While the Curlsmith Bond Salve was released in 2021, Olaplex No.3 was first patented in 2014. So is the NEW Curlsmith Bond Salve worth trying over Olaplex 3?! Let’s figure –
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Common objectives & similarities between Curlsmith Bond Salve and Olaplex no.3
Remember to use Olaplex or Bond Salve on non-buildup hair. That means if you have oiled your hair, then wash it out and try these treatments on your next washday. You can also just wash your hair and don’t style with butter or heavy hair creams. Then try these preshampoo treatments on your next washday. Both treatments are very similar, see below a quick list. It’s no wonder they are compared so much.
- Vegan & Cruelty Free.
- Texture is creamy-white.
- Use on damp hair.
- At-home special hair treatments.
- CG Safe: silicone-free
- Pre-shampoo – use before shampoo.
- Formulated to repair hair fibre strength.
Major differences between Curlsmith Bond Salve and Olaplex no.3
|Curlsmith Bond||Olaplex no.3|
|Size & Price||8oz. for $29||3.3oz for $28|
|Ingredients||Superfoods fruit extracts like chia, pumpkin, shitake, prickly pear.||Patented, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate|
|Ideal Type||For Medium-High Porosity hair||For All hair types|
|Fragrance||Sweet (may be overpowering) fruity||Neutral (muted) chemical smell|
|Shrinkage**||Visible tighter curls||May or may not tighten curls|
|Frequency*||1 per month||3x per week!|
|Heaviness||may weigh-down fine-wavy textures||Lightweight!|
|Results**||May cause protein overload.||Turns brittle hair soft, and shiny.|
|Usage||Use alone.||Prime with Olaplex no.0 for better results.|
**Depends on after-care products.
Curlsmith Bond Curl Review
“Curlsmith Bond Curl Rehab Salve is an intense pre-shampoo treatment, rich in proteins that target hair bonds to strengthen and repair from the inside out.” It smells lovely and its a bigger bottle for the price but it didn’t work for my virgin low porosity hair as it should. This is a good option for colored hair or high porosity hair IMO. Here’s the frequency the brand recommends:
- Low Porosity: every 4-5 washdays for 15 min.
- Medium Porosity: every 3-4 washdays for 20 min.
- High Porosity: every 2-3 washdays for 30 min.
Olaplex No. 3
“The only patented system to noticeably repair extreme damage—turn dry, brittle hair into soft, shiny, and more resilient hair”. This patented formula works on a molecular level. I’ve been using it since 2018 and recommend it to my salon clients with color damage, or fine hair that’s looking for more strength. Here’s what I recommend for frequency:
- Low Porosity: 1-2x per week for 20-30 min.
- Medium Porosity: use weekly for 20 min.
- High Porosity: weekly for 20 min to overnight.
For best results, and if you have coarse texture like mine:
- Deep condition with protein-free mask after.
- Use protein-free stylers after Curlsmith Bond.
- Try a protein leavein after Olaplex treatment.
- Low Porosity postpartum hair opt for Olaplex.
PS: is Aphogee comaparable to these treatments?
Aphogee is an actual protein treatment with Hydrolzed Vegetable Protein and Silk Amino Acids. So it should never be compared to these treatments. I tried it on my virgin low porosity hair last year, and ran into terrible protein overload. However, if your high porosity hair that’s bleached (think the new peacock hair trend!) or want to fix extreme damage on your fine texture then Aphogee can be a better bet for you. Buy it here.
Confused about hair porosity? Take the texture quiz to confirm yours here.
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