The best Olaplex alternatives to save your hair and your bank balance

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by Georgia Scott |

Olaplex is known for its miracle work, and while we might all love it, our bank balances don’t always allow for the splurge. Been wondering what other products are available that can give the brand a run for its money? We’ve got you covered.

Bonding treatments are a vital step in any hair care routine in between visits to the salon. Depending on whether you colour your hair or heat style before a night out, the bonds in our hair bear the brunt of this damage and often need some TLC.

The love of bonding treatments has come from proven results that allow us to achieve salon-quality treatments at home. The hair is restored, deep conditioned and strengthened. Products that build hair bonds work for all hair types and can help with a variety of hair concerns.

We’ve rounded up some of the best alternatives to Olaplex that will leave your hair feeling super strong.

SHOP: Check out our picks of the best Olaplex alternatives

Revolution Haircare Plex No.3 Bond Restore Treatment

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A restoring and conditioning treatment to use before shampoo and conditioner, this protein system-based product is made up of three different types of plant protein that have been selected to target different parts of the hair fibre. It's a fab alternative to Olaplex that won't break the bank to provide instant results.

Review: “Better than Olaplex and for a fraction of the price, my new go-to!”

Charles Worthington Grow Strong – Longer & Stronger Protein Treatment

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A leave-in treatment to boost hair health with strand-building protein. This cream protects against heat damage and reduces blow-dry time to further protect the hair from heat styling. It promises that hair is instantly stronger and reduces breakage by 90 per cent after just one use.

Review: "It’s amazing, made such a difference and makes blow drying my hair so easy!"

The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Bond Repair Bond Building Treatment

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A bond-building treatment that you can use twice a week with molecular technology to restore the hair from the inside out. Suitable for all hair types and concerns. This product is designed to leave your hair feeling and looking stronger.

Review: "Perfect for coloured hair, my hair needed some TLC after a colour treatment which left it feeling healthy, soft and shiny."

OGX Bonding Treatment

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A leave-in conditioner for damaged hair that uses salon technology to help restore and revive hair. This product aims to restore damaged hair by creating new hair bonds, strengthening strands and smoothing split ends. It features vegetable proteins to repair hair bonds and is sulphate-free.

Review: "Just bought this a few days ago and used this to try and tame my ends as they have been quite dry and frizzy. I was surprised that it is leave in as I didn’t read the directions when I bought it! However, I have washed and conditioned my hair and put this in. I blow dryer and straightened it and wow really happy with the results.
It does have a slightly heavy feeling on my hair so I will use less product next time. Hoping it doesn’t make it greasy. For the price worth a go!!!"

The INKEY List PCA Bond Repair Hair Treatment

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The INKEY list puts ingredients with proven results at the heart of its products. This lightweight spray rebuilds and strengthens damaged strands to promote smoother and healthier-looking hair. It contains hydrogen and 10 per cent Granrepair Powerbond – a compound that's clinically proven to strengthen hair from within the hair shaft.

Review: "This stuff is amazing! Gives a shine to my hair like no other product ever has and helps tame my frizz. I spritz it through my mid-lengths to ends when my hair is wet and then style. I only use this and an argan oil hair treatment through my ends and my hair game has never been so good!"

BoldPlex 3 Bond Repair Hair Protein Treatment

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This is a bond-building treatment designed to work on a molecular level by fixing hair proteins and repairing dry and damaged hair. This can be used on all hair types to improve the condition of each strand of hair. It's ideal for those who want to improve their hair health and soothe damage caused by colouring, heat styling or over-processing.

Review: "My hair was so damaged and dry due to over bleaching during lockdown split end as was unable to book cut. I've tried so many treatments during this time to try and repair the damage nothing worked till I left this Bondplex treatment on overnight amazing results...all I can say is worth the price and you will not be disappointed. Going to use 3 times a week going forward and will now try the shampoo and conditioner. Thank you, couldn't be happier with this product."

The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum

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This concentrated serum promotes thicker, fuller and healthier hair. It aims to penetrate the scalp encouraging circulation and promoting healthy hair follicles. Apply to a clean dry scalp to maintain healthy hair without disturbing your daily routine.

Review: "I definitely feel like this stuff makes my hair look a lot healthier when I use it regularly over a long period of time, the bottle also lasts a good while, but not sure if I've seen much of an improvement in terms of hair density or growth? I have really thin hair so always looking to improve the condition and give it more life, as I said it looks healthier when I do use this and I've bought it for a second time now, I think the key is consistency."

Jerome Russell Bblonde Jplex Professional Hair Bond Strengthening System

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This two-part hair strengthening system is great for those who dye their own hair at home. The first part can be mixed with colour/bleach to strengthen hair through the colouring process, and the second part is a deep conditioner for use after colouring. It goes to work to strengthen broken bonds and leave hair feeling healthy.

Review: "I have bleached my hair within an inch of its life and have lost a lot as well!! I wish I had tried this before as I re-did it last night and it made such a difference. It left my hair really soft and absolutely no breakage. Trust me, if you bleach your hair at home then you need this."

Cantu Grow Strong Strengthening Treatment

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A strengthening and conditioning hair treatment designed to hydrate and protect against breakage for long healthy hair. This formula aims to promote stronger and longer hair by deeply conditioning, protecting against daily damage and adding manageability and shine. It's infused with shea butter and natural oils to deeply condition and protect against daily damage.

Review: "Lovely product, makes my hair softer and smells lovely. I used it on the ends of my hair, it’s creamy & water based so I’m not sure about using it on straightened hair unless you don’t mind curls/ hair reverting. I need to use it longer to see real benefits but so far so good."

Pureplex Revolutionary Hair Repair System

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This treatment aims to provide stronger, healthier hair with just one use. Featuring Aminofix repair and protect bond reconstructing technology to rebuild the hair's natural structure, it also restores volume, strength and elasticity whilst protecting against future damage and breakage.

Review: "I've been using this product for 3 or 4 years now with great results. I have fine, bleached hair which has to be looked after, otherwise it breaks or looks frizzy. I think the secret is to follow the instructions with correct timing and use LOADS of step 3 and 4 products on your hair. Fortunately, the bottles are a generous size. Far better than Olaplex!"

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What does Olaplex do?

Olaplex originally launched in 2014 and is known around the world as a salon-quality treatment that was exclusive to hairdressers. it's recently become available to use at home. Since launching, the brand has changed the hair game in order to reverse damage caused by breakage of the hair bonds using its patented ingredients to help rebuild and restore the hair.

Is Olaplex worth it?

It’s entirely up to you – Olaplex is known for its miracle results but there are so many alternative products that provide similar results at a range of all different price points.

Is Olaplex good for curly hair?

Yes, absolutely. Olaplex is designed for all hair types and all hair concerns. Regardless of your hair type, hair still suffers from heat or colour damage. All hair is made up of bonds and can benefit from bond-building repair treatments, especially if they’ve broken over time.

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