I Tried Biolage’s New 100% Cruelty-Free Hair Care Products and Here’s What I Thought

It’s the ultimate confidence booster, it can be an expression of gender identity or personal style and it has deep cultural significance. Of course, I’m talking about the hair. A potentially difficult art to master, styling your locks doesn’t have to be a conundrum.

Everyone has a personal relationship with their mane. Mine – thick, coarse and mostly misbehaved – spent most of its life tied up in a bun. I feel like I’ve been looking for a panacea for these curls since I was born, and the magic potion escaped me.

Recently, after squeezing out the last drops of product from a proven hair care system, I ventured to the salon for a shag cut and professional advice.

After talking to a stylist – who suggested I focus on keeping my hair hydrated – I searched for vegan, sustainably packaged, and cruelty-free solutions for dryness. This research led me to Biolagea professional brand of herbal hair care.

Available at Chatters and on AmazonBiolage’s HydraSource range looked exactly like the doctor (or stylist) ordered. This line of moisturizers are packaged with 100% recycled plastic, which is a huge plus.

So I bet everything on the Ultra HydraSource Conditioning Balm ($26), the Hydra Source Shampoo ($26), the Ultra Hydrasource Leave-In Cream ($26) and the HydraSource Deep Hydration Pack ($19).

For those also exhausted by the Sysiphean search for sustainable hair care that actually works, here is my review of Biolage HydraSource range.

Biolage Hydra Source Shampoo

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To start, I grabbed the super-sleek shampoo bottle and hopped in the shower, following the directions on the back label (which also let me know that these Biolage products are paraben-free).

It had a silky gel-like consistency and a sweet floral scent – which I learned is Biolage Aromascience’s signature scent.

I lathered it up, focusing on my scalp and rinsed it all out. Pro tip: Apparently, this shampoo is also ideal for anyone with colored hair.

Biolage HydraSource Revitalizing Balm

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The next step was revitalizing balm. This creamy white product was thicker than shampoo but smelled just as nice.

I applied a generous coat from roots to ends and noticed that a little goes a long way. This, to me, is always a good sign for a sustainable product (plus it minimizes waste).

I left it on for a good three minutes, taking that time to put on some Taylor Swift before washing out the conditioner. My hair instantly detangled and felt lush to the touch.

Biolage HydraSource Daily Leave-In Cream

After my shower, I toweled a microfiber towel until my strands were just damp, then applied leave-in cream (which I was particularly looking forward to trying).

The label and rave reviews claim that this restorative treatment contains added polymers. While I can’t claim to know the science behind it all, Biolage says it helps prevent breakage and calms frizz, making styling easier.

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Eager to see if the product would do such wonders on my unruly hair, I combed through a dollar-sized amount that my hair soaked up like a much-needed glass of water.

Now was the time to play the waiting game until my hair air-dried.

Immediate results

In about an hour; my usually dull curls were particularly defined and even had a bit of shine.

The curls held all day, and it wasn’t until I slept on it that they got a little more frizzy. Even on the second day, the softness and shiny appearance remained. So far, it looked like something close to a miracle.

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Since I wash my hair about twice a week, only time could tell how these results would last.

Biolage HydraSource Deep Treatment Pack Hair Mask

By the third day after my wash, my hair was still smooth with just a little more frizz. I decided to try the routine again, this time using Biolage deep treatment mask instead of conditioner.

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In each pack, you get approximately four uses whenever you need extra hydration. The solution is pale green in color, scented with the fragrance of the Aromascience brand.

I worked some of this powerful substance into my mane after shampooing, leaving the treatment on for three minutes before washing it out. Instantly I could tell the mask packed a punch in the hydration department.

Final impressions

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My second wash with the Biolage HydraSource range earned these products their mainstay status as staples in my shower caddy.

A well-groomed day has become a probability rather than a fortuitous event. Biolage freed my mane from its usual bun. I can wear it loose or style it a la Jane Fonda without having to struggle with dry, stubborn locks.

A person’s relationship with their hair is a unique thing. My shag and I have achieved symbiosis: I take care of it and it rewards me with luscious curls that build confidence for days.

To learn more about Biolage’s Hydrasource range, check out their websitefollow them on instagram Where order products online.

Although the products have been provided free of charge in this review, the opinions of the author are genuine and do not reflect the views of Narcity Media.

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