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7 Nourishing Hair Products Just as Good as Olaplex

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If you’ve ever had your hair bleached, you’ll know how drying and damaging it can be. One minute it looks glossy, the next your hair is dry and frizzy.

Hairdressers often recommend Olaplex to help repair the damage caused by bleach, but if you’re looking for cheaper alternatives, Reddit has some recommendations that are way more affordable than the original.

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If you’ve ever experienced brittle, dry hair that’s prone to breakage and split ends, you’re going to want to try a repairing product.

Brydie clearly defines Olaplex as a ‘three-step process that aims to repair and prevent hair damage. It works on a molecular level by restoring the hair’s broken disulfide bonds which can result from harsh chemical treatments like bleaching and coloring.’

Olaplex products include an ingredient called Bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, which actively restores broken bonds. The brand patented it, which means that no other products will be able to use it in their products.

While that does mean you won’t find any products that are exactly like Olaplex, you can find some that help to nourish and repair your hair. This is vital if you regularly bleach or colour your pair, as you may find it causes irreparable damage if you don’t look after your hair.

I came across a thread on Reddit all about Olaplex dupes, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a few within my price range. Then there’s TikTok, Instagram and many more social media platforms where people are raving about perfect dupes.

Here’s what I found.

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Redken Bonding Conditioner For Damaged Hair

Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner 300ml

Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner 300ml, £19.35, Look Fantastic – buy now

By far the most talked about product, Redken’s Acidic Bonding Concentrate Conditioner is apparently the most similar to Olaplex.

One Redditor wrote, “All the brands are coming out with dupes of the system, Redken’s being the most popular (and apparently the closest to Olaplex).”

There’s also a shampoo you can use for best results.

OGX Bonding Plex Shampoo

OGX Bonding Plex Sulfate Free Shampoo for Damaged Hair, 385 ml Amazon

OGX Bonding Plex Sulfate Free Shampoo for Damaged Hair, £19, Amazon – buy now

Another popular product, the OGX Bonding Plex Shampoo contains vegetable proteins and a cross-linking polymer that work together to prevent hair damage and to smooth the hair cuticle for a flawless finish.

While the brand seem to have stopped selling the product on sites like Boots, you can find it on Amazon and there’s a conditioner version too.

Matrix Bond Ultim8

MATRIX BOND ULTIM8

Matrix Bond Ultim8, £17, Salon Trusted – buy now

This is step 3 from Matrix Bond Ultim8, the first two only being able available in salons. The third step should be used after a trip to the salon if you’ve had your hair coloured to prevent breakage and damage caused by treatments.

It helps the hair to repair itself by forming new bonds, and it’s a little cheaper than Olaplex. Use this to replace the third step from the OG brand.

Redken pH Bonder Post Service Perfector 150ml

Redken pH Bonder Post Service Perfector 150ml

Redken pH Bonder Post Service Perfector 150ml, £13.95, Look Fantastic – buy now

Another popular product comes from Redken as a replacement for Olaplex’s third step. Beauty Room claim this works just as well as Olaplex for an even better price, and is used in salons.

You can use this once a week after you’ve had your hair coloured. It increases the hair’s elasticity, increasing the hair’s strength and creating a healthy finish.

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Schwarzkopf Professional Fibreplex Shampoo

Schwarzkopf Professional Fibreplex Shampoo

Schwarzkopf Professional Fibreplex Shampoo, £7.65, Cool Blades – buy now

For a super affordable alternative to Olaplex, you can try Schwarzkopf’s Fibreplex Shampoo.

This is one step of a three-step system, which helps to form bonds within your hair’s fibres and also works to balance the pH level of your hair, which helps to maintain your colour.

Revolution Haircare Blonde Bond Plex Set

Revolution Haircare Blonde Bond Plex Set

Revolution Haircare Blonde Bond Plex Set, £32, Revolution – buy now

TikTokers have been raving about Revolution’s Plex Set, which they claim is a complete dupe of Olaplex. If you’re blonde, this one’s great for you (but they have alternatives if you’re brunette or a red-head).

One user said while it’s not quite as impressive as the original, she’d recommend it, saying: “On the whole, I think they’re a great dupe for people who can’t afford Olaplex but want to look after their hair a bit more.” 

The set helps to repair damage by strengthening and smoothing bleached locks, as well as banishing yellow, brassy tones.

Knight and Wilson PurePlex Revolutionary Hair Repair System

Knight and Wilson PurePlex Revolutionary Hair Repair System

Knight and Wilson PurePlex Revolutionary Hair Repair System, £12.99, Superdrug – buy now

Last but by no means least is Knight and Wilson’s PurePlex Revolutionary Hair Repair System. At a complete bargain for just £12.99, this four-step system has rave reviews too.

The brand claims you’ll notice a difference after just one treatment. With an ‘Aminofix repair and protect bond reconstructing technology,’ it helps to repair damage caused by bleaching, styling and heat, rebuilding the hair’s natural structure, strength, elasticity and volume, while also protecting your locks against future damage and breakage.

A tester from Refinery29 claims it didn’t work for them, but it’s worth a shot.

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Shop Olaplex

Just want the real deal? I hear you. While it’s expensive, it’s not branded the best in the biz for nothing.

Olaplex
Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask

Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, £26, Olaplex – buy now

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Nº.3 Hair Perfector strengthening treatment

Nº.3 Hair Perfector strengthening treatment, £26, Olaplex – buy now

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Nº.4 Bond Maintenance shampoo

Nº.4 Bond Maintenance shampoo, £26, Olaplex – buy now

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Nº.7 Bonding Oil hair treatment

Nº.7 Bonding Oil hair treatment, £26, Olaplex – buy now

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Nº.5 Bond Maintenance conditioner

Nº.5 Bond Maintenance conditioner, £26, Olaplex – buy now

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Nº.6 Bond Smoother styling cream

Nº.6 Bond Smoother styling cream, £26, Olaplex – buy now