9 Affordable Products Like Olaplex To Get Luxurious Hair

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Many of us have experienced the wonders of Olaplex in hair salons, but did you know there are many affordable products like Olaplex that you can use at home to get the same results? No longer do you need to spend hundreds of dollars just to keep your hair in great condition – now, you can do it at home with one of these Olaplex alternatives for as little as $10!

Before we jump into all the wonderful alternatives to Olapex that are meant to be used at home, let’s have a look at what Olaplex actually is and what products like Olaplex do to the hair.

 

What Does Olaplex Even Do?

 

Olaplex isn’t just another conditioner that adds shine and smoothness to your hair; instead, it is a system that rebuilds the damaged disulfide bonds in your hair.

It’s especially great for hair that has been damaged due to years of chemical treatment. Olaplex will rebuild the strength, integrity and structure of your hair strands, like a full reset.

Olaplex has been one of the most revolutionary, game-changing products for colorists as it allows them to go between light and dark hair colors while not sacrificing the health and thickness of the hair.

Olaplex is best used during color treatment rather than after it. The treatment is not a miracle cure for post-dyed dry hair, but it can assist in strengthening the bonds that are normally broken during the dyeing process. This will assist in stopping breakage and post-colored hair having that candyfloss texture.

The Olaplex color treatments are only available in salons, and many salons do not carry the product. Plus, unfortunately, many of the salon-only Olaplex products online are, in fact, fake.

Luckily, there are more readily available, lower-cost alternatives to Olaplex online that you can use if you’re looking to dye your hair at home. Without further ado, here are the best 9 products like Olaplex on the market.

 

The Best Affordable Products Like Olaplex:

1. Ion Color Brilliance Absolute Perfection Booster

 

The best alternatives to Olaplex and cheap products like Olaplex

Products like Olaplex: Ion Color Brilliance

If you’ve performed a quick search on Youtube and typed in “Olaplex alternative”, you would see that the Ion Color Brilliance Booster is by far the top-recommended and reviewed product.

And that’s not surprising, considering the fact that this little miracle in a bottle costs under $10 and is readily available for purchase on eBay! What’s more – the small vial actually contains two doses. 

While the product is not exactly a professional bonding agent, people who have used this product swear by it (myself included!), especially because of its extremely affordable price.

If you aren’t willing to spend lots of money on an Olaplex alternative, it’s probably best if you start experimenting with this product first.

 

2. Redken pH-Bonder

 

The best alternatives to Olaplex and cheap products like Olaplex

Products like Olaplex: Redken pH-Bonder

Redken has its own uniquely formulated alternative to Olaplex that offers a synergistic system that bonds hair during and after dyeing or lightening. Their PH Bonder uses 100 years of scientific expertise and a team of hairdressers to formulate their hair care product. 

The bonder aims to protect bonds during the process and keep fibers strong from the inside out. This will also help smooth the hair’s cuticles which will improve strength, encourage shine and make the strands softer.

 
 
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The kit also includes an at-home remedy that will carry on helping your hair’s PH after the treatment. It’s recommended you use their maintenance products once a week before shampooing and alongside other Redken haircare products.

 

3. Schwarzkopf Fibreplex Bond Enforcing System

 

Products like Olaplex: Schwarzkopf Fibreplex

Schwarzkopf has created their own damage control system that can be used whilst undergoing color treatments. They claim that this Olaplex alternative can prevent up to 94% of hair breakage and that it will leave the hair fibers in their best condition.

Schwarzkopf’s system has three different steps much like Olaplex: the Bond Booster, the Bond Sealer and the Bond Maintainer.

The Bond Booster is used during the coloring process: The additive merges with hair fibers when added to the coloring system and creates a strong bond which reduces the amount of breakage.

The second part is the Bond Sealer which protects the outer surface of the hair and keeps it shiny. The last step is the Bond Maintainer, an at-home option that should be used twice a week at home to keep protecting hair from damage.

This alternative to Olaplex is great if you already use Schwarzkopf’s colorants as their formula is made to maintain the PH level of hair that has been colored with their products.

 

4. Brae Bond Angel Plex Effect Bond Multiplier

 

The best alternatives to Olaplex and cheap products like Olaplex

Products like Olaplex: Bond Angel

Brae’s Bond Angel was developed to help those who wanted more intense and healthy care for blondes. This alternative to Olaplex protects and prevents damage, especially for those who already have damaged hair.

