Trying Olaplex

I’m not a beauty blogger, nor do I have the intention of being one – I know a good bit about putting my hair and makeup together, but no-one wants to see a video of my haphazard eye liner application. I may however from time to time feel the need to tell you about something new I’ve tried, and this is one of those times.

Being naturally blonde, the summer means my hair becomes like straw and having had my hair recently balayaged on top of already highlighted ends, it has become very dry and brittle to the point where I’ve probably had about 3 inches cut off it since April. That sounds like nothing, but it’s a traumatising amount to someone who has been trying to grow their hair long since they were 3. (My hair-growing girls get me).

It just kept breaking and I’ve been looking for something to help counteract the torture I’ve put my strands through and stop it looking so… taily.

Olaplex has been all over my instagram feed, particularly in lots of American salons and claims to strengthen the hair and stop breakages by repairing the disulphide bonds in the hair. I’ve been wanting to try it for months but didn’t think you could get it in Northern Ireland, never mind locally, but oh, my joy when I found out it was available in a little salon in Castlewellan. At £25 I felt a little guilty having it done, but it’s another one of those things that come out of my ‘treat’ budget. We may be saving, but a girl’s gotta maintain her hair. 💁🏼

I had never been to Bridgeen King’s salon (which, by the way, is gorgeous) in Castlewellan but heard a lot of good things about it, and I wasn’t disappointed. The girls were lovely and I think it’s the most relaxing hour I’ve had since about the start of June. The girls applied the treatment, popped on a cap and left me under the heater with a cup of tea, a stack of magazines and the wifi code. For someone who doesn’t stop, this was bliss.

When they rinsed the olaplex out I had my hair blow-dried and curled and left the salon feeling pretty fabulous. It was so silky I could feel how soft it was against my scalp. That sounds weird and a little creepy, but it really is feather-light! My hair is healthy and shiny and whilst I still have some split ends, there doesn’t seem to be as many.

Okay, so it’s hard to see when it’s so curly, but it’s definitely made a difference and I’ve been playing with my hair since. I couldn’t afford to do it all the time, but it’s a little bit of luxury that definitely improved my poor, dull hair.

Now, if you excuse me, I’m off to brush it and run my fingers through it some more.

Gillian x

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