Not long ago I received the Matrix Biolage R.A.W. Voxbox from Influenster with the shampoo and conditioner from the Nourish line. Matrix Biolage has 3 main product lines and I took a brief quiz to be matched to the best one to address my hair needs. The Recover line restores shine to stressed hair. Replenish creates “smoother, softer, shinier hair.” Nourish restores dull, dry hair with ingredients such as “coconut oil, honey and quinoa husk, and kaolin clay.” On paper, this is a great match for me because I’m a color-treated natural so moisture is a major concern. The Matrix website shows a hydration mask is a part of this collection, but it was not included in the box sent to me.
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This shampoo’s fragrance is hard to describe but it smells a lot like a men’s cologne. I found it to be gentle and quite moisturizing which is great. It boasts 71% natural origin (not entirely sure what that means), 99% biodegradable, no sulfates, no silicones, no artificial colorants, no parabens, and uses 100% recycled plastic packaging. I think the Nourish shampoo would be considered curly girl method compliant. The shampoo did not leave my hair feeling stripped and has a loose consistency so a small amount goes a long way.
Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betane, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Cocamide Mipa, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Parfum, Sodium Benzoate, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Hydrogenated Coconut Acid, Salicylic Acid, Sodium Isethionate, Honey, Sodium Phytate, Caramel, Chenopodium Quinoa Seed Extract, Alcohol, Citric Acid.
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After two washes, I was ready to condition. If you know me you know this is my favorite part of wash day. The Nourish conditioner smells like pure shea butter and the cologne scent of the shampoo and it is extremely thick. Unfortunately, the conditioner has no slip at all. None. Insert sad face here. Every natural knows how important slip is. Since there’s no slip I felt like I had to use a lot of product. The directions say to leave the conditioner in for 1-2 minutes which I found shocking if it was to transform dull, dry hair into soft and shiny touchable strands. I rinsed the conditioner out after 2 minutes as instructed with cool water (as you should). Talk about disappointed. My hair felt incredibly dry. So I had to use another conditioner to make things right.
Ingredients: Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, Brassicamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Cocos Nucifera Oil, Kaolin, Benzyl Alcohol, Parfum, Sclerotium Gum, Tartaric Acid, Caprylyl Glycol, Salicylic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopherol, Coumarin, Linalool, Caramel, Glycine Soja Oil.
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After using the system together I can honestly say I’m are split between the products. I enjoyed the shampoo as it cleansed my hair without stripping it. I can see myself using it again. As for the conditioner, I was extremely disappointed with its performance. Not only does it lack any recognizable slip useful for detangling, it imparted no moisture to my hair. This is an even bigger disappointment considering dryness is specifically what this system claims to address. On a scale of 1-10, I’d give this system a 5 since one failed and the other worked well.
Have you used products from the Matrix Biolage lines? What did you think? Comment down below!
**I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.