Nerd Alert: I’m kind of addicted to watching QVC, specifically “Friday Night Beauty.” I religiously record it on my dvr each week because I love hearing the product discussed in detail and seeing the models use it. It basically takes out a lot of the guesswork about how a product works. As a show regular, Chaz Dean is always sharing the virtues of washing hair with a cleanser free of sodium laurel sulfate or other damaging detergents. You’ve seen the WEN infomercials, so you know what I’m talking about. I’m not easily wooed by the hype, but I kept help but be totally mesmerized when Chaz fluffs the models’ shiny, bouncy hair. You just can’t ignore hair like that – a girl just has to have it. The only problem? I already tried the product – TWICE. And I wasn’t exactly wow’d either time.
Still, I longed for the same healthy hair. So I kept watching every time Chaz was on the show, both skeptical and hopeful. Then one night he said something that made me decide to give the product a third try. He mentioned the disappointment of some with the product’s performance and politely in a nutshell said: it’s not WEN – it’s you. The problem? Either you weren’t washing it the way he instructed or you simply weren’t using enough product. And when I thought about it, I realized that it was probably my fault.
So I purchased it again and followed the washing technique and the recommended amount of pumps. The result? Heavenly hair. Seriously, my hair was the softest it had ever been. I couldn’t stop touching it. If you’ve never tried the product let me give you a few tips on what I’ve learned:
- The cleanser is a one-step process. It works to replace your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. Nice. So try to remember that if you think it’s a little expensive side. I have a lot of hair so I need to use more product.
- Chaz means it when he says it doesn’t lather. So don’t expect it to. It should get somewhat frothy though.
- Follow the recommended amount of pumps of the product for your hair. Don’t decide to be a cheapo and try to get away using less. If you do, your hair will look the opposite of clean – oily and dirty.
- Wash as directed. Clean your hair in sections. Distribute the product thoroughly through hair with the WEN comb. The first two times I used this product, I didn’t use the comb – big mistake, huge. If you don’t want to use a WEN comb, try to find a heavy duty one that is similar to it. If you don’t distribute the product well your hair will look dirty. It’s really cool to be able to actually comb your hair in the shower and have it just glide on through.
- Rinse. Rinse well. Oh, and rinse. If any of the product is left in your hair, it will look like you have hair like a crazy cat lady. Dirty. Are you seeing a pattern?
- Mix it up. Don’t be afraid to make your own hair cocktail and mix the different cleansers to make your perfect shampoo. Each cleanser is a little different and offers something special. Some help add body while others condition more. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Right now, I like to use both almond mint and lavender.
- Try it again. Remember,
ifWEN you don’t first succeed – try, try again. If you’re not thrilled with the results, it means you didn’t use the cleanser right. There are times when I’ve tried to take shortcuts when washing my hair, and the result is never as good.
I’ve been happily using this product for almost a year now, and I can’t recommend it enough. Try it, you’ll love it. If you don’t believe me, well then maybe you’ll trust Alyssa Milano. Although I think that’s pretty rude, since I thought we were close and she’s just a paid spokesperson.