Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dear Chaz Dean: Your WEN is Zen

Ok, so I'm all about finding a good bargain and making smart purchases.  However, there are some things that are just worth the money - and one of those products is WEN Cleansing Conditioner.  I'm not going to sugar coat this - it's a $40 Shampoo/Conditioner, and as far as I know, they're only available online as WEN products are not sold in retail stores.  Before trying this magical potion in a bottle, I thought it was crazy to spend that much on a conditioner...I mean how well could it really work?  Well it turns out this stuff is like magic!  It works and now I'm addicted.  Add it to my list of vices ;)  But there are a few tricks I'm learning to stretch that bottle o' magic as long as possible.  So here's the skinny....

First off, there are also lots of  WEN products - cleansing conditioner, styling cream, texture balm, leave in treatment oils....lots more.  The only thing you really need is the cleansing conditioner.  Save yourself the money & hassle of buying the other products- I'm not saying their not great - they're just unnecessary.  WEN's ace in the hole is the cleansing conditioner.  It can be used as a shampoo, conditioner, as well as a leave-in conditioner.  This is all you need.  The cleansing conditioners come in a variety of divine scents - that's just a matter of personal preference, although I think they all smell yummy :)  You can order the products right from the WEN website, or from Amazon - for a standard 16oz Cleansing Conditioner you can expect to pay about $38 including shipping.  On Amazon the cost is $38 plus free shipping, where as on the WEN website the cost is $32, but then they charge you for shipping.  So either way it comes out to about the same price. 

When you're miracle in a bottle arrives, the instructions will leave you a little dizzy and quick math will tell you that if you were to follow the instructions and use the 3,000 pumps per hair wash like they advise - you'll be out of it in 4 days and will have to remortgage your home to keep up with your new hair regimen.   So here's what I do.....first I wash my hair with regular old shampoo.  Then I wash it again with a modest amount of WEN - just enough to cover my hair.  This stuff doesn't lather - it can seem a bit strange at first.  I work it through my hair, then put it up in a pony tail for the rest of the shower.  Right at the end as I'm about to get out I quickly rinse it out.  They key is to leave it in for about 3-5 minutes while it works it's magic.  It cleans and conditions at the same time, so as you're rinsing it out you'll notice how silky your hair feels.   I then put just a little in as a leave in conditioner - when I say just a little, I mean a little.  The first time I used it I noticed a difference, but as I used it more I noticed an even bigger difference.  I ran out a few weeks ago and my hair is sad.  I'm currently awaiting my next fix :)   

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