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About this time last year, I purchased my first bottle of Wen Cleansing Conditioner.  If you've never heard of it before, here is Wen in a nutshell, according to their website:

"A revolutionary new concept in hair care. A 5-in-1 formula, this one product takes the place of your shampoo, conditioner, deep conditioner, detangler and leave-in conditioner. It cleanses hair thoroughly without lathering or harsh ingredients. It's designed not to strip your hair and scalp of natural oils,leaving your hair with more strength, moisture, manageability and better color retention."

Sounds pretty awesome, right?  Many celebrities have publicly declared their love for Wen, including Alicia Keys, Paula Abdul, Julianna Margulies, Charlize Theron, Christina Applegate, and Halle Berry. 


I was dying to try it but wasn't totally sold on the idea of ordering from QVC.  And then, Sephora announced that they were going to carry Wen in their stores.  As soon as it was out, I purchased my first bottle of Sweet Almond Mint and I fell in LOVE.  It made my hair smoother, silkier, softer, and I could seriously go up to 5 days without washing it.  I was getting compliments left and right on my hair.  I thought I had found a product that I would use forever.  I bought a second bottle a few months later - the Cucumber Aloe - and I loved that formula even more!  I was so happy.


Until... my hair started falling out.  At first, I had no idea what it was from.  It wasn't alarmingly falling out so I just figured I was just "shedding" more than normal.  When it continued for quite a while, I decided it had to be something I was using.  I'm always trying new products so I cut out every single styling product that I was using to see if that made a difference.  When it didn't and all I was using was the Wen, I decided to do some research.  All you have to do is Google Wen and you'll find tons of articles on Wen + hair loss... and sadly, it's true for me.  As soon as I stopped using my beloved Wen, the hair stopped coming out in handfuls.

So this is my warning to you - it's not worth it!!  I know not everyone has this problem when they use Wen, but why risk it?  There are so many other great options out there that won't possibly make your hair fall out!  Check out these articles on Wen hair loss if you're considering trying it:


A couple of notes:
+ Cucumber Aloe makes my hair fall out MUCH more than the Sweet Almond Mint formula.  To be honest, I didn't really notice it while using Sweet Almond Mint but I don't want to risk it.
+ My hair loss was not noticeable to others (or at least no one commented on it), except my husband and that is only because he would make comments about the amount of hair in the shower drain!
+ I didn't lose hair in clumps like others, instead my hair really thinned out all around my head.  It was most noticeable when I would pull my hair back and my scalp was much more visible.


As for me, I'm now trying to find a new favorite.  Here's what I've tried since I stopped using Wen-

ONE | Living Proof Full Shampoo & Conditioner
Is there anyone better to promote a hair line than Jennifer Aniston?   I really liked this S&C but it unfortunately dried out my scalp.  I've been known to have a dry scalp and this was just too much for me.


I honestly didn't think this stuff was anything special.  And for the price (around $25 PER bottle), it should be a miracle formula.  There was nothing wrong with it, it was just okay to me, so totally not worth the money.


My husband needed new shampoo so I picked this up for him and considering it's only $3/bottle, I decided to pick up a conditioner and try it for myself.  The verdict - surprisingly amazing!  For a drugstore product and especially for the price, I was blown away.  The biggest downfall is that it smells like an old woman's perfume bottle.  I'm usually not picky about this kind of thing but the scent was so strong, I almost couldn't stand it!


On recommendation this weekend, I picked up the Redken's All Soft Shampoo & Conditioner and also the Dermarest Medicated Shampoo Plus Conditioner to hopefully battle the dry scalp we all get in the winter.  Reviews coming soon!


What's your favorite shampoo & conditioner?

22 comments

  1. I've wondered for years if Wen held up to its claims but I never would have imagined it makes your hair fall out!! That's craziness!! I knew there had to be something wrong with it! It seemed too good to be true! I always buy the big shampoo and conditioner at Costco. It's cheap, works well, and lasts forever!

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  2. My sister loves Wen and my mother-in-law and they got me some but I haven't touched it! Also, be careful with the suave keratin stuff I heard they may have a law suit or something going on for having hair fall out? (not 100% positive my sis was telling me) Thanks for the post! I need to find a good combo as well

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  3. That's so crazy! One of my friends was using Wen, and like you, LOVED it at first, but started having issues with it as well! The fekkai conditioner is one of my favorites but I use it like once every two weeks because it's so expensive I feel like I have to save it. Have you tried any biolage products? I always use two shampoos at once (every other wash) and I've been using a biolage shampoo for years that I always keep in rotation!

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  4. My roommate's friend is a hairdresser and she has scared me away from buying any drugstore brand shampoo and conditioner. Even the expensive stuff at Target is probably at least a year old, so it's not great for you. She suggested buying from hair salons (pricey I know) or Ulta is OK to. I bought the Redken shampoo + conditioner for blondes from her (discount!) and just LOVE it. I know my hair is healthy and really soft. Even though your hair feels soft with drugstore shampoos, it's because of all the wax. I sound so preachy lol but I guess I'm just passionate :)

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  5. GF, I GOT THE GOODS FOR YOU. I have tried/used Wen and Redken. And while all those are great, let me tell you what is the ABSOLUTE SLAP-YO-MAMA best...

    Shampoo: http://www.amazon.com/Organix-Straight-Brazilian-Keratin-Defrizzant/dp/B004ISW5YY
    Conditioner: http://www.amazon.com/Organix-Anti-Breakage-Keratin-Conditioner-Ounce/dp/B00ADR6L08/ref=sr_1_3?s=beauty&ie=UTF8&qid=1386863124&sr=1-3&keywords=organix+conditioner


    My hair is my staple. I can be 5-10lbs. over weight or even HUGE preggo and I will look good bc of my staple hair. So, I know what I am talking about when it comes to hair S+C-- much like you :)!

