Olaplex no longer requires to bump developer or increase processing time.
Pay special attention to the scoop size of bleach powder you are using. Scoop sizes vary per manufacturer. The amount of Olaplex used depends on the amount of bleach powder being used, not the amount of both developer and bleach powder combined.*
1. Mix bleach and developer together.
1-2 oz (30-60g) 1/8 oz (3.75 ml) of lightener powder (not including developer), add 1/16oz (1.875ml) Olaplex No.1.
Less than 2 oz. 1/16 oz (1.875 ml) of lightener powder (not including developer, add 1/32oz (1ml) Olaplex No.1.
2. Use the attached dosing dispenser to measure the correct amount of Olaplex needed.
3. Add Olaplex to your pre-mixed lightener and mix thoroughly.
4. Apply and process as usual.
5. Rinse or shampoo with Olaplex No.4. After rinsing, apply a generous amount of Olaplex No.2. Comb through and leave on for a minimum of 10-20 minutes.
6. Rinse, shampoo with Olaplex No.4 and condition with Olaplex No.5.
Note: You may add more bleach powder or developer if necessary to achieve desired consistency. We recommend remixing a new bowl of lightener and Olaplex if more than 2oz (60g) of bleach powder is needed.
Please use the same precautions as you always have when working with lighteners.
Processing Time of Lightener: THIS VARIES. We cannot tell you an average or approximate as every head of hair is different. Any issues with processing time or lift can be solved by using less Olaplex. As some lighteners provide 9+ levels of lift and others only 4, everything may be adjusted based on personal preference.
Heat: Heat is okay with Olaplex, but heat speeds up the chemical reaction of everything so be watchful and check every 3 to 5 minutes as you normally would. If hair is severely compromised, refrain from using heat until the reparative system has been used to restore the health, strength and integrity of the hair.
*It is common knowledge that bleach has a heat reaction to chlorine and other mineral deposits found in water and on hair. If you are having a heat reaction, this is not caused by Olaplex. This is caused by bleach interacting with minerals. Please rinse hair immediately if this occurs as Olaplex cannot prevent damage due to this reaction.
**Should you be bumping the developer for tonal or time reasons, please continue to do so.