We’ve all seen the WEN Hair Care commercials with founder Chaz Dean—haven’t we? He’s a Hollywood celebrity hair stylist with a booming salon. Seems like an awesome product. But his promise of “Say Goodbye to Lather™” has me a little worried. I mean…no lather? I guess I had to try the WEN Cleansing Conditioner out for myself. I was sent a sample and put it to the test.
Before I continue (and in case you didn’t know), WEN was developed as an alternative to cleansing hair. The WEN Cleansing Conditioner I used, is meant to replace shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner, giving us five products in one bottle. Minus the harsh detergents, harsh sulfates and harsh chemicals—that are normally in our products.
I had a chance to try out the limited edition WEN Spring Gardenia Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner. First of all, I loved the scent. I’ve always been a fan of green tea. I found this to be very clean with a medium floral scent. Now, I did have a little bit of a hard time reading the back of the bottle for the instructions. The font was pretty small. That has nothing to do with the actual product itself. It’s just that when I was in the shower (not wearing my glasses of course), I found it hard to read. So, make sure to read the detailed instructions before.
Because this is the only product you’re going to really need, it will feel weird just using one when you clean your hair. Or maybe it’s just me. I felt like I was doing something wrong. It was probably just hair guilt.
Basically, you rinse your hair thoroughly, apply the product (number of pumps depends on hair length), work through your hair and massage scalp, add a little water if needed, and then leave in until the end of your shower. Rinse and enjoy. You can also apply a half to one pump as a leave-in conditioner. I can see this bottle lasting my mid-length hair about 10-15 more washes.
They were right…there was no lather. And the instant I rinsed my hair I could feel the difference. It was really soft, like it normally does after a deep conditioning. After having my hair up in a towel for a while, I decided to comb it. There were no tangles…none…and my hair felt a little thicker. I’m guessing this is the hydration they were talking about. Even after drying, my hair felt moisturized and clean.
In the unedited photo below, you’ll see a ‘before’ cleansing on the left and ‘after’ on the right. Before I used the Cleansing Conditioner, I had gone three days of no washing, a little product, and salt water swimming. After, I let it air dry and I didn’t add any product. As you can see, my hair looks a lot healthier than before. This is all with just one cleansing. I like it so far and can’t wait to see how it turns out after a few more uses.
The WEN Hair Care collection does include more products. When you order from their site, they come in kits. I didn’t try any of those extra products. So, I can’t tell you how they work on my hair. If you just want to try the WEN Cleansing Conditioner, you can find it and other products at Sephora and over on QVC.
Have you ever used WEN? What do you think?
Disclosure: The product in this post was provided for review purposes only. Any and all opinions are true and my own.