You may have heard of a new type of ‘wonder’ treatment in the hairdressing world known as a ‘bond multiplier’.
The original treatment was formulated in the USA and is called Olaplex. It has now made its way over here and has spawned a number of copy products who all promise to do the same thing.
The active ingredient is a compound called bis-amino propyl diglycol dimaleate and there’s a picture of it above.
It claims to reconnect broken disulphide bonds in the hair and can be used as a stand alone treatment or added to chemical services such as colouring, perming and straightening.
In short, the two ends of the compound form bonds with sulphurs making an artificial, extended, disulphide bridge. To you, this means your hair should feel as strong as it possibly can. It has no cosmetic benefits…it’s all about the internal structure and integrity of the hair.
As yet, there are no published, independent, scientific trials, although there are many rave reviews.
From our perspective, we have trialled this product but have not reached any firm conclusions. As a stand alone treatment, it does appear to be effective (although it is hugely expensive!). What is unclear is how long the effects last in the hair.
As an additive to chemical services, bond multipliers are currently not supported by the majority of our product partners. This means that adding them to existing formulations is tantamount to not using the products ‘in accordance with the manufacture’s instructions’…a step we are unwilling to take.
We pride ourselves on creating beautiful, healthy, wearable hair for our clients. Bond multipliers, in theory, would allow us to push hair beyond its existing boundaries. Initially, that sounds appealing but until we are sure of both their efficacy and safety, we won’t be actively promoting these products.
Anthea Mitchell and Clare Larter