Saturday, September 14, 2013

Pre-pooing with Wen Sweet Almond Mint

Ingredients:  Water, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol,
Chamomilla Recutia Flower Extract, Wild Cherry Bark Exract,
Rosemary Leaf ExtractSweet Almond Oil, Aloe Vera Juice,
Hydrolyzed Wheat ProteinPanthenol, Butylene Glycol, BTMS,
Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 60, PEG-60
Almond Glycerides, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Menthol,
Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinene,
Fragrance, Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal.
Some time ago I ordered the Wen Sweet Almond Mint cleansing conditioner for my mom.  She had been anxious to try it out.  I had an opportunity to purchase the kit for $9.95 so I ordered it for her. Well, let's just say she did not like it.  She did not like how it made her hair feel, she thought that her hair was not being cleaned, so I took it off her hands. Why not give it a try? Maybe it would work for me.

It turns out that I don't care for it either.  For one I have a thing about getting a lather when I'm trying to cleanse my hair. I don't know if it's just me, but when there's lather, it's easier for me to get my fingers to my scalp. With this, that wasn't happening. My strands just kind of clump together making it hard to get my fingers through, which is kind of frustrating.  Also, I didn't think may hair felt all that great the couple of times that I used it to wash. AND it left my scalp itchy and flaky! That definitely made it a deal breaker for me. Hence the reason it's been sitting on the shelf for months now.

Well, on my mission to get rid of the many hair products that can be found in every corner of my apartment ~ bit of an exaggeration :) ~ I saw this on the shelf and started to wonder "Hmm could I use it as a prepoo?"  This product does not strip your hair at all and it even suggests to use it as a leave-in to condition your hair.  Since it causes itchiness and flakiness for my scalp I have never used it as a leave in. I wish I could pinpoint what exactly in the ingredients causes this, but I'm not quite sure.

Last night when I started my wash day, I sectioned my hair into four sections, detangled, then massaged coconut oil into my scalp.  I then applied the Wen to the length of my dry hair trying to avoid the scalp.  I didn't use any heat. I just let it sit on my hair for maybe 30 minutes or so.  When I rinsed it out, my hair felt very soft and was easy to detangle. I noticed that it has Behentrimonium Methosulfate and Aloe Vera Juice, which both provide amazing slip.  I was actually starting to like this product. Wow!

I think I will continue to use the Wen cleansing conditioner as a prepoo and then cleanse my scalp after.   That way I can avoid the itchy flaky scalp that results from this product.  It does have a lot of really great ingredients, but for cleansing and leave in purposes it is not for me.  This just goes to show an example of how to make a product you didn't think you liked work for you in a different way.

Has anyone else tried Wen Cleansing Conditioner?
How do/did you use it?
Do you love it or hate it?

Thanks for reading!


  1. great to hear that you've found a way to use it.

    1. Thanks, Bebe. Right now I have a lot of shampoos. I'm considering possibly adding oils to some of them to see if I can make them work for me as well. Or I may just give some of them away.

    2. I have used Wen as a cleansing consitioner and I thought I liked it as well. My hair was still dry and crispy and the ends and maybe i could blame that to blow drying my hair also. it didnt seem like it would work for my hair as a cleansing condition, so I too started to use it as a pre poo along with some olive oil, coconut oil and castor oil and it worked better for me in that way. I also stopped blow drying my hair and started air drying. My hair is much better now. no cripsy ends and no "b2b's" are flying all over the place anymore...

  2. Oh gosh I really need to work on getting rid of products. Glad you found a way to use this Wen.

    1. Thanks, Aku! I've still got a ways to go on reducing my stash. lol

  3. Replies
    1. Thanks, divachyk! Going to check out your review now.

  4. I've noticed a lot of black woman don't like this .., they seem to prefer the fig. Glad for your experience I have no desire to get this one! And I get what you mean about lather making it easier to get to your scalp.

    1. Thanks, Anon. To me it seemed to work better on my dry hair and as long as I keep it off my scalp I'm okay.
      Thanks for dropping by! :)

  5. The ingredients looks inviting, glad you found a way for it to work for you!

    1. Yes they do. I'm glad I thought to try it as a prepoo instead of tossing it.

  6. The reviews on this one are sporadic at best. Thanks for your honest opinion!

    KLP @ SavingOurStrands

  7. I have been wanting to try wen products but the price tag has it at the bottom of my wish list!


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