The Bond Angel Multiplier can be used during heat, coloring and /or mechanical applications. It’s the best-selling bond reconstruction product in Brazil.

Bond Angel has the ability to multiply and protect the hair bonds whilst ensuring that the blonde color is bold and vibrant as well as the hair strong and healthy.

Bond Angel can be used alongside bleaching, coloring, straightening and keratin. There are 3 products or 2 steps to this product. The first is a chemical protector, and the second is a post-chemical rebuilder.

You can also use this Olaplex alternative on a consistent basis in a similar way as you use a hair mask, regardless of if you have bleached your hair or not.

 

5. L’Oréal Professionnel Smartbond

 

The best alternatives to Olaplex and cheap products like Olaplex

Products like Olaplex: L’Oreal Smartbond

This two-step solution works in synergy with L’Oreal’s dyes and protects the hair from damage. The Smartbond kit is made up of an additive to put in color or bleaching mix.

This additive is the bond that protects and strengthens the hair during the coloring as well as acts as a pre-shampoo that should be applied after rinsing the color or bleach.

The main difference between the Smartbond system and Olaplex is that with the Smartbond system, malic acid absorbs into the hair during the chemical process and acts as a lubricant between protein chains to give the hair more elasticity. With Olaplex, the formula reacts directly with broken bonds.

 

16 Comments

  1. khola wasti says:

    Good to see some affordable products and to nurture your hair as well.

  2. Yolanda Rodriguez says:

    Nice article. Could use copy editing for typos and errors though.

    1. Maria Julia says:

      Thanks for the feedback, I’ll have to look through it!

  3. I use Brazilianbondbuilder and it is amazing. Love it, and it keeps my clients hair healthy.

    1. The coconut oil works really well. Keeping it on overnight with any type of plastic bag will also keep it a bit warmer which is nice. I have found putting the coconut oil even on the ends of the hair for a few hours makes the hair more manageable and adds shine after shampooing.
      Thank you for all your wonderful alternatives that are affordable.
      Also thank you for taking your time to give us information that is needed for those of us that want to keep our hair in the best shape with shine and as healthy as we can doing it ourselves.
      Take care, stay safe and blessings to you and your family! 🌸

      1. Sherilyn Ellingson says:

        Using coconut oil before colouring I would think would cause the Color to be uneven, or blotchy, do you find this is the case?

        1. Maria Julia says:

          It hasn’t been blotchy when I’ve tried it! Just make sure to coat your hair evenly.

  4. How to I add coconut hair to hair?

    1. Maria Julia says:

      Coconut oil becomes liquid at 25 degrees celcius, so warm a dollop between your hands and then spread it from your roots towards your ends. Coat your hair evenly with as much product as you see fit – oil is harder to wash off, so don’t go overboard. You can leave coconut hair for up to 24 h before bleaching your hair for optimal results, but if you don’t have that time, I recommend either leaving it on overnight or at least 2-3 hours prior to bleaching.

  5. Good Article ,I will try one of the alternative conditioners. I have use Olaplex in the past It helps with the knots that I get in my hair . The cause my hair to breakage. Do you know of any other product that I can use for premature gray hair . It takes a lot to strengthen and retain the hair growth for me! Help !I have curly , and Coily hair.

  6. Brooke Ellison says:

    I’m in need of a good shampoo and conditioner. My hair is extremely thin and brittle. Please help. I probably need to be using a blue shampoo
    Suggestions would be greatly appreciated
    Hair help mucho thank you

    1. Sherilyn Ellingson says:

      I would suggest using a tea tree shampoo, Paul Mitchell has a nice one, or Nioxin. The tea tree stimulates blood flow and sebaceous glands, and is an astringent, so it gets the excess oils off, allowing the hair you do have to stay healthy longer. Nothing can bring back that hairs you have lost.

  7. Charlotte says:

    Don’t use a blue shampoo as these are very drying for your hair…..I’m going to try fibre Plex…..as i have been using olaplex for a while now , not that impressed…

  8. Thanks for all the informations about what we can use wich it’s like olaplex. About the coconut oil di you know if I can mix it with bleach to do highlights? As we can do with olaplex n1? Thank you so much Lene Coutinho

    1. Put it on the hair first, comb through gently, wait 2 hours and process as usual. Upon rinsing out color/bleach, shampoo twice before a final conditioning.

  9. B3 Brazilian Bond Builder isn’t a Brazilian product and we can’t find it for sale in Brazil!

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