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I first heard about this shampoo on my last visit to the hairdressers. I remember after having my colour my hairdresser was washing my hair, and the shampoo smelt of coconuts. Afterwards I thought it was this Matrix Color Smart shampoo, but it must have been another one, as it doesn't smell of coconuts. I bought mine on Amazon.co.uk using my Amazon gift vouchers as a treat to myself. Matrix hair care is one of those professional ranges you often see in salons, and are quite an expensive brand. Matrix was founded in 1980 by Arnie Miller, and has apparently grown to be the No1 professional hair care company in the USA. Their hair care range is available in over 300,000 salons and 50 countries around the globe, so it is a rather popular brand. I bought the Color Smart shampoo as I always get a semi permanent colour on my hair, and so I thought this would help the colour last longer and be more vibrant. I paid £8.75 for 500ml on Amazon, although they sent me out 2 x 250ml bottles instead. It comes in a bright lilac coloured bottle with an easy to use flip lid. It's nicely designed, and has a big number 1 on the front. On the back it says how number 1 is shampoo, number 2 is conditioner, number 3 is styling.... well you get the hint, and it seems a waste for them to actually explain to people in what order they should wash and style their hair, because there's not many people out there who are going to wonder if they use conditioner first! The Color.Smart Protective Luminating shampoo is supposed to strengthen, protect and reflect. It has a gentle formula with a citrus scent, and it states to clear away dulling residue to help reveal brighter colour and shine. The shampoo itself is a clear, thick liquid with a faint citrus smell. I was disappointed as I did expect a more strong smell, the Matrix shampoo used on my hair in my hairdressers smelt lovely, so I did expect the same. The shampoo lathers up really well, not really any different from any other shampoo really, and it's easy to rinse out. I expected excellent results from this shampoo, but the first time I used it was on evening before going out for the evening. After blow drying my hair, I became confused, as my hair felt slightly thick and heavy, as if I had left conditioner in my hair. It wasn't too bad, and certainly not noticeable, so I forgot all about it, until I next washed my hair using this shampoo. This time I could feel that same product build up on my scalp, and it felt awful. It's then I realised that it was probably down to this shampoo. Thankfully it wasn't too bad, so I could tie my hair up into a pony tail and you couldn't notice the awful greasy feeling my hair had. I was determined to make this shampoo work though, so I used it a third time. This time in the shower I really concentrated on rinsing my hair afterwards, massaging my scalp thoroughly with the water, and I used a small amount of conditioner on the very ends of my hair, nowhere near my scalp, so I could rule that out. Did it work? Well no, this time it was even worse! It was so awful this time, but I was in a rush as it was before work, so again I tied my hair up and it was a bit noticeable this time, so all day I was extremely annoyed at my hair. I've now gone back to using other shampoos and it's taken another two thorough washes to get my hair feeling normal again. The product must have been building up in my hair, and not washing out at all, and it was an awful feeling! I have fine hair which is quite limp anyway, so throwing in that awful heavy and greasy feeling was disgusting. To top it all off, I didn't notice any difference in my hair colour. I have to wash my hair everyday as I have very oily roots, and so my semi hair colour doesn't last as long as I would hope, and it still faded as much as usual using this 'Protective' shampoo! I find it really laughable that the bottle actually states that this shampoo will 'cleanse and clear away dulling residue to help reveal brighter colour and shine.' It doesn't actually cleanse and clear at all, as for dulling residue... it actually manages to add to that! I urge everyone to stay well clear of this shampoo, as it's awful. It doesn't even clean your hair, instead it has major product build up which does not wash out of your hair. It didn't even really make any difference to my hair colour! I don't know how this brand is so popular with hairdressers, their other products must be better, and I know that as the shampoo my hairdresser uses on my hair does not have the effect that this one did on my hair. It's also expensive, and I'm annoyed enough that I wasted my Amazon vouchers on this shampoo, and I'm so very glad I didn't waste money on it.
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