Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrating Conditioning Balm

4.2

184 reviews

78% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.7

Price: $$$

INGREDIENTS

INGREDIENTS Water/Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Chloride Glycerin, Amodimethicone, Cetyl Esters, Lanolin, Fragrance, Methylparaben, Cetrimonium Chloride, Tricontanyl PVP, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Propylene Glycol, Polysorbate 20, Shea Butter (Butyrospermum Parkii) Fruit, Algae Extract/Algae, Safe Leaf Extract/Salvia Officinalis, Pollen Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Extract/Saponaria Officinalis, Silk Amino Acid, Wheat Germ Oil, Wheat Germ Oil/Triticum Vulgare, Lemongrass Extract/Cymbopogon Schoenanthus


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Other

Eyes: Grey

This product is an amazing hydrating, smoothing conditioner. I have chemically treated (no bleach, butt stll) hair that is also a little wavy when wet and somewhat coarse. When dry it is pretty much straight. But when I do use this product my hair looks so much softer and hydrated. It is well worth the money!

If they sell it in the tub, buy that one to save money and for deep conditioning leave it on for about ten mnts. At least 3 or even just 2x a week. But don't forget to use a good leave in conditioner. I would recommended the Biolage leave in conditioner.

I automatically could tell a difference after the first use. And please buy straight from a salon to make sure you're getting authentic Village, not bootleg. I know that there is a huge difference because my ex-husband is a stylist who works in an upscale salon and he has taught me quite a bit. He also, along with a few other stylist's that it truly doesn't matter what shampoo you use as long as it isn't white and creamy. Always use a clear shampoo! And don't waste your money on name brand shampoos!

Stay beautiful!



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Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I've been using this conditioner for basically 2 years straight. Strayed a few times and wanted to slao myself as soon as I did.
I have fine/medium, wavy, processed hair that I round brush and flat iron every day. This conditioner gives my hair the moisture that it lacks naturally and helps my hair to be shiny and soft. I'll probably use it forever.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

First off, I would like to say that in all my years as a MUA member, this is only my second review. Ever. Hopefully that will give you an indication of how badly I hated this product - so bad that I just HAD to warn you.

Now I know everyone is different, so I'll try explain EXACTLY what my hair type is like, so you can assess whether or not this product is for you (and judging but the overall rating, it most likely is).

Anyway - my hair is naturally very blonde (so much so that I tint my eyebrows), its extremely thick and wavy. It has a tendency to dry a little bit frizzy, but given I use the right products (aka oleo slim relax OMG), I can usually get away with having my hair air dry and it looking someone amazeballs.

I saw that this product seemed to target thick wavy/curly hair, so swapped it out with my regular shamps and conditioner (which was Matrix Keratindose). BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER.

To summarise what my hair was like after shampooing and conditioning with this:
- rebellious AF (even though I still used my Kerastase serums)
- curlier than usual, which I was trying to embrace if it wasn't so STRAW LIKE
- heaps and HEAPS of frizzy fly aways... even on my part/hair line
- thick, in a horrible separated 80s hair kinda way

When I tried to tame the mane, I got even worse results:
- When I dried it (with hair dryer or straightener) there was HEAPS of steam coming off my strands, its like it didn't dry and still had heaps of moisture in it. Even if I let my hair air dry and tried blow drying it 16+ hours later
- I added some glorious heat protecting / smoothing serums that usually work a charm, and they made my hair stiff and really dry looking
- it seemed to be frizzy no matter how much time or energy I put into it

I don't know what else to say. I feel like this whole experience has been a horrible nightmare where your HG products get discontinued and your stuck with horrible cave man hair. Whats worse is that I was still using my HG serums, and I tried multiple approaches (let it dry naturally, blow dry it, straighten it, curl it) and I ended up giving up and putting my hair up in a bun.

If anyone lives in Perth Western Australia, and happens to love this item (or wants to try it) please PLEASE direct message me and I shall sell a near full shamps and conditioner to you for a very reasonable price.

xoxo


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Dry, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I will start by saying that my hair type is curly and dry, and I do not color or bleach my hair.
I recently purchased this conditioner in the bottle form from a Beauty Brands retail store.
My previous shampoo/conditioner combo was causing damage to my hair, so I needed to switch and use something higher quality that would be very moisturizing and help my hair get back to normal.
This conditioner has a thick, creamy consistency that I LOVE. I run this through the ends of my hair after shampooing and allow it to sit for a few minutes before combing through my hair with a wide-tooth comb and rinsing. My hair feels extremely soft and silky after rinsing, and so far that is translating to my dry hair as well. My hair feels clean, soft, and smooth.
This conditioner also smells amazing and the scent lasts for quite some time on my hair! I can smell it all day.
I'm going to continue using this as long as I am getting these results! I highly recommend!


