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