Wavies who have tried Wen: does it really work?

This: Hair Care That Is Revolutionary - Wen Haircare
Some 2b in the back, mostly (using FIA) 2c/F/iii.

Fine hair, normal porosity, and normal elasticity.

I'm still new to this CG stuff, so ANY tips you could give me are appreciated.

I have Celiac Disease, which means I can't eat or use products with wheat in it.

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No, not for me. It built up on my hair horribly. The knockoff from Sally's Hair One was even worse.

Cosmetology Educator with sensitivities, eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
Ingredients Maven
Products: Free and Clear sulfate free poo and condish, Theraneem Sulfate Free Shampoo/Condish, Unscented SSCEJ, Coconut oil, Camellia oil, Argan oil
Lady Karaan, High Priestess of Hayr Tretements in the Order of Curly Crusaders
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Just another silicone/sulfate combo. Blech. Did nothing for my hair. Hair was dull and lifeless. Yet another huge hair disappointment
Richelle
Fine/wavy/low elasticity/porosity????
I haven't tried it but I think I have only heard one person ever say they liked it. I have been afraid to try it or the Sally knock off.
V05 Lime cowash/SN Pomegranite RO FSG and LOOB
I still use Tresemme Fine Mist hairspray for the side swept bangs...I can't live without it!
Curl Genie: Medium-fine texture, normal porosity, low elasticity, medium density
I don't know why there's no Wen love around these parts. It's the only thing that makes my hair look optimal. It's expensive, but worth it, IMO. I tried Hair One, but it didn't work as well as Wen for me.
2c/3a with 2b underlayer. Fine, porous. Loves protein. But not hydrolized wheat protein. Yuck.

Wash: WEN Sweet Almond Mint or Pomegranate
Gels: LA Looks Sport Gel
Mousse: Tigi Catwalk Curlesque
Curling creams/gellies: Coffee Coco Curling Cream Lite, Spiral Solutions Curl Enhancing Jelly, Curls Gel-les'c
SOTC: JC N&S (LOVE)
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I have used it a few times during the last week and I like how it makes my hair feel. It feels soft and healthy and I like how it is a one step process. But I still need to play with it more to determine if it is a keeper or not.
Mod CG since 4/10
Products being used ATM
Wash: KCCC, CJDF, AOGPB
Rinseout:: Tresemme Naturals
Moisturizing and Volume, Yes to Cucumbers
LI: Giovanni DLI, KCKT
DT: CJH&BDF, CJCR
Every Day Stylers: KCCC, AOMM, Biotera Curl Cream, CJCCCC-Lite, CJCIAB, CJCQ, LALGs
I've been curious about it too, after seeing the ads on the TV guide channel. But I looked up the ingredients - aren't there like, three or four different kinds of silicones in it?
Oregon curly!
Fine hair; weighed down easily; high porosity; prone to flyaways & The Bedhead Look
2b? (or not 2b? Heehee.)
Mod-CG since Nov '10
Cowash: VO5 Calming Chamomile
RO: Desert Essences Coconut
Gel: Pantene Curls Gel, LALSG
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From what I can tell there is only one cone in it. I've read some threads on here and it seems some curlies had no problems with the cone and others had it building up. I did notice (of course after I bought it ) the styling cream has 3 cones in i.
Mod CG since 4/10
Products being used ATM
Wash: KCCC, CJDF, AOGPB
Rinseout:: Tresemme Naturals
Moisturizing and Volume, Yes to Cucumbers
LI: Giovanni DLI, KCKT
DT: CJH&BDF, CJCR
Every Day Stylers: KCCC, AOMM, Biotera Curl Cream, CJCCCC-Lite, CJCIAB, CJCQ, LALGs
The styling cream has a couple of cones in it, but the cleansing conditioner only has amodimethicone in it. It hasn't built up on my hair.
2c/3a with 2b underlayer. Fine, porous. Loves protein. But not hydrolized wheat protein. Yuck.

Wash: WEN Sweet Almond Mint or Pomegranate
Gels: LA Looks Sport Gel
Mousse: Tigi Catwalk Curlesque
Curling creams/gellies: Coffee Coco Curling Cream Lite, Spiral Solutions Curl Enhancing Jelly, Curls Gel-les'c
SOTC: JC N&S (LOVE)
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My mother loves it - she's got very fine hair, and it's not that long, and I'm not sure how wavy it'd be if left to its own devices or scrunched with a bit of something to hold it, she tends to use rollers and such, but it doesn't seem to me like it'd be quite dead straight. When it gets a bit longer, I'll try and show her how to scrunch it, and their styling cream is probably the first thing she'll reach for.

When I tried it, I couldn't see any difference between that and CO-washing with the cheapest conditioner I could find that I liked the smell of, so obviously the latter would win, if I were picking one. But my scalp doesn't like CO, so I don't do that anyways unless I'm doing something that's getting my hair so dirty I need to wash it far more often than I normally would...which again is a point for "the cheaper the better". I can't get *her* to try CO with some regular cheap conditioner to save money, though!
2a/2c? (coarse, straightish poof to light waves)
High (ends) to normal porosity?
Maybe it's because my hair is fine, or maybe it's because it's so highlighted, but I can't get the same results with Suave or White Rain or even Giovanni. I wish I could, b/c it would save me a lot of money! But as long as Wen does the trick, I'll make the budgetary sacrifice.
2c/3a with 2b underlayer. Fine, porous. Loves protein. But not hydrolized wheat protein. Yuck.

