Split ends? This bestselling $38 hair mask is a must-have

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Olaplex hair perfector no. 3
Olaplex hair perfector no. 3

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The term “must-have” is one that gets thrown around way too often when it comes to narrowing down the best in beauty — so much so that it’s nearly impossible to put them all to the test and determine which is actually the best for you.

While this beauty editor is notorious for overusing the term, I understand how big-time claims and a stamp status of one single can throw off your judgement when shopping around for a serious solution to your specific hair woes and needs — and for that, I am sorry.

I too have my hair problems that require a lot of maintenance and TLC. And throughout the years of trying to maintain a healthy relationship with frizz and unpredictable hair texture while being introduced to the hundreds of new hair formulas, essentials and treatments that regularly fly across my desk, only one product has earned a permanent spot in my shower (and heart). Ideal for taming frizz, repairing limp and split ends, dryness, colour-treated hair, breakage and restoring lifeless curls, the Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 is one salon-quality treatment that continues to leave quite the impression on all hair types, ultimately putting other “must-have” products to shame.

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Specially made to reduce breakage and visibly strengthen hair, improving its look and feel, this formula is made with patented, bond-building technology that relinks broken disulfide bonds caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage to the hair. Effective and gentle on every hair types, it provides real, structural repair in just one use.

While it isn’t technically a hair mask, I like to apply two toonie-size amounts of product to my dry roots (sometimes when my hair is wet, I feel like I’m in a rush sometimes forget) and comb it through the ends and leave it in between 10 to 30 minutes before rinsing it out with shampoo and conditioner. I do this about once or twice a week. I really notice the Hair Perfector No. 3’s magic right before blow-drying my hair —my damp hair is practically knot-free and easier to brush. After a couple of runs of blowing out my hair with the Revlon Brush, my hair looks and feels healthy and smooth. And even as someone who heavily relies on heat to style my locks, with regular use of this treatment I have found that my hair is less prone to split ends and breakage.

Olaplex The Original Hair Perfector No. 3

Olaplex Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3
Olaplex Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3

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I’m not the only one who loves this prouct Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 is backed up with more than 40,000 ratings on Amazon Canada and 37,000 “loves” on Sephora.

“This stuff is amazing. After two years of platinum blonde hair, it was bleached to death. I was worried I'd have to go back to having dark hair just because of how dry and brittle it had become, but I started a hardcore hair regimen back in December and Olaplex No. 3 was one of the best things I did to get my hair back into great shape,” reads one five-star review.

“I love it! I have very thick, curly, primarily 3C hair with some 4A. I have been using this product for over a year to repair my heat-damaged hair and bring life back to my curls. This product has worked wonders for me and is easy to use, which was an important factor for me. After using it, even my hairdresser noted that my curls look darker and healthier. I've also seen a decrease in frizz and breakage. The rest of my hair routine focuses on moisture,” adds another.

And while just a small bottle will set you back $38, it’s totally worth the splurge as it is the closest thing to a luxurious salon-treatment. Plus, a little goes a long way with this bad boy. Not yet convinced? Not only is this Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 powerfully effective, but it is also made clean so its safe and gentle on the finest and brittlest of hair types and textures.

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