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Olaplex Damage and thinning

DO NOT BUY OLAPLEX coming from a girl who was a huge Olaplex supporter.

I have always had extremely long hair (all the way down to my butt). My hair have always been thick too, very thick and I would always get compliments on it. I have always had a lot of split ends, but it never caused me breakage or anything, my hair would still grow. It didn’t matter how much I dyed it (I would dye my hair every 1,5-2 month with NO issue), my hair stayed in the same good condition. After some time I went to the salon to go blonder. Although this process is damaging, I had little to none fall out (thanks to the natural thickness of my hair) and I had healthy thick blonde hair. My salon (that btw is an expensive high end salon in a big European city) recommended me to use Olaplex. Before this, I have always used drugstore shampoo and conditioner, never had issues with it, but since beauty is a big interest of mine, and I already invest a lot of money and time in makeup and skincare then why not invest in proper hair care too? It might even help with the split ends I have always had. I bought Olaplex no. 3, 4, 4p, 5 and 9, and would even get the salon Olaplex treatment every now and then. In the beginning my hair was doing fine, but my hair kept shredding in chunks when I would shower, much more than it’s normal. Because my hair is so thick, I didn’t think much of it and quickly because one of the Olaplex hype girlies on social media who would immediately snap back at anyone discrediting Olaplex. Months went by (6 months) and so did the shredding. My hair would still grow as I could see a lot of roots showing (my hair grows fast naturally) but the length wouldn’t change. I started to understand my problem wasn’t hair growth, that was fine and I was blessed with that from my genetics, but Olaplex made my hair so weak and thin that it would case my ends to snap off and therefore not grow in length. After looking at selfies throughout the year and myself in the mirror, I realized how much hair I actually have lost. My hair is now EXTREMELY thin - Something I have never ever struggled with. I can’t even do a ponytail anymore because my hair looks like a few flat strands of hair put together. Olaplex caused my hair to break and shred so bad, I have lost probably around 85% of my hair. I’m not touching Olaplex again, and I’m now switching over to Redken’s extreme line with a mixture of Kerastase, and hopefully when Redken have saved my hair after some time I can switch fully to Kerastase as it is very good for keeping the hair healthy and nourished. 

Please do NOT fall for the Olaplex hype and early placebo effect it gives when just starting it. Instead of Olaplex salon treatments, I really recommend getting the Kerastase salon treatment (Fusion I believe it’s called!). K18 also did save the 15% hair I now have left a little.

Re: Olaplex Damage and thinning

Thank you. My mom has been having issues with thinning hair so we are trying a few things. I’m sorry you’re going through this. I can tell you she liked the smell of Grow Gorgeous but it didn’t help with her hair. 

Re: Olaplex Damage and thinning

thank you so much for your post! I’ve noticed the same thing and just now realized its coming from the olaplex- not the hair color! I don’t have a lot of hair and lost even more! wish I’d seen this sooner.. 

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