Do Wen Hair Care Products Work?


Does Wen Hair Care really work?WEN hair care is enjoying a lot of success these days, with their products available at their official site, and through retailers like Sephora. But is it all just clever marketing, or are real users giving it the thumbs up?

Overview
With so many different hair types, styles, and problems, it’s usually hard to make a hair product that’s a crowd-pleaser. So we weren’t too surprised when we saw that the reviews for WEN are a mixed bag of happy campers and disgruntled customers. So who to believe? The answer: all of them. Individual results don’t mean too much, you have to look at the consensus to make a final determination.

The Claim
WEN hair care products are taking on the task of educating consumers on a new way to cleanse the hair. According to their claims, most shampoos lather up and contain agents in them that can strip hair of its natural oils. They claim their one bottle of cleansing conditioner actually takes the place of 5 different products in your arsenal. They say you’ll no longer need to use a separate shampoo and conditioner, as they say it works to not only keep your hair clean, but also deeply condition it and detangle it, the way a leave-in conditioner works.

A New Approach to Hair Care
Chaz Dean is given credit for the formulation of the WEN line-up, and he boasts several celebrity clients that he hopes gives him enough credibility to change your mind about the way you’ve been washing your hair all these years. It can take a little getting used to, since we associate shampooing hair with lots of lather and suds, and when it rinses out we know it’s all out because there’s no more foamy bubbles left.

The Cost
Some have said that one drawback to WEN is the price. Their basic kit comes with a few different products and is $30 for a 30 day supply. At $1 a day the price seems reasonable, considering that you’re getting their flagship product, the cleanser, as well as some additional items that will help you take better care of your hair. It might be more expensive than shampoos and conditioners you can buy off the shelf at your local department store, but it’s supposed to work better than those, so you’d expect the price to be higher.

What’s interesting is that the lowest prices for WEN are found at their main site, but there’s no way to opt out of their recurring shipments. You can get a bottle of their cleansing conditioner at Amazon for $40, but you’re not getting the other items that are combined into the basic package. However, this would be the best method for those that usually forget to call in and cancel an auto-shipment.

For Everyone
We chatted with a customer service rep who assured us that both men and women can use WEN hair care products. We needed some clarification because most of the imagery at their site is focused on women.

What Users Are Saying
Any time you introduce a new way of doing a long-held ritual, you’re going to get some resistance from users. Such is the case here, with some saying that the products irritated their scalp, or made things too oily, and in extreme cases there are reports of hair falling out. Others said that they preferred the old fashioned way of taking care of their hair. But still others said that it worked as promised, and they experienced stronger hair with less breakage

Even accounting for the newness of this product, the consensus is that it’s not a reliable way to treat your hair. Horror stories and glowing reviews cancel each other out, and what you’re left with is an overpriced product for the results it provides. For all of the hoopla surrounding it, it should knock your socks off, and for most, it simply doesn’t.

Ordering Woes
There’s enough evidence of trouble during the ordering process to motivate you to get your supply of WEN from a third-party supplier if you want to try it out. This will help you avoid such things as being charged twice for the same product, being forced into a subscription plan, and seeing charges on your card a month later. The way it’s set up is that it’s $30 with free shipping when you first get it, but 30 days later they pop you for $98 and send you a three month supply unless you remember to cancel if you don’t want it.

Wen Hair Care Review: The Bottom Line

After cutting through all of the hype, it’s pretty clear that WEN hair care products don’t deliver for everyone that tries them, and there’s only so much you can chalk up to user error. What’s interesting is that there are also quite a few people that say it did work for them. An overwhelming number of users say that it’s not a solution you can use for the long term, or as the last cleansing product you’ll ever need.

When a product is claiming to be revolutionary, you’d expect it to have mostly positive reviews. Chaz Dean may have had luck with celebrity hair care, but perhaps his formula is not scalable for the rest of us. Maybe if you received personal treatment in one of his salons it could work, but it gets lost in translation when put into an at-home program. It seems they are relying mostly on an infomercial and an auto-ship program to promote their product and bolster more sales, rather than simply sell it straight up, which is typically a red flag in any industry.

Best Hair Care Recommendations
You’ll want to come up with a hair care regimen that is customized to your particular hair type, and addresses any specific problems you have. It’s rare that you’ll find a single product kit that hits all of the different areas. It’s a process of trial and error, and mixing and matching until you find the right combination that provides the best results for you.

What do you think? Is Wen Hair Care worth it or not?


