Olaplex and Aphogee are very different treatments: I’ll help you choose the best for your hair

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  • Olaplex and Aphogee are two completely different treatments.
  • Aphogee is a protein treatment. On the other hand, Olaplex contains an active ingredient that is different from protein. It works at a molecular level.


  • If you color or bleach your hair often, you could include Olaplex in the process to protect it. It can also be used on all hair types.
  • If your hair is curly and feels porous, you probably want it to recover its shape. Then, Aphogee is the right treatment for you. It’s a repairing protein treatment for both natural and permed curly hair.



The truth is that there’re so many repair and miracle treatments on social networks that it’s difficult to choose.

Before deciding on Olaplex or Aphogee Two Step, you should consider their differences. Only then, you’ll make the best decision.


Don’t choose any treatment, even Olaplex or Aphogee, due to their price, packaging, smell, or marketing.

You should choose the treatment according to your hair needs.

  • Price: I know you have a budget. However, even if you buy the most expensive treatment, it’ll be wasted money if it’s not what your hair needs.
  • Packaging: we live in a world where image seems to be everything. However, unbelievably, it’s the content that’s important, not the container. It goes for everything in life.
  • The smell: I know you want your hair to smell like fresh grass. However, believe me, you’d be surprised to know that some products that smell really bad can be exceptional.


So, what should you consider when deciding between Olaplex or Aphogee?

  • What does your hair need?

This is vital because repairing treatments have different objectives: deep hydration, extra protection during an aggressive chemical process, decreasing porosity, recovering the curl shape, etc.


  • Are you careful with your treatments?

None of these treatments work as a simple hair mask. You need to follow a strict application protocol to get the best results.


  • What are your expectations regarding the duration of both treatments?

Don’t raise your expectations so much. Both these treatments need to be re-applied.


Are you still confused because you don't know which one is for you?

Don't worry.


I'll bring you back to reality. We’ll focus on the differences between the two repair treatments.

You can make your decision according to those differences.

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Olaplex and Aphogee: what do they do?

That’s the starting point for deciding which you should apply to your hair.

The only thing they have in common is that they’re both repairing treatments. You’ll notice a very clear “before and after” effect on your hair.



apply during bleaching

It’s applied during coloring and bleaching processes to repair the hair fiber at the molecular level.

 It fixes previous hair damage and prevents damage caused by chemicals  such as peroxide and ammonia, which are used in these processes.


Aphogee Two Steps

rebuilds hair structure

You can apply it at any time. It’s a protein-based repair treatment that is ideal for natural or permed curly hair. .

However, if you plan to bleach or dye your hair, you should use it a week before either process.



  • If your hair is dry and extremely damaged, I recommend the use of Olaplex, especially if you’re about to bleach or color it. It works on both straight or curly hair.
  • If your hair is porous and has undefined curls, I advise you choose Aphogee. It’ll give you volume, definition, and shine.


We're almost halfway there. How about the application?


Differences in application

The differences continue to grow between Olaplex and Aphogee. While Olaplex is a 3-step treatment, Aphogee has only two steps.


  • You’ll have to go to a salon for Olaplex steps 1 and 2. The third step is for home use, and it’s easy to do.

If you usually apply hair masks or coconut oil to moisturize your hair, you won't have a problem. The product texture is quite liquid and allows you to dose it.


  • As regards Aphoge, you’ll have to be extremely careful when you apply it. Why?

The first step of the Aphogee is a rather gummy substance. It tends to run off between your fingers. You may even find it quite sticky.


Once you apply it to the hair, you must activate it with the hairdryer. The product reacts by hardening with the heat. That’s where you need to be extra careful.

If you touch or manipulate your hair at that point, it can break. Yes, just as you read it. Once you apply it, no touching your hair.

You should leave it on until the treatment is completely dry and rinse it with warm water. Then, it's time to apply step 2, which is a very easy to apply moisturizing treatment.


At first glance, Olaplex is easier to apply than Aphogee if we consider only step 2 which is for home use. Only remember to be extra careful with Aphogee, while step 1 is working on your hair.

Now, one of the crucial points.


How long does Olaplex last? How long does Aphogee last?

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  • Let’s face it. If you’ve chosen either of these treatments, your hair was crying out for help.

If you continue abusing heat tools, coloring your hair every other day, washing it every day, and non-sulfate-free products, your hair will damage again.

 You’ll have to change your hair beauty habits if you use any of these products.  If you also consider how long these products last, you’ll only receive benefits from them.


  • Olaplex produces permanent changes to the hair. It repairs the broken disulfide chains on the inside of the hair and that’s permanent.

Of course, it’ll last until you dye or bleach your hair again. At that point, you'll have to go back to step 1 and 2 at the salon. In the meantime, you can take care of your hair with Olaplex 3 once or twice a week.


  • Aphogee’s hair repair is not permanent. The manufacturer recommends repeating the treatment after six weeks. Of course, this is in ideal situations.

If you use the curling iron on your hair every day or every other day, say bye-bye Aphogee. There’ll be nothing to even out the porosity of your hair.

Have you decided which of the two treatments is best for your hair? Let’s discuss one of the issues we don’t like so much: the price.


What is the price difference between the two treatments?

repeat treatment once a week

The differences are noticeable.

First, because the Olaplex includes step 1 and 2 that is applied in the salon. Of course, your neighborhood salon, won’t charge you the same as a top salon located on Gran Via, Madrid.


  •  To give you an idea, the Olaplex treatment in the salon can cost between 80 and 150 dollars.  Then, you have to add the Olaplex 3, which is 24 dollars on Amazon.


  •  Aphogee, in turn, has two steps that cost around $25.  Yes, the price difference is huge. Don’t forget that the effects of Olaplex are permanent as long as you don’t color or bleach your hair.

You should also include the work of the professional stylist in the price.


Anyway, I think this is one of the least important factors to make your decision. Everything will depend on what your hair really needs.



Today, I'll leave the conclusions to you. After evaluating the differences between the two products, you know what treatment your hair needs.

  • Keep in mind that if you are bleaching or coloring your hair, Olaplex is for you. It will repair previous damage, and help you prevent damage from the chemicals in the dye and bleach mixture.
  • Now, if your hair is curly, and you can no longer deal with the porosity and undefined curls, your money will be well spent on Aphogee.

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