So… after years of thinking maybe I should try Wen not-shampoo, I am giving it a go. As much as I hate selfies, I do want to preserve what I did and the results, both for my own analysis paralysis purposes, and for those of you who have your own Wen curiosities.
First, un-Wen before photos:
The best hair day in a very long time, with AG products. No frizz, soft waves, lots of shine.
From the other side, and who knows WHAT I used… not even my own water. (We were in DC.) But, you can see the flip and soft curl thing my hair does, no matter where I am or how I try to style it.
Now, for the awkward selfie for Wen Day #1.
(Do I look cross-eyed?! Gah. Selfies stink.)
I think maybe there’s more curl to my wave. Maybe it’s the awesome fluorescent lights, but my hair looks a little dull, eh?
Here’s what I did:
Barely dampened my hair when I got in the shower, then did 5 pumps – because that’s all my small hand would hold – and slapped it on the top front of my head. Massage, rub, scrub… repeat 2 more times. Yeah, I’m a direction follower, but I couldn’t decide whether I have short-long hair, or long-medium hair, and by 15 pumps, I had globs of product gathering on my fingers while I scrubbed.
Rinse and more rinse, then 3 x 2 pumps all over again with more massaging and scrubbing. I let that marinade while I shaved my legs and finished my shower, then more copious rinsing.
I squeezed out the excess water and wrapped my hair in a towel while I dried off. Then, after I’d done my “chamois” towel wrap, I decided to try half of a pump or so as a leave-in. Yeah, I didn’t follow directions here either. They said to do it while the hair was still WET, but I didn’t wanna’. I only applied it to the bottom 1/2 to 1/3 of my hair.
Then, I blew it dry as usual. It felt as though it took longer, but I’ve never timed myself, so maybe I was just impatient.
Other points of interest: Especially on the first wash, my scalp was quite tingly. Not in a chemical, burning way, but definitely something was going on. It tingled some with the second wash/soak, but not at all as intensely. This is also why I hesitated on the leave-in, but I had a couple of tangles, so… I went with it. It *TOTALLY* took longer than my regular shampoo and conditioner, and even with going light on the cleanser, I can’t see how this isn’t going to be significantly more expensive than even my salon-level products I have been using.
It’s too soon to tell. Stay tuned.
Are you trying anything new?