I've been lurking on MakeupAlley for the past ten years. This is my first review, because this was SO BAD. I got it for $3.50 on sale, and it was still the worst beauty purchase of my life. When the other reviews say the smell was horrible, I kind of figured it was an overreaction. I'm not super scent sensitive. But imagine if Laffy Taffy and plastic bottles were made in the same factory. And then imagine there was a horrible accident and the toxic fumes comingle. That is what this smells like. In addition, the pump was horrible, and my hair was left greasy. I couldn't wait to get home and wash my hair.
This cleansing conditioner lathers a bit which feels a bit satisfying. It also has a lot of slip which is great for my curly unruly hair. I like the fact that it doesn't contain sulfates or parabens. It has a strong but pleasant smell, so there is added fragrance (which was really not necessary). I can't say its the same "clean" that you feel with even a non-sulfate shampoo, but I'm ready to make the compromise. It's hard to get outside the US.
As others have said, it does take a lot of pumps to get a sufficient amount for my long thick hair. Its also a pretty slim bottle.
My scalp is dry and sensitive. My hair is dry, short, curly, and color-treated. I haven't had much experience with cleansing conditioners. I like that this cleansing conditionerhas some lather. It seems to take a lot of pumps for my short hair. It applies easily but seems to take a long time to thoroughly rinse out. My scalp didn't become irritated, which sometimes happens with shampoos and conditioners. My hair didn't feel clean.
My hair loves this product! I've got dry, curly, auburn hair that can look horrible with the wrong products---or fabulous with the right ones. I'd been using a highly rated and pricy non-sulfate shampoo and a separate conditioner, but after vacationing in a very dry climate my hair looked like straw. One shampoo with L'Oreal's EverCreme and I got my soft, manageable curls back! Whew! What a huge relief... I thought that I'd damaged my hair hiking at high altitudes without a hat for sun and wind protection.
I've got a super sensitive scalp that itches madly from some hair products, but this cleansing-conditioner doesn't trigger that at all. Others have complained about the smell, which I personally find to be pleasant. Really---no complaints. It would be nice if it came in a bigger bottle, but that's not an issue with the product, just the packaging.
This is my go to regular hair cleansing product now. I love it! It did take some time to get my hair "used" it, if you've been using regular shampoo daily for a long peroid of time it takes awahile for your hair to stop producing so much extra oil. I do still shampoo my hair once a month, just to get rid of extra bild up, but this is my go to hair cleansing/conditioning product and I use it every other day. Its fantastic my hair is getting healthier and healthier as it grows out and my hair is way less dry than it used to be.
My hair: medium amount of fine straight hair that tends to be dry. Of the 3 conditioning cleansers I've tried, I like this one the best. It definitely beats Clariol's Herbal Essence Naked Cleansing Conditioner, and works on my hair slightly better than Pantene's Damage Repair. This gives my hair has a surprising amount of body and lift, and it looks healthier and smoother. The scent s very earthy and gourmand, which I know a lot of people find objectionable, but I love it. The scent doesn't stay in my hair after I've used styling products and blow dried. It costs twice as much as the other two (same price $7, but half the amount), but its still very affordable. It works best with super wet hair. The more water the more "lather" it has so it gives a very satisfying wash. I wash it twice, using 6-7 pumps the first time and 3-4 pumps the second, working it thorough my hair from scalp to roots. The only thing I hate is the packaging. The pump allows only a tiny amount to be dispensed with each pump. 6 pumps equals the same amount as one pump of Pantene. You could get trigger finger pumping this stuff out. Other than that, I really love it.
I love this product. I have naturally curly, dry, frizzy hair that is extremely hard to manage. When I got this product I was skeptical at first because I have used Wen before and loved it and didn't believe anything would work as well or as close to as well as Wen for my hair. I was wrong. Looking at the bottle it's thin and small and has a horrible pump on it. I didn't like the pump because when I started using it barely any product came out. Once I got the right amount of product out for my hair I rubbed the product in for about 5 mins to get it in my scalp and my roots. I had to use about 20 pumps for my about shoulder length hair. The smell of this product to me was amazing. It smells like vanilla and caramel. Kinda like a marshmallow. (Note: the scent is really strong and not for everyone) After washing the product out I noticed my hair was soft and silky and I was pleased. I then blow dried my hajr because I wanted to see what my hair would look like dry. My hair was still soft and silky and I was very happy. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone with dry hair and anyone who has tried Wen and wants something cheaper. I also recommend only using this product once a week. Works better that way.
I am really amazed right now. My hair is just so incredibly soft! I am pretty surprised as I have tried this once before and I probably didn't use enough cause that experience left my hair kinda dry and tangled. I gave this a go the second time around because I was doing a coconut oil treatment, which leaves my hair saturated with coconut oil. I normally warm up an ounce of that, slather it on my dry hair and wrap it up and wait for an hour or so. Because I didn't want to use a sulfate shampoo to strip the coconut goodness from my hair, I chose to use this.
I started out with 10 pumps for my scalp, and I might have used too much, but I was concerned with getting the oil out of my hair, which some moisturizing shampoos don't do a good job of (I'm looking at you Creme of Nature Ulta Moisturizing Shampoo) and then 5 for the ends. I wasn't sure if it was working or not because my hair felt really slick, so I rinsed it out and repeated, this time only using 5 pumps for scalp and 5 pumps for ends. I rinsed and rinsed, used no conditioner and voila! No coconut residue, my hair is CLEAN and SOFT . The scent is something to be to desired as it has that burnt sugar smell, I have smelled this fragrance before somewhere, not exactly Aquolina but something similiar. I want L'oreal to play with some different fragrances, something fruity, herbaly and something fresh and clean.
Not sure about the cost or how it compares to Wen. I have tried Hair One, in the packets which left my hair dirty and dry and I'm convinced its probably because I didn't use enough. But if this retails for $6.99, and if you use as much as I did, or less (I probably cut it down to 5 pumps scalp, 5 pumps ends) then your probably looking at $30 per month or 1 bottle per week. I haven't used this regularly to know how long it would last, and someone said on here that its just as expensive as Wen because of the amount you have to use. My hair is really long and straight, not thick, but I like my hair to feel CLEAN as a result so that's probably why you have to use a lot.
Overall, I really like this and I'm gonna see how long it lasts, I am not sure if I want to pay that much PER MONTH for this as I usually can get a good 2-3 months out of shampoo and conditioner in general for a fraction of that price.
This is one of the worst hair products I have ever used. It made my hair feel greasy and dry at the same time. Not much to say except it is absolutely TERRIBLE.
I had been wanting to try the Wen products, but it's so expensive, and I hate the thought of auto-shipping. This was a nice surprise in a clearence cart at my work. After talking to a co-worker who uses this and Wen, I decided to give it a shot. I really it. My hair feels healthier, and I don't have to wash it as often which is a major plus. My usually dull hair actually is now bouncy and shiny. The smell is very strong, but it doesn't really bother once my hair dries. All in all I would recommend this to anyone who is curious about Wen but doesn't want to pay the Wen price or get stuck with auto-shipments.