I Am Not a Wen Girl
There, I said it.
I know. People looove that stuff. Probably you do, too! You are normal. But I just say no to manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, scrubs, mud baths, waxes, and spray tans. Don't get me wrong -- I don't roam the Earth looking all raggedy. I just handle this stuff on my own because being touched by strangers totally stresses me out.
The ONLY salon treatment I love? Getting my hair washed.
Oh, I could sit in that awkward position, staring at the ceiling for hours! I ignore the wet black towel draped around my neck. I don't care if they get soap in my ears. I laugh when they splash me in the eye. I don't even flinch when the water is too cold or too hot.
Since I'm not in the salon very often, I try to recreate a hair washing oasis in my own shower. To this end, I keep a variety of shampoos, conditioners, and 2-in-1s in stock.
When I saw a late-nite infomercial for Wen, the revolutionary cleansing conditioner by celebrity stylist, Chaz Dean, I was immediately intrigued. Do I know that dude? No! But I'm helpless to resist a good infomercial. Seriously. With each flip of Alyssa Milano's bouncy, shiny hair, mine felt more dry, frizzy, and dull. This 80s teen queen/Wen Girl wouldn't steer me wrong.
They said it works on the first try! Just one magical bottle was supposed to replace my shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler, and leave-in conditioner. I don't even use half that crap, but who cares? Was Wen ("new" spelled backwards) the secret to great hair?
I had to find out.
I went directly to their website to order, but it was a recurring charge -- a bottle every 60 days -- like a DVD club for your head. What if I didn't like it? I am lazy about managing my finances, no doubt I'd have spent $250 on a gallon of the stuff before I ever got around to stopping it. I know my limits. That was not for me.
Then I saw Sephora sold individual kits. Yet another reason I love that store...
It arrived a few days later and I was super excited to unlock some gorgeous hair. I waited for a weekend so I could spend more time than I do on a typical weekday (which is about 7 minutes, including the time I spend washing it).
I wet my hair thoroughly. I took 15 pumps of this cleansing conditioner in my hands and rubbed them together. I worked it deep into my hair, from root to tip. I left it in for at least 5 minutes to really soak it in there. Then I rinsed. I even patted my hair dry to keep it smooth. Finally, I blow-dried it with a round brush just like they do in the salon.
Now, I know you know what's coming...
I didn't like it. Here's why:
2) No Lather: THIS IS THE BEST PART OF SHAMPOO! This thing was like smearing pudding on my head. Even the commercial got a little foam. But for me? No bubbles. No froth. Just a gunky lump. I know it's called a cleansing conditioner, and not shampoo, but I really think they forgot the cleansing part. Without the lather, you don't feel clean.
3) Limp Locks: I have pretty thick hair but somehow, using Wen made it stringy and kind of oily-looking. Not the desired effect.
In short: My hair looked better before.
I guess it's been a rough year for my mane. I don't know if it can stand any more experiments, so maybe I should just stick with shampoos I truly love: Frederick Fekkai Glossing, Neutrogena Anti-Residue, Organix Moroccan Oil, Herbal Essences Hello Hydration 2-in-1, and Suave Naturals.
Unless YOU use something better? (Shhh. Don't tell my hair, but I'm all ears...)
tags: beauty, commercials, shopping