How celebrity colorist Tracey Cunningham discovered the treatment that repairs, restores, and transforms her client's strands.
Written ByTRACEY CUNNINGHAM
Photography ByANNA PALMA
Three years ago, I didn’t even know what Olaplex was. Now, my clients and I can’t live without it.
Before the brand launched its in-salon treatment in 2015, I was their first tester. It actually came to me at the perfect time, because I was dealing with a really difficult client whose hair was naturally blonde. She dyed it red, and then shortly after wanted to go back to blonde. Needless to say, her hair was fried and her ends were a mess. I was just sort of managing the issue, but once I had Olaplex in hand, my client came back to the salon and it completely saved her strands. Basically, it allowed me to keep her hair intact.
Which is why, Olaplex has become my client’s’ drug of choice. There is not one person in my salon (Mèche, which I co-founded with stylist Neil Weisberg) that I don’t use it on. Someone’s hair could be perfectly healthy, but I would still use Olaplex during that appointment—it makes a huge difference in maintaining hair’s health. Even now, my clients specifically ask for the treatment and if we forget to do it, they remind us. The proof is in the pudding.
Below is everything you need to know about these breakthrough hair repairers, including a breakdown of the science.
No. 1 is mixed with either a lightener, dye, or chemical treatment and applied while getting your hair colored. No. 2 is used when you’re back at the sink. After shampooing, it sits on hair for 20 minutes and is then rinsed out. Think of it as a hyper-effective deep conditioning mask.