The launch of Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector was a transformative product for many of us curly girls. It was a treatment we didn’t even know we needed but now we can’t live without – a Holy Grail, Best of the Best Award winner that visibly improved the health of our curls and coils.

The newest product in Olaplex’s growing family – which includes everything from oils to serums – is the Olaplex No.4C BOND Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo.

An effective clarifying shampoo is a must for many of us curlies. Many of the styling gels, lotions and creams can build up on our follicles, which can reduce the efficacy of our products. 

I Tried the New Olaplex No.4C Bond Maintenance Clarifying Shampoo

What is Olaplex No.4C?

Olaplex No.4C is described as a weekly treatment for people who need a deeper cleanse that uses a “broad spectrum clarifying system” to remove product buildup, hard water minerals and heavy metals. Sulfate-free, non drying and pH balanced.

The active ingredient is Bis-Aminopropyl Diglycol Dimaleate-Patented Olaplex Bond Building Technology, which is designed to repair damage by relinking broken disulfide bonds.

My experience with Olaplex No.4C

I’ve used a wide variety of clarifying treatments from both mass and luxury brands. Having just come off an article about frizz fighters – many of them with cones – my 3b curls had a fair amount of product buildup. It was looking a little dull and limp. 

I applied a quarter-sized dollop of the violet gel, working it from my scalp to the ends, leaving it on for the recommended five minutes. I followed with the No.8 Bond Intense Moisture Mask for extra Moisture.

I diffused as usual and my curls definitely felt bouncier and fuller. I would rank Olaplex No.4C among my favorites, right up there with Adwoa Beauty Blue Tansy Clarifying Gel Shampoo, Briogeo Scalp Revival Charcoal Coconut Oil Micro-Exfoliating shampoo and Amika Reset Clarifying Shampoo.

Have you tried the new Olaplex No.4C Shampoo? Let us know what you think in the comments.

Michelle Breyer

As co-founder of, a website for curly hair she began with her business partner and friend, Gretchen Heber, Michelle Breyer helped create the leading community and resource for people with curly hair. Frustrated by the lack of information on curly hair and the limited products available in the marketplace, the duo launched the site in 1998 with the help of a 14-year-old web designer. When Procter & Gamble called three years later to advertise to the® audience, Breyer knew they had indeed created a force in the industry, providing helpful information and unparalleled expertise for what was then considered a niche market.

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