April 10, 2013

Product Review: Wen Cleansing Conditioner

Hi Everyone!

So, this is the post I've been meaning to write for a number of weeks already.  I only have a few points to clarify and some tips or suggestions for how to use this product.

For my original thoughts and pictures, please see my first impressions post here.

Product claims:

This 5-in-1 takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in-conditioner.

Cleanses hair thoroughly without lathering and harsh ingredients

Hair is left with sheen, moisture, manageability, and better color retention.

My thoughts:

I'm a regular shampoo and conditioner girl.  I don't go for multiple steps in hair care so Wen products are at best a glorified conditioner.  However, I did try to use it as directed, as a cleansing conditioner.  It works like it says it will work.  The trick is, you have to rinse your hair thoroughly.  I found that it helped to rinse my hair from front to back, back to front, and one more time in order to get all the product out and avoid the greasy hair look.

Linh from Blushology questioned if this product can clean you hair like shampoo.  It doesn't clean your hair in  exactly the same way, but it does clean.  You have to massage this into your scalp and then rinse everything out.  I would highly recommend using the Sweet Almond Mint conditioner rather than the Fig conditioner if you're going to use it the way Chaz Dean recommends.  The product does go very quickly if you use it this way.  My tip would be to use this product as a regular conditioner.  You can wash your hair with shampoo like normal and use 2-3 pumps of this product as a conditioner and still get the same results as when you use this product as a cleansing conditioner.

I've been raving about this in the last few posts that my hair has gone from straw and wires to pre-teen-like hair.  Seriously.  Everything that Chaz Dean said this product would do for your hair came true.  This stuff works better than the Pantene Pro V conditioner and the Salma Hayek Nuance Leave-in-Treatment stuff in my opinion.  It's almost as if I never had my hair dyed at all!  The only thing I'm not sure about is the color retention.  I wasn't paying attention given my issues with massive tangles.

Things to consider before buying this product:

1.  This is super expensive, in my book, at $34 or $32 a bottle.  If you have a product that works to make your hair shiny, soft, and manageable, I'd stick with it.  If you have never come across a product that works for your hair, definitely buy just one bottle from Sephora and don't get suckered into the 60-day automatic replenishment program until you know for sure this is something you want.

2.  You can get more mileage from this by using it as a regular conditioner.  The results will be the same, but you won't blow through your budget as fast.

3.  There is more to the Wen hair care system than just the cleansing conditioner.  My recommendation is that if they advertise the same thing, example "make hair softer, shinier, sleeker, detanglier, etc. etc." you probably will not need to buy it.  The cleansing conditioner does it all.

4.  That light and airy feeling I described in my original post lasted for a while.  But the volume went away when my hair got longer.  Ladies with long hair, I wouldn't have super high expectations of gaining more volume with this product.  Ladies with short hair, you might see more volume for a while.  But stay realistic at all times.  What you see in the infomercials is a result of a professional stylist blow drying models' hair.

Final Verdict:

I love this stuff!  I'll keep buying it because it's really transformed my hair!  Let me know what you think if you've given Wen a try.

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