Can I use Olaplex after a keratin treatment?

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  • Olaplex repairs the internal structures of your hair that may suffer damage or weakness after a keratin treatment.
  • Olaplex also extends the effects of keratin. Nevertheless, there are cheaper products that yield similar results. I’ll tell you about this below.


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Intensive repair hair treatments will never be bad for your hair.

However, you may not select the appropriate treatment for your hair type and condition, and that’s when unexpected results arise.

Not all intensive repair treatments are for all hair types.


For example,  as a hairdresser, I usually recommend Olaplex to clients who color or bleach their hair every forty days.  Why?


Because Olaplex repairs the damage caused by chemicals during coloring and bleaching processes.

So, the hair is repaired while the process is being done.


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However, some clients have dehydrated or frizzy hair. In that case, I recommend keratin treatments.

While Olaplex and keratin are not opposite products that damage your hair, you should consider why you want to use Olaplex after a keratin treatment.


If you got a keratin treatment done yesterday, for example, you probably notice a great improvement in your hair. It should be hydrated, frizz-free, and much shinier.

Of course, I say “should” because the keratin treatment is sealed into the hair with heat tools at very high temperatures.

So, if your hair was seriously damaged before the keratin treatment, the excessive heat will end up damaging it even more.

Can Olaplex repair the damage caused by a keratin treatment?



 In that case, as your hair was damaged and you got a treatment with high temperatures, my advice is to visit a professional hairdresser. 


I know that you can buy Olaplex online and save a few dollars, but think about your hair health and the damage it suffered.

So, again.


 If you got a keratin treatment and notice your hair is weak and damaged, ask a hairdresser about it. They’ll assess your hair before applying Olaplex.  


This way, you’ll know for sure whether you should apply Olaplex after the keratin treatment without risking your hair.

Now, I’ll tell you about Olaplex and how it’s used at a salon.

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How Olaplex repairs the damage after a keratin treatment

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Why will Olaplex repair the damage caused by a keratin treatment?


Olaplex is an excellent hair bond repair and restructuring agent. It can restore your hair after years of damage in a single application.

Olaplex restructures the DNA of the hair by repairing the bonds that break during harsh chemical processes such as bleaching, coloring, excessive heat, structural changes, perming, or straightening.

Those bonds transport proteins, vitamins, and nutrients from the core of your hair to the tip. That’s why applying Olaplex to hair damaged by a keratin treatment will make it shiny, silky, and manageable.


  I recommended waiting a minimum of 21 days to apply Olaplex to your hair after a keratin treatment. 

You should go to the salon for steps 1 and 2, which are for professional use.


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Alternatively, Olaplex 3 can be applied on your own. Here’s how to do it.


Step 1: Hair preparation

Split your hair into four sections, from forehead to nape and from ear to ear, holding them in place with hair clips.

Apply Olaplex 3 to your dry hair. Don’t wash it for at least 48 hours before application.


Step 2: Applying Olaplex 3

Apply a moderate amount to each section and comb it through thoroughly.

Leave it on for at least ten minutes. The longer you leave it on the hair, the better results you’ll get. You can even leave Olaplex 3 in your hair for up to two hours.


Step 3: Rinse

After the exposure time, rinse your hair with plenty of lukewarm, almost cold water. Shampoo and condition as usual.


Step 4: drying and styling

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You can comb and air dry your hair. Do you want to use a hairdryer? Set it at a low or cold temperature.

Olaplex 3 repairs hair damaged by a keratin treatment. Its effects last for approximately six months.


Now, there are alternative products to Olaplex that you can use if the keratin treatment didn’t damage your hair. They will extend the effects of the keratin.

And that’s what I’ll talk about next.


Why you shouldn’t use Olaplex to extend the effects of a keratin treatment

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Your hair will be healthy because it was repaired by the keratin treatment. So, there’s no need to add another treatment.

Olaplex 3 repairs the hair, and your hair is already repaired.


 In that case, products that include keratin will reinforce the treatment and extend the duration. 


There are several options.


Use shampoo and conditioner with keratin to wash your hair

Here is a list of products that provide excellent results:

  • Keranique Scalp Stimulating Shampoo
  • Brasilian Blowout Anti Frizz Shampoo
  • Keratin Complex Shampoo
  • Maple Holistics Silk18 Conditioner
  • OGX Brazilian Keratin Therapy
  • Keranique Volumizing Keratin Conditioner


Apply a keratin mask once a week

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Do it only twenty days after applying the keratin treatment to avoid saturating the hair.


Here are the ones most commonly used in salons and at home:

  • Blondwood Keratin Hair Mask
  • Vitamins Keratin Hair Mask
  • Natural Formula Keratin Intense Hair Mask


The application of the keratin hair mask is very simple:

  •  Apply the mask on your hair after shampooing.  Alternatively, you could use it as a repairing treatment by applying it on your dry hair.
  • Cover your mane from roots to ends. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes.
  • Don’t use shampoo or conditioner, and let it air dry.
  • Repeat once a week.


These products will help you extend the duration of the treatment. They also eliminate frizz and leave your hair shiny, tamed, and soft.



If the keratin treatment with high temperatures damages your hair, you can use Olaplex to repair it.

In other cases, such as to extend the duration of the keratin treatment, opt for shampoos, conditioners, and masks that include keratin.

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