You know that scene in 101 Dalmations where Cruella de Ville is driving her car like a maniac, and her hair is flying all over the place and looks dry and horrible and in good need of a treatment? That's my hair in a nutshell.
I've been dyeing my hair for five years now, since I was thirteen (I unfortunately was a wilful child and got my wish to go from blonde to red at that young age). Since that fateful decision, it has never been the same. While it could grow quickly and was beautifully soft when I was young, as soon as the dyeing began it has never been the same. Now, I'm at an ash blonde-colour and my hair is dry, brittle at the ends, and CLUMPS fall out to such extremes that I thought I'd be bald by age 20.
UNTIL miracle of miracles, I stumbled upon this conditioner. I use the Matrix hydrating shampoo along with this, and simply apply the balm after shampooing and give it a good comb through (I know you're not supposed to when wet, but my hair cannot be brushed once dried), and voila, my hair is silk. I cannot believe all these years have gone by, and healthy shining hair has always been so easily attainable! If you're looking for a deep conditioner that really leaves your hair clean as well as moisturised, this is the one for you!
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I like this in the new formula without the keratin. I am reviewing this using the 2012 ingredients listed - as well as the generic version Sally's beauty supply sells which is just as good in my opinion.
I will say I rarely use this just alone as a just a daily conditioner. I use it as a base for a deep condition.
This is my go to cone free/protein free conditioner when I want a good deep conditioning after clarifying hair. I find that mixing this conditioner with honey and aloe vera gel is better than any deep conditioner I have tried. If you have this conditioner and don't like it but don't want to waste it I suggest trying it as a deep conditioner with the honey/aloe mix. 2 parts conditioner/1part honey/1 part aloe makes my hair very conditioned. I have color treated/bleach highlighted/porous dry hair. (well it was dry before i started using this deep conditioner mix, now hair is quite happy)
Amazing cone free moisturizing treatment. I use this as a deep conditioner & leave it on my hair for about 45 mins or so with a plastic cap over it. While my scalp is prone to greasiness the length of my hair is very dry due to being colored & chemically straightened & this product makes my hair feel like silk.
Ugh! This stuff is truly terrible and I deeply regret buying it blind from a place that I can't return. I get that with beauty products it's very much "to each his own" and I'm not judging others who this works for, but for me, I feel like this stuff is pure, overpriced junk.
First the texture: I don't know how it's possible for a conditioner to feel goopy, greasy, and almost sticky feeling like a hair styling product, but this stuff feels that way. It's a weird, thick, lumpy, mess, that feels watered down, not like a beautiful, thick, luxurious cream--does that make sense?
Second: What hydration or conditioning? This stuff doesn't do any better than Suave or Vo5 on my very dry, overly processed hair (bleach, color and TR). Forget about it comparing it to my HG: Neutrogena's triple moisture....this stuff doesn't even come close.
Third: Somehow, while not conditioning my hair, it makes everything else in the shower feel slippery, like there's a coating of baby oil all over everything: to the point that I feel like I need to soap up my body again to get this stuff off my skin, and the floor of my shower becomes so slick, I need to be careful just standing under the shower head.
Forth: Packaging sucks. Why do companies make conditioners in a jar instead of a squeeze or pump bottle?
Fifth: Scent is outdated and I hate smelling this on my hair. I remember back in the day (the 80's and early 90's) my mom coming home from the salon smelling like this. It just seems too fake, too stale, too perfumey, trying to hard to smell fresh/floral while totally not accomplishing it.
Sixth: The price. While not intolerably expensive, it's not cheap.
I regret to say that I can find nothing...absolutely nothing about this product that I like, sorry guys.
I have used this product, off and on for many years now, oddly enough I have not reviewed it yet, so, no time like the present!
