First I’ll explain the product and then go through my pros and cons.
The Wen Cleansing Conditioner claims to take the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It is a sulfate free product that cleans your hair without fading color or taking away your natural hair oils. You apply 5-10 pumps into your hair, massage it into your scalp, and then let it sit while you body wash, etc., and then wash it off at the end of your shower.
- I saved a lot of time by not having to use a shampoo and conditioner. Although I still used my Macadamia Healing Oil Spray as a leave in, the amount of time I spent on my hair was easily cut in half.
- Being sulfate free, I knew my hair wasn’t being stripped of its natural oils.
- I only had to wash my hair with it every three days or so since my hair didn’t get greasy quickly.
- It is very expensive (the introductory kit is $29.95 and by itself the Cleansing Conditioner is $36.50).
- You have to use a lot of product. The instructions say to use 5-10 pumps on hair so if my bottle (where I used only 5 pumps) only lasted 31 uses (from October 9th – December 4th), then for someone with long hair this would be a product you would have to re-purchase frequently.
- Although my hair had less frizz, was softer, and easier to untangle it was only marginally so. The difference wasn’t very noticeable to outsiders.
My final verdict: If you are still using shampoos that contain sulfate, you will most likely notice a big difference in your hair. However, since I had been using a sulfate free shampoo before trying Wen (I was using the Organix Brazillian Keratin Therapy) then I didn’t notice as dramatic a difference. The time I saved was great but with the price so high I can’t with good conscious say that I would purchase this product. I will, however, consider the generic version of Wen (called Hair One) that comes at a fraction of the cost. Once I finish up the current shampoos and conditioners I have stored under my sink then I will give Hair One a try and post a follow up post with a comparison.
Update: I ended up developing a fondness for Wen after trying a few different scents and comparing other cleansing conditioners. I would now recommend it for fine or shorter hair lengths (mine is a little passed my shoulders) but it would be a very expensive product for people with thick or very long hair to use.
Have you tried cleansing conditioners before? What were your thoughts?