Wash: WEN Sweet Almond Mint or Pomegranate
Gels: LA Looks Sport Gel
Mousse: Tigi Catwalk Curlesque
Curling creams/gellies: Coffee Coco Curling Cream Lite, Spiral Solutions Curl Enhancing Jelly, Curls Gel-les'c
SOTC: JC N&S (LOVE)
http://public.fotki.com/wavyblonde/hair-2010/
I wanted to love the wen. What I got was buildupy, flaky, awful hair and scalp. Sigh.....

But I use CJDF on a regular basis with no issue.

Cosmetology Educator with sensitivities, eczema and Seborrheic Dermatitis.
Ingredients Maven
Products: Free and Clear sulfate free poo and condish, Theraneem Sulfate Free Shampoo/Condish, Unscented SSCEJ, Coconut oil, Camellia oil, Argan oil
Lady Karaan, High Priestess of Hayr Tretements in the Order of Curly Crusaders
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I tried it a couple years ago. It was horrible. It built up horribly and made my scalp a flaky mess. Never again.
Cleanser: Liquid Castile Soap diluted in a foaming soap dispenser
Rinse:
ACV rinse
Detangler/Conditioner:
Oyin Handmade Greg Juice or Juices and Berries
Stylers: Botticelli Botanicals Styling Mudd, KCCC, Honey Rinses and BRHG, Crack Leave-in Hair Cream when straightening

Tools: Silk pillowcase, Floursack towels, Jersey T-Shirts, Wide Tooth Comb, Velecta Paramount TGR-VQX Hair Dryer (for when I straighten) and BaByliss PRO Ionic Rollabout Hard Hat Dryer
Check this review: does wen work, it will help you out.
I've tried several of the Wen shampoos and its what i was using before going CG. I don't use it much now, but it was a good transition product for me, as i never had that greasy period of adjustment that a lot of people complain about. I still am not sure how i feel about Wen. I've had good results and bad. The shampoos have an a-cone, and it's higher up on the ingredient list for some formulations and lower in others (very far down on the 6-13, for example). If I avoid the heavier formulations I like the results. It takes a LOT of rinsing though and its a heavy product for my hair. I think there are equally good/better products out there that are far less expensive. However I have a friend with thick wavy hair who loves it. She's got a lot of damage from going blond and keeping highlights in and she uses a lot of heat for styling. The Wen made a huge improvement to her hair and it looks a lot healthier. It also made her color look a lot richer. I think its better suited to drier, damaged hair. It's not impossible to use if you have finer hair like me but you have to figure out which one works and you also have to figure out how to use it.
2b/2c ( weather permitting - 3a), fine texture but lots of it, colored and highlights, BSL.
Experimenting w CG since Oct 2012

Current rotation:
cowash= TN
AG Gel Mousse, LA Gel,
DT = Coconut oil (love)
Isn't Wen a conditioner-cleansing system? I can't believe it would have cones in it!

A lot of people are reporting hair loss after using it. Not sure if it's the a-cone that's causing it, another ingredient, or just the conditioner-cleansing system itself. It's worthwhile to read into:

Hair Loss After Using Wen Products
Whatever you do, stay away from REN! It's Renpure's knockoff version and it made my hair so matted and greasy! I can't hate this crap enough!
My coworker uses Wen on her verryyyy processed hair and she hasn't decided if its worth the price.
I used Sally's version of Wen, Hair One. It was a really good transition into the sulfate free world, but yeah, it had cones. I didn't really have problems with buildup because it had coco-betaine in it too. once I had been using it for a couple of years, that's when I noticed that I had a lot more natural wave than I thought I did. Then it started burning the crap out of my scalp. Welts and everything. I was having reactions to the wheat protein in it. So after some research, I switched to DevaCare low poo and One Condition. My hair is WAY more moisturized using these 2 products than it ever was using the Hair One. The smaller bottle of low-poo lasts me over a year (I use it on my scalp only), and I got through about 2 of the large bottles of conditioner per year.
Hair Properties: 2A/2B, Medium-fine, Normal porosity, Normal elasticity, Medium density
Low Poo: DevaCare, Yes to Cuc's
Rinse Out: DevaCare One Condition, Yes to Cuc's
Cowash: Suave Naturals Lavender, Yes to Carrots Scalp Conditioner
Curl Cream: AG ReCoil, Organix Moroccan Oil Curl Cream
Gel/Mousse: Sweet Curls Elixirs FSG w/ Mag Sulfate added, Sweet Curls Elixirs hard hold gel, DevaCurl Frizz Free Foam, Aquage Uplifting Foam
Protein: Spiral Solutions Protein Spray for daily use
I have used a couple different formulations of Wen (my favorite being the Lavender) and I found that my hair looked lovely when I had blown it out straight/did any other texture altering styles requiring heat, however when it came to styling my natural texture (2b and fine), my hair was stringy and weighed down, felt very coated... even when diffused! It's a product I would definitely recommend to keep your hair healthy for intense styling but not for working with my natural texture...

Of course, this is just my experience and everyone is different!
It not only built up on my hair, but it constantly clogged my bathtub drain as well.
2B/3A: fine, dry hair that "wilts"
but seems to love protein!!


Blended Cutie Silky Swirls Shampoo, Eden BodyWorks Peppermint Tea Tree Conditioner, Giovanni Nutrafix, Nutress Protein Pack (PT), Fairy Tales Coco Cabana Leave-In Sun Spray, Nutress Stop Break (LI), SSCEJ, Giovanni Magnetic Gel (styling), Turbie Twist (for plopping)

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