I've only been using this product for a week and I will report back after using the rest of the bottle. I have very fine, thin, straight blonde hair. I am naturally a dishwater blonde, so I feel I have to do something to my hair, either darken or lighten it, so it isn't quite so meh. Because its so fine and I have colored it often, it is damaged. The texture is also meh, because its not perfectly straight, but has enough of a wave (okay, I wouldn't even call it a wave) in the ends to be annoying...so I have to straighten it, curl it or blow it out to get it to look decent (damage, damage, damage). I am trying to grow it out to about the length of my bra strap and its currently a little past my shoulders. My hair has been quite dry lately, probably from all of the products I have been using with protein in them, to attempt to strengthen my hair. So I was looking for something to moisturize my dry hair and this stuff seems to be the ticket. I bought the sweet almond mint, because it is said to be the universal cleansing conditioner. My first impression upon pumping it into my hands is that it feels very waxy and thick. I got my hair soaking wet, and then worked the product in, two pumps at a time, until I had used about 8 total throughout my hair. I ran my head back and forth under the shower twice and then proceeded to work it into my hair and scalp. The smell was strongly minty and I liked how it made my scalp feel tingly and clean. It did feel a little, tiny bit foamy. After a couple of minutes, I gently combed through it with a wide tooth comb and then clipped it up for the rest of the shower. After I did everything else one does in the shower, I rinsed. And rinsed. And then rinsed some more...until I felt no residue on my hair. I then mixed half of pump of the conditioning cleanser and the sweet almond mint styling cream into my hair. Afterwards my hair felt clean and looked shiny. It felt almost like my 6 year old daughters hair...soft and smooth. I didn't really get any special volumizing benefit from it, but then I'm using this to grow my hair out more than anything.
A couple of notes about this...It is REALLY time consuming. And with all of the scrubbing you are expected to do while you are working this stuff in, I have to question if that isn't doing some kind of damage anyway? I really like the way my hair feels after using this, but I can't get over how time consuming it is. I think if you want to use a product that is more traditional with similar (but not the same) results, you should try the Morrocanoil moisturizing shampoo and conditioner...much faster, but the results aren't quite the same. I'll keep using this for now...love the results, but not so much the super long shower.
Oh and I would say that you don't have to wash your hair everyday while using this, but I do, because I workout everyday.
I really tried to like the Wen system however it proved to be too much of a pain in the *** with the mail order delivery system etc. I was charged for items I did not order, and items I clearly stated I did not want or sign up for. Trying to cancel was rediculous as the sales people were annoying and relentless. It came to a point where I regretted ever ordering the products. The only scent I cared for was the winter peppermint vanilla type scent which was only available for a short time. This stuff worked OK, but I have long thick hair and had to use a TON of product to get this to work correctly and to properly condition my hair. No more mail order stuff for me please, if I can't purchase it in the store forget it. The formula for Wen is simply just OK, I can think of many other great products that are sulfate free etc that far out perform Wen.
shit made my hair fall out. what more else to say?
I really tried to like Wen. I wanted it to work. I followed the directions to the letter, used the 10 to 15 pumps, massaged it in, let it sit, etc., etc. My hair just came out looking oily. No matter how long I left the product on my hair to sit, no matter how much or little I left on as an added conditioner, my hair never looked clean or healthy or bouncy, or anything that was promised in the ad.
The peppermint oil also had a painful, numbing effect on my hands from massaging the cream onto my head. Disappointing.
I'm currently using up what I have left as just a conditioner after putting another shampoo on my hair. I've had better luck that way.
LOVE LOVE LOVE Wen ever since switching to Wen(Bought the gallon size) my hair has been noticably more healthy more shiny and much much more manageable. After using Wen for almost 2 years I decided to bleach my hair from a level 3 brown to bleach blonde, using beyond the zone radical bleach kit my hair had actually turned blonde but had a little bit of a yellow hint, used wella whit lady to tone it...but anyway make along story short after the bleaching with level 40 developer and then toning with level 30 my hair should have been fried or atleast damaged but I truly believe that the Wen helped protect my hair and had gotten it in such a healthy condition that all the chemicals didnt really hurt my hair. BTW Overall score is a 4 cause its sooo expensive,packaging quality is a 3 cause there always is some left in the bottom of the bottle that i just cant get lol.
After considering all the hype I did fall or give in to buying this product and was instantly satisfied the product made my hair very soft and manageable and shiny. I have ethnic hair which is somewhat coarse and not thin at all. This product has really been inspiring me to try different hairstyles because now I have soft manageable hair that's also bouncy and gorgeous straight or when I'm going natural without any heat applied......great conditioner especially the tea tree formula!
I bought the 16oz bottle which lasted me about a month, using it 2-3 times per week. I have wavy hair, down to about mid-back or just under breast length in the front. My hair is medium thickness, a bit on the coarse side (ie. my individual hairs are thick but I don't have tons of strands, if that makes sense?). My main issue with my hair is it's dry and the top layer is unbelievably frizzy. I don't over process, and just cover my greys with a permanent color & 10vol every 2 months or so. I don't bleach or lift ever. So it's not processing that makes it dry, it's just how my hair is. Seriously, I could go 5 days without washing and still it wouldn't be oily! So therefore, what I'm about to say here will totally go against what other reviews have said...WEN wasn't moisturizing enough and didn't do a thing to help my frizz. I know it sounds crazy since many reviewers complained it made their hair greasy. When I read that I thought perfect! Maybe this will be my HG lol. But no. It's not. I'll be moving on to something else. I used WEN exactly as instructed on the bottle, using 20-30 pumps, tried the "2 washes" method as well, and used a pump as a leave-in at the end. Here's the pros and cons.
