So the last time I went for a haircut, the hairdresser suggested to me that I try a treatment called Olaplex – of course I have heard of it, in fact I have used to Step 3 leave in treatment at home (purchased from Amazon) but I was a bit too tight to spend £20 on a conditioning treatment in the salon when I wasn’t even getting my hair coloured so…I gave it a miss.
Afterwards my friends told me – Olaplex? You should have got it! A miracle for dry hair, apparently. This two step treatment is done in salons only and rebuilds broken hair. Step 3 is a treatment you can use at home and in my opinion, works well (my hair looks shinier, and feels softer) but it’s not as ‘intensive’ as the salon treatment.
So when I saw this I made a note to try it at some point – then I was sent it by the PR so, even better!
Pureplex is a 4 step treatment and costs £12.99.
PUREPLEX Revolutionary Hair Repair System for stronger healthier hair after just one treatment. Features Aminofix repair and protect bond reconstructing technology to help repair damage from over bleaching, colouring, styling, chemicals and heat. PURPELEX Revolutionary Hair Repair System rebuilds the hair’s natural structure, restores strength, elasticity and volume and protects against future damage and breakage.
I also have the shampoo and conditioner which are sold separately, which I will review at another time as I have not use them for long enough to comment.
But lets talk about the Repair Treatments!.
In the box you get 4 items and this is how you use them.
Step 1. A Clarifying shampoo sachet. I have medium length hair and this can last me 2 to 3 washes. Use this before you start the treatment.
Step 2. A treatment which is like water in a squirt bottle, leave this on for 5 mins and pat off the excess. It is literally like water, so make sure you have a towel around your shoulders as it will drip everywhere. You seem to get an awful lot of this stuff, I applied all over but I didn’t use much at all.
Step 3. The reconstructing treatment comes in a tube and looks like a standard deep conditioner. It smells floral, and is easy to brush through the hair and leave. You leave this for 15 minutes but I admit mine was in for longer because as usual I had to do something else whilst it was in my hair. Not a problem though I try to leave conditioners in for as long as I can. This tube, if I am being very generous would easily last 3/4 treatments. If was being stingy, it would last even longer.
Step 4. After washing out the treatment use this conditioner at the end (seems like a lot of conditioning!). This sachet would last 2-3 washes.
I am sure the you can use your regular conditioner and a clarifying shampoo once you have run out of the sachets.
So – I had this around for a week or so before I finally got around to trying (young kids, ya know?). I was worried that it would be complex since there are 4 steps but it isn’t The only fiddly bit is the liquid part (step 2), just do this in the shower or over the sink I guess.
Sorry for these less that brilliant photos, but I took pictures on my phone as I went alone.
Step 1. My hair try, no products etc. I bleached my hair a year ago and I am still paying for it now. No matter how many hair cuts I have the ombre never seems to go! The ends are quite dry and hard to brush and will frizz up if I don’t use any products on it.
Step 2. With the treatment on. Nothing particularly interesting here – I like how the treatment doesn’t drip everywhere as it’s so thick and I didn’t notice any irritation (my scalp is sensitive).
Ok – so I rinsed everything out and dried It as normal and immediately noticed how damn SOFT my hair was. It hasn’t been this soft in a long long time, like baby hair soft. I noticed it was a little shiner, and just generally felt like it had more strength instead of looking frazzled.
This pic is taken 3 washes after the treatment. I have put nothing in my hair and have let it air dry. Again sorry for the rubbish photo, but as you can see, my hair does look quite soft, silky and in control which it normally wouldn’t if I left it au naturele.
2 people asked me if I had coloured my hair – I am not sure why the treatment made my hair look different to other people, I personally don’t see it – perhaps my hair is just a bit shinier and therefore looks a bit lighter to some people.
I personally find a lot of intensive conditioners don’t have long lasting effects on my hair which is why I don’t use them.
This Hair Repair System Treatment is better and DOES give real results and they seem to be lasting too. My hair undoubtedly looks better, feels stronger, and is a lot less frizzy. For £12.99 I can easily get 4 treatments out of the set IMO, which makes it cost effective and I can’t imagine I would have to use it more than once a month (but of course if you process your hair regularly you might want to use it more, or if you have long, thick hair you might get through the treatment faster.).
If there were any downside, I would say my hair does feel heavier if that makes sense – my hair frizzes so the weight is welcome for me, but if you had super fine hair, I am not sure how this treatment would work for you (but then again, if you have soft fine hair already, you wouldn’t need this!).
I 100% recommend this for people with dry, coloured, brittle, frizzy, damaged hair who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on Olaplex. It’s (currently sold out but may be available in store!).