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OlaPlex No:3 Hair Perfector Review

Posted by Gin Mabey on Aug 11, 2019

Olaplex No 3 Hair Perfector Review

OlaPlex No:3 Hair Perfector Review

The OlaPlex No:3 Hair Perfector has been on the market, and popular, for a long time. However, this review is for all of you out there who haven’t tried it and are wondering if it’s worth the cash!

What is it?

The OlaPlex No:3 Hair Perfector ($28) is a hair treatment/mask which you leave for at least 10 minutes before washing out. It’s designed to repair broken hair and give it a strong, healthy look and feel with fewer frizzy bits and scraggy split ends.

OlaPlex is a science-focused, evidence-based company, with a 3-step program designed to repair damaged hair. The OlaPlex No:3 Hair Perfector is, yes, the third and last step. I haven’t used the first two steps, but I’ll let you know when I do!

To use the Hair Perfector, you simply massage it into damp hair, leave for at least 10 minutes, then wash as normal.

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When and how I used it for the first time…

Here’s what I did:

  • I went to the gym for a circuit class until 7 pm
  • Came home (had to sit down…it was a brutal class)
  • Put my head under the kitchen faucet (yes, the kitchen, and yes, I wiped the sink
  • out afterward) and soaked my hair from root to tip
  • Towel-dried my hair
  • Smoothed a generous amount of OlaPlex No:3 onto my hair and massaged it
  • into my scalp and made sure to coat the ends
  • Twisted my hair into a bun
  • Made dinner, watched ‘Glee’ reruns and warded my Boston Terrier off my dinner, all the while my hair soaked in the mask for over an hour
  • Jumped into the shower, shampoo and conditioner, rinse, towel dry
  • Left my hair to air-dry before bed

What was my hair like after the first application?

Even when my hair was still damp, I could tell the mask had made a huge difference. It felt thicker, stronger, and more…cohesive, if that makes sense? There were no little runaway hairs straying from the crowd and creating a light layer of frizz. As my hair dried I could see that it was more voluminous than usual. This was exactly what I wanted! It had a more natural lift at the roots. It felt and looked fuller, with a little more body and movement. Yay!

I have naturally wavy hair, which veers closer to curly under the right circumstances. The OlaPlex No:3 didn’t make my hair curly, as such, but it did create deeper, more fuller waves which framed my face. I didn’t expect this result but I’m so stoked it happened!

One of the best aspects I have found is that my hair stays cleaner for longer. I’m currently sitting here with clean, voluminous hair on a Saturday morning. I used the Olaplex No:3 on Thursday night, and I honestly can’t see myself needing to wash my hair again until Monday. I don’t quite know how this works…but hey, I’m not about to question it!

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Will I keep using it, and repurchase when I run out?

Hands down, yes and yes.

I’m pretty lazy with my hair. I wash it then leave it to dry. I add a little dry shampoo when the roots are greasy, and spritz it with hair perfume when I remember to. I very rarely go to the hairdresser and I never get treatments done. Because of my fabulous shade of natural gingery-red, I have never dyed it.

Despite all of this, I really do want to have luscious, full, healthy hair without the effort. I find that the OlaPlex No:3 truly does work the way I want it to, and it’s easy. It’s not the cheapest product around, but for me, the results justify the cost.


If you want something to make your hair look freshly-treated, freshly-cut, healthy, voluminous and with a little extra luster, I would recommend the OlaPlex No:3. Now, as previously mentioned, I am by NO means a hair expert, quite the opposite. But my experience with this particular product was a resounding success.

Have you tried Olaplex products? Let us know what you think of them down below!

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Gin Mabey

Gin is a beauty enthusiast with a passion for makeup she's had since kindergarten when she would raid her Mum's makeup drawer. When she's not playing with new products and writing about makeup, she's a theatre actress, director and producer.

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