Last Updated on April 28, 2023
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.
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, £20.70, 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 the best results.
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.
Charles Worthington Grow Strong Longer & Stronger Protein Treatment
Charles Worthington Grow Strong Longer & Stronger Protein Treatment, £5.69, Amazon – buy now
Charles Worthington’s Grow Strong Longer & Stronger Protein Treatment is a leave-in treatment cream that contains strand-building protein that can help fortify your hair.
This cream also features heat-protectant properties, which can help safeguard your hair against damage from your favorite styling tools.
And with the added benefit of reducing your blow-drying time, this product helps minimize heat exposure, making it a great choice for anyone looking to keep their hair healthy and beautiful.
Just want the real deal? I hear you. While it’s expensive, it’s not branded the best in the biz for nothing.
Nº.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask, £26, Olaplex – buy now
Nº.3 Hair Perfector strengthening treatment, £26, Olaplex – buy now
Nº.4 Bond Maintenance shampoo, £26, Olaplex – buy now
Nº.7 Bonding Oil hair treatment, £26, Olaplex – buy now
Nº.5 Bond Maintenance conditioner, £26, Olaplex – buy now
Nº.6 Bond Smoother styling cream, £26, Olaplex – buy now
Nº.4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying shampoo, £28, Olaplex – buy now
No. 9 Bond Protector Nourishing hair serum, £26, Olaplex – buy now