UPDATE: 8/30/12: I have since tried the Sweet Almond Mint version and I find it much easier to use with better results. It feels creamier, but not heavy and the scent is fine. If I stick with Wen, I will stick with the original Sweet Almond Mint.
ORIGINAL POST: This is the summer seasonal scent from Wen and the first Wen product I have tried. The scent is exactly what you imagine, a sweet coconut smell that doesn't linger too much IMO. As for how this compares to other Wen cleansers, I don't know either. As far as how this works as a cleanser the answer, for my fine, wavy, color-treated locks is "eh"..."ok". It is no better than the sulfate free shampoos I have used in the past (my fave sulfate free shampoos are Paul Mitchell Wild Ginger & L'Anza's moisture one...but that can get a bit heavy - I always use Pureology Hydrate conditioner with the sulfate free poos). I really think Wen gained their position in the market before all the sulfate free shampoos came to being so it was unique and had a distinct selling feature and purpose. But fast forward 15+ years later and we have amazing, easily accessible sulfate free options and Wen is no longer the "anti-shampoo". I think it is now, just another sulfate free option. I will say, that I much prefer Wen over the CO (conditioning only) washing method where people will use conditioners only (usually drugstore ones w/no silicone) to wash their hair....I have never had luck with that.
So if I were to list sulfate free cleansing options from great (easy to get, works well) to not for me (doesn't work at all), it would look like this:
1) Sulfate Free Shampoos w/good conditioner
3) Conditioning Only method (not even an option for me)
DIARY OR MY 1ST WEN EXPERIENCE THE FIRST 30 DAYS USING SEASONAL SCENT- COCONUT MANGO:
I am using the summer 2012 seasonal one Coconut Mango. I have very fine wavy hair that can easily be scrunched into curls but can easily be pulled out into crazy wire. I am using my regular style regime but I am trying to fully commit to this to test it out. I have a jaw length inverted bob that I always wear curly. I use a diffuser when I blow dry. I will update lippies and such as I come to stronger conclusions.
In regards to this seasonal scent, I very much enjoy the light fresh scent...smells as described - a sweet coconut.
Day 1: I used it as directed, even left a bit in as a leave in. My hair feels/looks much like it did the first day I used Paul Mitchell Wild Ginger Cream Rinse. Light, full..not supple, but not too dry. Just an average hair day...a little fluffier than I like.
Day 2: I really don't like washing with this. Unlike the infomercials your hands do NOT glide through your hair as you rinse. When you rinse it out, my hair still felt like I was raking through it (more so than with my regular sulfate free poo). I thought Wen was supposed to feel different. Had I not put in the 2-3 pumps as a leave in, I never would have gotten a wide toothed comb through my hair. My hair (while washing) had this weird coated feeling so I was sure to rinse with cool water for 2 minutes at least. The other bummer is that this makes my hair take so long to dry (w/my diffuser). I just question if those that love Wen so much have ever tried a decent sulfate free shampoo & a decent conditioner (my HG condish is Pureology Hydrate) before trying Wen? Finally, my hair seems nice and looks pretty much how it always does but perhaps a bit less fly away. Of course, I never used a leave in conditioner before. I wonder if I had left a pump or so of my Pureology in my hair if it would be reacting the same way? Day 2 bottom line - weary & unsure, but not having a bad hair day.
Day 3: I am kind of getting tired of this stuff. It seems like a production in the shower, if I left my regular condish on this long, wouldn't it do the same thing? Tempted to try it. Any way, my hair is taking a really long time to dry yet still ends up kind of fly away. Today my crown is a bit flat. Part of my hair feels heavier (which can be good when it is as fine as mine, but parts feel all flyaway still. I am honestly itching to go back to my old stuff, but trying to stick with this. My curls look about average.
Days 4-6 - The one big pro I am noticing about using this, is that I seem to be shedding much less than before.
That said, I am not sure if I am just glorifying my old routine or not, but my hair feels dull & fuzzy. I think tomorrow I am going to go back & try my Paul Mitchell Wild Ginger sulfate free poo & my Pureology Hydrate dish to see what the end product looks like. Who knows, maybe the grass is just greener on the other side of the fence. Wen is not awful, but it thus far isn't seeming any more productive than what I was using. But the shower routine is just down right cumbersome to have to use so much product, before you shave your legs, so it can sit on your head for a few minutes, then rinse, then add a few more pumps in as a leave in, the whole time being sure you massage in the right way....yadda, yadda, yadda. And I have tried to "skimp" and this seems to work a touch better when I follow the directions perfectly.
Day 7 - I DID NOT USE WEN TODAY - I used my usual Paul Mitchell Wild Ginger shampoo and Pureology Hydrate Conditioner. My hair looked shiny again and way less fuzzy than with Wen, but did not feel as thick. Honestly, though, natural oils or dirt, but I think Wen makes your hair feel thicker cuz it is a bit "dirtier".
Day 30 - I returned the seasonal scent & am going to try the Sweet Almond Mint because I keep hearing that I have to try the original, it's the best & I really want to say I tried. So far my conclusion is that this is just an "ok" option & not the miracle the infomercials make it seem.