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    1. I always see these products at the grocery store/Walgreens and I always wonder if they work but have never actually tried them! I will definitely pick up a set next time on that recommendation ;) Can't beat the price!

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  6. I bought the Wen sample pack from QVC this year and was so happy to try it, I didn't have hair falling out issues but I was not happy with it. I thought it was way too much work for not much of a difference. I've used the Redken All Soft heavy cream and liked it. I have tried several of the Suave shampoos and conditioners and totally agree, they make my hair feel and look amazing, I like the Moroccan one. I know some people say don't buy drugstore cheap products, but I honestly feel like listen to your hair. Whatever your hair reacts best to and looks its best, go for it. My last trip to the salon the lady told me my hair was so shiny, healthy and beautiful. Then after I told her I colored it myself and was currently using Suave, she proceeded to tell me about how awful and unhealthy that stuff was for my hair, really? It really annoyed me... :(

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    1. I totally agree about listening to your hair. Some products work well for others and then terrible for the next person. I know that I cannot use Pantene products but sooo many people out there use it! I've used the Redken All Soft once now and I am really impressed!

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  7. Redken's All Soft S&C are my favorite products that I've ever used. I hope you like them as much as I do!

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  8. SO not that this is funny on any level...but you pretty much had me sold on using Wen and then, gasp. I'm so sorry. I use Paul Mitchell Awa Poohi (spelling) besides the name (I call her queen awa poohi to my friends haha), I love the way it makes my hair feels. Again, so sorry that happened to you.
    www.wearflowersinyourhair.com

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    1. Haha I'm sorry! I really loved Wen - so much so that even when I realized it was making my hair fall out, I continued to use it for a couple months. But in the end, I don't want to be bald so it's totally not worth it!

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  9. Stumbled upon your blog and I was so excited at first reading about Wen! But hair loss - HECK NO!! Glad I read this so I never try it!

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  10. Thanks so much for the honest post!! Hair loss…NO THANK YOU!! But suave shampoo/conditioner is really good for the price!! I rotate all my hair products, but just started using Garniers' version of Moroccan oil and it's the best!! HIghly suggest!

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    1. Totally not worth it! I'll have to check those out! And I've been hearing so much about rotating products.. how often do you rotate them?

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  11. I tried WEN and was highly unimpressed. My hair didn't start falling out (as thick and wavy as it is I kinda wish it would have a little bit! I'm a weirdo, I know!) but I seriously didn't see what was so great about it. The smell was meh, and my hair wasn't nearly as soft as I thought it would be. It was still pretty unmanageable and I still had frizz. The stuff ain't cheap so why pay that much for something I didn't love? I swear by Redkin All soft. No matter how many shampoo's I use I ALWAYS go back to this. Especially in the winter!

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  12. Oh no! That is such a bummer! And so scary - I would have been panicking. I have used the Suave Keratin before and really liked it. But now, after reading Jessi's comment, I am scared to keep using it. EEK!

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  13. I tried Wen that my mom had given me and the same exact thing happened! I thought I was going crazy! Ahhh!! I love the idea of not using shampoo after reading The Honest Life and I was so disappointed! I have read some articles about women (particularly those with curls) who just condition and don't shampoo and love it. The Suave Keratin is pretty awesome though, especially for the price!

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  14. I had no idea about the Wen stuff. Wow. I need to try the other shampoo for my scalp, I have the same issue!

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    1. I've been using the Dermarest for 4 months now and it has made an amazing difference in my scalp! I will say that it dries out your hair so make sure to use a good deep conditioner afterwards :)

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  15. I am a dedicated WEN user, I LOVE all their products that I have tried! I am deeply disturbed by these women's experiences, and so sorry for their unwanted and unfair results! I am struggling with my continued use of WEN, but since I have not had any hair loss myself, and I love how soft, shiny, healthy and manageable it has been, I think I will continue to be a WEN customer, and just be aware that there are side effects to watch out for. I know these products can work differently for everyone, so I've a good chance I will never have any problems with WEN.

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  16. THis is terrifying! I have been wanting to try it for years but never got around to it. Not happening now!

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  17. I began using wen products years ago. I had very long thick curly hair - it was beautiful. Started getting bumps on my scalp and literally what looked like cradle cap. My hair began falling out by the handful in the shower - I was terrified I would lose all of my hair. Thinking that I must be ill I went to the MD repeatedly. I even had two scalp biopsies.
    I initially loved the way Wen left my hair and I never imagined that the cleansing conditioner was the problem until just recently. WEN is being sued the product causes a DIPILATORY EFFECT on the scalp. I have lost my confidence as well as my hair. My appearance has changed drastically. I stopped using the product when I learned about this and I pray my hair will grow back. I am reading however that for some women the hair loss continued even after they stopped using the product. I am livid that neither QVC or WEN did not provide a warning of sorts to consumers. As women we always want to look our best, our hair is our crowning glory. When you suffered like I did with extreme scalp pain and irritation in addition to the loss of most of your hair you can become extremely depressed and introverted. This product has caused me to suffer a great deal. When I started developing scalp issues I used the Wen Tea Tree because of their claims that it was a Problem Solution for scalp issues. Thinking about it now, the Wen Sweet Almond Mint certainly caused the scalp issues and the Tea Tree only exacerbated the condition resulting in the loss of 3/4 of the hair on my head. STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT. INITIALLY IT LEAVES YOUR HAIR IN LOVELY CONDITION BUT THAN YOU BEGIN TO EXPERIENCE SCALP ISSUES AND MAJOR LOSS OF HAIR.

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