Thursday, July 09, 2015

Wen Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner Review

Wen Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner

A little under a month ago I began trailing Wen Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner with an open mind, I understand the purpose of cleansing conditioners and who they are best suited for but thus far I have found them to be underwhelming. The beauty world tends to rave about Wen Cleansing Conditioners so I decided to give the whole co-washing thing another chance.

For those unfamiliar with co-washing let me briefly explain the concept:there are two methods, the first is to forget what you've been taught in terms of hair conditioning and reverse wash, i.e condition your hair before washing with shampoo. The theory is that finer hair will not be bogged down by any conditioner residue. The other method, and what most will deem to be the traditional route is to rinse the hair with conditioner and forgo shampooing completely. Now when I say completely, I really mean every now and then; say you wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner three times a week, every second wash you could skip the shampoo step. It seems that the this method is best suited to curly hair, to smooth and add additional moisture to a typically coarser hair texture. It is important to bear in mind that curly hair is naturally drier and will not need to be cleansed with shampoo as often as straighter hair types as there is less oil build up. 

Now that co-washing is very much a thing a whole onslaught of cleansing conditioners have been born, I'm not really sure where I stand as I have been told by a leading hairdresser there is no such thing, it is either a light conditioner or a 2-in-1 product (i.e Shampoo and Conditioner). Despite this nugget of knowledge I did want to give cleansing conditioners one finally hurrah, even just for the sake of research. For the sake of this review I do think it is important for me to state my hair type, after a long Google search it has been decided that my hair is either a 2B or 2C (the hair charts seem to wildly differ). What this means is that my hair curl pattern (if you can call it that) is tighter than a loose wave yet not a tight curl, it is coarse and quickly absorbs water. 

Wen Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner is a funny ol' product, first of all the brand somewhat tell you to ditch shampoo completely while using it and to use upwards of 20 pumps of product per use. The problem with that is if you wash your hair fairly frequently you will quickly drain the expensive bottle and more than likely end up with greasy, weighed down hair (I imagine curly hair would benefit more). Less than ideal. Use sporadically, perhaps once a week or in the same way you would a typical conditioner I can get on board; it smells great and does leave my hair soft and dare I say it almost shiny. The other downside is the time required to really reap the benefits,Wen suggest that you section your hair while wet, apply and comb through the product root to tip. They also suggest that you leave it on upwards of 10 minutes and who has time to do that frequently? Not me that's for sure. I am slightly bewildered to why this product has reached cult status, it doesn't seem to be all that different from a typical sulphate free conditioner but hey you can't win them all!

Wen Pomegranate Cleansing Conditioner £27 via QVC UK - link.

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  1. I'm reassured it's not just me that seem to think this is nothing but an over-priced fad ... :)

  2. Oh, what? Yeah, this product would definitely not work for me, or at least I assume it wouldn't after reading your post. It sounds so strange. Do people actually do this? I mean, does their hair look okay? I'd love to read about somebody who does love it. Very interesting!

  3. This sounds like quite a palava, to be honest. Who on earth has the time for all this effort?

    Rachel |

  4. This product sounds great - not so much for cleaning but for the fact that pomegranates are my favourite fruit and therefore my favourite smell yet the whole thing sounds a bit of a faff to be honest! And for £27 a bottle I do feel that 20+ pumps per use is just a way to pump more money out of peoples pockets... What a shame!

    Chantel || Bonnie Blondie

  5. I think you may have the wrong idea about co-washing - 'real' co-washing, i.e. the Curly Girl way, doesn't mean skipping shampoo every other wash. You don't use shampoo - at all. I myself probably use shampoo once a month or so if I really need to. It's all about the products you use and their ingredients - a bit of a headache when you first start! x

    NINEGRANDSTUDENT: A Student Lifestyle Blog

  6. Im a big fan of co-washing, and I really like Wen but I totally do not use the recommended amount otherwise I would be bankrupt. :)

    Like Chloe said above, I totally skip shampoo completely, haven't used it in about a year and my scalp has never been healthier, plus my curls have never looked better.

    I really rate the Living proof curl range & The Miss Jessie's curl collection too, I would love to know what you thought of those.

    Jord xx

  7. Mmmm, I wish I had smellovision!!

    Kat ♥

  8. Mmmm, I wish I had smellovision!!

    Kat ♥


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