I started using Wen's Fig Cleansing Conditioner about two months ago. Prior to this I used TERRESSENTIALS "LEMON" PURE EARTH MUD WASH 8 oz (ONE BOTTLE) on my hair. I tried Terressentials Pure Earth Mud Wash alone and then used it in conjunction with an Aveeda shampoo for curly hair (Be Curly Shampoo.) I found that washing my hair with shampoo first and then using the Hair Mud stretched the life of the Terressentials' bottle which is pricy and costs a lot to ship. When I visited my salon, my haircolor was washed out--I can only attribute this to using these products. My hair color did not last as long as I would like and seemed to strip down from the roots on. I did not just see my original color at the roots but further on down the hair shaft.
My hair is wavy and dark. I am an Italian American. I would say that my hair is coarse, thick and has good body. I found that the Hair mud enhanced the curl in my hair which I liked, but as it seemed to make my hair look dryer, I knew that I had to find an alternative.
Of course, the Wen system bombards the informercial scene on Cable television. I had seen the ad a number of times along with Chaz Dean's presentations on QVC. The women whose heads he styled looked good--their hair looked healthy and glossy. What piqued my interest was his showing of haircolor as it fades with regular shampoo products. His example included new growth on a "Wen girl" and a typical shampoo user. There was a remarked difference between the two examples. You could see the new growth on the Wen girl as a solid line of new color. However, on the regular shampoo user, the color was drained, less vibrant and showed more grey or original color in a larger random pattern. Because of this claim to help preserve the color more consistently, I decided to give Wen a try.
Let me say that when compared to the Terressentials Hair Mud, Terressentials wins from a "natural" and "organic" stance. Wen is not what I would call 100% natural--it contains multi-syllabic chemicals about which I know absolutely nothing. If there is something "harmful" in Wen, I would appreciate learning of this from other more enlightened reviewers.
Terressentials is an actual mud as in "dirt" with a gritty consistency that requires an open mind--however, the fragrance--I used the Spicy Oriental, a patchouli based product, was sensational. Like hair mud, Wen requires a lot of product to completely cover my hair and get down to the scalp. Usually, I would do my entire head with about ten pumps and then redo it to make sure that I got down to the scalp. At this point I would leave it on my head as I cleansed the rest of my body in the shower. After about 5-6 minutes I rinsed my entire head. Caution: Wen will make your bathtub slick which can cause one to slip if one is not careful. Be aware of this to ensure your safety and rinse your tub afterwards to remove the aftermath. The fig fragrance is not as nice as the Oriental Spice that Terressentials offers, but it has a menthol quality that refreshes my scalp in a good way. I felt clean and fresh even though Wen does not suds at all and feels like an application of conditioner rather than a shampoo.
I styled as usual and was rewarded with good results. My hair felt fresh and newly "washed." It looked good and completely conditioned. I cannot say this about my long experience with Hair Mud. Immediately, after using Wen my hair looked conditioned, softer and shinier. More manageable. Very good.
I do not cleanse my hair every day, so a good test for me is if this product complements my routine. It does. My hair did not feel dirty until the normal amount of days passed. When I used it again and again during the two month period, I got the same results: easy to style, nice to look at and great hold. At the end of the two months, I do see normal growth, but my hair color is more vibrant and is indeed lasting longer. I am very pleased.
Like the Terressentials Hair Mud, this product requires a more than ample application and it is pricey. Again, I do not know exactly what makes this product work or if it is harmful in any way:( However, that being said, I do like what it is doing for my hair. I have not experienced any of the greasiness or stickiness that other reviewers have reported. I will say that I do rinse a few times and I do not leave the product in my hair as is suggested.
Bottom line? My two-month experience with Wen Fig Cleansing Conditioner is an overall good one. However, the price is what keeps this product from being ranked as a five-star item. My hair looks good, holds well and smells good. The fig scent is pleasant but perhaps not for everyone. This particular Wen product is good for my hair type: thick, wavy and coarse. If anyone can tell me why Wen is not a "safe" product--meaning the chemicals used to create its formula are harmful in some way, please let me know! Recommended. Diana Faillace Von Behren "reneofc"
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Fig Cleansing Conditioner is a universal cleanser which, due to its rich, dense consistency, works exceptionally well to moisturize, hydrate and replenish dry, heat-damaged, color-treated, or dehydrated hair. This cleansing conditioner is free of sodium laurel sulfates and detergents, and cleanses without lathering or stripping the scalp or hair of natural moisture.