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Other

This isn't a bad product, it conditions well and leaves my hair soft. This would work well for someone who didn't have incredibly dry/damaged hair. My hair is heat styled regularly and gets very dry and damaged. This doesn't work as well as the regular conditioning balm from the same line. Would not repurchase.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Other, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Brown

I haven't tried the original, but I tried this twice at my mom's house and loved it. I already have a great regular/affordable conditioner (Ulta smooth and protect) and a deep conditioner that I love (Hairkop Obliphica nourishing). I searched for it and actually had a hard time finding stores that carried it, and after reading the reviews below, I may try the original. But I didn't have any trouble with this at all. I found it better than most.

Also, I can't use propylene glycol on my face and the version I used had it high up on the list. I do use things in my hair that I don't use on my face, but I noticed a few scalp bumps afterwards. I already really love my conditioners so I can't see *needing* this.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is a spin-off of the regular tried and true biolage conditioning balm, and if youre not careful you could easily buy the wrong one because the labels are almost exactly the same.

So the makers took a great rare recipe for success and ruined it by adding silicones to an otherwise perfect conditioner and shampoo with this ULTRA line. Its really false advertising in a big way because the original is the actual ultra-hydrating of the two. This one just gives your hair the initial band-aid effect of silicone slickness, but its not good for actual, real moisturizing at all. Basically the original's effects are real and lasting (meaning, for example, if you want to grow out your hair the original will one will encourage that because the formula really nourishes your hair and keeps it strong, and moisturized) while the ULTRA's effects are completely smoke and mirrors, and you will need to trim new split ends much much sooner, because the silicones will be drying out your hair, and causing it to become brittle.

As many here know, silicones are in most shampoo and conditioners nowadays... Why? Because AT FIRST they give the illusion of more moisture and better conditioning through the "slip" which is very noticeable after use with these types of conditioners. It may also, in the beginning stages of use, give your hair a bunch of shine. The problem with silicones is many: First of all it will, in a short amount of time, suck the moisture right out of your hair and make it dry and brittle and causing your ends to split (making you think you have dry hair, so you go out and get more silicone laden conditioner, and on and on it goes). Second, it will build up on your hair like layer upon layer of microscopic plastic wrap. Third, its not really conditioning at all. Its only the illusion of conditioning! That illusion may last even into a few weeks, but it wont last forever, and as for me, my hair actually gets damaged and needs to be cut when I go on a silicone binge. Your hair may be tougher than mine, but consider yourselves warned.

The Ultra line is awful... Its no better than most other silicone drenched hair products. Dont buy this one thinking its the same or, god forbid, better than the original version. It most certainly is not. Take it from someone who's been using the original for 20 years, and who has tried countless products with cones in them, including this product. At 40 years old I know now what cones do to hair.
You can read my review of the regular cone-free, protein-free BIOLAGE CONDITIONING BALM if you like. I highly recommend that one, and ive been using it almost exclusively for 20 years. Its absolutely amazing. (look in my photos to see pictures of my hair)

6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

I usually buy the conditioning balm and when I saw this in the store I thought...like the name says ...ultra conditioning :) Wrong...it's watery, not conditioning at all and left my hair hard to comb thru and tangled...Finished the jar but won't repurchase.

2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 36-43

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I have used the regular Conditioning Balm forever, it's the product I always go back to. My hair is bra length thick, curly, frizzes easily, tangley, colored but very healthy. I have to use a thick conditioner or else I can't brush or comb through my hair. My daughter has all my hair issues except hers is straight, unprocessed and to her butt. I purchased this product 4 days ago and absolutely hate it. This in no way compares to Conditioning balm. This formula is thinner, does not hydrate and I'm left with hair that feels like I didn't use conditioner at all. I will be giving this product to someone.

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Other, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Description of my hair: Thick, coarse, curly and wavy, heat damaged.

I got a very terrible haircut a few years back and straightened my hair more often because it would frizz up if I wouldn't. It was also bleached in some spots and dyed which added insult to injury. My hair did not grow at all, I was frustrated using joico Kpac and anything else conditioning did not help. My great aunt who is a hair dresser recommended this to me and I decided to try it out. I have tried Matrix products but never the Biolage line. Well, I used this once a week in my hair after I used shampoo and left it in for an hour or so. After I washed it out and let it air dry and I swear in one use my hair was SOFT again and didn't feel brittle like it usually did. I constantly did this routine and also washing my hair only once or twice a week and my hair started to grow FINALLY! I am so grateful for this conditioner because it does not weigh down my hair at all, it smells amazing, it improves the quality of your hair and helps it grow. It is a little bit on the pricy side but it being in a tub makes it easier to control how much you use (which isn't very much since it's soo creamy). I recommend this to anyone and everyone whenever they ask for something to help damaged and brittle hair because now I have gorgeous hair that people compliment on all the time. :) Thank you Biolage <3

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.


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