The Color Chronicles: Olaplex No. 3 First Impression

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What’s up, curl homies? My hair has been blonde for about a week now, and while I haven’t noticed any visible damage, I have been concentrating on preventative measures – mainly focusing on my moisture/protein balance, as well as using a toning conditioner that I love (Tigi Catwalk Fashionista Violet Conditioner – but that’s another review!). But still, I know that damage and breakage can pop up over time with bleach, and I didn’t want to risk it. I read about Olaplex awhile back and a stylist recommended that I get a treatment on my Facebook page. I mean, I did leave bleach on my hair for an hour and a half. That can’t be good for Izzy.

So basically, Olaplex is a bond multiplier that reconnects/mimics the disulfide bonds in your hair that are broken during chemical treatments. As a result, breakage and damage are significantly decreased. Sounds like a magic gift from the hair universe for dye heads, right? Olaplex is a three part system (No. 1, 2, and 3) – No. 1 is is Bond Multiplier and mixed with your bleach, No. 2 is the Bond Perfector and applied after your process and links the remaining disulfide bonds in the hair, and No. 3 is the take-home retail version of the system (No. 1 & 2) and meant to be used once a week or more if your hair is severely damaged. For more information, check out the Olaplex FAQ.

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I’m Sorry Elle…You Put What in Your Hair?

One of the coolest things about hair is that a lot of kitchen ingredients work well for treatments. Coconut milk, honey, and olive oil are all ingredients that Izzy loves, and I love that I can pick them up from the grocery store while doing my weekly shopping. Awhile ago, I saw this video by one of my fellow YouTubers, louloumatou (who is awesome, btw), and decided to pick up some ghee. What’s ghee, you ask?

Ghee is clarified butter, and is often used in Middle Eastern and Asian cooking. Why put butter on my hair? Because there is a difference between regular butter and clarified butter. Basically, clarified butter is the fat only, and is like a solid oil. I have read that according to Avurvedic principles, ghee promotes hair growth. Now…whether that is true is neither here nor there (I don’t think it does), but it is a great “oil” for the hair. I am not a huge fan of oil, so the oils I have been buying are all ones that I can get on the ground in order to avoid shipping. My experience with ghee has been great (as I type this post, I am wearing a bentonite clay face mask with ghee and honey).

Consistency: Like a thin pomade…turns to oil quickly and absorbs easily into hair and skin.

Smell: I think it smells a bit like sweet cream, but I can see how some people would interpret a twinge of funk. At first, I thought it smelled like the fake butter that they use in microwave popcorn, but it started to smell like cream.

Uses: As a prepoo, ghee is awesome, I’ve prepooed with it overnight, and 20 minutes before washing, and my hair was soft each time. I haven’t prepooed since I started using CON, but I def like this as a prepoo, and it’s not so thick that it leaves an annoying residue. I’ve also used ghee as my oil under a gel, and had great results! It’s not greasy, and I got softened, non-crunchy hair. I always use a small spoonful in my deep conditioners. For my skin, it’s not heavy (like shea) and abosorbs quickly, softens skin, and gives a “dewy” appearance.

Cost: $8 for 4oz at the health food store, but you can order it in bulk on Amazon for a better deal.

WildChild Verdict: Definitely give it a try! And if you don’t like it on your hair and skin, you can always cook with it. It has a nice flavor!

What To Do When Your Hair Gets F*cked Up

As a product reviewer, there have been a few times where Izzy has straight up cussed me out and protested to what I’ve put on her. Well, this past Friday was one of those times. I used a product (which will remain nameless at the moment), that made her feel funny from the jump. I should have stopped right then, but I was trying to follow the instructions that were given to me. However, my hair felt rough and weird, tangled easily, and it seemed like products were just sitting on top of my head. It was like she was limp and poofy at the same time. I didn’t know what was wrong, and I almost began to cry because my hair very rarely acts like this. To be totally honest, I even considered giving it up and relaxing my hair, because I don’t remember my relaxed hair having such a strong reaction to a shift in products. I have my holy grails, and I know how to care for my hair. We have an understanding, so I became upset when I rinsed my hair and applied an HG, and my hair was still looking like shit. I think she is still stabilizing, but I wanted to share with you all how I “fixed” her, in case you find yourself in this position.

