Monday, June 30, 2014
Wen Does the Hair Miracle Begin??
Unless you live under a rock, or are totally impervious to persuasive advertising, you've probably seen Wen infomercials or this product's presentation on QVC. It's going to make your hair silky, shiny, bouncy, manageable, healthy, blah, blah, blah. It will be like your hair on steroids and going to the gym 7 days a week - whoo hoooo - it will be BUTT kicking hair! Ok, so I'm exaggerating a bit, but you get the point. Your hair will look like a shampoo commercial 7 days a week. Like water torture working its way into my thick skull, I finally caved to the hype and bought the stuff.
And how I want to know, WEN will I like this stuff? I was so excited to get my order. I had planned to keep one for myself, give one to my daughter one to my mom, etc. I casually mentioned it to my mom and she said, "Oh I bought that stuff already and I really don't like it that much. Do you want mine?" Hummm…. What don't you like about it? I asked her. "It makes my hair look greasy." Greasy? Really? I took her bottle - maybe it was the formula she got? Her hair type? But the infomercials said it worked on all types of hair. Oh well.
Finally, I tried my Wen, and I was… underwhelmed. I tried the apple whatever-it-was. My hair seemed somewhat more hydrated (I have naturally curly hair that ALWAYS seems at least a bit on the dry side) but it was nothing spectacular. Oh, wait - but I didn't use the recommended 16 pumps of product. 16 pumps. yes, that's right, I'm not making that up. My hair was pretty much saturated at around 8-10 pumps - why did I need 16? just to give you an idea of how much product this is, 16 pumps is probably somewhere near 1/4 to 1/3 of a cup. If I was using my good old standby shampoo and conditioner, Dove, at about 3.50 for 12 ounces (and cheaper in Costco!!) this would be ok. But we're talking cleansing conditioner that can afford to host its own infomercial. This stuff is currently selling on QVC for 177.00 a gallon. Yes, that's right, one hundred and seventy-seven dollars a gallon. that's more expensive than Godiva Chocolate, I think. In any case, I'd rather have the chocolate. Or some Kona coffee. Just in case my husband reads this post, I want to state for the record that I didn't pay that much. I also didn't buy a gallon of this stuff. BUT GOOD LORD, IF YOU'RE GOING TO BUY SOMETHING SO EXPENSIVE, YOU WOULD THINK IT WOULD WORK LIKE NOTHING ELSE ON EARTH, RIGHT?
I wanted to like this stuff, I really did. My friend loves it. But to be honest, I think it's only so-so. It seemed to hydrate my hair a bit more, but then, it also seemed frizzier. And the bottle I got from my mom? I noticed the greasy look too. My daughter had the same experience. We tried rinsing it out REALLY well, but then, if you're going to do that, it's really not working as a leave-in conditioner (one of it's multitude of uses, according to the advertising) is it? I watched some of the infomercials again… maybe I wasn't using enough of it? I used more. Nope, that wasn't it. Maybe I wasn't giving it enough of a chance? But then the more I used it, the more my scalp felt like I had my hair pulled in a tight rubber band for hours on end. The only way I could describe it is to say that my hair roots hurt. I read reviews from people saying it had made their hair FALL OUT, and I got a little freaked out. I washed with regular shampoo and the feeling went away. But really, this is not the shampoo commercial hair I was expecting. Plus, I also want to say for the record that one of the bottles pictured above is the only shampoo I ever used that prompted my husband to ask me, "What is that stuff in your hair? It smells weird. I don't like it." … And that was NOT the Fig, which is the one I thought was absolutely the worst meant-to-smell-good-shampoo I had ever smelled. I grew on me after a while, (like a fungus) but still - Herbal Essences kicks its ASS in the scent department. IEWWW.
So, WEN does my hair miracle begin? Apparently, the answer is never. At least not with this product.