Olaplex - Hair Breakage Solved!
Updated: Feb 28
Olaplex is a hair repair treatment that’s been developed especially for people who have damaged hair from excessive bleach. It’s available in a couple of forms – Olaplex can be mixed in with coloring products to minimize damage, or used as a standalone treatment.
The active ingredient in Olaplex is a compound called bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate - patented by Olaplex's Dean Cristal.
Bleach can whiten hair but also damages hair at a molecular level, leaving it more susceptible to tangling and more fragile, causing strands of hair to break more easily when brushed. Bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate help to restore damaged hair by repairing disulfide bonds broken during the bleaching process.
Hair contains lots of keratin proteins, which has the amino acid cysteine. Cysteine contains a sulfur atom. Normally, two sulfurs will join together to form a disulfide bond, creating a link between two proteins. All these bonds is partially responsible for your hair’s overall shape and strength. When hair is permed or straightened, these bonds are deliberately broken into two free thiol groups, and then reformed after the hair is pulled into its new shape. Reforming these bonds typically takes a few days.
However, that’s not the only thing that can break disulfide bonds – lye, repeated heat, sunlight, hair styling and chemical treatments like hair coloring will also break disulfide bonds and lead to weakened, damaged hair. The peroxide used in bleaching can help repair disulfide bonds… but can also paradoxically stop them from forming, by capping the free thiol groups with a sulfate group, thus causing more damage to your hair.
Bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate is free of silicone, sulphates, phthalates, DEA, aldehydes, oils.