Olaplex Hair lightening
Once upon a time at your local upscale salon there was a girl who would dream of shiney golden blonde tresses that would glimmer in the sun. However her natural locs were thin and fine. Furthermore they were dark and bleaching them caused breakage, frizzes so eventually her dreams and hair were both broken. One sunny afternoon there was a white Box that came with a strange name who introduced itself: It was Olaplex Hair Lightening treatment.
“Hello my dear, I’m Olaplex”, said the subject. Reluctantly the dreamy girl who had been charmed many times before realized that there was something different about this. For example, Olaplex stood tall, with two accomplices by his side. One to be used during the lightening process and one to be used after like a deep conditioner. However, the dreamy girl would not be subject to looks alone.
The best way to see if this dreamy product produces what it claims is to use it.
First up, a bit of basic hair chemistry. I’ve posted about hair chemistry before in my explanation of how hair straightening and perming work, but here’s a quick recap:
Hair contains lots of keratin proteins, which has the amino acid cysteine. Cysteine is special because it contains a sulfur (S) atom. Normally, two sulfurs will join together to form a disulfide bond (S-S), creating a link between two proteins:
All these proteins holding hands is partially responsible for your hair’s overall shape and strength. When hair is permed or straightened, these bonds are deliberately broken into two SH (“free thiol”) groups, and then reformed after the hair is pulled into its new shape. Reforming these bonds typically takes a few days (hence not washing your hair for a few days after perming, since it warps the shape).
However, that’s not the only thing that can break disulfide bonds – lye, repeated heat, sunlight, hair styling and chemical treatments like hair colouring will also break disulfide bonds and lead to weakened, damaged hair. The peroxide used in bleaching can help repair disulfide bonds… but can also paradoxically stop them from forming, by capping the SH with a sulfate group, hence the extra damage:
I was initially sceptical of the claims, since so many other hair products claim to do similar things and…don’t. But the patent holders are academic chemists with extremely impressive reputations –Craig Hawker is on the Editorial Board of a lot of high impact factor chemistry journals, and has 17 Angew. Chem. papers on his resume, which is a pretty BFD in the chemistry world. So I wanted to vet this product thoroughly!
The patent has a surprising amount of detail into the mechanism of how it’s supposed to work. The short story is, the two ends of bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate form bonds with the sulfurs, making an artificial, extended disulfide bridge. More specifically, the “dimaleate” part of bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate are what’s known as Michael acceptors. These react with an SH group each in aMichael reaction to form covalent bonds like so:
And so a new disulfide link is formed between the two sulfurs, making the hair stronger. This happens pretty quickly – unlike with hair straightening and perming, these reactions will happen faster than the peroxide capping reaction, meaning hair damage during colouring is drastically reduced. Pretty cool, huh?
It’s neat that there’s a scientifically legit explanation for how Olaplex could work, but does it really happen this way in the real world? There are no published independent scientific trials yet, apart from thousands of rave reviews and before-and-after photos, which are pretty dramatic. There’s also a cool side-by-side comparison in the American Board of Certified Haircolorists Newsletter: they repeatedly shampooed hair after treatment with Olaplex, mineral oil, b3 Brazilian Bond Builder or colorpHlex. Olaplex comes out on top by far, even though the other two proprietary treatments make similar claims (strengthens hair from the inside out, repairs bonds).
I’m looking forward to seeing more comparisons in the coming months, especially with regard to how long the effects of Olaplex last – having coarse black Asian hair, chalkable pastel mermaid hair has always been an unachievable dream, and I’m optimistic that perhaps Olaplex can get me there without any frying!
So now with the use of this product for the last year on many clients with patience and a couple of services it is working well.
