First Impressions and 5 Good Hair Days with Olaplex No 3, 4 and 5!

I finally tried the Olaplex No 4 and No 5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner for the first time recently and I was blown away. They helped provide me with over three days of solid hair days! I then used them again next wash and had more good hair days! Read on for more.



I will have a full, in-depth detailed review of the Olaplex No 4 and No 5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner once I use them for a while. This is just my initial first impressions to the duo.

I am completely obsessed with doing the Olaplex No 3 at home treatment weekly and then the stronger strength Olaplex 1 and 2 treatment once a month. These products have been such am important part in getting my hair healthy and growing it long. I've been wanting to try the newer Olaplex No 4 and No 5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner for a while. I picked them up back in August with the Sephora VIB Surprise Sale but didn't use them right away. I held off because these products do contain silicones and I feel everything I read and learn about my hair being healthy and The Curly Girl Method keeps on saying to avoid silicones at all costs, so I was. But my hair has been misbehaving a bit lately no matter what and I also figured since these are the shampoo and conditioner, they will be rinsed off and not live in my hair for days. Plus, being so happy with Olaplex's other products, I simply had to see what these can do for me and I'm IMPRESSED. I had some fantastic definition on my wash day- we're talking bouncy spirals! Plus, the definition held up through sleeps, work outs and even wind.

I actually went to Olaplex's website to ask about the silicones in their shampoo and conditioner. According to the brand rep I spoke with, Tanya, she said "The silicone we use in the No.4 and No.5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner, Divinyldimethicone/Dimethicone Copolymer, is water soluble and doesn't build up. It is more pricey, lightweight and doesn't buildup like a traditional, back in the day, silicone. We added it to our formula for shine, softeness and moisture retention." Hearing that the silicone is water soluble did make me feel a bit better. I do clarify once or twice monthly anyway.
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DAY 1
Here is what I used:
  • Pre Poo: Olaplex No 3
  • Shampoo: Olaplex No 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
  • Conditioner: Briogeo Don't Despair Repair Masque with Olaplex No 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner on top with heat from ThermalCare Hot Head
  • Stylers: Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Leave In Mask, Pacifica Pineapple Curls Conditioner, Jessicurl Rockin Ringlets, Raw Curls Firm Hold Gel, Jessicurl Oil Blend

I applied the leave in conditioners using seaweed technique then scrunched the rest in with my hair flipped Air dried. I used two leave in conditioners because I an reincorporating Briogeo's Don't Despair, Repair Leave-In Mask for it's since the weather got colder and more dry but that leave-in doesn't have enough weight to be used by itself. It is so worth it to me as an additional styling product. I just used a few sprays, focusing on my front pieces and ends.


DAY 2
I woke up with my hair in surprisingly great shape! The definition of day 1 help up quite well. I didn't even need to use a refresher spray at all. I just applied Briogeo Curl Charisma Curl Custard using "praying hands" method  and then scrunched and added some Jessicurl Oil Blend on top for shine and to lock the cream in.

My roots were not completely set in the first pictures, but they were getting close to being dry. I had Tommie snap these near his storage locker because I like posing near the blue walls!

My hair was less frizzy before we walked around Philly in the wind, but hey- life happens. We were near the water as the sun was setting and the sky was breath taking. It matched my scarf! :)





DAY 3
I wish I got better Day 3 hair pictures, because I had such great Day 3 hair. We went to brunch with my nieces and the Philadelphia Zoo so taking lots of hair pictures just wasn't in the front of my mind. There was a little wind induced frizz, but nothing bad at all. I can't believe the definition that help up for day 3!

To freshen up, I used Witch I Love Your Hair Mist, followed by just a little more Briogeo Curl Charisma Curl Custard and Curls Blueberry Bliss Pomade.



After having three solid hair days, after an intense work out it was hair wash day again. This time, I did NOT use the Olaplex No 3 as a pre poo and did not add heat to my masque and still got super impressive results! I kept the stylying products and styling techniques the same as the first use of Olaplex 4 and 5. One thing different which you will see, if my wonky hairline pieces were drying not in a cute shape. I clipped them back to try to makr them look better but the shape was still weird.

DAY 1 (again)
  • Shampoo: Olaplex No 4 Bond Maintenance Shampoo
  • Conditioner: Shea Moisture Intensive Hydration Masque with Olaplex No 5 Bond Maintenance Conditioner on top
  • Stylers: Briogeo Don't Despair, Repair Leave In Mask, Pacifica Pineapple Curls Conditioner, Jessicurl Rockin Ringlets, Raw Curls Firm Hold Gel, Jessicurl Oil Blend
My hair was shiny and felt so very soft. All of my hair except the front wonky pieces I messed up was once again bouncy and defined.


DAY 2 
My day 2 hair once again had great curl defintion and minimal frizz. This day 2 hair survived another intense work out!

I used the Hask Biotin Dry Shampoo on my scalp followed by Jessicurl Awe Inspiraling Spray and some Curls Blueberry Bliss Pomade on the front section, ends and then glided through the hair. I may have used a bit too mich pomade in the front.


 My Day 3 hair looked promising but I screwed it up myself. After working out, using dry shampoo again and adding in a curl cream for moisture my hair looked great for Day 3! I wish I took a picture. I decided to try and play with my curly clip in extensions because I'm trying to get the hang of applying them myself so I can wear them for the holidays. I'm challenged with a lot of hair techniques though. To sum that up, touching my hair so much playing with the extensions caused my hair to get really frizzy.

Today is Day 4. My hair still has that frizz from yesterday but it feels so soft and I still have some defined curls despite living in a messy bun and ponytail since yesterday.



After the first two uses, Olaplex No 4 and No 5 Bond Maintenance Shampoo and Conditioner have me really impressed so far. I look forward to seeing what continued use does and will report back with a detailed update in a few weeks.




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