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Matrix Biolage Colorlast Conditioner Review

Brunette woman shampooing her hair while showering.

I hate shelling out tons of money to color my hair, but a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do. So, when I first started dyeing my locks, I swore to myself that I would do everything possible to preserve my hair. Anything the reduced the color, pop, and shine of my hair was removed from my hair care routine. At least this way I’d get the biggest bang for my buck. And upon doing research, I discovered just how important conditioner designed specifically for color-treated hair is.

Quite frankly, I used to skip conditioning in the shower altogether. But after reading about why it’s so important in general (I don’t know how I missed the memo) and for dyed hair in particular, I became an ardent colored-hair conditioner supporter.

Conditioning Color Treated Hair Explained

Roots of girls hair being dyed by white brush and gloved hand.

Coloring your hair.

So, what astonishing information did I come across that inspired me to change my ways? Well, as I said, it started with reading all about what colored hair really needs. When you dye your hair, you expose it to ammonia, hydrogen peroxide, and other harsh chemicals. These ingredients damage the hair shaft, dull your hair’s natural color, and cause breakages. Feeling bad that I put my precious hair through the harsh process of dyeing, I wanted to do everything in my power to restore its vibrancy, keep it soft and shiny, and prevent further damage. Who knew there were special products just for conditioning color treated hair?

Hydrating any hair is important, but color-treated hair needs some extra TLC since the treatment can pull out moisture from your hair.  After all, a lack of moisture is what leads to your hair being dry and brittle. So you need something to make a protective barrier for your hair. It’s important to take care of this, since color treatments can make hair more porous, allowing for moisture to be released more easily than it is with untreated hair. And it doesn’t only allow moisture to be released, but also the color particles in your hair.

So what are the conditions for proper conditioning? Firstly, make sure to use a product that specifically states that it’s safe for color-treated hair and that it doesn’t contain sulfates. Use conditioner after every single time that you shampoo your hair. Focus on the ends of your hair, as these are the oldest parts and consequently the most damaged. Also, use a deep conditioner a few days before getting your hair dyed. After that, use it once a week following the treatment.

Matrix Biolage Colorlast Conditioner Ingredients Breakdown

A good conditioner is important for your hair.

So now that I’ve made the case for implementing color-safe conditioner into your shower routine, lets talk details. Namely, the Biolage Colorlast Conditioner from Matrix. And because you should know exactly what you’re putting on your hair, I’m going to break down the Matrix Biolage Colorlast conditioner ingredients for you. First and foremost, don’t forget that the key to having hair products which are safe for color-treated hair is that they should never include sulfates or parabens!

The first ingredient listed for the Biolage Colorlast Conditioner is water, which makes sense considering that this is a product designed to hydrate your hair. It also contains cetearyl alcohol, which may sound like a mouthful but actually helps to make your hair soft. The conditioner includes behentrimonium chloride which helps to defrizz hair. Although it’s important to note that some experts say that it’s best to avoid this ingredient. Ingredients like glycerin also help to lock moisture into your hair.

Citric acid functions to get rid of oil that accumulates on your scalp. And the cetyl esters and isopropyl myristate in the conditioner serve as emollients, which essentially means that they help soften and smooth your hair. And of course, it also contains standard ingredients to make the conditioner smell good so that you actually want to buy it.

Matrix Biolage Colorlast Conditioner Review

Bottle of matrix biolage colorlast conditioner.

Matrix Biolage Colorlast Conditioner.

In an effort to help us on our quest for vibrant hair, Matrix set out to create a product that would let us hold onto our color for as long as possible. It can hold your color for up to nine weeks. The conditioner achieves its goal by, of course, using a paraben-free recipe. Its low pH level helps to hydrate hair and make your color last longer. It also softens and smooths your hair, so that your hair appears shiny and vivid.

So to use the Biolage Colorlast Conditioner properly, put it on your hair and leave it there for 1-3 minutes. This gives your hair time to absorb everything that the conditioner has to offer. Obviously Matrix advises to use the conditioner with the matching shampoo, but I think it’s fine if you mix and match it with another brand. 

Conclusion

If you’re going to spend the time and money dyeing your hair, you may as well do it right. Don’t settle for dulled color and damaged hair. Use a conditioner designed for color-treated hair to really make your color last. The Biolage Colorlast Conditioner from Matrix does the job, using its special formula to keep your hair soft, shiny, vibrant and healthy. I, for one, am done with the days of no conditioning, and my hair is thanking me for that.

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