand the mechanics of how Olaplex works. I bleach my own hair, and I use Olaplex. I agree with Melyssa’s methods.

    • You’re wrong says:

      It’s not a protein! Please check facts before making these statements, especially as a professional

    • JENNY BOONE says:

      Its not a protein. They already sell keratin sprays and keratin treatments. You can make your hair dryer if you use the keratin spray. You can get karetin treatments as well. Olaplex is a whole different ball game. Do you use #1 on dry hair? Can you use it full strenth undiluted?

    • Liza Lisa Is a Salty Liar says:

      Lies that you tell Lisa da ho, or LIZA (as i LIES) Olaplex is not a protein….you ain’t fooling us HO.

  3. Leeba says:

    Lisa, according to Olaplex’s website, its active ingredient works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage. Olaplex is not protein – it’s a bond builder. Olaplex also includes the following in their FAQ section referring to No. 2: “It may be left on for a longer period of time and shampooed and conditioned at home.” I bought a 2L bottle of No. 2 and use it for weekly overnight hair treatments, using a shower cap. I don’t have any heavy bleaching but my hair had been damaged by heat styling. These treatments have restored my hair and made it soft and shiny. The fact is that Olaplex is “supposed” to be salon only to boost profits, not because their products are difficult to use. The value of a stylist doesn’t come from their access to products anyway – it comes from experience and technique. It’s pretty easy to do an Olaplex treatment or Shades EQ gloss at home, but there’s nothing like having a good colorist do babylights or perfectly placed highlights, for example. Or a great haircut, for that matter.

    • Melyssa says:

      Thanks so much for your prefect explanation, Leeba! People always seem to know better when in fact they should do some research themselves first?!

    • Alondra says:

      Hi Leeba, I was hoping you could tell me where you got the 2L bottle of Olaplex? I would love to get it and I’m afraid of buying one that’s not authentic. I’d really appreciate your help :)

      • Leeba says:

        Hi Alondra – I bought mine on Overstock.com and Walmart.com but both of those are currently out of stock. I have a friend who’s a cosmetologist who will buy me one at cost as a favor when I’m done with my current bottle. It’s worth doing whatever you have to – I absolutely refuse to get scammed on the way overpriced Olaplex 3 teeny weeny bottles.

    • Je says:

      Youre probably right.i mean every bottle has the same price, so thats wierd. But my stylists never tried to sell it to me, so thats wierd to. Ive used number #3 at home and I’m not impressed at all

  4. Kristina says:

    Thanks for the instructions :) I’ve ordered an Olaplex traveling kit from a re-seller in the Netherlands, and I can’t wait to try it this Friday! My hair has been badly damaged from bleaching and colouring. I was so desperate to restore my hair, and I’m glad I rediscovered Olaplex. I had actually had it done in a salon with a balayage 2.5 years ago, and I was recently looking at photos and was amazed at how great my hair looked after the salon visit, for a whole year after that! I can’t wait to restore my hair again.

  5. Teresa says:

    How can I buy genuine Olaplex 1 and 2 without a license? I have done far more complicated things to my hair at home than this… I wish I had a friend stylist (like many people do) who would just buy it and sell me some…. I shave a headache now trying to find where to buy this stuff without risking it being fake… Thanks!

  6. Ele says:

    Melyssa, what do you think about all that talks from official Olaplex distributors that they are the ONLY ones in the world that shop authentic No. 1 and 2? I would love to buy them but I’m afraid of getting fake ones… Even though they come from reliable and well-known online shops!

  7. Renichka says:

    Thanks for posting this. I threw out the box and totally forgot the directions! Very useful :)

  8. Rose says:

    I would like to know where you bought 1&2 also, if you would not mind sharing.
    Thank you!😊

  9. Megan Flynn says:

    Olaplex is NOT a protein treatment at all. Olaplex cannot be overused however once it becomes dry it stops working so use a cap to keep it damp and enjoy the amazing results! Once you go past an hour there is no additional benefits as it has done as much as it can do but if you like to leave it longer it can’t do and harm.

  10. Jennifer m Boone says:

    Whenever you want. But Theres no point in leaving it on longer. Thats a myth

  11. JENNY BOONE says:

    Can you use #1 full strength? Also, do you use #1 on wet hair?

  12. JENNY BOONE says:

    Its not a protein. They already sell keratin sprays and keratin treatments. You can make your hair dryer if you use the keratin spray. You can get karetin treatments as well. Olaplex is a whole different ball game. Do you use #1 on dry hair? Can you use it full strenth undiluted?

    • Rachael says:

      I sometimes use it undiluted, I use a small amount and mix with no2 and sleep with it in because I normally do the treatment at night as this is the only time that suits me, plus I’m lazy lol and Ive never had a problem with it, my hair has improved lots actually. I will say that I’m actually very strict with my hair care, sounds a bit silly but I had a bad experience couple of years back where my very blonde hair ended up snapping because I bleached my hair far to much. I try my very best to not use heat on my hair and also sleep with a silk hair bonnet at night hahaha needs must! X

  13. Barbara says:

    Awesome posts that you everyone!

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