My fine, limp hair needs all the volume it can get so when I’m not trying to desperately hold on-to a fresh colour I switch to using a volumising haircare range. Matrix Biolage is a salon professional brand I’ve used a lot in the past but I never tried their volumising products. In March they released their new & improved version in pretty new packaging so I couldn’t help but give the shampoo and conditioner duo a trial for review.
- The tall white bottles carry 400ml of product each. The curved body and long neck looks sleek and is also functionally improved because when you turn it upside down the bulbous shape fits into the palm of your hand, making it easy to give a gentle squeeze to release the product.
- The shampoo has a transparent blue flip-open lid and the conditioner has an opaque white lid. I like this because it means I can quickly identify which is which without having to read the labels.
- It has the scent of a professional shampoo and conditioner, which I find really addictive. It smells clean but not powdery, fresh but not floral. It’s that scent I associate with someone else giving me a head massage.
- The shampoo has a white, liquidy-gel formula that lathers quickly with minimal effort. This is most definitely due to Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate being the second and third main ingredients. If you have an allergy or prefer to avoid these ingredients than this duo isn’t for you. If you love the feeling of fluffy, foamy shampoo this is a treat.
- The conditioner is a white cream formula that melts to a more liquidy consistency as you apply it to your hair. Straight out of the bottle I would call this a thick conditioner but how it feels in the hair is much lighter.
- As with all volumising haircare products, I expect them to be rather drying because the idea is that they remove anything that could weigh down limp hair. After rinsing out the shampoo I instantly felt like my hair was considerably dryer and it’s not a feeling I like but I’ve come to accept from volumising formulas. During application the conditioner feels like it will restore much-needed moisture to the mid-lengths and ends of my hair but after leaving for the recommended 3 minutes or longer it fails to do much to untangle my hair. Having fine hair and bleached mid-lengths means I need serious nourishment from my conditioner and I found this conditioner just didn’t give it to me. I do think if I didn’t have bleached sections the conditioner would probably be satisfactory for my hair.
- After towel drying or blowdrying my hair I believe my hair feels less hydrated than usual but sitting slightly higher on my scalp. This is a good sign of improved volume and after styling my hair does feel bouncier.
- Results were not long lasting despite many attempts at different ways to extend the results of the products. I usually can get 2-3 days before an oily scalp becomes so visible that my hair needs to be washed. With this duo I would only make it to 1.5 days. This really confuses me because the shampoo is drying and I never let the conditioner or styling products near the upper part of my hair so I can’t explain why the oil is being produced much quicker. I even considered it was just a phase my scalp was going through but having since moved on to another shampoo/conditioner trial my hair instantly returned to the 2-3 day routine.
What Matrix say ….
Limp and lifeless hair often lacks in volume. For a volume boost Matrix Biolage VOLUMEBLOOM ensures long lasting and bouncy hair. A light and fluffy flower, the cotton flower never falls flat. Elastic tensile fibers develop in the cotton flower to fill the interior of the plant to ensure long lasting shape. Employing the same technology found in the cotton flower, Matrix Biolage VOLUMEBLOOM expands fine hair textures by multiplying inner fibers for ultimate plumpness and long lasting volume that builds with regular use.
Australia $29 each from professional salons. Locate one with the salon finder.
USA $17 from ULTA and professional salons.
UK £12.95 from Look Fantastic and professional salons.
Have you used volumising haircare products? Would you try this one? Let me know by commenting below!
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Shampoo: Aqua / Water / Eau, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Cocamide Mea, Glycerin, Sodium Chloride, Glycol Distearate, Parfum / Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate, Dimethicone, Carbomer, Salicylic Acid, Polysilicone-8, Limonene, Polyquaternium-16, Maltodextrin, Hexyl Cinnamal, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Amyl Cinnamal, Gossypium Herbaceum / Cotton Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid.
Conditioner: Aqua / Water / Eau, Cetearyl Alcohol, Starch Acetate, Behentrimonium Chloride, Cetyl Esters, Parfum / Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Isopropyl Alcohol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Limonene, Maltodextrin, Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride, Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Benzyl Alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Amyl Cinnamal, Gossypium Herbaceum / Cotton Extract.