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Curlsmith Vs Olaplex: 13 Ridiculous Differences You Need to Know

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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

Both treatments are very similar, see below a quick list. It’s no wonder they are compared so much.

  1. Vegan & Cruelty Free.
  2. Texture is creamy-white.
  3. Use on damp hair.
  4. At-home special hair treatments.
  5. CG Safe: silicone-free
  6. Pre-shampoo – use before shampoo.
  7. Formulated to repair hair fibre strength.

Major differences between Curlsmith Bond Salve and Olaplex no.3

Curlsmith Bond Olaplex no.3
Size & Price8oz. for $293.3oz for $28
IngredientsSuperfoods fruit extracts like chia, pumpkin, shitake, prickly pear.Patented, Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate
Ideal Type For Medium-High Porosity hairFor All hair types
FragranceSweet (may be overpowering) fruityNeutral (muted) chemical smell
Shrinkage**Visible tighter curlsMay or may not tighten curls
Frequency*1 per month3x per week!
Heavinessmay weigh-down fine-wavy texturesLightweight!
Results**May cause protein overload.Turns brittle hair soft, and shiny.
UsageUse alone.Prime with Olaplex no.0 for better results.
Postpartum SafeNO!Yes!*
Overnight NO!Yes!*
For StylingNO!Yes!*
*Ideal for medium to coarse hair textures. More on my Olaplex guide here.
**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.

Buy in India:

Olaplex No. 3

“The only patented system to noticeably repair extreme damageโ€”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.

Buy in India:


For best results, and if you have coarse texture like mine:

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.

SHARE this article if you found it useful. Have you used either of these treatments? How was your experience? Let me know ๐Ÿ™‚

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Amritha 10 January 2022 - 12:58 PM

Thanks for this incredibly insightful article, Liz. I’ve always wondered what the difference was between the two and this post clears everything up and makes the decision to choose the right one for my hair so much easier! ๐Ÿ™‚ Elizabeth to the rescue as always!

Divya 10 January 2022 - 2:15 PM

Thank you Liz! This has just answered all possible queries I had in mind and it’s so helpful!

Pragnya Raul 10 January 2022 - 2:23 PM

Much needed comparison!!! Every other blogger is actually promoting curlsmith instead of comparing it with Olaplex. Thanks Liz ๐Ÿ™‚

Tanaz Mohammed 10 January 2022 - 4:47 PM

This is so informative, was looking forward for something like this

Thank you for your efforts in explaining so well and helping us get a good understanding

More strength to you

Keep up the amazing work ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’ฏ

Sonya Soans 10 January 2022 - 6:16 PM

Thank you Liz for this! I remember asking this in one of your ‘ask me a question’ story ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜‡ It’s so helpful..
P.S. It’s so nice to know a question gets answered by a detailed blog! ๐Ÿ˜Œ

Sarayu Sharma 10 January 2022 - 6:44 PM

Thank you for this! Super helpful

Steph 10 January 2022 - 9:52 PM

This is exactly what I was trying to figure out on my own! ๐Ÿ’•