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Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner: Does it really do the work of 5 hair products?

by Dilara on March 20, 2011

in Guest Posts,hair products,product reviews

Wen products tout that they are “A new way to approach the way you cleanse your hair” which definitely made me raise an eyebrow.  A new way to wash your hair? I mean, what other way is there besides lather, rinse, repeat?

I had my hands on Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner and wondered “Where is the cleansing shampoo?” but get this—THERE ISN’T ONE!  Everything you need is in this one little bottle; shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, de-tangler and leave-in conditioner.  One of the key ingredients in this product is glycerin—we all know this is a natural humectant that makes a great cleanser and moisturizer because it draws from your body’s natural moisture to make your hair lovely and smooth.  It is also packed with other natural ingredients like chamomile extract, cherry bark, rosemary extract and sweet almond oil. I have a special place in my heart for cherry bark, especially because I think it is a great natural ingredient that helps bring out your hair’s color—whether it be from Mother Nature or a bottle. 

The modest packaging and instructions really didn’t lead me on as to what to expect. But here’s the skinny; this stuff really impressed me! The consistency is like a heavy conditioner, I was worried it would make my hair too heavy and slick, so I followed the directions exactly. When I rinsed and dried, I was amazed because it did feel like I used a shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, de-tangler and leave-in conditioner.  No heavy hair; just clean, smooth and healthy!  I was a little blown away at how this creamy, non-foaming concoction made my hair feel like I gave it hours of attention.  So I put it to the ultimate test; after a long day of work followed by a 90-minute Zumba sweat session, I was curious to see how this would perform against all the sweat and grime I subjected my mane to that day.  Results were just as awesome as all my “normal use” days—clean, fresh, and smooth as silk!

I also gave their Sweet Almond Mint Re-Moist Intensive Hair Repair Mask a try and liked with how it conditioned—I felt like the results lasted for days after. This is a great product to use especially if you have chemically-treated hair, or suffer from a case of Midwest Winters like me. I wouldn’t recommend this Hair Repair Mask regularly; I suggest using it after a treatment or maybe once a month to refresh your ‘do.

All in all, I agree that Wen has a new way for you to cleanse your hair—it combines five steps into one product that delivers great results.

Price & Availability: $15 & up—ChazDean.com, QVC

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine our opinion of the product in this post. Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding our policies for using editorial samples.
  • shauna

    I’ve used this in the past and I think I’m going to order it again. It seems kind of expensive (I believe it’s about $30 a month, at least for us Canadians), but I remember liking the results a lot! I had the WEN Styling Creme left over, and I’ve been using it to tame my dry, static-y hair. It works wonders!

  • karen

    my daughters and i use wen and we love it! its really not that expensive because i only have to buy 1 product instead of 3 or 4.

  • Nessa

    I just started using VO5 conditioners (the clarifying one) instead of shampoo and so far I love it! AND it’s less than $1! I picked up like 5 of them from CVS last week since they were on sale for $.77!!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net Cindy (Prime Beauty)

    I love WEN! I use the Lavender for fine hair with great results, especially with the voluminizing spray. I honestly can’t believe how WEN brightened my color. I won’t use anything else now.

  • Amber

    So glad to hear everyone likes Wen so well!

    Nessa—great tip! Thanks ;)

  • Dawn

    Thanks Amber, I am really interested in trying this but the amount you have to use is really putting me off…. I have super long hair and after reading the website it recommends 40 pumps for just one use! That seems like I would use the entire $28 bottle in one use…did you find the amount you have to use a little over the top?

  • Amber

    Hi Dawn—that’s a great question! I find that the amount that comes out with each pump isn’t a whole lot, so it may compensate for having to use so many pumps. How often you wash your hair will really determine if this is cost-effective for you, and super long hair will also be another factor for you since that will definitely require a little more product than usual. I would recommend purchasing one of the smaller 6 oz. bottles to see how long that lasts you, then do a little math to determine how far a larger bottle will go for you before fully investing ;)

  • cindy c

    I’ve never tried this but it sounds like an amazing product for hair!

