“The hair is the richest ornament of a woman.” ~ Martin Luther.

When I moved to Cape Town, I was in search for someone to look after my hair. The amazingly talented, lovely Lindsay-Jade Calvert had always looked after my hair so incredibly well in Johannesburg and quickly become a good friend. I think I did my hair more often, purely just to hang out! I was deeply upset when I had to move! Seriously, I kept begging her to come with me!

Thankfully, I found Scar Hair. This has been the place that has turned my hair into mermaid hair and I am thrilled.

Brittny Amorim is my awesome hair stylist at Scar Hair and I adore spending time with her. She’s funny, beautiful, incredibly talented and always researching the latest and greatest.

She discovered Olaplex and has brought it into Scar Hair. I don’t think anyone else in the country is using this yet and it’s miraculous. It’s also a fascinating story…

I’ll start by saying that this is the first time in hair history that there is a product that actually repairs hair, versus the normal deep conditioning treatment that just acts as a band aid on damaged hair. 

I give you permission to do a full blown Happy Dance!

The technology these days is crazy and exciting too.

Let me explain how Olaplex started.

A hairdresser named Dean Christal, approached 2 chemists looking for the holy grail in hair care. He was actually looking for a product to bring the perm back, but without damaging the hair. He told the chemists what he wanted and in an hour and a half Olaplex was created! Still to this day they use the exact same formula!

So what is it?

Olaplex is NOT a protein! We all know that too much protein eventually leaves the hair feeling just as brittle and weak as it did when it was damaged. Olaplex is ALSO NOT a conditioning treatment as most of those just land up coating the hair with silicones and oils etc. 


So before, after and during a service, it goes into the hair, finds broken disulphide bonds and repairs them by cross linking them back together.


Bonds get broken when we colour, perm, lighten, relax, blow dry, iron and even brush our hair. Every single day we are breaking down the bonds of our own hair. Yikes!

All professional colour lines (Wella, L’Oreal, Davines etc) have the same basic chemistry. All hair types from Asian to ethnic, curly to straight, have the same make up of disulphide bonds. Olaplex works at the most basic levels of chemistry. The ONLY thing it does is cross link disulphide bonds, and therefore can be used with anything from bleaches to tints to even perms! 

For you Science nerds, let’s delve a little deeper… When bleaching, for example, a virgin head of hair you break down ALL the disulphide bonds. After rinsing the bleach only a % of those bonds come back together again to form a pair, which gives your hair it’s strength and structure. The other % of these bonds do not find a partner to become a pair and stay as single bonds throughout the hair, which become weak and brittle and eventually break off. This is what Olaplex does when you use it as a treatment or in a colour/bleach/perm services etc: It works on the internal shaft of the hair and finds these single bonds and links them together to form pairs, the more pairs you have the more healthy the hair is and therefore the further you can push the hair and more you can do to it without damaging it completely. 

I’m sharing this with you because it’s amazing to know that there are products being developed that will protect our hair and repair it so that it’s almost as good as when we were little girls!

Brittny has been using this product on most of her clients and getting the most amazing results. She took a woman from box-dyed black to my blonde without any damage! Like I said… miraculous!

My hair feels so soft, strong and unbreakable and I’m thrilled.

Say hi to Brittny…

To book your appointments at Scar Hair call (021) 422-5900

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  • Reply Michelle

    Hi Bailey,

    First of all I just want to say that I love your post. I have heard so many good things of Scar, as a Jhb girl myself it is just a shame that they are all the way in Capetown.

    I have tried the balayage look for the past 3 years and for some reason it’s never what I had in mind. To be honest I don’t find many hairdressers that can get it right. I hav tried googling “Lindsay-Jade Calvert” but nothing came up. Do you perhaps have a way to contact her or know someone else that you would recommend ?


    May 23, 2020 at 9:09 pm
    • Reply BaileySchneider

      Hey Michelle!

      You can get hold of Lindsay-Jade via Instagram – just DM her @lulujmason
      Please tell her I say hi xx

      June 2, 2020 at 2:07 pm

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