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I Tried Olaplex No.9 – Here Are My Honest Thoughts

Olaplex fans rejoice - Olaplex has recently released a new addition to their lineup, No. 9 – the Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum! This infamous brand does not add to their collection often, but when they do, you know it’s going to be a winner. I wanted to test it out for myself and see if it truly lives up to the hype. Read on besties, lets get into the nitty gritty surrounding Olaplex No. 9.

What is Olaplex No. 9?

Olaplex has previously delivered the staple hair care products that we all know and love, and No. 9 is the perfect addition to round out the collection. No. 9 is not just a one stop product, it offers a range of benefits, including heat protection (up to 450 F), satin shine, style memory, anti-static and anti-tangle properties. As a leave-in product, it also boasts to revive your hair and tame frizz. Was this all true? I wanted to find out.

The Breakdown

Smells like - No. 9 has a subtle citrus scent, similar to other products in the collection. 

Feels like - The consistency is like a cross between a gel and a serum, its thicker than an oil but not quite as thick as a hair gel - it’s in the perfect sweet spot. It leaves a lightweight finish and doesn’t feel heavy or thick at all once applied. It’s amazingly lightweight and doesn’t leave you with an oily feeling.

Best for - This serum is suitable for all hair types, especially those that use hot tools frequently and have some heat damage.

Where It Fits Into The Olaplex Routine

  1. Prime with No. 0
  2. Rebuild with No. 3
  3. Cleanse with No. 4
  4. Condition with No. 5
  5. Add intense moisture with No. 8 
  6. Protect and treat with No. 9
  7. Nourish & protect with No. 6
  8. Add shine with No. 7 

The Verdict

This leave-in is an absolute must, especially if you have been a long-time Olaplex fan. If not, it’s the perfect product to get into the brand! It’s essentially magic – no matter how I styled my hair after applying, I noticed a difference. I tried using it before air drying and before thermal styling and in both cases my hair looked shiny, healthy and natural – no greasy residue here. While it not only makes your hair look amazing, with the classic Olaplex bond-building ingredients, it also treats and prevents further damage! A win-win if you ask me. The formula is also cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free, phosphate-free, phthalate-free, pH-balances and vegan – I mean could you ask for more?! Overall – Olaplex No. 9 Bond Protector Nourishing Hair Serum is a winner in my books. It has already become a staple in my hair care routine and trust me, give it a try and it will become a staple in yours too!