Wen Cleansing Conditioner is a “shampoo” that does not contain harsh detergents or the sodium lauryl sulfate ingredient that many people are allergic to or are sensitive to. Wen Cleansing Conditioner claims to make hair thicker, while allowing for days in between washes.
There have been a lot of questions about Wen shampoos and Wen conditioners. I mean, how many shampoos out there have an infomercial? Because of the strange marketing campaign, I couldn’t decide if the Wen claims were a snake oil scam… or whether it really was an alternative to shampoos with harsh detergents.
Wen Cleansing Conditioner Review
Washing your hair with Wen Cleansing Conditioner is slightly different than using regular shampoo. I tried it out myself, and am detailing it below.
The first thing I did before even hopping into the shower was brush my hair thoroughly. I figured this would help to comb the thick cleanser through my hair with my fingers. Once I got into the shower, I rinsed my hair thoroughly. I did this with my head flipped upside down. My hair is very long and it was easier this way.
I applied the Wen Cleansing Conditioner while my head was still upside down. The bottle tells you how many pumps you’ll need based on how long your hair is. Here’s the first time where I think the “serving size” is larger than what is needed. The instructions say to use 16-20+ pumps for long hair! I can get by with about 12-13, and my hair is quite long right now. The scent is very strong. Almost like a fume. You definitely don’t want to get any in your eye. Also, the product does not get sudsy. It’s more like a cream.
After applying the Wen Cleansing Conditioner, I left it in while I showered. Then I rinsed it thoroughly, and as the bottle suggested, I repeated the process. The instructions say you can put a small amount in your hair as a leave-in conditioner when you’re done with the last step, but I didn’t see any need to do so. My hair was easy enough to comb through.
I used my regular styling products, and I dried and styled my hair as usual. I personally liked the results. My hair felt thicker and fuller, and I could get away with not washing it every day. My friend even noticed my hair looked thicker and I hadn’t told her I was using the Wen Cleansing Conditioner.
So, in my case, it’s working so far. But, be warned, there are a lot of reviews out there that claim they experienced hair loss when using Wen Cleansing Conditioner! Supposedly, there’s 200 lawsuits against the product with this claim. Another complaint was that the Wen Cleansing Conditioner left their hair feeling greasy. But, I’m guessing there’s a chance they didn’t rinse it out thoroughly??? I did not experience this. If it matters, I used the Lavender scented Wen Cleansing Conditioner.
Wen Cleansing Conditioner Ingredients
Water, Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Rosemary Leaf Extract, Lavender Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Chamomile Extract, Marigold Flower Extract, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Amodimethicone, Lavender Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Witch Hazel, Ceteareth-20, Sweet Almond Oil, Menthol, Avocado Oil, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Guard Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Dicetyldimonium Chloride, Methylisothiazolinone, Citric Acid
For more info on Wen, visit www.wen.com.