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Sunday, January 22, 2012

Glam Bag Review: Cleansing Conditioner by Wen

This month's Glam Bag was focused on products that are good for your body and good for the Earth. To kickstart this eco-friendly review bonanza, I'm going to begin with Wen's Cleansing Conditioner.
To elaborate on the name, Wen's Cleansing Conditioner is actually an all-in-one product that both cleanses and conditions your hair without sulfates or other "harsh ingredients". Now, despite recently becoming a dirty word in the beauty community, "sulfates" are simply detergents used in shampoos to break up dirt and oil as well as the source of your shampoo lather. While sulfates can cause irritation to sensitive scalps, they aren't necessarily bad for you. Due to the lack of sulfates in Wen's formula it doesn't lather, so it definitely provides a different hair washing experience if you aren't used to it. I can't say I am too fond of a lather-free formula as I find it makes it harder to tell if I have evenly applied the product.

After 4 days of using nothing but this during my in-shower hair care routine, the results were less than desirable. While my hair felt soft and looked shiny and healthy, the roots were weighed down and looked greasy. While this was easily remedied by avoiding my roots during application, it also meant that that section of my hair wasn't getting cleaned, so my scalp's natural oils weighted my roots down anyway. Despite this shortcoming, the products isn't rendered unusable. It just means it works best (for me) when used with another shampoo. After I added a shampoo in my regimen, my hair looked and felt great. In addition to functioning as a typical conditioner, I found it to work well as a leave in condition, however only the tiniest bit of product was necessary.

Although I can't speak from experience, someone commented on my unbagging video that this product is known to work well for those with curly hair. If any readers can attest to this, I would love it if you left a comment below!

Lastly, the smell of the product is wonderful. It's very reminiscent of a spa with it's relaxing mint aroma. I won't recommend it as a cleanser or shampoo to anyone, curly hair or not, simply because I can only speak from my experience. But if you are looking for a new sulfate-free conditioner, I would recommend this. I've heard Wen's products fall on the pricier side, however if you are dead set on trying it you can receive $20 off their hair care system by clicking me!

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