Sunday, December 13, 2009

Review: Wen Cleansing Conditioner

Admit it, you've all watched the infomercials for Wen Cleansing Conditioner. You've sat, mesmerized as models and celebrities flip around their beautiful hair and talk about the difference Wen has made. Thanks to my baby daughter, I've been up many times in the middle of the night and have caught the commercials for the Wen Hair Care system on many occasions.  

Thanks to my involvement over at the Product Review Place, I was sent a bottle of the Wen Cleansing Conditioner to try out. This is a product that is meant to be used to replace your normal shampoo. 
From the Wen website:
The WEN® Cleansing Conditioner is a
revolutionary new concept in cleansing your hair that has Hollywood buzzing! It’s special because it cleanses hair thoroughly but without lathering and all the harsh ingredients that may be found in ordinary shampoos — it is designed so it won’t strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils. Your hair is left with sheen, moisture, manageability and better color retention.

First off, the Wen Cleansing Conditioner is a little weird to use to wash your hair, simply because it doesn't lather. I knew this going in, but it was still kind of a strange idea to wrap my brain around.  To use it, you apply 16-24 pumps of the conditioner to your hair, massage thoroughly for several minutes, comb through and leave in your hair for 3-5 minutes while you shower, then rinse.

The counting out of the pumps was a little time consuming, but I got used to that after a few days. And since my hair is fairly short and has fine texture, my needs for the product were on the lower end of the range. I massaged it into my hair, did my showering and then rinsed it out. I was impressed by how well the conditioner rinsed out. Often when a hair product is as thick as this conditioner, it takes a while to rinse out, but the Wen Cleansing Conditioner rinsed out easily.

Using the Wen Cleansing Conditioner has definitely left my hair softer and bouncier. When using the Wen alone, I get the volume and manageability that I generally have to use 2-3 products in addition to my shampoo to achieve.  I was really impressed by the fact that my hair remained easy to deal with during a recent dry and cold spell here in Seattle. Usually weather as dry and cold as we had last week leaves my hair really frizzy and with lots of flyaways.  Last week when I went out in the wind and cold, my hair went right back to the original smooth state it had been in when I left our home at the beginning of the day.

While this is a product that I have enjoyed using and I think one that has done good things for my hair, it's probably not one that I will purchase in the immediate future.  The cost is a little high for me, especially given the amount of the product that needs to be used at each hairwashing. And I have a cupboard full of styling products that I've already paid for and that I need to use- maybe when I get done with all those, I'll buy another bottle of Wen and use that to replace everything I had been using. Also, I do not color my hair or do much heat styling, so my hair doesn't have a great deal of damage.  But, I'd say that this is a product that's definitely worth trying out for yourself, especially since Wen offers a 60-day money back offer. If you use it and don't like it, just return the bottle, even empty ones to Wen, and they'll refund your purchase cost (minus shipping and handling). 

The Wen Cleansing Conditioner sells with the Hair Care system (styling creme, hair repair mask, shower comb and texture balm) on the Wen website for $29.95.

Disclaimer: I was sent a bottle of Wen Cleansing Conditioner to try out for myself. I was not compensated for this review and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.