Olaplex Hair Lightening
Olaplex Hair Lightening
Olaplex Hair Lightening
Balayage hair color is a great way to color your hair and get results that will last longer than regular foils or all over hair color. The reason for this is that the hair color is darker at the roots and then melts into a lighter hair color towards the ends. This means that you still get a dimensional look. However, you don’t have to color your hair as often. If you have gray in your hair you can come into the salon for periodic root touch ups in between the full balayage hair color appointments which will save you money and keep you looking at the top of your game. However, if you have no gray hair it is not necessary to change your base hair color. Here are a few images of what balayage hair color looks like:
The balayage hair color in the first image has just began the process and is still a little dark on the ends. The balayage hair color in the second image has much lighter hair color on the ends and many hand painted highlights on top as well.
The amount of dark or light hair color is optional depending on your desires and certainly not limited to blonde. Here are some examples of different hair colors:
Whatever you choose for your personal hair color just know that there are options. Studio 229 offers free consultations so feel free to book an appointment online or call the salon anytime during business hours at 206-322-6325 and one of our color experts will be happy to assist you with deciding in what is best suited for you lifestyle, skin tone and even face shape. We look forward to seeing you and recommending something perfect just for you! My personal favorite colorist is DeAnna who has 25 years experience.
Benefits of facial treatments
Are facials really essential to the overall health and beauty of your skin? Yes! Many people often find facials to be an indulgence treatment. Yes facials feel great and you get to relax and shut off the world but your skin will stay youthful for much longer if you incorporate facials into your skin care routine. Our Esthetician here at Studio 229 in Seattle use Natural, safe, chemical free facial products. We tailor the products to your specific skin needs and type.
For example if you have acne a facial will benefit you and help to get rid of acne. By using probotic cleansers and lotions and perhaps even doing a peel your acne will be a thing of the past. Of course good at home care will also need to be incorporated into your routine.
Aging skin is always benefited from facial and microderms or if your skin is normal. It is necessary to exfoliate and get rid of dead skin so that new skin and collagen can be produced. Facials will help with this skin turnover process.
lashes brow tinting Not everyone is blessed with long dark lashes but that doesn’t mean it is unattainable!! Lash extensions can be expensive, time consuming, and a lot of maintenance. Lash tinging is the perfect alternative! The process takes about 20-30 minutes total. It is much less expensive then other lash treatments. Imagine, long beautiful lashes with no extra time in the morning applying makeup!
Not only can you tint your lashes but our Estheticians here at Studio 229 specialize in color matching your brows to your hair color. You no longer have to fear drastic hair color change due to brow mismatch!! This can help you more easily attain your desired look!!
lash and brow tinting is easy and only takes a couple of minutes, it is inexpensive yet really makes your eyes pop. Stop by any time at studio 229 on Broadway in Seattle and see one of the girls for your perfect brows. Online booking is available also or just stop by the salon and we will be happy to assist you.
We at Studio 229, Skin @ Studio 229 would like to say a couple more things in appreciation for all that the Eminence skin care line has brought to the community, us and the environment. We are very proud to carry and be able to offer this amazing line of skin care products to you. Not only is Eminence organic, but it offers proven, consistent results. For every product bought, the company plants a tree. Learning how this product is made is very interesting:In this 3-minute clip, Éminence president, Boldijarre Koronczay, takes you on a tour to Hungary to show you how Éminence Organic Skin Care products are hand-crafted using only the finest natural and organic ingredients.
After receiving training from our regional support group, we at the Seattle salon and spa learned that the Bright Skin products are clinically proven to increase skin lightness by 24% in 3 months!
Users with acne are referred to Eminence’s Clear skin line which improves is proven to reduce acne lesions, scars in 14 days.
If aging skin is a concern, like my skin, you are in for a real treat! 86% of users show improvement of skin elasticity in 14 days and 100% show improvement in 28 days.
There is also a calming line for sensitive skin. Users report a reduction in redness in just 14 days.
Cecilia is the esthetician at Studio 229 and is offering her one hour facial for a limited time which normally goes for$120 for $80 to clients that she has never done facials on before in order to introduce the Eminence skin care products. If you are interested in this special feel free to book this amazing special at www.studio229.net