I've been coloring my hair since...since longer than I'd like to admit. I was born with blonde hair that naturally started getting darker as I got older. I hated the mousy blonde/brown color my hair developed into, so I started getting highlights. For decades now I've been getting the same highlights — and for decades I've watched my hair literally disintegrate in front of my eyes. My hair was SO damaged, so thin, so broken, that I'd wear it up almost every day because wearing it down just wasn't an option. I'd cut it all off (I look horrible with short hair BTW) and when it finally grew back it would be the same damaged mess as before. Something had to give. So I called my aunt (who is a hairstylist) and she told me for the 800th time to "go buy some f#@%ing Olaplex!"
I headed to Amazon, a little weary because some reviewers had claimed the product sold on the site was fake — but I didn't know where else to get it. I didn't have a hairdresser license thingy to buy it at a beauty supply store. I figured if it were a fake, Amazon would give me my money back. Well, I'm happy to report the product sold on Amazon is 100% not fake and it's probably the best $30 I've ever spent. I went from having a barrel of hay on top of my head to actual, human hair. The kind of hair that horses don't try to eat!
It did take sometime for me, though; it wasn't a one-to-three-treatment kind of recovery for my damaged hair. I didn't fall asleep and wake up with the kind of perfect, fake-ass hair they try to sell in hair-product commercials. The photo above is the difference after six treatments. Once a week I'd throw Olaplex on my hair after I washed it, put on a shower cap, and sleep with it on all night. The next morning I'd rinse it out (sometimes, I'd leave it in ALL DAY). I also had my hair colored one time in between these photos being taken.
What the pictures don't show you is the ridiculous difference in texture. I went from having super-fine, dry, rough hair that would probably give you a splinter to the hair of Marcia Brady's dreams. I'm not saying I have envy-inducing, tell-me-your-secret hair, but I do have the best hair I've ever had since I started experiencing the tolls of every-six-weeks-highlights.