Wen – The End Of Ordinary Shampoo… Or Not

Wen Cleansing Conditioner Review (Sweet Almond Mint)

NOTE: This is a review of Wen Cleaning Conditioner distributed by Guthy-Renker1

As I was opening box with Wen Hair Care products  that arrived in the mail, I felt both exited and apprehensive. Is this the solution for my bad hair life, or another disappointment,  or worse  yet, another hair care disaster? Read on to find out.
After the first use of Wen Cleansing Conditioner, I noticed improved texture. My curls were more defined and bouncy than I have seen them in a while. However, there was still a lot of frizz.
Wen Hair Care - Before
Wen Hair Care - After first use
After first use
Wen Hair Care - After three weeks
After three weeks

After three weeks of After using Wen Cleansing Conditioner 2-3 times per week, texture was nice, but still not what I was hoping for. Still a lot of frizz. Plus, now it felt like there is some sort of build up around my scalp. Not pleasant. At some point I caught myself missing my old sulfate-containing shampoo. Even though Wen calls this product “Cleansing” Conditioner, essentially this is co-washing, and it does not work for everyone.  

To be fair, I have to admit that amount of hair stuck in the hair catcher after each wash decreased dramatically since I started using Wen. Good news for both my mane and our plumber.

Also, I’d like to note that I used Wen and observed results in New York area in November/December – read mostly dry air (courtesy of heating appliances indoors and chilly weather outside). In case you were wondering if humidity contributed to amount of frizz – it did not.

Wen.com recommends using small amount of Cleansing Conditioner as a leaving treatment, and that seems to be the best use of this product for my hair.
Last but not least, I didn’t care for sweet almond/mint sent. Mint seemed overwhelming, and I’m not the biggest fan of mint scent to begin with.
Bottom line: Wen Cleansing Conditioner is a decent product, but it didn’t work as expected for me. After using for about a month, I feel that this product line is better suited to someone withfine or thin hair who would like

to improve texture and increase volume, then for someone who with wavy/curly/frizzy hear who would like to see more curls and less frizz.

1 When this review was already written, but not posted, I came across information that changed my view of this product. Apparently, there are two versions of Wen in the market today – the original one, distributed by Chaz Dean and, for the luck of better word, (blah), distributed by G-R via wen.com. This left me wondering of I should rewrite the review to reflect my annoyance with the fact that product I used turned out to be low end version of what I wanted. At the end, I decided to leave it as is. My experience with this product was not affected by misleading advertising, but my attitude towards it was. So, if I was to rewrite the review now it would probably come out  unfairly negative. Read more…
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