So, your hair has been through a bleach tornado and you’re now in a wonderful world of trouble. Well click those heels Dorothy because you need to go see the wonderful Wizard of Olaplex.
As we have already got brains (OK not enough to refrain from bleaching, don’t look at me with those judging eyes, Toto) we need some answers from the Wizard that is chemistry. How does this golden nectar work? Do you have the courage to ask? (nope, not sorry)
Let’s have a chemistry lesson! Said no sane person wanting to keep a reader engaged ever but I think we can all agree you are not dealing with a sane person here, so I shall continue. *attaches elbow patches to jacket*
Your hair is made up of keratin, the bricks to your yellow brick road, if you will. Just like actual bricks keratin can only stay strong if another substance bonds them together. So, the ‘cement’ that holds keratin together are protein bonds called disulphide bonds.
Unfortunately, when we do fun things to our hair it has an effect on the disulphide bonds, in that it changes its chemical properties turning it into cysteic acid, which if I am correct is the substance that dissolved the Wicked Witch*. The more you expose your hair to oxidising chemicals the more cysteic acid will be produced and increased cysteic acid is thought it be a major cause of hair damage.
Here is where Olaplex comes in, with some magical wizardry (that is a bit of a secret therefore must be metaphysical) Olaplex seems to swoop in and restore the broken-down disulphide bonds. Not all heroes wear capes.
Here is my Olaplex story.
Once upon a time I did a stupid thing, I had brown hair and I didn’t want brown hair anymore so I bleached it. Although it was still attached to my hair the quality of my hair was not only massively compromised to the point that I couldn’t wear it down it was also, you guessed it, light orange. I didn’t mind this but on hearing about Olaplex I decided it was worth a try just to see if I could push it to blonde. I then bleached it again with the addition of Olaplex 1 and 2 and it was like someone had given me a whole new head of hair. Afterwards it was blonde and the condition had improved, it was soft and shiny again….yes way!
However, I currently still have one section of really damaged hair which nothing seems to be able to restore. So as usual with me a word of warning: Do not to push your hair to the point of no return. That’s MY thing quit coping me.
p.s *I am not correct.