One thing any new color client will learn fast when they sit in my chair is that I am all about the hair’s health and integrity FIRST and foremost. Of course I am always working towards my client’s desired color and look, but no color looks good when its over processed (or on the floor). That is why I have been following (and now happily using since its been released) Olaplex, and this revolutionary new technology that is now known as the Holy Grail for hair colorists!
I first learned about Olaplex from my usual Instagram stalking of some of my favorite celebrity hair colorists, including Tracey Cunningham, Redken’s Creative Consultant and colorist to Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Drew Barrymore, to name a few. I was amazed when more colorists soon followed suit…Guy Tang, Sally Hershberger, Chris McMillian, and others tested the formula and were made believers! A product that really claimed to “Never Break a Clients Hair Again” was true and worked magic.
The story behind Olaplex is actually pretty fascinating! It all started when Dean Christal, creator of Olaplex (AND Santa Barbara local), collaborated with two chemists who created a new molecule that would link broken bonds in hair back together again. This molecule, when added to any hair color service prevents any breakage. Sounds like a miracle? It really is. As soon as I got my hands on this product I went crazy with test strands and experiments! It was so incredible to see strands without Olaplex literally disintegrate after a few hours and applications of bleach and 40 vol. while the strands with Olaplex managed to become stronger and shiner as it processed! Now I would NEVER try these tests on clients, but I really wanted to push the limits to see exactly what Olaplex was all about.
Since then I have used this magical color additive on my clients, and the results are unbelievable! There are times in this career when its really heartbreaking to see a client suffer from damaged hair caused by improper color processes or bad home color jobs. I really feel that this product is a new way for hair colorists to give their clients that extra bit of confidence that anyone desires when getting their color done. And I get to take my color a bit further than I ever thought was possible, with the insurance of Olaplex! Its basically love. :)
Olaplex is really taking off, and every hair colorist should have this tool in their arsenal. Whether its base color touchups, demi-permanent color glosses, or my signature Santa Barbara Balayage, know that your color will now include the Olaplex treatment. I am proud to now include it into my color services so all my clients will feel the benefits from this wonderful product.
I recently got to meet Dean Christal at this year’s Behind the Chair Color Show in New Orleans. He was so friendly and informative! He and his team did a great job explaining the science behind the product, and I got so many great tips to bring back to Cashmir Beauty Lounge back in Summerland, CA! Its always great to share information and inspiration with my coworkers! I can’t wait to see what else is in store for Olaplex and the haircolor world!
Oh yeah, and did I mention Olaplex is made right here in Santa Barbara?! I think thats my favorite part. ;)
Here are a few examples of the Olaplex magic! Enjoy! For questions, inquires, and appointments you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 805-455-7544