2008-09 was a rough year for my hair, I was dying it constantly, removing the color, doing keratin and protein treatments to counter act the color removal products * not bleach, the other color removal stuff from One and Only* and I would use this conditioning balm, along with the hydrating shampoo to try to recondition my hair and add moisture. shampoo, meh.. but I do like this balm. Fast forward to now, I have not dyed my hair in almost 4 years. I let all of the color grow out, and, while I am liking the fact that I can finally see my natural to me color after coloring my hair for 22 years, my hair has changed dramatically. After 2 pregnancies,problems with anemia, etc.. my hair is now incredibly fine, lighter in color * read- probably starting to turn white* and more than wavy and frizzy than it ever used to be. I am native, so one would think my hair would be coarse and dark, and super tough.. nope. Used to be like that. Anywho, I have had to try many MANY different shampoos and conditioners in a bid to rid myself of greasy, oily, grimy by the end of the afternoon, itchy, scaly scalp, mess of a head of hair.. Finally a cosmetologist at the local Shoppers Drug Mart made me realize that my problem is not dry skin and scalp, it is too oily! so I have switched to shampoos and cons for fine, thin hair.. no buildup type products.. but they are quite drying. So.. I pulled this treatment out of my cupboard and slathered it on my DRY hair. I like using this product on dry hair, not wet. I let it sit for at least an hour, than I rinse my hair, and wash and condition as usual. This ensures that I do not have any weird build up, and my hair gets a touch of nourishment before I start torturing it with I-cannot-believe-this-is-not-a-clarifying-shampoo and conditioner. Until I find that perfect S&C that will give my hair strength *( did I mention it likes to break? hoping the iron supps help that along the road)* and leave it build up free AND not dry.. I will incorporate this stuff into my week.. once a week would be plenty.
Sad to say this expensive conditioning balm didn't do anything for my hair. In fact, it made it dry! I was intrigued by the "balm" name. I only use deep thick conditioning products for my "everyday" conditioner because my hair is crazy. I have long very thick very coarse dry color treated frizzy hair as well as a very dry itchy scalp. I need the big guns to tame my hair! I purchased the squeeze tube bottle and I believe I paid $25 for it. I used it once and it's going back to the store! When I squeezed the product out of the tube, I was very pleased. The consistency is very thick. I applied about a nickle sized amount which covered my whole head very nicely. As I was working it in, I noticed that I didn't feel any slip to it. It was actually making my hair tangle. I massaged it in for three minutes from roots to ends and let it sit for an additional five minutes. During the rinsing process, my hair felt rough and my fingers would get caught tangled in the ends of my hair. Like usual, I applied a heat protectant spray and blow dried my hair straight. I couldn't believe how bad my hair turned out. My hair felt coated with product. My hair appeared even more thicker than it already is. It felt so heavy too and had no movement. It felt like I had a blanket on my head! I had to apply a lot of smoothing cream to get my hair to look and feel decent. No way. This was a flop!
One of the only conditioners that consistently makes my long, course, dry hair feel really really soft and healthy. I love this stuff and as I switch up my conditioners, I always find myself coming back to this one. It's pricey, but it does last quite a long time.
I've been looking for something to help my dry hair and this did not really do much to help it. I only noticed a SLIGHT and I do mean slight difference when I used a large amount all over my hair but I feel for what the price is I should not be going through that much product to get an ok result. The packaging could be better as most people already mentioned. I would rather have a tube or bottle to easily open rather than a screw on lid. It may work for other people but I am definitely going to keep looking at other conditioners.
I love this product and would have to say it's the best I have used to date. A small amount goes a long way. As soon as I put it in I can feel my hair relax and become instantly soft and manageable. I do not find it weighs my hair down and provides ongoing moisture for a couple of days. Although this conditioner is more expensive than supermarket brands I think you definitely get your money's worth. I am happy with Matrix - Conditioning Balm and will continue to keep it as a staple hair product.
This is a pretty good treatment. after they reformulated it a few years ago it works much better. Smells really nice and really keeps my hair hydrated. Price wise I think It's really affordable, I got a tub that's normally $22 with a 20% off coupon at Ulta and it lasts a long time! will definitely repurchase.