- nice light scent
- rich formula, easy to use, doesn't run
- cleans well
- can easily comb through hair after
- moisturizing if you don't have very dry hair
- doesn't help the frizz at all
- bottle goes very quickly, one month for 16 oz
Overall I would still recommend WEN, I think it would be great on the right hair types.
I wrote a pretty scathing review of the fig fragrance CC not too long ago, but my bff swapped me her sweet almond for my fig.
I was really really nervous to try it but she assured me it was much gentler than the fig. So I tried it and she was right.
My scalp didn't tingle or burn this time. There was just a nice cooling sensation.
I used it the new way they say--half for my first 'shampoo' and half for the second part where it 'conditions'. I did the comb through and all that stuff. I also rinsed with cool (not freezing) water, as opposed to my usual hot wash/rinse.
This time I used my fave leave in conditioner, a little argan oil for shine and dried as usual.
My hair came out just stunning! Very full, considering this conditioner thingy...I was afraid I'd have limp hair. The shine is actually the best thing--phenomenal! And I can comb without any tangles.
Styling went really well this morning. I used a spritz of thermal protector first and a jumbo curling iron to do big beachy waves. My hair looks and feels amazing--I can't stop touching it and flipping it all around.lol I used a good regime before that made my hair look great, but today is just simply a good hair day :)
A few notes... The almond CC is a thinner consistency than the Fig...It has more slip to it too. The smell isn't overpowering but I still am not very fond of it--I don't really like to smell like menthol or rosemary--I wish it smelled like anything from Charles Worthington, but for the shine and bounce, I'll take smelling like a greek salad.lol
I think doing two washes makes it work good too. That way you cleanse your scalp, rinse and then really give it to the mid-shafts and ends so they'll get good and treated.
One complaint though that it does tend to run and it stings like crazy if you get it in your eyes...I am highly allergic and sensitive though so it could just be me.
This particular CC is ideal for breakage like I get around my hairline from flat ironing and high-lift tints. The hairs are now so soft and moist, and they behave nicely instead of sticking up like crazy.lol
One other tiny nit pick is the label on the bottle. For the high-end feel this product is supposed to offer, the label is kinda crappy. I've only had it a couple days and my bff a week or so before that, but the label is already wrinkling and looking like it's going to peel off. Not to be petty, but for what this stuff costs, you'd think they could find a decent water-proof label...I mean it's just sitting in the shower, not soaking in the tub, you know?
Overall this sweet almond CC is just fabulous and I love it!!
I've been using the WEN sweet almond mint cleansing conditioner for almost a month. I had long hair, to the middle of my back. My hair was a dark brown and I have oily roots and dry ends. I cut my hair to shoulder length last week and I had blonde highlights put in. I was skeptical about this product because I thought it would make my hair look greasier. I got the TSV on QVC so I have the big 32 oz bottle. The instructions say to use a lot of pumps but they are referring to the smaller 16 oz size. If you have the large bottle, the pumps release more product. For me I use 4 pumps, 1 on my crown, 1 on the nape of my neck, and 1 on each side of my head. Then I rinse and repeat, using 4 again for a total of 8 pumps when I wash my hair. When my hair was longer I used 16 total. I've always had to wash my hair everyday because of my oily roots. The first time I used this product, my hair looked great and then it looked oily the next day. I went back and read the instructions and it said you should use more product and split it in half, washing the hair twice. Since I did that, my hair feels so soft and clean. I only have to wash my hair once every 2 days. I know this stuff is expensive and time consuming but I was spending more money for Fekkai because I had to wash my hair every single day. Once I apply the conditioner, I use a wide tooth comb to comb my hair, getting out all the tangles, and then I let it set for 10 minutes, rinse, repeat and let it set for another 10-15. Make sure you rinse your hair thouroughly. Even when you think it's all out, keep rinsing. I use luke warm water like the instructions say. The smell is nice, it has a minty scent to it that I like. I want to try the pomegranite next because I have the finshing cream in pomegranite and it smells wonderful. I can only speak for myself but I am glad I tried this product. Even though it is time consuming, I wash my hair a 1/3 less than I did before so I'm happy with it.
I love this product!!!!
I have waist-length, baby-fine hair, but a ton of it! And this product works very well for me!
It's so important to follow all the directions. Go to the walk through on YouTube for additional tips from Wen.
I can't say I love rinsing my hair in cool water but I tried it with both luke warm and hot and neither has the same effect. Rinsing with cool water really helps this product work.
As for the price...honestly for the results, it's worth it! I was using a much more expensive Kerastase cleansing balm previously and the results are comparable.
Also, I don't wash my hair everyday, which may be the other reason why I am having success with this product. Every 3-4 days max. Before I switched from shampoo, washing that regularly would cause so much damage and dryness that I could never get my hair to grow past my brastrap! So my hair got used to going a few days between washes.