Olaplex VS Brazilian Bond Builder

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As we know there are so many products out there especially in the bond building world since Olaplex came about. We thought we would compare two very popular bond builders as we always want to keep a open mind and ensure we are using the right products for our clients. 

As you can see (in the photo above) we bought the capsules of the B3 to try without having to purchase the whole system. We also did not use a real model just in case!  

 The Experiment

1) We started by mixing our products with the exact same lightner (wella) and the same peroxide (30vol). We also used 1oz of lightner per bowl and mixed per manufacturers directions ! 

Mixing ratio 1oz of lightner to 1/4oz of B3. They also recommend bumping up! We just left it at 30vol

Mixing ratio 1oz of lightner to 1/4oz of B3. They also recommend bumping up! We just left it at 30vol

Side Note:

Mixing per the manufacturers directions is so important!

If we do not mix according to how the product is made the product cannot and will not be as effective as it could have been.

Directions are given based on research and science so don't mess with it.

Olaplex 1oz of lightner and 1/8oz of Olaplex. Olaplex now no longer needs to be bumped up! We still used 30vol. We also used a scale to be even more precise and leave less room for error. 

Olaplex 1oz of lightner and 1/8oz of Olaplex. Olaplex now no longer needs to be bumped up! We still used 30vol. We also used a scale to be even more precise and leave less room for error. 

2) We then left the lightner on our mannequin for a total of one hour in a foil! We also marked an O (for Olaplex) on the mannequins head to ensure that we didn't get our test foils mixed up during the process! 

Olaplex side before lighting 

Olaplex side before lighting 

We wait ! I have to admit we did sneak a peak around the 30min mark. No heat was applied !    3) After the full hour was complete for each side We then rinsed! As you know Olaplex is a 2 step system in salon and we completed those steps accordingly at the basin. 

We wait ! I have to admit we did sneak a peak around the 30min mark. No heat was applied !  

3) After the full hour was complete for each side We then rinsed! As you know Olaplex is a 2 step system in salon and we completed those steps accordingly at the basin. 

Olaplex side  

Olaplex side  

Olaplex side  

Olaplex side  

For the B3 there are no other steps needed in salon. There are take home products such as a treatment, shampoo, and conditioner.

B3 Side  

B3 Side  

B3 Side  

B3 Side  

      

4) We added no product to the hair and began blow drying. We did not want any other product adjusting our results. As we want to  know how the hair feels using only the bond builders.   

Olaplex End Result  

Olaplex End Result  

B3 End Result  

B3 End Result  

 CONCLUSION 

As you can see the B3 lifted the hair slightly lighter. However when we look at the ends we can see that they are a little more rough and not quite as smooth as the Olaplex. 

Both products felt amazing at the root however the B3 ends felt dry and more damaged than Olaplex.  

In the end we felt that BOTH products are a must in every salon as they help cover together all salon needs.

Olaplex is an amazing system for clients needing serious repair. It would also be the best option if your salon can only afford one system right now. With how the hair felt compared to the B3 shows how much more effective it was at preserving and repairing the integrity of the hair. However it may not be a option for some stylists or clients who can be impatient with the additional treatment step or wanting to go lighter faster. ( keep in mind Lighter faster isn't always possible even with bond builders ) 

Brazilian Bond Builder B3 may not be as amazing at repairing damage but it was equally effective at prevention! This product would be great for clients with currently healthy hair wanting to prevent damage or undergoing a large change. I also love that they have a shampoo conditioner and masque. Using the masque would also help soften the rough ends we noticed after lightning. 

All in all we were quite pleased with both lines. We liked them both for different salon situations below is how we will categorize them by use in our salon. 

Olaplex = Repair + Prevention.  

Brazillian Bond Builder B3 = Prevention