Olaplex VS K18… Which Is Better For You?

Olaplex VS K18… Which Is Better For You?

Our hair is a complex protein called Keratin, which gives it strength and elasticity. The Keratin protein comprises a series of amino acids and is responsible for our hair’s structure and color. Hair can be damaged by several factors, including heat, water, acidic solutions, bleach, and UV exposure. The two current most popular options for repairing hair are the Olaplex and K18 hair treatments, which both have slightly different goals and benefits. Let’s discover the secrets behind both and decide which one might be best for you.

What is Olaplex?

Olaplex is a hair treatment that uses a chemical called oligopeptide to help repair the hair. Oligopeptides are small peptides that makeup up a chain of amino acids. These are similar to the proteins that make up our hair, and work to repair the hair’s structure and increase its elasticity when there is extreme damage. 

How to Use The Olaplex Hair Treatment

Olaplex is a multi-step process, and steps: No. 1 and No. 2 are for professional, in-salon use. However, Olaplex No.3 allows for an at-home friendly application:

  • Start by getting your hair wet before application
  • Towel dry your hair until it is damp to the touch
  • Apply Olaplex No.3 generously to your whole head, completed in section
  • Leave in product for at least 10 minutes before rinsing
  • Follow with using Olaplex No. 4 and No. 5

What is K18?

K18 is a hair treatment that uses keratinocyte-derived growth factor (KGF) to stimulate new hair growth. KGF is a protein produced by the cells in the hair follicle and responsible for hair growth and regeneration. This hair treatment option is slightly more expensive, but it is cruelty-free, vegan, and suitable for all hair types.

How to Use K18 Hair Treatment

This treatment is done in a straightforward step, followed by the suggested Leave-in Molecular Repair Mask for the best results.

  • Towel dry your hair until it is damp.
  • Add one pump of K18 hair treatment, followed by additional pumps if needed
  • Work into hair with fingertips, starting from the ends
  • Leave in for 4 Minutes
  • Don’t rinse; style as usual


Which Product is a Better Fit for You?

These two popular options for repairing hair have different goals. Olaplex is a sulfate-based product that helps to rebuild the hair’s keratin protein directly after styling or color damage. K18 is a glycoprotein-based product that helps restore the hair’s structural integrity in minutes. If you are experiencing dull or brittle hair, K18 might be a better fit for you due to its fast-acting nature and suitability for minor damage. K18 can be used before coloring hair or as a standard hair health precaution. However, Olaplex is a more suitable option for those with more severe hair damage due to over bleaching or repetitive lightening. Olaplex is an excellent option for individuals who need temporary rejuvenation. 

Olaplex and K18 have incredible patented technology scientifically proven to repair and soften hair. However, it is still an ongoing question among professionals as to which is the best of the best.

At Imagique Salon Suites, we look forward to taking care of all your hair health needs. Contact Us today to learn more.