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New Product Review: Wen Sweet Almond Mint Cleanser

WEN® Sweet Almond Mint Cleansing Conditioner, $24 -$52
Water (Aqua), Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Prunus Serotina (Wild Cherry) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Hydrolyzed Wheat, Protein, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Polysorbate 60, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Amodimethicone, Citric Acid, Menthol, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance (Parfum, Limonene).

I finally got my hands on a bottle of Wen Almond Mint cleanser. Did I release my kung-fu grip or is this a new products in my arsenal? Read below to find out.

Chaz Dean is the celebrity hairstylist behind the hottest new product line in hair. He hosted the Oscar Retreat called “Make the Discovery” in 2005. That same year he worked the MTV Style Lounge for the MTV Movie Award.

Dean certainly was not lying on his website when he said everyone thought he was having an “early midlife crisis” for suggesting that other stylists should use conditioner to clean hair instead of shampoo.

“I have been a hairstylist/colorist since 1985 and began to develop products for other hair companies in 1986. Seeing the results of clients using shampoo, I knew something had to change.”

I love Dean’s concept of commercializing washing hair with conditioner. Even in 2009…even with Obama’s campaign for change… you still cannot get some girls to put down the ‘poo. The obsession with shampoo effects those on the lowest notch of the totem pole to the tippity top of social standing.

I also loved that the conditioner works fabulously. The instructions said that you needed sixteen pumps of conditioner on wet hair but I found about four to be enough for me.
I used my K-cutter comb to rake the product through my hair is it was thoroughly saturated with the Almond Mint conditioner.

The scent was very invigorating. I have an irrational love for anything mint on my scalp. It was soothing, calming and I kind of think anything mint will grow my hair.

Either way, this was definitely an easy to use and highly-effective conditioner for my co-washes. I got brilliant slip from this conditioner. I tried leaving it in my hair but it made my scalp the itches. I probably won’t do that ever again. But, once I rinse it out I didn’t feel any grime or film left behind.

I loved using the Wen Almond Mint cleanser for it’s ability to effectively wash hair without stripping it of moisture. I did not love the price–in this recession $28 dollars is bou-coup bucks for simpler conditioner. Vo5 Moisture Milk Strawberries and Cream only cost 89¢ at the grocery store.