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*This is a long review but I couldn’t find this comparison anywhere else so hopefully it helps someone! Skip to the end for final thoughts*
Note: My hair is naturally brunette with 5% grey, medium/fine, mostly virgin hair with some balayage lightening in the ends. I have naturally straight hair that’s 18- 20inches long
At the start of March I couldn’t get to the hairdressers so decided to invest the money in the Olaplex range instead to improve the condition of my hair. I bought Olaplex 3 (treatment), 4 (shampoo), 5 (conditioner), 6 (bond smoother styling creme)and 7 (oil).
After the first use my hair was hugely improved and has only got better. I can now air dry my hair and don’t need to use any heat on it, improving it further. I though the shampoo and conditioner might be a bit of a waste but they’ve honestly made a massive difference.
I’m now nearing the ends of the bottles (a little goes such a long way, I wash my hair every 2-3 days and the bottles have all lasted over 7 months) and thought it might be good to find a cheaper alternative. This OGX range seemed a great replacement for Olaplex 4 -6 but I couldn’t find any direct comparisons so ended up buying to try.
To buy all 3 products from the OGX range was under £15-£20, less than the cost of one Olaplex product- so far so good! The OGX bottles are also larger.
On first use the difference is quite obvious. The scent is different, Olaplex has a scent I can’t place but is almost a little sherbet like? Very mild though and a clean scent. OGX was more peachy I think? Definitely the same sort of vibe but it reminded me of weak peach squash. The lather is totally different with the shampoo. I’ll directly compare below:
- Olaplex 4 shampoo I need about a 20p size dollop for huge amounts of super soft lather. Once rinsed out my hair feels completely clean and light without residue, also a little conditioned. - OGX plex shampoo I needed 2/3 20p blobs, the constancy isn’t as rich. It didn’t really lather at all and was harder to work with. My hair didn’t feel great after. Not quite as bad as a standard drugstore shampoo but nothing like Olaplex 4.
- Olaplex 5 conditioner. With this product I take a 20p size blob and gently massage into the mids and ends of my hair. Then I use a tangle teezer to gently brush it through, catching what comes out in the palm of my other hand and running back through. My hair instantly feels like silk, it’s incredible! I leave it in for a few minutes usually but it’s still great even if I don’t. Amazing stuff. - OGX Plex 2 conditioner. This was nowhere near as thick or rich as the Olaplex version. Again I needed 2/3 times as much. As my hair wasn’t very soft after the shampoo the massaging it in the ends/brushing through didn’t work as well. I left it in for the 3-5 minutes as instructed and rinsed out. My hair didn’t feel great at this point. It just isn’t rich enough. Perhaps good for oily hair?
LEAVE IN/STYLING CREAM COMPARISON - Olaplex 5. I usually take a small blob of this, 1 or 2 pea sized amounts. I massage it through mids and ends and gently brush through with the tangle teezer. It makes my hair air dry in half the time and prevents frizz and fly away really well. You can tell how well as I don’t put it in my roots and there’s always loads of flyaways there! Doesn’t weigh down hair, amazing product. Slightly stronger scent than the shampoo and conditioner but lovely. - OGX Plex 3 leave in. Less rich again, didn’t feel amazing. My hair took ages to air dry after, longer than without any product. My hair feels heavier and more coated than with Olaplex. It looks OK, better than with most standard drugstore products but worlds away from after Olaplex. I also think it may get greasier quicker so I will probably have to wash more often. The smell of this one was also a bit stronger, still pleasant.
FINAL THOUGHTS For me the OGX Plex range is not anything like the comparable Olaplex products in terms of product or results.
However, there is a huge price difference (even taking into account the need to use more of OGX). If you have never used Olaplex or it’s no longer in your budget this range is absolutely worth a try. I think it’s probably better than many other drugstore options for shampoo/conditioner/leave in. If you use Olaplex and are looking for a cheaper alternative this isn’t it.
For me and my hair the difference in results with Olaplex is worth the cost considering how long it lasts. I still have about 6 weeks worth of Olaplex 3-7 left and then will repurchase as it will have lasted me well over 8 months at that point.
I ordered this product because my hair is in dreadful condition from bleaching it. It broken so much that the hair on back of my head hair only 2 inches long now, so I have been desperately trying to find products to save my hair. Usually after a shower I slather my hair in oil/masks just so it feel slightly healthy and i can brush it without breaking it anymore. However after using this shampoo with my usual purple conditioner my hair felt so silky and healthy I didn't even need oil to brush it through (I of course still put a little bit of oil in after because my hair needs it) but i am blown away by how much healthier my hair feels after just two uses!! Even once I have let my hair dry it feels stronger, softer and it smells lovely. I'm so impressed!!! (I have shampooed my hair twice both times I washed it)
Already had the bonding plex conditioner bought on a whim. After doing well with it I've decided to switch to this shampoo too. I have coarse wavy bleached hair which is thinning through stress. My scalp has become irritated from moisturising shampoos and after my first use it is clarified. My hair is lively and clean.
TLDR better than moisture surge products for damaged/limp insubordinate hair.
I have used this with the biotin ogx shampoo and the keratin ogx conditioner. This is an excellent product and my hair feels so much smoother and the ends do not look as split or frazzled, will be repurchasing when finished. The scent is also lovely and lasts all day.
My hair was very porous when washing and very straw like. I have it bleached blonde. Well I started using The 3 steps. Shampoo, conditioner and the leave in stuff. it and within the first Couple of wash’s I noticed a difference. My hair is so lovely and never looked so good. I have just finished the first 3 bottles and purchased the same again. I will not use any other stuff on my hair now. I have just had my t section bleached again and my hair is fine. All thanks to the 3 bottles. Highly recommend.
dissapointed- my hair hardly ever gets greasy within using this product i went from washing my hair once a week to every two days so stopped using this and saw a difference instantly- my hair is damaged badly from bleach so was hoping this would help I’m still using the conditioner as it just goes on my ends but the shampoo isn’t the best
I purchased this after a bleaching mishap left my hair extremely damaged. I use it every time I wash my hair applying about two pumps through long thick hair. It doesn’t smell that great but when you can’t smell it once applied. It’s very tacky but once blow dried it is fine. I apply this alongside a heat protectant and a frizz tamer. Honestly, the three have saved my hair (plus my deep conditioner in the shower). I try not to wash my hair more than twice a week and I’ve found these products all leave my hair manageable and smooth until having to wash again. I’m tempted to try the other products in this range.
OMG !! This Product is Amazing !! My hair was dry and breaking off constantly (very over processed) just tried this and my hair feels so smooth and healthy ! This has just shot to the top of my #1 Hair product ! Just ordered the Shampoo too ! I legit can't speak highly enough of it ! You WONT be disappointed :) Worth every penny and and a fraction of the cost of Olaplex products