Wen Lavender Cleansing Conditioner Review

21 Mar

I recently had the opportunity to test out Wen cleansing conditioner, thanks to my mom and her impulse shopping on QVC. Now, I’ve heard a lot of not-so-good things about this product, but figured I’d give it a whirl since it was already there and all. While it wasn’t as bad as I was expecting, it really wasn’t very good. For me, anyway. For those of you who haven’t seen the infomercials and don’t know what Wen is, it’s a conditioner that cleans and conditions your hair. You don’t use it with shampoo- it’s supposed to replace shampoo.

My mom had ordered the lavender version, which is said to be best for dry, dehydrated hair and creates body and volume. I should start out by saying my hair is extremely thin and baby fine, so I normally don’t use regular conditioner on a daily basis (just shampoo and some sort of leave-in spray) because my hair is easily weighed down and usually gets greasy pretty quick. Going into this, I pretty much figured it would be a bit too heavy for my hair, and I was right. My first turn off was the smell of it. They do have other scents, so I don’t know how much better they could be, but this one was just awful in my opinion. I’m not a fan of lavender, or any type of tea tree/minty scents for that matter, so if you like them you may be able to stomach this better than me. But it just smelled like straight-up Vicks vapor rub with a kick of lavender, and all joking aside, I had some trouble breathing in the show due to the overwhelming aroma, lol. The second turn off was the lengthy directions. I have zero patience so descriptive, step-by-step instructions to simply wash my hair was just ridiculous, and I will admit I didn’t follow them exactly. Here are the directions:

Rinse hair thoroughly and completely with cool water for at least 1 minute. Cleansing Conditioner should be applied in four sections: the crown of your head, the nape/back of head, ends to the left side of your hair and ends to the right side of your hair. For hair above your shoulders, use a minimum of 24 pumps, (6 pumps per section). For hair down to your shoulders, use a minimum of 32 pumps, (8 pumps per section). For hair past your shoulders use a minimum of 40 pumps, (10 per section). For hair to your mid-back use a minimum of 48 pumps, (12 per section). Add a splash of water to help evenly distribute through the ends and massage vigorously into scalp for 2-3 minutes. Comb through with a wide-tooth comb and clip hair up for the remainder of the shower. Leave on for at least 3-5 minutes. The longer you leave it on the better for maximum results. Rinse with cool water thoroughly for 1-2 minutes by massaging your scalp and running your fingers through to the ends. While hair is soaking wet, apply 1-3 pumps of the Cleansing Conditioner as a leave-in conditioner starting from the back of the head through to the ends. For thicker/coarser hair increase amount of pumps in order to thoroughly hydrate and cleanse the scalp and ends. If you choose to rinse and repeat, use half the amount of suggested pumps for each cleansing.

OK, so I didn’t pre-rinse my hair for an entire minute (although I may have just by default, since I was in the shower and washed my face and body first), and I certainly didn’t use cool water. It was a cooler-than-usual shower, but still pretty warm. I started sectioning my hair in the four sections, and applied product, but ended up just doing it all at once anyway. Like I said, though, I have really thin hair, so this step may be more beneficial to those of you blessed with normal to thick hair! My hair is about 3 or 4 inches below the top of my shoulders, but I knew damn well there was no way I was going to need the 40-48 pumps of product they were suggesting. Actually, I used MUCH LESS than even half of that. I’d just take into account your personal length and density, along with your hair type (fine, coarse, etc.) and make sure you have your hair decently saturated with it. I used my fingers rather than a wide tooth comb to comb it through my hair, and probably could’ve afforded to leave it on an extra minute or so according to their guidelines. Also, I didn’t add a few extra pumps at the end as a leave-in conditioner, because I could already tell that my hair was going to be super soft, but that is another option they give you. And I certainly didn’t rinse and repeat.

Sounds like I did a lot of things different than what they were instructing, but in all honesty, none of them would really have made a world of difference. My hair was really silky and extremely easy to comb through post-shower. I let it air dry about half way, and finished it off with my blow dryer. I will say I liked the shine it gave my hair, but my hair was SO soft it almost didn’t even feel clean. I kind of felt like I had 2 days of product build up on my scalp, which for me is extremely uncomfortable. Using just shampoo and a leave-in conditioner, my hair usually starts getting greasy in about a day and a half, whereas this made it start feeling gross in under a day. I have no doubt that my super thin, fine hair is the main reason why I didn’t care for this product, but it is what it is. It’s a good concept, in theory, but I’m going to stick with my good, old-fashioned shampoo for the time being. 😉


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