Wen

On August 15, 2012, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

Wen by Chaz Dean

I loved it at first. I had beautiful curls, and my hair appeared moisturized. No wonder people love this stuff.  But then came all of the tangles and the rough hair. I lost some hair trying to get it back to normal before I remembered aloe vera gel would calm it down. I followed the directions for Wen and don’t use heat or anything else that can damage my hair. I’m finishing the bottle of Sweet Almond Mint, with the help of the aloe vera gel, but I will not repurchase.

Wen is one of several brands on the market that doesn’t offer a shampoo. It’s cleansing conditioner takes the place of traditional shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It also uses natural extracts and botanicals to help cleanse and hydrate the hair. In other words, there are no drying detergents on the ingredient list. That’s all good news.

I’ve always wanted to try Wen. Those infomercials make it hard to resist. Women, regardless of hair length or texture, come in with ho-hum hair and leave with bouncy locks. I hadn’t tried Wen because I’ve seen and heard the complaints when customers buy it online and realize later that they have signed up to receive it monthly.

That’s why I jumped at the chance to buy it online from Sephora in a nice bundle, featuring the cleansing conditioner, a hair mist and a deep conditioner.  The catch: Only Sweet Almond Mint was available.  I’ve read the reviews on that particular offering for black women and they are mixed. Some women don’t like the scent; others don’t find it very moisturizing.

Knowing all of that I purchased the kit anyway. I had to see for myself. The scent didn’t bother me, and I agree with those who have said the Sweet Almond Mint needs more moisture. I think the mint is the problem — at least for me.

The brand has a strong following. Many folks buy Wen by the gallon. I’m sure there’s a good Wen match for me, but I don’t have the time, money, or patience to see which one my hair and I like the best. I haven’t used shampoo in a while, and for now, I’ll stick with my cheapie conditioner.

Have you ever tried Wen? What was it like for you?

 
  • http://profiles.google.com/keyaboykin Keya Boykin

    I’ve never tried it but I’ve always been interested.