Oh yes! Your read it right, Glycolic Acid for hair! This is a continuation from my original post on Glycolic Acid being a budget alternative for Olaplex! I did some more research and found so many studies proving how this skincare product doubles as bond repair treatment for hair too! Here’s what I found from this source, among others.
- Reduces tangles by reducing friction!
- Resilient to heat/sun/bleach.
- Reflective shine after treatment.
- Rough hair softens immediately.
- Restores elasticity, flexibility.
- Resistant to humidity, less swelling.
- Reduced breakage
…making it easy to style and maintain curly hair!
Note: Glycolic acid’s primary function is exfoliation. So when applied to scalp, it removes dead skin cells; thus providing a better, cleaner environment for hair growth. Here’s my tutorial. I use it both on my scalp and curly hair.
How often must one do this? As with any bonding repair treatments, the frequency depends on your hair damage. I have healthy hair so I can get away with once a month treatment. If you have heat damage, color damage, sun damage even, do this weekly once. Then slow down once your hair starts feeling healthier.
I purchased mine last year for my acne-prone skin. A holy grail for my skin, I couldn’t empty this giant bottle in so long! So pleased we can repurpose it for our hair now. Thanks to story responses from my Instagram fam, here is a quick list of places you can buy The Ordinary Glycolic Acid. (That’s what I use).
Where to Buy
- Australia Myer/Adorbeauty/Priceline pharmacy
- Bahrain – Nasser Pharmacy
- Canada Sephora / Ordinary / well.ca
- Costa Rica ?
- Germany Douglas
- Greece – Look Fantastic /Sephora
- India – Amazon (affiliate link)
- Kuwait Boots
- New Zealand Farmers
- Pakistan DuBuy
- Qatar – ?
- Sweden – Apotek
- Singapore beauty bay
- Switzerland Jelmoli
- UAE Amazon/ Noon/ Cult beauty
- United States Deciem/ Sephora/ Ulta
- UK Boots
? If you have a trustworthy source for your country, please let me know and I’ll be happy to add it here. Contact me!
Deciem Ordinary Glycolic Acid Alternatives
In case you can’t find the Ordinary Glycolic Acid anywhere in India. Please note, I have not tried these following products (yet). Studies recommend using 5-7% glycolic acid. So use your own discretion to consider these.
- Derma Co
- Different concentrations at local pharmacy
- Pixie Toner
PRO Helpful Tips – (after application)
I recommended glycolic acid over Olaplex on my original post because it’s affordable and easy to do. Here’s a bonus tip according to your hair type:
- Healthy Coarse Thick Colored Hair: Just shampoo+conditioner+style (leave-in & gel)
- Damaged Colored/Bleached Hair: Deep Condition after shampoo to lock in moisture.
- Fine Hair/ Low Density Hair: Use strong shampoo+style with protein products!
These are suggestions based on my experienced working with different textures. You’ll still have to try and see what works better for you ❤️ Let me know if you do! Thank you for watching & reading.
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