  • Beth

    Dawn,
    My hair used to be down to my waist (I just donated to Locks Of Love) and I’ve been using Wen for over a year. Despite what the bottle says, I normally only had to use about half the recommended amount. But I also did what the website recommends and used a bit to start to detangle and cleanse then used the remainder to really cleanse while I washed, brushed my teeth, shaved, whatever. Of course, having uber long hair, I never did wash my hair more than 3 times a week. It was just too much of a hassle. I would tell you that if you don’t wash more than a few times a week, and for those of us with loooong hair, I wouldn’t ever recommend that you do, just start with about half and comb it through and see how it feels. Also with Wen, you find that with regular use, you really don’t HAVE to wash your hair nearly as often as you do with ‘regular’ shampoo. :) Hope this is of help to you and any others with the same questions.

  • Felecia

    I purchased WEN after watching them on tv for weeks! I like it BUT i dont get the results that they get on tv. I have thick curly hair and have always used mousse and hair spray, which they claim you wont need after using WEN. I still have to use mousse and hair spray tho :( But i do like this product, it makes my hair feel cleaner and more healthy!! Now i did use WEN on my moms hair and OMG it worked wonders!! She had a perm about 6 months ago and the lady fried her hair and her hair was dry and frizzy without curls :( i used WEN on her hair and WOW it was amazing, you could pull her curls and they would bounce back, it was amazing. also she didnt need to use ANY styling products!! Even tho i didnt get the same results i will continue to use WEN, i feel as tho it has made my hair more healthy and even tho i use mousse and hair spray i dont have to use as much as i would if i wasnt using WEN!

  • linda

    love love love wen….my hair has never been happier..product does last since you do not have to shampoo everyday..i use fig and combine it with pomegranate..amazing results..use the styling cream and oil as well..keeps my color true and my hair so silky..threw away all my other top brand products..just 2 bottles in my shower now..super happy..bless you chaz

    qvc has the best prices on wen

  • Tricia

    I use wen and have for about 1 1/2 years now. I love it! Have long hair and cleanse daily since I workout 2 times. I found that I use 6-8 pumps work through, rinse and repeat with 6-8 more pumps work completely through, let sit a few, rinse. Before getting out I pump another 2-4 pumps and run through just the dry ends and don’t rinse. I no longer have to use (it’s a ten) after unless I’ve been in the sun all day and my hair is really dry then I will add a few pumps of the ten. Love the stuff and get compliments all the time on how shiny my hair is. Yes, it’s not cheap but I don’t have to buy all the other products and it saves on breakage and damage to my hair. Like the Sweet almond, and cucumber mint. Just ordered the lavender so will see if I like that as well.

  • Jen

    I’ve been using Wen for about a year and I love it. I have coarse asian hair and it really helps with what I call the “pubic hairs”. I still use some product for styling, but overall the best shampoo and conditioner in one.

  • Charlene

    After just one use all I can say is WOW… to get my naturally wavy/curly, color treated, long hair done I would use shampoo $16, conditioner $18, detangler $9, styling gel/cream $15, shine spray $20 and hair spray $22. Now, just using the Wen cleansing conditioner and the styling gel I get WOW WOW WOW!! I barely had to do anything to my hair and it just sprung back to life, color looks great and is so soft to the touch! From the reviews I guess it can only get better! I can’t wait to blow it out and see what it looks like then! I used to use 2 additional products for straightening normally so we’ll see how it goes.

  • Ana

    My hair is fine and color-treated, and the Wen products work for me. My hair tends to be oily, so I wash it often. The Wen cleaning conditioner leaves my hair shiny and clean. The only downside to the product is the cost. Considering how much product you are supposed to use every time you wash your hair, one bottle of Wen does not last as long as a bottle of regular shampoo. This product is definitely a luxury item. Anyone considering whether to purchase Wen should evaluate the cost over time. To keep it in perspective, however, a $3 cup of coffee every day does add up over time. I much rather brew my own coffee and splurge with my hair products. Just a thought . . .

  • Ralondia

    I love Wen! I have alopecia and my hair used to come out in patches. I have been using Wen for 6 months and I don’t have anymore breakage. Hopefully the bald spots will grow all the way back in. I highly recommend Wen to all my family. It really does work in African American hair!

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