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Lynda March 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

I’ve tried the Wen system in the past.
It’s a fantastic product once you get used to it and does give results.

I’ve gone back to traditional shampoo and conditioner though as to use the Wen products all the time would just cost too much, and given that i’m not a celebrity i just can’t afford it.

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Tina November 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm

This is a hair care system that really works! I have used Wen products for 7 months now and I have never been happier with my hair. I am 56 with fine salt and pepper hair and have super healthy shine, texture, and body with Wen products. Of course, a healthy life style contributes to these results, but Wen makes it easy and fun to look and feel good. Customer service has been very helpful with product selection, and the billing/shipping process has been very smooth. This is a trust worthy company and I highly recommend their products to everyone.

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debra leaskey January 15, 2013 at 8:28 am

it does work great. i use and go with out other items i need

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Melinda February 15, 2013 at 7:58 am

I did read somewhere that the modern day shampoos actually do more damage to your hair than they do good. The fact that we still have hair is a testament to our body adapting to all the chemicals we apply to our hair and scalp and not so much that the products we use are that great or healthy for us. I think I’ll stay away from the official ordering process of Wen products, but I do want to give it a try through Amazon.

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Allison July 29, 2013 at 2:59 pm

I have “bad hair” genes in the sense that it is naturally frizzy and dry. I have spent many a pretty penny on cheap hair products, expensive hair products, fancy hair products, and plain hair products. And the one thing I have learned about my hair in particular is that it only responds well to a certain formula for a short period of time. Everyone has different hair so it may work better for others. But it doesn’t make any sense for me to invest in a long lasting system because after a while my hair will turn against it anyway.

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Jennfier February 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm

I’m with Allison. I have a lot of fine hair wavy hair and I have to change to my products out frequently. Not all products will work in my hair period but I stay on the high end of the low end and I always buy when it’s on sale. I use a product line for a few weeks and have amazing, shiny, smooth hair and then it’ll start frizzing out on me again and look dry. I switch to something else for a while. I also use a different type for whatever I plan to do with my hair that day. If I’m going to be using a straightener or blow dryer I used something meant for high heat. If I’m going to keep it super wavy I go for a wavy shampoo. If I’m leaving it natural I alternate between different moisturizing shampoos. The hair on your head is years old, depending on the length and rate of growth so it takes time to get it back to a healthier state. If you eat healthier, not around bad chemicals, drink a lot of water, not smoke, not drink then your hair will naturally be healthier. As well, you have to keep up with hair cuts and not abuse it with heat and styling products.

I’ve always wanted to try WEN but everyone I know who’s used it has hated it. That’s 0% likes so I can’t dish out $40 for a bottle of something I may only use once. If they truly had a great product they wouldn’t be pushing autoships on their customers and would offer a small trial bottle because they would know they people would come back. If you have a great product like they describe then it will sell itself. I tried a similiar type of product and absolutely hated it. My hair was dry and I couldn’t even brush it when I got out of the shower without adding leave in conditioners. That doesn’t mean that WEN is the same but it definately makes me concerned.

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Stephanie M September 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

I too have read and heard by my hair stylist that shampoos do contain products that can actually harm your hair. The big problem with most shampoos is that they contain sulfates, which strips your hair of it’s natural conditioner. If you remember back in the old days they used to brush their hair 100 times of each side, in essence creating your natural oils in your hair to condition the hair.
Anyway enough of the history lesson. I too have wanted to try Wen, but am skeptical. I would think if it were the best of the best it would be on the news and all over, and in every retail store. Though I realize that sometimes the greatest of things seem to be in only certain stores and cost a pretty penny. I thing if Wen wants to revolutionize the hair world, then they need to bring the price down a little.
I have tried the Loreal Cleansing Conditioner and I love it!! It doesn’t contain sulfate, as do many of their new products, and it is approximately $6-7. I usually use maybe a bottle per month. Now I also don’t wash my hair everyday, which you really shouldn’t. Most people should wash their hair about every 2-3 days, unless you’re doing strenuous activity where you’re really sweating and your hair is yucky. Anyway, the Loreal Cleansing Conditioner, to me, doesn’t make your hair over oily. When you use it its important to put a little water along with it when working it into your hair, it works better that way. When you put it in your hair, put a little water on your head and massage. When you start massaging it into your hair the product starts to have just a tinge of froth or lather ( kind of like shampoo), but this stuff doesn’t strip your hair. I think this product is great and I recommend it over the Wen I actually got the idea from Wen and found this. Hope I’ve helped someone out there.

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