"Say Goodbye to Your Bad Hair Days!"
So instructs Chaz Dean, the celebrity hair stylist who created the Wen Healthy Hair Care System. That's right: a system.
I feel inspired by the idea of a system. I don't have a hair system. I kind of go in the shower and willy-nilly grab products.
I mean... I know enough not to grab the razor or pumice stone to use on my head*. But otherwise there's little "system" going on.
*If I've had my coffee
I need structure. I need a system. I need Chaz!QVC, so I suppose many people have seen the whole explanation of the Wen philosophy. I don't watch QVC, so I was clueless. Here's what I sussed out about the whole Wen thing...
Let's start with some important points:
- Beauty bloggers who refer to Chaz Dean as a "she" are guilty of lazy blogging. This is Chaz:
- Mr Dean believes in a holistic, zen-like approach to life and hair.
- He teaches that shampoo is bad. He hasn't used it on himself or his clients since 1993.
- Shampoo is bad because it contains harmful ingredients like sodium laurel sulfate.
- Sodium laurel sulfate is responsible for the sudsing normally found in shampoos.
- Chaz wants you to use his products which center around his Cleansing Conditioner which is, of course, sodium laurel sufate-free and therefore does not suds up
What I tested
- Cucumber Aloe Cleansing Conditioner | Cleanses without damaging or stripping hair; diminishes excess oil. Instructions for use can be found here.
Good for fine-to-medium hair. ✓
Use a minimum of 24 pumps of product for hair shorter than shoulder-length. ✓
Work it into hair with a splash of water, massaging for 2-3 minutes. ✓
Leave in hair for 3-5 more minutes (or longer).✓
Rinse for 1-2 minutes.✓
The verdict: I did this for 10 days or so (with 3 different trials) and I have a few thoughts.
a) I do not have this much time to spend in the shower. I have two kids who don't even let me pee unaccompanied.
b) Using 24 pumps seems to me to be excessive amounts of product used (cost-wise, I mean), though I guess since I'm not using separate shampoo and conditioner it's not too bad.
c) I noticed that my hair was not shinier, as promised, though I thought it was certainly softer. That's not good for me, as I need some texture to make my very short hair less boring. Longer hair would probably do better with this product line.
d) I felt like this was too much for my hair. I tried using fewer pumps since my hair is in a pixie, but still my hair felt stringy and, for lack of a better word, yucky.
- Cucumber Aloe Re-Moist Hydrating Mask | Rehydrates dull, lifeless, dry hair.
Apply liberally to clean, wet hair and leave in for 30-45 minutes. ✓
The verdict: Way to much moisture for my short, fine hair (I am clearly not the target audience). Wish I had it around when my hair was longer, as I think this would have been great!
- Cucumber Aloe Styling Creme | Leave-in conditioner, gloss, and gel in one product; virtually weightless; protects hair from styling tools.
Apply mid-shaft to ends of soaking wet hair. ✓
The verdict: I liked this, but it wasn't enough hold or texture for my hair. Long hair would benefit more, I think. Also: I tried this in a tube, which ruptured on the end, dripped everywhere, and pissed me off. I see now it's being sold in a pump. Kudos on that executive decision!
- Cucumber Aloe Texture Balm | Get that slightly breeze-ruffled look or spike up your short hair; gives definition, separation, texture.
Rub onto hands then apply to dry, styled hair .✓
Apply directly to hair from stick.✓ (awkward!)
OR (and this one is genius!)
Rub onto hands then spritz palms with hairspray before applying to hair (to avoid weighing it down).✓
The verdict: LOVE this product. LOVE the way it holds my hair into spikes or swoops (<---technical hair term). LOVE the hairspray tip. LOVE IT.
After review, the results are mixed. I picked up a great product (the balm) and tip (the spray your hands thing). I also love the comb that came with the kit I tested, which gets Ara's tangles out nicely.
I am not coninced that the whole system is a great solution for short hair. Or at least short, fine hair. I also don't know that I'm ready for the No-Poo movement. I like lather. I like suds. I like to make mohawks out of shampoo.
I didn't feel like my hair was clean enough using this system, and it enhanced my cowlick*. That is not desirable.
*I did not have this cowlick 'til after my most recent pregnancy, and have not yet come to terms with it. Thanks, Lulu.
On the upside: My color stayed in a lot longer, so that's a bonus! And the Cleansing Conditioner makes a great shaving cream. But don't use it as a body wash--- it gives you tinglies in weird places, and not in a good way.