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ABOUT MATRIX BIOLAGE BRAND FROM THEIR WEBSITE: Pic courtesy: www.matrixbeautiful.com In 1990, Biolage was born as one of the first salon brands to blend natural botanicals with natural technology to bring out hair’s natural beauty. Looking ahead to the future we wanted to extend our care for hair to greater care for the environment. From formulas of packaging, manufacturing to community support, we are continually looking for ways to make our brand more sustainable.
WHAT MATRIX BIOLAGE SMOOTHING SERUM CLAIMS:
Biolage Smoothing serum smoothes dry, frizzy, and unruly hair. A fusion of taming polymers and avocado and grapeseed oils gently envelopes hair to control frizz and seal in smoothness without weight. Hair stays shiny, nourished, and manageable all day. HOW TO USE: Work a small amount of product in hands and apply evenly through damp hair. Blow-dry or style as desired. Can be re-applied throughout the day for added shine and frizz control.
PRICE: Rs. 215 (Indian Rupees) for 100 mL.
COMPLETE LIST OF INGREDIENTS: 1001294 ingredients: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethiconol, C12-15 alkyl benzoate, Persea Gratissima/Avocado Oil, Vitis Vinifera/Grape Seed Oil, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Hydroxycitronellal, Amyl Cinnamyl, Geraniol, Alpha isomethyl ionone, Isoeugenol Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Parfum/Fragrance. After the L’Oreal Paris Elvive with “Pearl Protein” fiasco, I made a decision not to fall for any fancy product titles. This time round when I decided to invest in some hair care, I was pretty sure I wanted some salon-type hair serum for my hair. I was not particularly searching for the hair serum across a particular brand and I had kept my options open. During one of my routine outings to a store selling beauty products to salons and parlors, I asked the SA what brand of hair serum the salon people bought from them. She showed me two of the famous ones, one being Toni and Guy and the other one Matrix Biolage Smoothing Hair Serum. Upon inspecting, both looked the same to me.
While I was still in a dilemma about which serum to opt for, I heard a shrilling voice from behind, which went like, “Myadam, I have a special offer to cure your cracked heels.” I bent down to check whether my heels had cracked all of a sudden in the last 10 minutes that I was at the store. There was not even a single crack, so I showed her my heel and I told her “myadam, but there aren’t any cracks in my heels.” She said, “myadam, you get discount on this pedicure kit, you buy now and keep this one, later on, when cracks develop, you put.” This was turning out to be good fun and I played to the gallery. I told her, “myadam, I have never had cracked feet in my life.” She told me, “myadam, in winters you will pucca get, all females get, at that time, no offer, no discount, same rate you buy, take now, when cracks develop, take a little hot water, put this cream, then put your legs into it, then watch TV for 20 minutes, in 20 minutes skin becomes smooth, cracks becomes soft, no pain, cracks healed and you happy.” Believe me, she parroted out the entire monologue in a single breath. I could not control my giggles and I laughed my heart out. I thought I had put the SA in an awkward position by laughing, but the poor thing was looking content and happy with herself to have made me laugh. I then politely declined her offer realizing that she was just trying to sell the product for which she may receive a commission, not at all her fault. She did not irritate me unlike some other SA’s who push you to the edge. Well coming back to the hair serum, after much deliberation, I opted for the Matrix Biolage hair serum as it was a little cheaper than Toni and Guy at Rs. 215 and could easily be squeezed into my budget.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH BIOLAGE HAIR SERUM: I have medium-length curly to wavy hair and I have to devote a lot of my time in a bid to tame down my ringlets. My hair takes a lot of combing and accessories to put into place. As I have said before, I am wary of hair sprays and chemical treatments, so hair serum was a much safer bet. This transparent bottle contains 100 mL of slightly thick and non-runny fluid, which looks as clear as pure water. This one smells mild, very basic kind of smell with a hint of grapeseed fragrance thrown in.
The flip-top cap dispenses just the right amount of fluid and just a little amount was needed to smooth out my frizzy antennas. The result is instant shine and glossy effect to the hair. The serum adds a subtle oiliness to the hair without weighing it down. It is very lightweight and the comb glides down smoothly. But a word of caution for people with oily scalp, this serum might not work for them in the sense that the serum may make their hair greasier and make it look limp, but then going overboard with the serum will surely add that champi look to people with even dry hair. One more thing to note is that this hair serum easily sorts out the knots in my hair and my hair becomes manageable and easily style-able. I have heard from my friends that this works well with blow drying and ironing. This one really smooths out the roughness of my curls and leaves it with zero frizz.
Most importantly, I am happy about the fact that there are minimum chemicals in this product and the main ingredients are grapeseed and avocado oil and regular use of this serum does not aggravate or deteriorate hair fall. I have been using it on an almost daily basis for months now and I have not seen any increased hair fall. So, at least, I have found something to discipline my tresses for the moment.
Also, the mild grapeseed kind of smell only lingers in the hair. It is not overpowering and also this does not degrade into some other morbid stench during the course of the day.
WHAT I LIKE ABOUT BIOLAGE HAIR SERUM:
- This serum leaves my hair with zero frizz.
- Just a small amount of serum is required and there is no need to slather it into the interiors of the hair or massage it into the hair, just running the product over the surface of the hair will do the trick.
- It is lightweight, it gives a glossy sheen to the hair without weighing the hair down.
- The fragrance is not overpowering, you will not feel like an Egyptian with wax cone melting on your head.
- The hair serum has been made from botanical extracts mainly, so it will not harm your hair in the long run.
WHAT I DON’T LIKE ABOUT BIOLAGE HAIR SERUM:
- If you apply too much of it into your tresses, it will just give the effect that you have oiled the hair for shampooing and make you look “chipku.”
- Rs. 215 is a bit on the expensive side for a 100 mL bottle.
- It may not work for people with limp hair at all.
- Also, you may have to re-apply the serum through the course of the day as the serum wears off after some time.
WILL I GO FOR IT AGAIN: Yes, until something better comes along. I am sure there is something better than this that would work for my hair, but until then I am very satisfied with this one.
Which hair serum do you use?
Matrix Biolage Hydrating Hair Masque
L’oreal Paris Base Magique Transforming Smoothing Primer
L’oreal Hair Spa Smoothing CreamBath
Bath and Body Works Toe The Line : Smoothing Foot Scrub
Matrix Split End Hair Serum
Cheryl’s Open Pore Serum