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March 3, 2015

One Step Transformations for Every Hair Type

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Since more women are shampooing less to preserve their colored tresses, Matrix faced a dilemma—how can they develop a treatment that cleanses yet preserves? In keeping with the recent no shampoo trend, Matrix recently unveiled a line of Biolage Cleansing Conditioners and Leave-In Treatments that are specifically formulated for fine, medium, coarse and curly hair, making it conveniently suitable for all of your clients. “It is very important to diagnose the hair to learn which Biolage Cleansing Conditioner is right for your client. Each hair type will benefit differently from each product that is specified for their hair type. For instance, curly hair and coarse hair require more moisture and control than fine hair,” says Matrix Celebrity Stylist, George Papanikolas



Application is simple: apply the conditioner and let it sit for five minutes to absorb into the hair. It works its magic by conditioning from within. After five minutes, rinse the hair. This removes dirt and impurities. Then, add the leave-in treatment. Each conditioner comes with a leave-in treatment specifically formulated for that respective hair type. If your client has fine hair, they receive anti-static spray, medium-haired clients get anti-frizz lotion, coarse hair types tame their locks with a smoothing cream, while curly-haired clients receive a defining gel-cream. As well, each line has its own distinct aroma that will help you remember which treatment goes to which client. Just remember tangerine for fine, acai for medium, avocado for coarse and pomegranate for curly—it’s that easy! 


Your clients will notice instant results—not only will their hair feel smooth, full-bodied and have that luscious shine, but there will also be no unpleasant buildup that normal conditioners leave behind. 



However, your clients won’t notice these instant results if you can’t pinpoint your client’s hair needs. Of course, the best way to find out is through consultation. As George describes, not only do consultations allow you to understand your client’s hair type and density, but it also establishes the shared vision for your client’s end result! One of the most overlooked mistakes behind the chair is misdiagnosing a client’s hair type. As a hairdresser, it is of the utmost importance that you are able to identify your client’s hair type in order to advise them on the best possible treatment for their hair. So here’s a very simple test from George that you can do and share with your clients on how to diagnose your client’s hair type—no tools needed!



With one hand, grab a strand of your client’s hair and hold it taut, and slide your thumb and index finger down the strand. You are feeling for the diameter of the strand.  


Fine Hair: The diameter of fine hair is incredibly small—when you’re sliding your thumb and index finger, should feel barely anything at all.


Medium Hair: Not to sound redundant, but the diameter of medium hair is… well, medium. What this means is you clearly feel that you are sliding up and down a strand of a hair—about the diameter of dental floss.


Coarse Hair: The diameter of this strand is going to be large. You will feel a greater amount of weight with this strand compared to the others.  


Curly Hair: Typically, you can tell if someone is curly-haired by looks alone, but to tell if someone is naturally curly, pull this strand slowly. As it gets tighter, it’ll make an “S” pattern.  


What should you do if your client falls in-between two hair types? When in doubt, always prescribe the lower treatment. For example, if stuck between fine and medium, prescribe the fine treatment. As George warns, it is always better to be safe than to be sorry. With the new Biolage line, you can rest assured your clients are safely getting the best possible results!


Learn more about Biolage Cleansing Conditioners and Leave-In Treatments from Matrix!

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