We love coloring and heat styling our hair as much as the next woman. What we don’t love, however, is the dry, brittle, thinning strands, and split ends that often come with it. We’re always searching for the next best hair products to help our strands look and feel brand new—and we finally found them! Continue scrolling to read our Matrix Biolage Advanced review and find out which range of products is right for you.
We partnered with Patricia Rodriguez, Matrix brand ambassador and stylist, to find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about damaged hair—including exactly what products to use to help repair it.
What are the most common causes of hair damage?
Before we get into how to identify and repair damaged hair, you need to know what exactly causes damaged strands. Unfortunately, there are endless amount of ways to destroy your strands. However, Rodriguez says the most common form of damage is chemical.
For example color, texture services, perm, and smoothing services all have the potential to damage hair.
While chemical services have the potential to wreak havoc on your strands, how you care for and style your hair at home also has the potential to damage your precious locks.
“Mechanical damage, which refers to damage caused by heat styling tools like curling irons, wands, straightening irons and texture irons, can damage hair. The least common and sometimes least known causes of damage can come from frequent washing and being too rough with the hair,” she says.
What are the most common signs of damaged hair?
It’s a bit daunting when it seems like everything you do to your hair has the potential to cause damage to your strands. However, just because it can damage your hair doesn’t mean it will. The key is to be able to identify the damage before it gets worse.
“The most common signs of hair damage are split ends, extreme hair breakage—hair strands that are noticeably broken off—large amounts of shedding, unmanageable, and when hair has a dull appearance,” Rodriguez explains.
If your ordinarily soft, shiny, manageable hair begins to exhibit any of these signs, you may be experiencing damage.
How can Biolage Advanced Repair help damaged hair?
Even though it is nearly impossible to reverse the damage done to your strands completely, the right hair care routine can help your strands look and feel nourished and healthier than ever before. Matrix just launched a range of products specifically designed to combat the most common signs of damage: breakage, density, roughness, and lack of moisture. To get the most out of your routine, you want to make sure to use products that are formulated to combat your specific type of damage.
“A great routine for damaged hair is to shampoo and condition with the Biolage Advanced system that best suits your damaged hair needs every two to three days. Gently towel dry the hair to squeeze any excess water out. Follow with a leave-in product that supports your Biolage Advanced System and comb it through to evenly distribute the product through your hair,” she says.
Wondering which Biolage Advanced System is perfect for you? We’re breaking down each product and explaining exactly how they’re formulated to help repair your strands.
If you’re experiencing major breakage:
Matrix Biolage Advanced Fiberstrong Shampoo and Conditioner
Fragile hair may be prone to breakage, unmanageability, and lack shine. Biolage FiberStrong Shampoo and Conditioner is formulated to target these needs with the power of Intra-Cylane plus bamboo and ceramide to help repair damaged, fragile hair.
Matrix Biolage Advanced Fiberstrong Shampoo and Conditioner, $21.00 MSRP each
Matrix Biolage Advanced Fiberstrong Intra-Cylane Fortifying Cream
Matrix Biolage Advanced FiberStrong Intra-Cylane Fortifying Cream is formulated to target weak hair with the power of Intra-Cylane, bamboo, and ceramide to help repair damaged, fragile hair. When used with the FiberStrong Shampoo and FiberStrong Conditioner, your hair feels stronger and more conditioned.
Matrix Biolage Advanced Fiberstrong Intra-Cylane Fortifying Cream, $23.00 MSRP
If your hair looks thinner than it used to:
Matrix Biolage Advanced FullDensity Thickening Shampoo
The shampoo gently cleanses to remove follicle-clogging impurities, fortifying strands and making hair look and feel healthier instantly. When used as a system of shampoo and conditioner, breakage is significantly reduced for fuller-looking, thicker-feeling hair.
Matrix Biolage Advanced FullDensity Thickening Shampoo, $21.00 MSRP
Matrix Biolage Advanced FullDensity Thickening Conditioner
The conditioner imparts lightweight conditioning to each hair strand, nourishing, and fortifying hair for more body and shine. When used as a system of shampoo and conditioner, breakage is significantly reduced for fuller-looking, thicker-feeling hair.
Matrix Biolage Advanced FullDensity Thickening Conditioner, $21.00 MSRP
Matrix Biolage Advanced FullDensity Densifying Spray Treatment
The Matrix Biolage FullDensity Densifying Spray Treatment works on the surface of existing strands to help expand their diameter, help hair feel thicker, and reduce breakage after just one use.
Matrix Biolage Advanced FullDensity Densifying Spray Treatment, $23.00
If your chemically processed hair feels like straw:
Matrix Biolage Advanced KeratinDose Shampoo and Conditioner
Damaged, over-processed, and unconditioned hair can look and feel brittle, dull, lifeless, and unmanageable. Formulated with Pro-Keratin and silk, the KeratinDose Shampoo and Conditioner help care for over-processed, weak, or fragile hair. When used in a system with shampoo and conditioner, Matrix Biolage Keratindose nourishes hair to help prevent damage and increase elasticity. Hair is left looking and feeling silky, healthy, and manageable.
Matrix Biolage Advanced KeratinDose Pro-Keratin Renewal Spray
Damaged, over-processed hair lacks softness and shine. The Matrix Biolage KeratinDose Pro-Keratin Renewal Spray is a paraben-free leave-in treatment formulated with Pro-Keratin and silk to help provide instant silkiness to over-processed, weak or fragile hair. When used as a system with the Keratindose shampoo and conditioner, the formulas help to restore your hair's shine and manageability and protect your strands against frizz and flyaways.
Matrix Biolage Advanced KeratinDose Pro-Keratin Renewal Spray, $23.00 MSRP
If your dry strands can’t hold moisture:
Matrix Biolage Advanced Oil Renew Shampoo and Conditioner
Biolage Advanced Oil Renew Shampoo has the highest concentration of oil in shampoo to wash away a day's worth of daily pollutants gently. Biolage Advanced Oil Renew Conditioner quenches hair with moisture and transforms damaged hair's surface to reduce the feel of porosity for instantly soft and smooth hair. Matrix Biolage Advanced Oil Renew's concentrated daily care powered by lightweight micro-oil particles to help transform porous, moisture-deprived strands into quenched, protected, healthy-looking hair.
Matrix Biolage Advanced Oil Renew Shampoo and Conditioner, $21.00 MSRP each
Matrix Biolage Advanced Oil Renew Multi-Tasking Oil-In-Cream
Rethink everything you know about oils. Matrix Biolage's concentrated daily care powered by lightweight micro-oil particles can help transform porous, moisture-deprived strands into quenched, protected, healthy-looking hair. The multitasking leave-in boasts five benefits including instant absorption, instant protection, enhanced manageability, increased nourishment, and reduced frizz.
Matrix Biolage Advanced Oil Renew Multi-Tasking Oil-In-Cream, $23.00 MSRP
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