Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo Review

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Today we’re taking a look at the Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo. That’s a mouthful. Matrix: brand; Biolage: Range; Hydrasource: fancy range subcategory; Shampoo: product. This stuff had better be that thing. With every product being searchable in every minute detail from ingredients to real feel description, suddenly we’re all a bunch of experts. Which is awesome. For the first time in the history of cosmetics, we can understand the healing properties – or not so healing properties- of what we put onto, and inevitably into our bodies, without sifting through a pharmaceutical encyclopedia.

We’re so thirsty for info on what our products are pouring into our body that we’ve spawned a new subcategory of the beauty industry: beauty influencers. Influencers can have followers in the millions, looking for info on products and how to use them. One of these influencers, Farah Dhukai, recently released a vlog to her 6.5 million followers (for reference, that’s the same amount of people involved in Hands Across America.) introducing an aloe vera DIY hair mask, calling it, “One of my personal hair care secrets.” What is it about aloe that makes it the personal go-to of both your grandma and your online bestie?

Aloe For Hair Explained

Aloe vera gel.

Aloe vera for hair.

The aloe vera plant is hugely ornamental because, well, it’s really hard to kill. It grows in sun, shade, indoors, outdoors. Can a plant that does so well at keeping itself hydrated and moderated be beneficial to you? You bet. Aloe is as real as it gets. When I was a kid and I’d get sunburnt (too often, stay skin safe) my grandmother would just go right to the aloe plant in front of her house, rip that baby in half and smear it right onto the affected area. It was sticky, I’ll say that, but it was also soothing, calming and healed my skin. How?

Aloe is nutrient packed. Vitamins A, C and E encourage cell renewal. For skin, this meant me getting my peachy glow back, for hair it means promoted hair growth. But, again, how? So, back to the nutrients. The A, C and E vitamins work away at cell turnover, while the anti inflammatory properties soothe scalp irritation. The pH level of aloe is very close to your natural hair’s pH, so it’s basically restoring all the nutrients that you’ve lost with your exciting, active lifestyle (I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt). Anyway, anti-fungal and antiviral properties also assist with dandruff issues.

The chemical makeup of aloe vera is actually similar to Keratin. You know, the compound found in all the top shelf hair products? But, unlike Keratin, aloe also offers preventative properties, maintaining elasticity in your strands and preventing breakage. All this is to say that while aloe is pumping your scalp full of goodness, it’s actively fighting away the nasties. And! As your hair growth is increased, the quality of the hair is also increased as it’s given a nice clean scalp to blossom from.

Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo Ingredients Breakdown

I have real feelings about this ingredients list, so I’m just going to drop it down here and explain during the review. The main players in the Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo Ingredients are: Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Sodium Lauryl Sulfate – the sulfate sisters that leave your strands vulnerable to outside toxins as they dry your hair and leave it porous.

The ingredinents list also contains a bunch of different words that I can’t pronounce that are basically the long way of saying ‘puts huge strain on your hair’.  Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride – more drying chemicals. It also contains artificial and organic perfumes that, you guessed it, dry out your hair. Pretty much the only redeeming factor in this shampoo is the presence of aloe vera. 

Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo Review

Bottle of Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo.

Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo.

It’s becoming common knowledge that sulfate – of any kind – in cosmetics, or household products, should be avoided. The rest of the ingredients list for the Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo reads as a dry hair nightmare. Matrix is a salon name. Back when I was in hair school it was one of the top products we’d pimp out. So, Little Me thought it was great. While the product is quality smelling great and gets the job done, I’m hesitant about this ingredient list. Although it does utilize the natural properties of aloe, the rest of the ingredients have major warning signs for me.

After a couple of washes the Matrix Biolage Hydrasource Shampoo definitely leaves hair feeling smooth, which means it’s doing something to nourish the cuticle. But I have to wonder if it’s just a cosmetic fix at the end of the day. I’m hoping that as consumers become more conscientious of what ingredients we use, and switch to more natural options, the big names will have to step up their ingredients list. Maybe, right? But Lord help me, I do love that salon-grade shampoo smell.

How To Naturally Fight Dry, Frizzy Hair

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Frizz-free tresses.

Ten years into dying my hair very frequently, and having curls to boot (curls are naturally drier than straight hair, the more you know) have left me with some great hands-on knowledge. Here are my top 4 tips on how to naturally fight dry, frizzy hair:

  1. Don’t wash it so often! I know you hear this a lot, and I know it’s tough, but it’s the best way to naturally balance your pH. I’m sorry it wasn’t more revolutionary, but it has to go first because it’s the realest.
  2. Swap sulfate for glycerin, look at us learning! As we said, sulfates equals bad. They dry your hair right up and leave you hair follicles open to all the nasties. Glycerin coats your hair with moisture inside out, helping you balance that natural pH that you’re working on when you do wash your babies.
  3. When towel drying your hair, scrunch or twist, don’t rub! I personally like to get fancy with my towel twisting post-shower and let the strands hang out as the moisture gets drawn away. But rubbing it is terrible for some dry hair. When your hair is wet it definitely has more elasticity, but rubbing is a major cause of breakage. 
  4. Speaking of twisting, it’s also a great heat-free way to style your locks. For beach waves, two twists at the right of the head, clasped at the back overnight, will turn out smooth and in place. Get fancy with it, the more twists the tighter the curls, and it’s all heat free!

DIY Hair Moisturizer Recipe And Guide

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Lock in moisture.

This brings us to the DIY portion of our show. I couldn’t pick just one, so you’re getting two DIY hair moisturizer recipes today! Of course, they’re both made with all natural ingredients that could be mistaken as a salad dressing. The first of these two life-savers is a beautiful honey/aloe/coconut mash up. Honey is great for hair because of all it’s incredible nutrients and it’s unique ability to seal in moisture. Also, it smells delicious. And coconut oil, I’m sure you’re familiar with. You’ll need 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of honey.

Place all three ingredients into a bowl, whip into a mixture and you’re done! When you’re ready to use it, massage directly into your scalp, gradually working your way down through the lengths to the tips. Once you’ve got some nice coverage, put a shower cap on that baby and let it sit for 1-2 hours. When you’r ready. wash it off with a shampoo and finish with your regular conditioner. Doing this once a week is a sure fire way to lock in moisture, fortify your tresses and boost hair growth, while smelling like summer.

Bonus Hair Mask

This bonus hair mask focuses on the properties of coconut, mixing coconut oil and coconut milk to really pack it’s punch. It gets deep into the scalp, while the aloe works the scalp and follicle, to repair damage while moisturizing. You’ll need 2 tablespoons of aloe vera gel, 2 tablespoons of coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil. You’re going to start by mixing the coconut milk and the gel, until you get a nice smooth mixture. Then add the oil. Whip that all up until it’s nicely blended. Massage the mixture through your scalp to tips and leave on for only an hour. You can do this intensive mask once a week for gorgeous, restoring results.

Conclusion

As a shampoo, Matrix Biolage Hydrasource, does fine. Matrix has certainly identified the healing properties of aloe vera, and it gets the job done. But while there are so many organic options out there, your hair is really in your hands. In your attempt to give your hair the attention that it deserves, you need to make sure that you’re making the right choices in terms of ingredients. That means avoiding harmful chemicals. If you’re not sure where to start then why not try one of the two DIY’s on offer!