5 affordable Olaplex alternatives to save your purse strings as well as your locks

Olaplex is one of the most beloved beauty products across the globe. The bond-building hair brand harnesses the power of its patented molecule, bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate, which works to repair broken disulphide bonds in hair, and thus helps along dry, damaged, and coloured hair that needs extra help. While the No.3 Hair Perfector is the brand’s bestseller, there are now seven at-home products that fans can use, from a shampoo and conditioner to a hydrating oil. 

While many still agree that Olaplex is the original and the best, it’s not exactly cheap. At £26 for a small-ish 100ml bottle, you only get around 3-4 uses out of one purchase, or even less if you have thick hair. For that reason, you may be in the market for a more affordable bond-building formula, of which there are now several. 

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Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, £26, LookFantastic

Starting at £3, these five products are your best bet when it comes to injecting some life back into locks. 

The 5 best affordable Olaplex alternatives:

Revolution Haircare Plex 3 Bond Restore Treatment, £6.67, Boots

Revolution’s purse-friendly buy uses Phytantriol and Provitamin B5 to target different layers of the hair fibre, which in turn restores and strengthens damage.

ALEX PLEX Two-Step Anti-Breakage Treatment, £3, Bleach London

Like professional Olaplex that’s used in salon, Bleach London’s ALEX PLEX is designed to be mixed in with the brand’s bleach to protect hair in the intense lightning process. 

The Hair Lab by Mark Hill Bond Repair Bond Building Treatment, £19.99, Boots

The newest of the bunch, Mark Hill’s product uses ‘next-generation molecular technology’ to restore hair bonds on a cellular level. 

Redken Acidic Bonding Concentrate Leave-In Treatment, £18.25, All Beauty

This leave-in treatment is a ph-balancing formula that helps to repair and defend against excess heat, colouring, and styling. 

The Inkey List PCA Bond Repair Hair Treatment, £12.99, Cult Beauty

The Inkey List’s spray uses a 10% Granrepair Powerbond to strengthen bonds within the hair shaft and to prevent further damage from taking place.