1. Go over your routine and most recent products used before your hair started acting up. What did you change? If you added more than one new product to your routine, like I did, go over all of the ingredients, and think back to the step where your hair started to go awry. I pH tested all of the new products I used and I think I found the culprit. For me, I thought my hair started to feel a bit weird when I conditioned my hair. Lo and behold, the pH of this conditioner is around 3! I looked at my pH strip in disbelief, and did two more tests to make sure I was being accurate. I got the same result every time. Admittedly, I am not a chemist, but I feel as if a pH of 3 is too low to use on the hair, especially if your hair is not damaged and you have not recently used a very basic solution. Like a high base product, a product that is too acidic can lift your cuticle and make your hair feel rough and more prone to tangles (ding ding).

2. GENTLY clarify your hair. Since it seems (honestly, I can’t say 100%, but this step is when I was like hmmmm when I was doing my hair) that an acidic product made Izzy mad, I clarified in the shower using Curl Junkie Daily Fix, because I did not want to use a shampoo, to potentially tangle her even more, but I did want to ensure she was getting cleaned and the products I had used were being removed – the conditioner also contained silicones, so I needed the coco betaine. P.S. I love that damn conditioner.

3. Depending on your issue, do the proper treatment to normalize your hair. With my situation, I used a strong acid on my hair, so I needed to do a treatment with a higher pH in order to stabilize my hair. I decided on a bentonite clay treatment, as the pH of the clay is around 9, and it further clarifies your hair. I added ACV to my mix (as well as honey and oils), but the pH was still around 7. I left it on for about 40 minutes, and after that, my hair already felt better – Izzy was shinier and smoother.

4. Deep condition your hair. I usually DC after a bentonite clay treatment anyway, so I broke out my trusty Curl Junkie Curl Rehab and DC’ed for 20 minutes. My hair still felt better, but I really wanted to DC for longer, but I didn’t want to spend the day doing my hair.

5. Use products you are FAMILIAR with to do your hair. This is not the time to experiment!! I used one of my HG combos to do my hair. Izzy felt and looked a lot better, but I still am very paranoid about my love!

If you are like me, and you are still not satisfied (being that my treatments were a bit hasty due to time constraints), repeat the process. Yes, bentonite clay can be drying, but if you mix it correctly and DC after, it should be fine. This time, I mixed it with my oils, honey, water (no ACV), hibiscus powder (for extra conditioning) and conditioner, and am leaving it on for a few hours. I don’t think it will dry my hair out because I added so many nourishing ingredients to it, and when I rinsed it off my hands they were soft (to me, this is a sign of how a conditioner will be on your hair). After I rinse this out, I plan to DC overnight with my KBB Luscious Locks Hair Mask.

Tomorrow I will give an update and let you know how Izzy is doing. I hope this post has been helpful to you guys, because I was really upset earlier. If you ever find yourself in this situation, CALM DOWN. Breathe. It can be fixed!!

Updated March 6, 2011

If you have seen the post I did after this one, you’ll see that my hair looks fairly normal again. However, it still feels a little funky. Also, Joe suggested using protein in order to help with any damage that may have incurred as a result of this little ordeal, so I have a couple more things to add to the list –

6. Do a Protein Treatment. However, be careful if you are doing a protein treatment that makes your hair hard, like Aphogee. It’s better to do a treatment that is also nourishing. I used my favorite protein treatment, Curl Junkie Repair Me! Also, because my hair was tangly yesterday, I detangled with the Repair Me! in, and my brush went through my hair like buttah. Yes, it also detangles. I love this treatment.

My hair feels better (and looks better), but now that I’ve done all these treatments on my hair (clarify, DC, protein…), I need a break, Which brings me to my final point…7. Leave Your Hair Alone. After I rinsed the Repair Me! I was scared to do anything that might make my hair tangle, and of course, after detangling my curl pattern was messed up. So, Izzy is back in twists, and I’m going to moisturize with my refresher sprays while she is twisted up. I just don’t feel like being scared or dealing with it right now. Sigh.