Awhile back I got my hair cut for the first time in over a year (see it here).  And having a proper haircut meant a whole new world of styling and products.  My stylist Annie gave me some great suggestions about wearing my hair curly or blowing it straight.  The most important thing I learned is that a hairstyle starts in the shower with shampoo and conditioner.  I can’t expect my hair care products to give me exactly what I need for any style.  Think about it… volume needs less weight, curls need more conditioner and less shampoo, and so on.  For wearing my natural curls, Annie suggested I try Wen Cleansing Conditioner.

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Products

Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner is a 2-in-1 product.  It is heavier on the conditioning and less on the cleansing…just what curls need.  The instructions call for a lot (a lot) of product with each wash, but Wen is also designed to allow more time between washing.  I’ve done a few different trial runs and find that when first starting out, I need to wash my hair daily as my scalp and hair adjust to the formula.  Then I can begin skipping days.

Because I blow out my hair more often than not, my curls don’t spring break to life every time I wash.  On day one with Wen, my hair is a bit frizzy, and wavy.  I wash again on day 2 and the frizz diminishes while my waves turn to loose curls.  On day three I wash again and my loose curls turn into well-formed big curls.  Depending on the section of my hair, my hair mimics 1″ or 1 1/4″ curling iron curls.

Wen Hair Care System side viewDay 2 of washing with Wen Cleansing Conditioner 

After washing three days straight, my hair is ready to skip a couple days in the shower.  Hallelujah, because I worked through a lot of the Cleansing Conditioner quickly.  Here is how I use the Wen products on wash days:

  • With 5-6 pumps of Cleansing Conditioner, I work it into my scalp and rinse.  Then I use 10 pumps and work it from root to tip, letting it sit while I shower.  This is less than Wen’s recommended amount, but I have fine hair. I always rinse with cool water right before getting out of the shower.
  • I ring out my hair so it isn’t dripping, then take 1/2 a pump of Cleansing Conditioner and run it from mid-shaft to the ends as a leave-in conditioner before using a wide-tooth comb once to distribute the product.  There is no brushing allowed for curls and combing should be kept to a minimum.
  • I wrap my hair in a Turbie Twist for 10-15 minutes and go about my business.
  • After taking my hair down, I spritz it with Replenishing Treatment Mist, followed by 1-2 pumps of Styling Creme  from mid-shaft to the ends.
  • I scrunch my hair upwards then let it air dry at which point I add a pea sized amount of Styling Creme toward my roots if necessary to tame frizz.

Since my curls are bigger, sleeping on my hair flattens them out.  So when I can skip a day or two between washes, I spritz the Replenishing Treatment Mist all over my hair to rejuvenate my curls and use the Styling Creme as necessary for control.

I only tried one blow-out with Wen so far.  It worked very well and I especially appreciate the Replenishing Treatment Mist for my hair on days two and three.  Because of the cost I am planning to reserve this line for curly hair days which are fewer and farther between and are much more difficult to achieve with other products.

Have you tried Wen?  What are you thoughts on skipping shampoo?


Price: Cleansing Conditioner $32.00 / Styling Creme $24.00 / Replenishing Treatment Mist $32.00

Availability: Chaz Dean Studio, Sephora

Summary: Wen hair care focuses on natural hair care with fewer washes needed.  The Sweet Almond Mint line is nourishing without weighing down my hair.  While I can still benefit from deep conditioning, the Cleansing Conditioner is moisturizing enough for regular use.  Wen Styling Creme and Replenishing Treatment Mist offer style, light control, and a gentle refresher while keeping my hair soft and residue-free.

Disclosure: These products were provided by Wen for consideration.