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    Olaplex's No. 8 At-Home Hair Mask Only Takes 10 Minutes And Has Transformed My Dry, Damaged Hair

    "My hair truly feels like it's repairing itself from the damage of the bleach, which is something I've never experienced with other products (and trust me, there's been a lot)."

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    If you've ever bleached your hair in any way shape or form, you know the damage and toll it can take on your hair. Regardless of ~how~ many hair masks or treatments you use, sometimes the hair just doesn't cooperate — leaving you (and me) with a hair full of dry, straw-like hair.


    It's really ~so~ annoying!

    Well, I've got some *fantastic* news for you. I finally found a hair mask that actually does wonders for dry, damaged hair, bleached or not. It's called Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask ($28 at Sephora) and it'll literally transform your hair (and your life!!!) after just one usage.

    the product
    Rachel Dube

    Okay, maybe not your life...

    Olaplex No. 8 is an at-home reparative mask — i.e., you don't need to go to a salon to get salon-quality results. By using it's bond-building technology — exactly what Olaplex is famous for — it adds shine, smoothness, and intense moisture to damaged hair to make it as good as new. I repeat: As good as new, if not better. It's a professional quality treatment intended to ~really~ repair your hair. Best part? It's only $28 (yes, under $30!!!). ICYDK, a similar treatment in the salon would cost you waaaaayyy more.

    Olaplex has garnered lots of hype from hairstylists and people alike — including me! — as it provides ~real~ results that actually repair your hair, while staying relatively affordable and easy to do at home.

    Rachel Dube / BuzzFeed

    And as one of those people, I can honestly say this Olaplex mask is magic in a bottle. In fact, it's so good that I've literally been talking about it to everyone and anyone who will listen. Seriously though, I've brought it up on a multitude of Zoom calls, over text with my best friends, *and* to my grandma (who probably doesn't care, but listens to me ramble anyway LOL).

    As someone who just got blonde highlights, I can list a whole slew of things that make it annoying to upkeep. Even though I've followed every. single. step that my colorist gave me, I've still ended up with dry hair and mega-knots that *don't* seem to go away no matter how many times I brush my hair. Recently, I even cut my hair in an effort to salvage it, but to no avail. It's safe to say that my hair is dealing with a dramatic transformation.

    Rachel Dube / BuzzFeed

    I'd heard from friends that this mask does wonders, so obviously I had to try it. I mean, there was no way my hair could get worse, ya know?

    After just one usage of Olaplex No. 8, I saw a major difference in my hair. It was super easy to comb, felt soft the touch, and looked incredibly shiny — a complete 360 from what I started with. The results last for about three to four days for me (sometimes more, sometimes less) but with each usage, I feel my hair getting less knotty. My hair truly feels like it's repairing itself from the damage of the bleach which is something I've never experienced with other products (and trust me, there's been a lot).

    Rachel Dube / BuzzFeed

    The photo above are the difference after me using the treatment today. As you can see, even though I brushed it, my hair is chaotic. It's messy, dry, and tangled before I apply the treatment. After the treatment, you see an obvious difference. My hair texture looks (and feels) softer, it's not tangled, my waves look ~way~ better, and the frizz is reduced drastically. All of this is done with no additional add-ins of product—so no oils, moisturizing creams, or anything.<b> Although you can't touch it through the screen, the texture of it is the real game-changer. I feel as if my hair has rebirthed itself even though it was just ten minutes of Olaplex usage.

    I can ~literally~ talk about this product for days but, the most important takeaway is that using this mask once a week will be a game-changer for you if your hair is like mine. Honestly, I wish I'd tried this mask out sooner because it was the *ONLY* one that really worked for me.

    After shampooing your hair, just apply the mask from the mid-length to the ends and work it through with your fingers. If you have shoulder-length hair, it's recommended you use two pumps whereas people with longer or thicker hair should use more. You'll then leave it on for 10 minutes (yes, only 10!!), rinse it out, and vóila, shiny, hydrated hair!

