Matrix Biolage Ultra Hydrating Conditioning Balm

4.2

188 reviews

77% 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: 36-43

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Warm

Hair: Blond, Curly, Fine

Eyes: Green

This is just not the same as the conditioning balm I loved in high school. This is waxy and doesn't detangle at all. It leaves an odd film on my fair and my hair is a frizzy mess after using it.

I have 2AB hair that is BSL, fine but abundant, and dry but not very damaged. The biggest issue I have with my hair is tangling and my second issue is finding a product that enhances curls/calms frizz/doesn't weigh my hair down.

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Age: 44-55

Skin: Very Oily, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Grey, Other, Other

Eyes: Hazel

For years I have used Matrix an this product it breaks my scalp out an does daily condition but nothing extraordinary . The new formula isn't as good in fact makes my hair dry. Disappointed.


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Age: 44-55

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Blond, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This conditioner is really moisturizing and it leaves my hair soft and nourished. I know that the GVP dupe is recommended all the time on the hair board but I figured the original was likely the best. And it didn't disappoint. My parched hair was soft and smooth and it no longer looked or felt like straw. I left it on for about 15 minutes and this seemed to be a good thing because my hair was nicely hydrated and dried sleek and shiny. However, it did weigh my hair down a little bit so next time I'll use it only on the midlengths and ends. It's very thick and rich so a little bit is all you need to do the job so this tube will last quite a long time. I don't use the matching shampoo because it has sulfates and my hair is color treated therefore sulfates are a huge no no. I use Shea Moisture Manuka Honey shampoo, Pureology Strength Cure or Perfect 4 Platinum shampoo and it works just fine with any of these options. It also smells really nice but, unfortunately, the scent doesn't linger. I did rinse for a full five minutes, which is my trick for using heavier conditioners. I do this with masks as well and I think it really keeps them from weighing my hair down. I think this conditioner is a great one for dry hair and if the good results I've gotten thus far are any indication, I may not be dealing with parched tresses for very long. This conditioner has been recommended on the MUA hair board for as long as I can remember and rightly so. I finally tried it after all these years and I'm so glad I did. It's very hydrating, as the name implies, and it will hopefully cure my dry hair for good. I do alternate with a protein rich shampoo and conditioner and with a volumizing formula because my hair always needs strengthening and it loves protein and there are days when I want more volume. I switch it up every time and this routine seems to be working really well. I will enjoy using this balm and look forward to getting the same great results I got initially. If your hair is dry and you're looking for a great remedy, you can't do better than this balm. It's definitely different from anything I've used in the past and is much more nourishing than other dry hair formulas I've tried. I highly recommend it for all but the finest hair. As long as you rinse well, you should have no issues with it weighing your hair down. It left my straw-like hair looking and feeling healthy and soft. It's definitely a great product and one that deserves its excellent reputation on the hair board.

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Age: 25-29

Skin: Dry, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Hazel

This was an ok balm for my head, but nothing amazing. I have thick hair, straight with a little wave when air-dried, but not curly. It was ok, but I would not purchase it again because I didn't find it was doing an outstanding job for the price.


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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: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Curly, Coarse

Eyes: Grey

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.

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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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