Friday, March 22, 2013

REVIEW! | WEN Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner

WEN Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner
WEN Cleansing Conditioner has been buzzed about ever since it debuted a couple of years ago.  I was never really tempted to try it because I have oily hair and the thought of using a "cleansing" conditioner gave me visions of stringy locks dangling lifelessly from my scalp.

After getting to know the kind-hearted and hilarious Chaz Dean on Flipping Out with Jeff Lewis (Jeff designed his LA salon) and seeing a post raving about WEN from another beauty blogger who has long, gorgeous locks, I ordered the Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner.  I'd been having a horrible time with dandruff that would NOT go away, and I figured it couldn't hurt to try WEN.  

The first thing I have to say is you have to use a LOT of this cleansing conditioner.  The product directions advised me to use 24-32 pumps on my long hair.  24 PUMPS?!  The thing is, if you try to use less, the product is less effective, so you really should use the recommended amount.  
WEN Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner
The directions say to get your hair sopping wet, apply half the recommended number of pumps to your hair in sections and really massage it in.  Rinse it out thoroughly.  Repeat cleansing with the remaining half of the recommended pumps, comb through your hair with a wide-tooth comb, and let it sit on your hair for the rest of your shower.  Then thoroughly rinse it out, and if needed, apply an additional pump as a leave-in treatment.  

Following these directions (minus the leave-in treatment pump), I got great results the first three times I used WEN.  My hair had actual body and lift at the root without using any styling products and letting my hair air-dry as I usually do, and it was softer than angora rabbits.

The Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner smells fantastic and tingles a bit on the scalp.  Having the ability to drag a comb through my wet hair from root to tip without any tugging or knotting was amazing!  

Sadly, after the initial few uses, my hair got oily shortly after cleansing and there was no more bodifying awesomeness.  I had to stop using WEN because my hair was just too oily and my scalp continued to flake.  

After only three uses, I'd already used a quarter of the bottle!  At $32.00 for a 16 ounce bottle, I don't want to have to buy this cleansing conditioner every few weeks.  After using it about eight times, I had about twenty pumps left.  I decided to use the rest of it as a conditioner because it did an incredible job of leaving my hair softer than it's ever felt.
WEN Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner
I wanted to love this, but it just wasn't the right solution for me personally.  

One thing I learned was that I wasn't cleansing my hair properly before.  I never take the time to really massage the shampoo into my scalp like they do at hair salons.  I'm ecstatic to report that after a week of taking the time to really massage my regular shampoo into my scalp, I had no dandruff!  ZERO!  It has now been two months since I changed the way I shampoo, and I have been dandruff-free ever since!  I know a lot of people who struggle with dandruff and I recommend really massaging your shampoo into your scalp - spend some time on it and work in sections - and you may find your dandruff is gone, too!

I think this could be an absolute miracle product for someone with dry or coarse hair, and I've recommended it to a few friends who don't have fine, oily hair like myself.    

Disclosure: Product purchased by me, opinion is my own.
My Rating: B
Cost: $32.00
Where to Buy: Sephora, WEN

11 comments :

  1. What 24-32 pumps?! That is crazy. What brand would dare to say this to its customers. So they expect us to dump half of a bottle of conditioner on our hair. Forget it. Why should someone buy this when they can get something much cheaper, works better, and only takes 1-2 pumps.

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    1. I know! The suggested use amount is LOCO!

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  2. Oh wow, 24-32 pumps? That's a lot of product! I know that some natural lines require a bit more product to work, but this recommended amount sounds a little extreme. I'm still intrigued by some of their other stuff, but maybe this is not for me!

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    1. I think it would be fantastic for someone with dry/coarse hair, but I think the price is unrealistic when you have to use SO much of it each time you shampoo. I think they should half the price, and have the pump redesigned so it dispenses more per pump. By the time you hit pump #12, you're like, "Seriously...?" LOL!

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  3. Obviously not the right conditioner for me, I'll pass! I love pomegranate though... :-)

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    1. Me too! Pommegranite is one of my favorite scents!

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  4. Enjoyed reading your post! So I have purchased and tried the lavender WEN cleansing conditioner a few times. As you know, I'm cheap, so here are my recs for making the product last a bit longer. I only do one cleanse (as opposed to the recommended initial + repeat), only use enough to thoroughly coat my hair (no more than 12 pumps), and only use it every several washes. I love the tingle, the lasting scent, and the incredible softness!!! And I totally know what you mean about massaging the scalp!
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    1. I knew you wouldn't use the recommended amount, lol! I did try to use less, but it made my hair get oiler even faster. This trick only works for those with non-oilslick scalps! I'm glad you're making it work for you and you're enjoying the results. The softness is truly remarkable! I still use this as a conditioner from time to time because it does a fantastic job of softening. Thanks for popping by, Ems!

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  5. Angora bits LOL! Love that haha!
    I tried this too, and it just isn't worth it. My scalp just didn't feel CLEAN. I workout almost daily so this just didn't cut it for me.

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  6. Wow, 24 to 32 pumps! Who even has that kind of time? (or hot water, lol!) I had hoped it would be a winner. I have very fine, limp, and oily hair, too, so I'm always looking for that miracle product. We are still looking... Ü

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    1. LOL! Exactly - ain't nobody got time (or hot water enough) for that! ;) I think sticking to Selsun Blue is the ticket!

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