3 hair bond-strengthening and budget-friendly Olaplex dupes

Sometimes, we just want options

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / November 21 2023

If you call yourself a beauty obsessive, then no doubt, you’ve heard of Olaplex. 

Specifically, the cult-favourite Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 Home Treatment ($50 at Adore Beauty).

Olaplex Hair Perfector No.3 Home Treatment

Renowned for its ability to restore the strength, resilience and elasticity of damaged, dry hair, Olaplex No.3 has become synonymous with tales of hair restoration and flowing, luscious locks that could rival a Disney princess.

The only thing that has stopped us in our tracks when it comes to bulk-buying at checkout is the price. 

At $50 a bottle, this is a product we use sparingly and covet like the hair bond-rebuilding gold it is. That’s why when we get word of a dupe, we have a tendency to lose our tiny minds (just a little bit). 

Remember when the Internet dug up a K-Beauty Olaplex dupe in the far reaches of an Amazon outlet that cost just $7 a bottle? 

And the overwhelming sense of joy that we all experienced when we realised we could experience similar results without forking over the equivalent of a few Sunday brunches?

Well it turns out we can replicate that moment of elation for you, because we’ve managed to hunt down not just one, but three effective (and more importantly, affordable) Olaplex No. 3 dupes.

First up? The REVOLUTION HAIRCARE Hair Plex 3 Bond Restore Treatment ($27 at Revolution Haircare). A mere steal at just 27 bucks, this bond restoring treatment features the Revolution Plex triple molecular weight protein cascade system. This mouthful of a complex helps to restore hair health and heal damage from the inside out, leaving hair soft, smooth and shiny. 

A must for blondes and those obsessed with keratin treatments, next is the NAK Hair Structure Complex No.3 Bond Enhancer ($34.95 at Adore Beauty), which addresses damage caused by over-processing. Simply switch out your conditioner with this shine-inducing vegan-formula to reap the benefits of this plant oil-rich formula. 

And lastly, let’s talk about Goldwell Dualsenses Bond Pro 60s Treatment ($30.50 at Adore Beauty). Specifically formulated for coloured hair, this peptide and amino acid-rich pick helps to minimise colour fade in between salon visits. The bond-strengthener also hydrates and detangles dry, damaged strands for a silky, smooth finish post-styling.

REVOLUTION HAIRCARE Hair Plex 3 Bond Restore Treatment

NAK Hair Structure Complex No.3 Bond Enhancer

Goldwell Dualsenses Bond Pro 60s Treatment

In need of an intensive hair-restoring session? Here are 8 hair masks for every concern to turn back the clock on damage. 

Main image credit: @sydneyjharper

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).

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