Oh, Wen, You Fell Short
I wanted to like you, in fact, I wanted to fall deeply, madly in love with you. I had such high hopes for this hugely hyped hair care product which lured me in with it’s grandiose promises of beautiful, soft, flowing locks of loveliness only to completely and utterly disappoint me.
You all know me by now; mother of two, wife of one, puppy parent, kids belts inventor, one who is a usually a pretty good judge of products and one who isn’t easily sucked into “as seen on TV” marketing, but I bought into it. I think mainly because I wanted it to work so badly. It would be amazing to just be able to wash my hair and go. No longer wasting time blow drying or flat ironing my hair! Yay!! Oh, wait, that would have been my response had the product done what it said it would.
I’m sure you have seen the infomercials for Wen Hair Care. Beautiful celebrities with “bad hair days” who have been shampooing with harsh, harm-full over the counter shampoo (GASP! How could they!) are miraculously transformed to even beautiful-er celebrities once Chaz Dean (creator of Wen) gets ahold of their hair. If you have not seen them, their website boasts: “WEN® Cleansing Conditioner is a revolutionary new concept in hair care. A 5-in-1 formula, this one product takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It cleanses hair thoroughly but without lathering and all the harsh ingredients that may be found in ordinary shampoos—it is designed so it won’t strip your hair and scalp of their natural oils. Your hair is left with sheen, moisture, manageability and better color retention.”
Well, after two, greasy months (yes, months and yes greasy) I feel like I can give a valid review of this product. I would not recommend Wen Hair Care. It claims to be great for all hair types, however, my hair type is pretty typical and it didn’t work so well. Basically, what you are supposed to do is replace your shampoo with Wen, use a small bit of it for a leave in conditioner, apply style cream and then texture balm if you’d like. All of this product left a greasy, filmy mess in my hair. I could actually scrape my hair with my fingernail and remove film. Trying to give the benefit of the doubt to the product, I thought “Maybe I used too much, or didn’t get it all rinsed out”. Even though they claim that you can’t use too much and if you can leave it in as a leave in conditioner, why would it matter if I didn’t get it all rinsed out. I told you, I had high hopes! So I continued to try it for two months to no avail. Same result every time.
To say I am disappointed, would be an understatement. As I said before, I REALLY wanted this product to work. If sheer “want” could have produced results, I would have been singing Wen’s praises, but no, that doesn’t work either.
I guess I have to resort back to my trusted ponytail… ah ponytail… you have never let me down.