Olaplex for 4c hair
Is it just me or have Olaplex products been appearing everywhere? Before my favorite Youtuber AllyiahsFace started using them last year, I didn’t even know about the brand.
But upon doing research, I realized that the Olaplex treatment has received rave reviews from acclaimed beauty editors as well as very big social media influencers. Known to be a professional hair treatment that is used during salon services, celebs and regular people started raving about it.
Which is why I started asking myself “Can you use Olaplex on 4c hair?”. I mean no offense, but a lot of the women that were promoting Olaplex had very different hair types than us.
So, I figured it was time to test that new product myself and find out if Olaplex coul be used on natural hair.
Why is Olaplex famous?
However, before we get into the how, I think it’s important to understand what all the hype around the Olaplex system is all about.
Because in case you didn’t know Olaplex basically got super famous during the pandemic when the brand experienced explosive growth thanks to TikTok. Thousands of people were posting their results with Olaplex on natural hair before and after. Especially people with blonde hair or color damage, shared their experiences using the purple shampoo.
And most of them really had noticeably healthier hair afterward.
But what exactly does Olaplex do?
Olaplex is a protein treatment that works to repair extremely damaged hair. Due to hot tools, the environment, and different chemicals we experience hair damage in the form of split ends, frizz, or breakage.
What Olaplex does is repair the disulfide bonds inside the hair shaft, which are responsible for the hair’s structure, strength, and stability. Thanks to its patented chemical process, the hair is cured from the inside out, resulting in strong hair bonds again. This leads to strong, healthy-looking, and more resilient hair.
Can you use Olaplex on 4c hair?
Now on to the important part. How to use Olaplex on natural hair? Olaplex has so many products that it’s really hard to tell which one is good for African American hair. Well, that’s the interesting thing. Because Olaplex works on a molecular level by restoring the broken bonds from the inside out, your hair pattern doesn’t matter.
Which Olaplex treatment is for 4c hair?
Of course, haircare is at the forefront of my natural hair journey. Meaning that I’m only using products that either lead to hair growth or stronger hair.
This is why the products I chose are the Olaplex No. 4 Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo, the Olaplex No. 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner, and last but definitely not least the break-out star, the Olaplex No. 3 Hair Perfector.
While all three hair products are good for natural hair, the latter is the most effective and works even without the use of the shampoo or conditioner.
You ideally want to use this standalone treatment twice a month. You can simply use it in place of your regular shampoo and conditioner for a month and observe if you see any results. If your hair looks noticeably healthier and has a vibrant color clarity to it, then you know it’s working on your 4c hair.
Is Olaplex worth the price?
With so many great products for 4c hair on the market, that are more affordable than Olaplex, the question becomes if $28 USD per 8 fl oz bottle is worth it. And most of us coily and curly girls have thick hair, which means that that little bottle won’t last long.
But the answer is still yes! The Olaplex treatment is worth it, especially if you had chemical treatments or heat damage on your natural hair.
In addition, remember that protein is very important for natural hair! It reduces breakage and helps with moisture retention. And if there is a lack of protein it leads to dry hair and damp hair. This is why using a protein treatment like Olaplex on a monthly basis is essential to healthy hair.