Bonding agents: How do they work?

Posted by Anna Holevas on

Changing hair colour and heat styling your hair is all fun and games until you are left with serious damage. If you are finding that your hair is dry, brittle and in need of some extra TLC, bonding agents are exactly what you need to bring your locks back to being luscious. 

Bonding hair care products are an ultra-reparative category of products designed for hair that requires some serious love. This category can include all the essentials - shampoos, conditioners, hair masks, oils and styling creams.

So, what is a bonding agent? Well, your hair is naturally made up of a bunch of chemical bonds that are too small for the eye to see. Unfortunately, these bonds can be damaged over time from several things, including styling, colouring hair and environmental stress. Bond-repair products are designed to help repair the bonds and improve the overall health of your hair. Glambox has all the bonding products to keep your hair looking and feeling healthy, and we are here to share some of our recommendations. 


The OG brand bonding repair range is Olaplex. You will probably have heard of Olaplex No. 3, which is a salon-esque pre-shampoo treatment designed to restore your hair to its glory days. It’s super simple to use – you apply it to damp hair and leave it in for a minimum of 10 minutes. Of course, the more damaged your hair, the longer you can leave it in. You then rinse it out and follow with shampoo and conditioner. Including the Olaplex shampoo and conditioner in your routine will give you the best results as well. 


One of their newer products is the Olaplex No. 0, which is for those who want to take your at-home treatments extra seriously. It’s a priming treatment designed to be used in tandem with No.3 to level up the strengthening and bond rebuilding benefits. First, you apply it to dry hair from root to tip. After 10 minutes, you then apply No. 3 without rinsing. 


Olaplex is so popular because it just works. It strengthens hair with ingredients that naturally occur in hair strands — just on a much deeper level. So if damage is your concern, you really can’t go wrong with Olaplex.


Goldwell Dualsenses Bond Pro

While it’s so popular, Olaplex is not the only bonding hair treatment range on the market. Goldwell hair products also have their Dualsenses Bond Pro line designed to strengthen weak hair instantly. It is suitable for all hair types, including fine hair.

Our top picks from this range are the 60sec Treatment, which instantly strengthens hair fibre up to 100% within just 60 seconds. It’s as easy as working it through wet or towel-dried pre-shampooed hair and leaving for 60 seconds before rinsing.

Pairing this with the Bond Pro Day and Night Booster, a leave-in treatment that you can use morning or night in dry or towel-dried hair makes the perfect duo to reduce breakage and split ends. 


Wella WellaPlex 3

Our final pick for bond repairing is the Wellaplex No.3 Hair Stabilizer. The Wellaplex treatment is your way of getting that luscious in-salon treatment from the comfort of your home. Like the other recommendations, it helps repair your hair bonds, leaving them stronger and your hair having noticeably less breakage. It is also designed to help maintain colour. Once a week, you need to shampoo as usual, and then apply the No.3 Hair Stabilizer through towel-dried hair from roots to ends. Leave for 5-10 minutes before rinsing. 


These three ranges are the perfect fix for hair that desperately needs some TLC. GlamBox is the one-stop online haircare store to pick up all these products. Simply click on the links above to shop. Plus, if you’re still in need of some recommendations, chat with one of our fantastic hair experts to get your personalised recommendations. 


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