In my last blog post I spoke about a website that has women review products, well from that same website i won (unknowingly lol) a full sized Matrix shampoo and conditioning mask for dry/damaged hair.
To be honest, I was never one for Matrix products, not really because of how they work, but the smell i just can’t handle it. There is something about it that i don’t like… not to mention it was the only product line we used in my hair school and it really just brings me back to doing those $8 hair cuts and blowouts that we did day in and day out until we graduated. ugh.
Well anyway, I was reading the info about it and I was impressed the packaging said now Paraben-free and Silicone-free. We should all know by now that silicone-free products are the way to this hair stylists heart so I was like okay, I will give these a shot and see what happens, even though the one thing they left in the product was the sulfates. I honestly have not used a sulfate shampoo in my hair for at least a couple of years that I forgot how bad it actually made your hair feel.
To be honest I had noticed my hair getting thinner recently and while there are some underlying issues I honestly think part of it is the fact that I have been using a sulfate-free shampoo. Now that might sound bad, but it is actually not and I will explain why in a second.
So yesterday as I was giving this shampoo a try, after i told my nose to forget about the smell, and shut my brain off from thinking about hair school. I rinsed the shampoo from my hair and could NOT get my fingers through my hair, it was one knotted up, dried out clump. It was horrible, it was that moment that I remembered why I preach sulfate-free products, and also practice what I preach. Next I pulled out the daily conditioning mask, it comes in a jar and the product is so thick that you could dump the container over and it will not spill. It was super heavy, but really moisturizing which is good. But honestly the only reason it needed to be this strong was because of the damage that the shampoo did when it stripped every last oil from my hair and scalp.
I left the conditioner in for the rest of my shower, rinsed it out and my hair felt soft again, phewwww. I lightly towel dried my hair as usual, then dried it with a hair dryer like I normally do, and the first thing I noticed was my hair felt like it had a film on it, and it also felt really thick, but not a good kind of thick.
So why did my hair feel this way?
Because of the heavy oils and waxes that that conditioner needed to repair the damage from the shampoo. And it felt thicker because the shampoo blew open my cuticle and puffed up my hair. Sure this sounds like a great thing, but when your cuticle is open not only will hair color fade out easier, but so will the moisture in your hair. This is often times what makes hair frizzy. When your cuticle is open your hair absorbs moisture in the air because it can’t keep in its own moisture which in turn makes your hair puffy and frizzy. Using a sulfate-free shampoo does not lift the cuticle like this so your hair strand my feel a little thinner, but it also will feel softer, healthier, and have less frizz!
Needless to say the next time I wash my hair I will NOT be using that shampoo and will go back to my sulfate free shampoo and repair the damage that I did to my hair after just ONE shampoo!