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85 of 86 found the following review helpful:
A great alternative to Wen Jul 07, 2009
By A. Landers
Like so many others, I was intrigued by all those Wen infomercials that promise healthy, shiny hair. So I did my homework and found this generic alternative. I have never used Wen since the drawback, naturally, was the price. I bought this one at the local Sally's store for the same price I would have paid for Wen's shipping charges on amazon. If you are curious they also sell single trial packets for 99 cents, although that was only available in the original formula olive oil.
It isn't your average shampoo plus conditioner in one (bleh) rather it is something new. Each use requires multiple pumps, dividing your hair into multiple sections. This is very thick and creamy and won't lather, but you really do want to get this everywhere from scalp to the roots. That was odd for me since I never put any type of cream on my roots, but it does cleanse. After a few minutes you'll feel a little tingle at the scalp. (It does indeed clean and moisturize at the same time!)
After just one use I cannot stop touching my hair, it is just that soft. I don't know how it manages to clean my scalp at the same time, but it did. I naturally have oily roots with dried up ends.
Both Hair One and Wen will add some extra minutes to your shower time, especially if you have longer hair. If your hair is fried like mine you may find it to be a worthwhile chore. I also don't wash my hair everyday so I really don't mind the extra massage and rinse time. I have read negative reviews on both products from those who experienced residue. My hair doesn't feel like it has any product in it at all but I followed the instructs to a T. With that said, I cannot recommend this product to anyone who has super low water pressure - unless your shower head can be handheld, like mine.
I only wish I had tried this sooner. I may have to stock up on this just in case they stop selling it.
Edit: Sallys has increased the price of this by a dollar (for both the bottle and the trial size packets, which is now roughly 1.98 for one) but it is still cheaper than Wen and works great.
86 of 88 found the following review helpful:
BETTER thank Wen! Jul 26, 2010
I have been a faithful user of WEN cleansers since December 2009 and have loved the results I've had. I haven't used anything else since December and didn't plan to. I recently made it to our local Sally Beauty Supply for the first time and ran into Hair One. I didn't buy it at that moment but came home and did some checking on the web about the product. I saw that it got great reviews so I decided to give it a try. I bought two single-use packets at Sally and used one for the first time this morning. WOW! My hair looks like it does after using my Wen but as I styled it as usual, I noticed it was softer and shinier than wheh I cleanse with Wen (I didn't think that was possible). I am going to use the second packet in 4-5 days (that is the same routine I have with Wen) and see if my results are just as wonderful. If you're on the fence or are a devoted Wen user but cringe at the price, please give this a try. It's worth it!
47 of 49 found the following review helpful:
So far so good Nov 03, 2009
I wanted to try Wen, but was turned off by the price. After reading a lot of reviews I picked up Hair One instead. I have used it twice so far. Both times I didn't use any other products (leave-in conditioner, hair serums, frizz creams, etc.) I wanted to see how it performed on its own. I have medium texture (maybe slightly on the thin side) color treated wavy hair. If left to its own devices it dries pretty fuzzy - no nice soft waves. So I typically either use a straightening serum & a flat iron, or curling mouse & help it along with a curling iron.
I'm glad I read the reviews and did not expect it to lather. That would have bothered me but I expected it. I followed the directions to the letter, using about 5 pumps on the crown of my head, another 5 at the back and base, and after massaging for a few minutes, another 6 to 8 pumps from the mid-shaft to the ends (adding a little more water). I then finished my shower routine before rinsing for about 3 minutes. The first time I used it I did a quick blow dry. My hair looked about as fuzzy and "big" as it normally does. I didn't really see any difference although it did feel very clean and soft. Many people claimed "instant miracle!"; I didn't see that, hence 4 stars instead of 5. Then I used a flat iron, and that's when I could see a difference. Even without any straightening or smoothing products in my hair (the only product in my hair was one pump of Hair One that I left in after showering) my hair was very smooth, soft and shiny. I had two people ask me if I'd just had my hair done. Without styling products it normally would have looked pretty dried out & fried.
The second time I used it I let my hair just air dry. Again, no additional products whatsoever, just one pump of Hair One left in at the end of my shower. Normally this would make my hair look like it was styled with a Mixmaster. But it actually dried in nice smooth waves! I don't even need to touch it up with a curling iron. Again, it feels very clean and I could go a couple of days without washing it again.
I haven't tried Wen so I don't know how they compare, but I'm pretty happy with this product and would buy it again.
Update: I've been using this for almost 2 months now, and am very pleased. My hair is so soft it feels wonderful. And I've noticed that even if it's damp outside (which would normally frizz my hair), it stays pretty smooth. The only drawback is that after about a dozen washings my hair started to feel a little bit weighted down. (As though I hadn't rinsed thoroughly but I know I did.) So the next time I used it I mixed about a dime-sized drop of shampoo in with it. That seemed to do the trick; it's back to feeling really clean again. I will probably do that every so often, as needed. But overall, great results and I'll buy it again at my local Sally's.
30 of 31 found the following review helpful:
Wen vs. Hair One: I've used both! Aug 03, 2009
By Cynthia A. Howell
I loved Wen, but it's just so expensive! I was starting to think I would no longer be able to afford having truly soft hair. This product popped up in some searches on eBay so I tried it instead and voila! They have exactly the same effect *and* I have since discovered that I can buy it off the shelf at my local Sally's.
This product can even turn bleached white hair touchably soft!!
38 of 41 found the following review helpful:
Hair One What A Deal! Makes My Hair Hair Have A TON of Volume! May 19, 2010
By Wendy R. Ackerman
This product ROCKS! Never in my LIFE have I had such a LOVE AFFAIR with a product! It makes my short strait hair have CRAZY Volume! I can run my hands through my hair without a ton of product. I have used Aveda products forever and have tried others that seem to under perform. Ojon shampoo and conditioner was my last fumble. I can say with out a doubt that this stuff works! After my 1st use I was SOLD! I can't believe the price compared to WEN. You get a 12 oz bottle for less than the price of a 6oz bottle of WEN, with the same results! Gotta LOVE that! If your a skeptic, like me, the proof is in the puddin'. Go to Sally's beauty supply and you can buy a trial pack ($1.29 or less) and try it! You'll be STOKED with the results!
I am 36 yrs old,with short/strait,colored,normal/dry & of european descent.
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