    Rachel Dube / BuzzFeed

    But I'm not the only one obsessed with this mask. The internet is raving about it, too, saying it makes their hair soft, shiny, and silky. In fact, many even said it brought their hair back to life after ~tons~ of dryness and damage from bleach.

    model&#x27;s hand holding the product

    "Literally breathed life back into my hair from first application! I use three pumps for my long, snarled, thick hair! Blended it through my hair and it smoothed and nourished each strand. I religiously bleach out my hair every six weeks for that silver ice look and I've spend hundredsssss on leave-in conditioners, hair masks, you name it, I've bought it to make my hair look as good as it does with ONE treatment of the No. 8! Im shocked, I'm shook, I'm floored! So freaking good!" —badkittykat

    "I have been fortunate enough to use salon grade hair products my entire life. NOTHING has done wonders for my hair like this product. I bought the No. 3 Hair Perfector a few months back and definitely noticed a difference, but this is the game changer. My air-dried hair literally looks like I got a blowout. If you’re sitting on the fence about this product (or wondering if Olaplex in general is worth the splurge), this is your sign to get this while you can!" —calliecade

    After just one treatment, tons of people have seen a dramatic transformation on their hair with years of damage vanishing in a matter of 10 minutes!

    on the left a model&#x27;s blonde damaged hair before the treatment, on the right the same model after the treatment with smoother hair

    "My hair type is a struggle — fine and fragile and lacks volume, with greasy roots and frizzy, dry ends. I am constantly struggling to give my ends the moisture they need without weighing my hair down. I don’t know what kind of magic is in this bottle, but this stuff just WORKS. I have fairly long hair so I used three pumps in freshly shampooed hair and left it in for 10 minutes before rinsing. I was initially skeptical that this was enough product, but trust the process. When I dried my hair I was SHOCKED. My hair was soft, shiny, and frizz free and FULL of body. I used was No. 6 to protect from heat and a round brush. As if this result wasn’t great enough, the moisture lasted and lasted. I usually struggle to keep my ends moisturized and they tend to frizz out and get crispy between washes no matter what oils and leave ins I use. But with No. 8, my hair stayed shiny, soft, bouncy and moisturized for FIVE full days after using this mask. Normally I’m lucky to get one day before my ends look like a broom. This is hands down one of the best releases from Olaplex since the original #3 treatment." —miinx

    Arguably the best part about it is that it ~literally~ works on all types of hair. When I say it works on all types of hair, I mean ALL types of hair. This means reviewers with thin hair, thick hair, and with curls of all types, including 2a–4c!

    model&#x27;s coily hair looking dry before the treatment and smoother after

    "I have medium porosity hair with 2c, 3a, and 3b curls and Olaplex No. 8 added SO much shine, softness, and moisture to my hair. It absolutely made my curls look better than I've ever seen them & I cannot recommend this product enough!!!" —NavyGirl86

    "I have a mixture of 4b/4c hair and I’m transitioning from relaxed hair to natural. I haven’t had a touch up in eight months. I used about 12 pumps for all of my hair ( mid back length) and all I can say is wow. So much slip, and easy af detangling. My hair is so soft!!!I just purchased two more in case Olaplex decides to discontinue or tweak the formula. If your hair type is a 4, you should absolutely give this a try, you won’t regret it!" —kandybrowngirl

    "I am obsessed with this mask! Usually deep conditioners make my hair limp, but this made it so soft and my curls still looked good for several days."—Jadesocean

    While you can just use it alone, the brand recommends using it in conjunction with No. 0 Intensive Bond Building Hair Treatment and No. 3 Hair Perfector once a week for a super, super deep repair.

    infographic recommending 1 pump for fine hair, 2 pumps for medium or shoulder length hair, and three pumps for long, thick hair

    "This works. I apply the No. 3 before, then shampoo and at the end I apply this amazing moisture mask. My hair looks alive again!!! I will continue to purchase." —ealviso

    "Hands down the best mask I have ever used on my hair. When you combine it with all the other Olaplex products your hair is CHANGED! This is the only mask I’ll be using going forward." —DashaKing

    If you need further proof about how incredible Olaplex products are, fellow BuzzFeed writer, Elena Garcia, wrote an incredible review of Olaplex No. 3. Spoiler alert: It's just as incredible as No. 8.

    While it's a bit pricey at $28 for 3.3 oz, just a little bit of product goes a long way and its *way* cheaper than an in salon-treatment! The end results are one hundred percent worth it so go get yourself some shiny, moisturized locks.

    the writer&#x27;s wavy hair looking nice and smooth after an Olaplex treatment
    Rachel Dube / BuzzFeed

    Finally ready to try it out for yourself? Get a bottle of Olaplex No. 8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask from Sephora or Dermstore for $28.


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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