Makarizo: Korea’s Olaplex Alternative
I put my hair through various levels of hell on a daily basis. My resilient tendrils no longer shine and gleam like they used to (I was blonde, sue me!) Now I’m well on my way back to long, luscious locks thanks to Makarizo, an alternative to Olaplex.
Ever since Olaplex hit the market in Korea (check out 7 Seasons Style’s review here), people have been flocking to get their hands on the products. Olaplex has a variety of products which make big claims. It’s a “simple three-step process (including) a patented active ingredient that works on a molecular level to seek out broken bonds in the hair that are caused by chemical, thermal, and mechanical damage. Use Olaplex to restore compromised hair or add it to another service to provide the ultimate breakage insurance.” Us civilians may buy Olaplex step 3 (at-home treatment) online for US $28 here, but must hit the salon for the remaining products.
Makarizo is a Taiwanese product which was originally developed for straightening. The name is taken from the Greek word for “blessed”. The product is now made and distributed from Indonesia. I found it in my second, “secret” salon supply store in Jamsil. I’m happy to tell you all about it, but the directions require some TLC I wasn’t prepared to share in my article on bottle blondes in Korea.
When I purchased the Hair Recover Drops (KRW 30,000 or just under $30) I was really just looking to replace my argan oil. With all the buzz about the rebonding systems, I thought I’d give this one a try. In only 2 uses, I’ve already seen a change in my newly-brunette locks. It was much easier to hide my shattered hair when I was beachy, bleachy blonde.
“Nourishes dry or damaged hair and split-ends. Adds gloss and sheen. Hair looks healthier and feels silky softer.
HOW TO USE
Before styling, apply a small amount of the drops and massage it into hair. No rinsing out.” – Makarizo website
I’m pretty thrilled with the results. I’ve used this product twice as instructed, and have blow-dried my hair both times. I’ve also put in some subtle highlights using a high-lift colour (not bleach) in the interim. I straighten my hair pretty much daily. My hair takes quite a beating, but the Makarizo Rebonding Hair Recovery Drops seem to have made a big difference! I’m considering delving further into the line to see just how glossy and gorgeous my hair can be in it’s natural (colour) state!
Makarizo Rebonding Hair Recovery Drops and other Makarizo products are available in Jamsil, Seoul, Korea. Leave me a message in the comments if you’d like to know how to visit my secret salon supply store!